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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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814 Ratings

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of garuda


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy straw with a one finger white head that has minimal retention and no lacing.

S - Dominated by dry coriander spiciness, with maybe a touch of lemongrass.

T - More spicy yeast, and finishes with a clean dry tartness.

M - Light body, high carbonation and finishes clean and dry.

D - Tasty drink, something you can consume a lot of in the summer months, but has nothing that really makes it stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 20:40:46 | More by garuda
Photo of cjgator3


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy whitish yellow color that you would expect from a beer this style with a fizzy off-white head that eventually fizzes away. 

S- The aroma features some wheat malt, citrus, spices and yeast. Everything I expect from a witbier so far.

T- The taste is light bodied, crisp and refreshing but has a good amount of flavor. The citrus flavors are noticeable up front with the spices making their presence felt next and a very refreshing finish rounds this one out. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Whirlwind Wit is a very solid wittier that is very quaffable. Would purchase again. 

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:04:42 | More by cjgator3
Photo of zoso1967


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with plenty of yeast in suspension, but disappointingly little head and not the best lacing. I am a big fan of wit beers in the spring/summer, but the aroma on this let me down a little with much more prominent clove character than I usually prefer. Citrus and wheat malt were also there, but the clove seemed to jump out the most to me. The flavor was better. Still plenty of clove, but a lot more white pepper and other spices joined up with wheat malt sweetness and orange peel notes. Medium body with slightly spiky carbonation and a nice clean, slightly tart finish. A drinkable beer to be sure, but not my favorite representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 12:51:26 | More by zoso1967
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle best by 9/06

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a dense white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells very yeasty and bready with a slight spicy/fruitiness.

Very mild flavor, mostly yeasty and bready. Some slight spicy and fruity tones. Finishes dry.

Thin body. Decent carbonation.

While the thin body is a little distracting, it does make this beer extremely easy to drink quickly. A good alternative to usual lawnmower beers, but just average as a wit.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 23:41:00 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of KeefD


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with thick chunkies floating around, no head to speak of, despite my swirling of the bottle, and minimal lacing. Smells sweet and malty and taste is the same with loads of spice and orange peel. Medium bodied, very light carbonation and all around decent witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 03:03:19 | More by KeefD
Photo of smcolw


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial white head dies far too quickly. The liquid is dirty gold color and appropriately cloudy. Minimal lace.

Strong, clean wheaty smell; what I would expect from the style.

Dry. Lots of wheat, but none of the traditional spice notes that normally come out.

Very much a middle of the road Wit.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 23:27:43 | More by smcolw
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I start off my beer tasting awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Isabel, and I thought this the most appropriate beer to kick it off with.

12 oz. bottle with a "enjoy by date" of 9/28/2003, so I'm having this towards the tail end of its guaranteed freshness. Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow topped by a modest head of foam. Very tight bubbles. Little head retention and not lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour lemon taste, slight hints of pepper and coriander. Taste is very ephemeral. No aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, just like it should be. I think I've had water with more body than this.

Drinkability: The 6 pack I purchased will not live to see the "drink by" date, let me tell you what. I'll definitely give this one a shot the next time it's released. If it's quite good a few weeks shy of possibly being stale, I'd love to see what it would be closer to its release.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 02:15:01 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light cloudy gold with a thin white head that barely exists. Minimal lacing.

Smell is wheaty with nice notes of coriander and yeast, and a nice little hop presence in there. Flavor moves on with more of the same, lots of classic wheat flavors and a bit of orange taste as well. Lemony citrus comes through as well.

Light, crisp body.

Overall, not great, but certainly a refreshing summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 19:45:14 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear orange gold color with a small airy head that didn't last. There was a shitload of floaters suspended in my glass. Strong citrus and clove aromas. Sweet and spicy flavor.
The feel was very smooth but overall the body was almost flat. There should be more carbonation here. A refreshing and tasty brew with a mediocre feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 04:02:52 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of DannyS

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 20 oz. beer mug.

A - Opaque straw color with a thin, yet long lasting head that leaves a nice web of lacing.

S - Very wheaty on the nose, complimented with a bit of clove, cinnamon, and spicy orange. Mostly wheat though.

