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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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865 Ratings

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Photo of BMoney575
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-23-07
Best before 3-6-08

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a head that bubbles away quickly.

Smell is sweet, with lots of spice and little bit of Belgian.

Taste is very much like the smell, sweet with a prominent Belgian character. The finish is also sweet, with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and flavorful.

Drinkability is decent, a good example of the style but a little plain.

Photo of Stopper
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a modestly sized hoary head, which recedes quickly to the rim. Aroma is of sweet citrus and clove with a very pronounced tartness. The body is light and initially has a touch of malt sweetness balanced nicely with a very fruity tartness. This lingers on the tongue into the aftertaste, and is joined by a sweet, subtle, slightly peppery spiciness.

This isn't as amazing as many of the beers from Victory, but it has character and is a nice refresher for a hot summer night like this one.

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the least spectacular of the Victory's beers, this is still pretty good. You figure they had to make an easy to drink, lighter-tasting beer just as a matter of being well-rounded.

Whirlwind is pretty windy, alright. In fact, if you stood in a wheat field and opened your mouth, it'd be a dead ringer. I don't know what else to say... it's good, but it doesn't quite run with the rest of the Victory family.

Photo of ibashmuck
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy body. Smell of lemon strongest, light wheatness, and the taste follows that same pattern, although the spice finish is very nice. Came across as rather flat on the mouth, however. Pretty good beer, nothing extraordinary, but the spice level is very good.

Photo of edskirk3
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge July 3. Served in a pint glass without a lemon.

Translucent gold-yellow. Minimal, very thin white head. There was a lemony aroma, with some residual yeast notes.

My first thought was, this is quite light on the palate. An easy-drinking thirst-quencher with tastes of lemon, coriander, and honey-like sweetness. Very lightly carbonated, nearly flat. Tiny bit of hoppiness at the end.

Definitely worth a try in the summer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light apple juicy color with minimal head that forms a ring, but no lace, around the top. The nose is very lemony, with a low-end and subdued coriander note; the effect here is not nearly as aromatic as many other witbiers. Plenty of acidity up front that tickles the sides of the tongue, followed by a slightly bready and spicy finish. The taste emphasis is much more on acidity and cleanliness, it seems, than robust taste. Overall it's fine but nothing special -- refreshing but a bit boring.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with not much visible carbonation but little bits of sediment floating around. Not a ton of head from a fairly aggressive pour and retention is a thin sheet of white on top. Smells nice, coriander and orange coming to mind first. Light wheat malt comes through as well.

Medium to light body with lots of flavor. Oranges and wheat malt come through the most, with a slight taste of coriander. A certain sourness and tanginess is detected, leading to a quick and clean finish and dry mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little off I think. It causes a weird spritziness that distracts me from the taste a little. Its not annoying, but curious and interesting. Overall, this is a nice summery witbier with just enough tang to satisfy those taste buds and enough flavor to back it up. Its a decent brew, but I think I prefer Victory's Sunrise to this one.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Whirlwind Wit was served from a 12 oz bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a lightly hazy, pale honey golden color, and was topped by a short-lived white head. The nose presented nicely herbal, oregano-like maltiness, coriander, bitter orange, and a pleasant pungent-spicy hoppiness. On the palate, a light coriander-spicy pale maltiness released a nice and zippy lemony-citric zesty aspect before entering a lighly bitter weak finish. The body had a nice fullness for the flavors of the beer, and the carbonation was appropriate. Whirlwind is a nicely done example of the style.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: musty lemon custard and breads.

T: mild lemon note which is more sour than sweet. A little tart. Light on the wheat/malts.

M: light body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely drinkable and refreshing. Just not complex enough to separate it from others in the genre.

Photo of ffejherb
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into 12oz. glass on 4/30/08.

A - Slightly hazy, almost gritty golden/light amber body with a thin white ring of head around the glass. Ample carbonation.

S - Spicy and yeasty with pepper and a bit of fleshy fruit and bubblegum sweetness. Clove is also present. Slight notes of perfume emerge as well.

T - Starts out a bit sweet with apple and pear notes then suddenly turns quite spicy with plenty of pepper and clove flavor, but there's also an underlying bubblegum or candi sugar sweetness present. Hints of dark fruit reminiscent of plums and grapes meander into the mix, but stay in the background. The prevalent yeasty aspect gives this wheat beer a Belgian twist.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes up nice and spicy with some earthy bitterness. Just a tad watery overall.