T - Once again, very wheaty with the common witbier flavorings of orange, lemon, and spice playing background roles. Finishes clean with a slight vegetal bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Chewy, slightly syrupy, with carbonation on the mild side. Would have liked to have more fizz in there to lighten the weighty mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability. Settles a fair bit in the stomach, so it's filling, but I could easily have a couple of these.

overall - Definitely not the best rendition of the witbier style, but it holds its own. I will definitely finish this six pack, but I don't think I'd get another, especially since I can find Allagash white in my area now.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:29:15 | More by DannyS
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with drink before date of 10/26/06. Pours a cloudy light gold with minimal head and OK lace. Nice tart yeasty smells. Aromas of orange and honey. Standard wit flavor. Tarness with hints of banana, clove orange and honey. Crisp and easy drinking. Not the best example of the style but still a decent and good summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 00:29:44 | More by sabrills70
Photo of ubermunkey


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Witbier, so bare with me.

Poured a light gold color with a heavy haze, i had followed my assumptions and swirled before pouring. No head to speak of, but a light lace that stayed til the end. The smell reminded me of finished wood and farm fields. Initial taste was kind of grassy and even a bit of pine, which gave way to a slightly sweet, but mostly sour, citrus backing. A standard body, but with plenty of carbonation. Finished dry with the sourness lingering, very easy to drink. Definitly more interesting flavor-wise than the standard IPA's i'm used to. i'll have to pick up a few other brands to compare this to.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 00:15:31 | More by ubermunkey
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance; color is a very light, very clear amber. pours a half inch of foam that quickly dissipates. lots of scattered carbonation evident within the beer.

smell; orange juice, wheat, yeast, coriander.

taste;blood orange, wheat, yeast, faint spice

mouthfeel; light body, medium carbonation, juiciness which is then followed by an unpleasant chalkiness, not sure if that comes from wheat or yeast particles.

overall; this could have been a truly great wheat beer. but the chalkiness in the mouthfeel really ruins the experience. i wish i could say it's worth trying anyways but i really don't think it is. really a shame.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 02:46:07 | More by SteveB24
Photo of Beaver13


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 2/28/13. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a smallish creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lemon peel, pepper, bready malts and musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, citrus, some cloves and spice with an earthy yeast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent wit. A little much on the sweet and spicy side.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 04:28:47 | More by Beaver13
Photo of jmalex


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up right from the brewery, but sadly this is the last one I have left. Time to make it count.

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a small head that drops somewhat quickly. A thick collar and scant patches of foam are all that remains.

SMELL: Mostly yeasty with a clean smell of oranges. Coriander is present but only very slightly.

TASTE: A surprisingly neutral flavor profile. Light on the citrus and not too much spice. Yeast flavor is the most prominent, but even the light, sweet flavor of wheat doesn't stand out.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body is pretty nice though I can help but think it feels a bit thinner than it should be. Carbonation level is low as the head has all but disappeared.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is good. A fine beer on a summer day. This would definitely be a refreshing drink. And it's something to drink all night with the low ABV.

I expected a bit more from Whirlwind Wit, but it's not bad. I get it if I see it on tap at a bar or at the brewery, but I probably won't buy anymore bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 21:08:04 | More by jmalex
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Orange/gold color, very hazy. One finger head with short retention, no lacing. Tons of sediment; one of the most sediment-laden brews I've seen.

S - Strong wheat malt and yeast aroma, along with some unmalted wheat. Mild citrus elements and faint coriander as well.

T - Starts off with bold wheat and yeast character like any good witbier. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't go much further than this. Some spice comes through near the finish, but it's just not very deep. Still, the initial hit of yeast is quite pleasing.

M - Decent carbonation, but the body is lacking. It seems almost creamy, but quickly turns watery. Not sure what's going on, but the watery aspect really deters.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these, even if a little flavorless. Nothing terribly offensive, but there are certainly better witbiers out there. Refreshing and smooth overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 06:49:10 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of goblue3509


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale hazy straw yellow color with almost no head at all. The aroma is that of wheat backbone with hints of clove and a little banana present. The taste is good, nice wheat backbone with hints of clove, banana, and maybe some citrus. The taste is ever so slightly watery. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good, nothing to make you dislike this beer. The taste is good and strong, a nice summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 17:32:16 | More by goblue3509
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Not really impressive looking. Barely any head and it vanished, leaving little no lacing at all on the glass. Pale, cloudy light yellow color.

Aroma strongest part of this beer. Typical Belgian scents of clove, banana, yeast, bubble gum.

Taste was okay. Cloves, yeast, a bit of lemon/citrus.

Mouthfeel was kind of watery with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer has a ways to go to match Hoeggarden and Blanche de Chambly, two witbiers I tried this past weekend.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 22:51:12 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of jifigz


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a pretty clear and sightly hazy yellow. No real head appeared and no lacing.