D - Pretty decent offering from Victory, but certainly not one of my favorites. It's got quite a spicy kick and lots of flavors swirling around, though. Give it a shot.

Photo of rabidawg
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with slight carbonation. Creamy white head that settled quickly. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly little here. Smells more like a pilsner than a witbier. Slightly earthy and yeasty, but missing the traditional spicy, citrusy notes I expected.

Taste: Nice, but not great. Peppery, with fresh, tangy lemon juice. Creamy at first, but the hidden carbonation hits pretty hard in the middle. Definite drying citrus peel at the. I agree with VENOM about the salty finish, but I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable.

Decent wit, but I'd take Allagash's White over this any day.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, PA. It came in a tumbler glass.
A: The body is a cloudy yellow color. The head is a finger tall, white color, fine retention, tiny sized bubbles and no lacing.
S: The aromas are muted, but mostly wheat.
T: The flavors are orange, coriander and wheat.
M: The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.
D: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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

This is a very decent Witbier if you are a fan of the style.

Appearance: Pours light lemon color. a bit hazy and tight sudsy head.

Smell: Partly clean and partly spicy tart lemon with a bit of cloves.

Taste: Peppery cloves and lemon. Yeasty and hint of nuts. It is a flavorful Witbier with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Citric and tart but very mellow. Decent carbonation in a light body. Refreshing summer beer.

Drinkability: I tend to prefer a different style but I could see myself enjoying one of these in place of lemonade after some yard work.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of mirish72
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber with visible yeast and a nice fluffy white head. Had a nice aroma of banana, clove and bubble gum going on. Slightly sweeter taste than I expected, with a nice floral nose and slight citrus taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink, a great summer beer. Probably not the best witbier I have ever has, but pretty tasty and affordable.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Opaque and very hazy yellow, almost like pineapple juice, good amount of floaties present also, head settles quickly to sparse bubbles

S: A good dose of wheaty, yeasty aroma, really mild citrus note, more like lemon grass than actual fruit, maybe a little spice also - clove?

T: Very deicate tasting, sweet with again that hint of citrus, but not a strong bite, just enough to be light and refreshing, a wheat background with some lingering spice

M: A little on the thinner side, good carbonation, leaves slight dryness throughout mouth

D: Good, light body, delicate and refreshing flavors

Notes: Not the best witbier I've had, but something a little different. I don't know how to describe some of the feel, but it feels delicate. It is more refreshing than flavorful, but serves its purpose nicely.

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Light yellow with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

The aroma was the best part about this beer, and it pretty much nailed the style dead on: citrus, lemon, yeast, clove, coriander.

Though the flavor was lacking. It had all the same elements that were present in the aroma, but they were very faint and faraway, even after significant warming. This is somewhat tasteless.

Thin to medium bodied.

A great smelling though ultimately dull witbier.

Photo of cjgator3
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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. 

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Breeze-Thru liquor in Wauwatosa, and drank one day after its expiration date.

Appearance reminded me of a carbonated lemonade. It was vaguely cloudy and rather yellow. Not a lot of head, and what was there didn't stick around for too long. Not as enticing to the eye as say a Wittekerke I had awhile back, but fortunately there is more to the story.

Smell was pretty good. I thought I picked up coriander notes and definitely something citrusy/sour, which indicated good things were ahead.

Taste was also pretty good. Tasted like a wit should (from what I know), and I tasted spice and coriander. Not the best witbier I've had, but pretty good. There wasn't anything artificial-tasting in this wit, which can't be said for others (Blue Moon). The label claimed Belgian yeast...but I'm not refined enough to detect those sorts of things.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of garuda
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a small head and some fairly aggressive carbonation. The smell is sweet fruitiness with a little spiciness. The taste starts off with some banana sweetness that gives way to a little bit of citrus and spice in the finish. The mouthfeel pleasant, with a decent thickness and less carbonation than I expected. This beer is a great example of the style, but lacks in complexity. I wouldn't mind having a couple more, this is a nice refreshing brew.

Photo of DannyS
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.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.