S: Banana, spices (coriander, clove), and the yeasty dominate the nose.

T: The taste is close to the aroma. Banana and spices and the Belgian yeast is very evident in the flavor. Not a truly distinct beer, but not a bad taste by any standards.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, maybe a little harsh with carbonation bite, but not too bad.

O: A solid beer, but not one I would really seek out. This is one of Victory's weaker attempts (and this is my favorite brewery.)

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:02:08 | More by jifigz
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very thin white head that barely sticks around long enough to be called a "head," no lacing as one would thus expect. Cloudy straw yellow color, opaque without density, some bubbles inside visible. Unassuming nose of clove, ginger spice, banana, golden raisin scents, more mandarin orange than any other citrus, the bready element more doughy than baked, light does of carob too. Fairly full-bodied, "it's got back" and moves at a slow pace. The carbonation might be too low and hence a contributing factor in its relative lack of crispness. The clove spice pulls back, the orange to lemon citrus not really taking its place. Maybe a suggestion of apricot, peach, banana fruit. Presents more of a mineral water character which reminds one of organic beers. Honey glazed bread elevates through the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:53:37 | More by farrago
Photo of NA1NSXR


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Fairly white and opaque as a white should be. Small to no linger head, quite a lot of suspended particles. Carbonation is subdued. Thin coat type lacing.

Smell - Not really much smell, but what is there is typical witbeer. Citrusy, what malt, bit of spice. The smell is actually pretty good but its not very strong.

Taste - Citrus and wheat prevail and spice is subdued. Could use a touch more sweetness, but over all solid. Its needs more flavor overall though, even though the flavor it has isn't bad.

Mouthfeel - More carbonation than the appearance lets on. Medium-high which is within the fitting range for this style.

Drinkability - Overall very good. Its almost as good as the one from Maine, and that is pretty amazing in itself. However its priced similarly, at least where I buy my beer, so although this is very competitive, it is not a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:56:36 | More by NA1NSXR
Photo of jpaltan


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange. Hazy. Big frothy head dissapears into a small ring around the glass. Smell is slightly grassy - maybe a slight citrus smell more orange than anything. Taste is quite crisp up front with a grassy finish. Notes of clove are there. Mouthfeel seems a little week, but could be from growler.

Serving type: growler

12-11-2008 04:00:41 | More by jpaltan
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold with two-finger thick soapy head at fridge temperature. Minimal lacing, and the crown fades away after a few minutes.

Musty, lemony zing with faint notes of wheat and yeast. As the beer opens up, bananas and cloves are introduced. Fresh and springy, great beer to begin lunch or dinner... enjoyed with a chicken salad sandwich.

Taste- Again a lemon tartness mixes with a Belgian yeasty bread character, while a banana/coriander/clove spiciness comes forth. Hints of pepper on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is thin but harsh due to its sharp spiciness, and the carbonation at the back of the throat is a bit strong. This beer has its place on a hot day with light fare, so make sure you have a few on hand for this summer. While not "big" enough to pair with burgers or sausage, try this with grilled peppers or a raw vegetable platter.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 21:55:06 | More by yelterdow
Photo of Reagan1984


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy head that is like whipped egg whites. It fades rather quickly to a small skim of foam. The beer is a light yellow/straw color that is slightly hazy. (I decanted and left the sediment for later)

Aroma is of white pepper and lemon with some very light yeast.

Flavor is very light. Bready, light lemon, a touch of spice but not much. Some yeast towards the end. Not a log of depth. Finishes with some more citrus. Later as it warms you get more orange peel.

Body is ultra light and carbonation is very delicate.

Very drinkable, but almost too delicate. I wish there was a little more depth to this.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:29:18 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold and clear with pretty decent 1/2" white head for a Witbier. Zero lacing.

S: An abundance of that bubblegum wheat smell on the nose.

T&M: Lots of wheat and malt are prevalent right off the bat. This has some sweetness but the overall flavor is just a bit dry. Weight is light but is quite flavorful of malt. There is some bittering here but it doesn't seem to be a noticeable flavoring component. Carbonation is light but persistent. The finish is relatively short but has that typical "wheat chaffe" linger that I personally don't care for.

D: This is a decent wheat beer. It has all of the typical characteristics, including the aftertaste on the finish. There is nothing particularly interesting that sets this brew apart from so many others. It's a decent summer drink and it will probably be more palatable to those that appreciate a decent witbier.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 00:19:07 | More by SIRIUS2
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83 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.