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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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789 Ratings

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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 goblue3509


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -4.6%
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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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

OK, these numbers are going to seem strange, but this beer is a little schizophrenic.

A-Pours a slightly hazy, light yellow with a thin 1/2" white head, which drops off to almost nothing after 2-3 minutes. Not much carbonation for a beer of this style. No lacing on the glass was seen.

S-A nice, funky, Belgiany coriander and orange in the nose. Also a musty, earthy smell. Bananas and clove are also present. This smell seems to increase as I drink the beer.

T-Some thin bread-like malt flavor, followed by a pleasant sour-ish orange/pineapple/banana, which is on style. Slight hop bittering, which is true to style. The malt seems lacking. A lingering, pleasant, sour-like flavor of banana/clove in the finish. This beer has a long, pleasant finish.

M-The mouthfeel is thin. Thin malt, and not nearly carbonated enough for style. Hard to believe they were aiming for this.

D-Having said all that, this is one thirst-quenching sumbitch. Really hits the spot when you're in the need for a fire-putter-outer. I assume that is what Victory was striving for when they made this.
Victory is one of my favorite breweries; a lot of their beers are world class. When they decide to get serious about Belgians, this one will be too.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 19:08:44 | More by jakester
Photo of ehammond1

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:39:04 | More by ehammond1
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale gold with a creamy 1+ finger white head that had good retention. Visible carbonation was very good per style.

S: The nose was bready and yeasty with citrus, floral tones and a wheaty aroma.

T: The initial flavor was light citrus, lemon peel, and a nice fresh breadiness. The flavor was very wheaty with a nice tartness and light coriander (peppery) notes in the finish.

M: very light, creamy with a good carbonation tingle bringing out the dried citrus peel.

D: Decent drinkability, its no hoegaarden spice wise but has a clean flavor making for a good summer time drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 13:19:13 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of SickGnar


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Glowing golden, okay size white head, more clear than hazy, very few rising bubbles and minimal lace.

S: Nice, well-rounded coriander – herbal, soft lemon, touch peppery. Bready yeast, strongly wheat forward malts with a touch of sweetness. No hops.

T: Good solid wheat beer base – bready, doughy, crackery, wheaty, hint of toasted grain and a touch of low C malt sweetness. Coriander is very well balanced and well done. Mostly herbal with just a touch of lemon and peppery / spicy notes in the background. Not really getting any orange peel or citrus other than the lemon from the coriander (and that is more lemongrass / herbal). Yeast notes are present, but tame. More bready and neutral than Belgian. Some faint herbal / grassy hops sulk at the edges and in the finish. Less sweet and more herbal than many.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation just over. Works alright, especially for style. Refreshing and borderline crisp.

D: Shoots wide of the signature look. No hazy, no lace, and a touch dark. Taste is okay, if a bit more herbal – less sweet, not really any orange peel, and maybe more firmly hoppy than most. Mouthfeel is okay, if a bit drier. Belgian yeast aspect is rather pedestrian. Okay drinking, but not really a go to Wit.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 17:00:33 | More by SickGnar
Photo of lehows

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy yellow color with a fizzy white head. The head snapped and popped like a soda...and then fizzled to nothing. Mild aromas of dough, citrus, and grain. Taste was very mild, but citrus lemon dominated the palate with grassy and earthy undertones. Thin mouthfeel. Overall this is disapointing compared to Victory's other brews. Definitely sessionable, but there are so many better Witbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 23:48:35 | More by lehows
Photo of Dithyramb


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased this weekend.
Hazy, but bright yellow with the appropriate murky yeast and fluffy head. Not much carbonation going on in the glass, but there is some nice lacing.
Definite wheat aromas, made slightly more complicated with lemon and coriander.
Chalky wheat and malt flavoring. Other than that, mostly lemony, with just a hint of spices and other citrus notes.

Extremely light in body, finishing slightly lemony.
This would be nice on a hot summer day, very drinkable, just not overly complicated.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 13:58:36 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of Jesstyr


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love a good witbier, and this one is alright. It's refreshing but not dynamic. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: cloudy orange with a lot of sediment. What it doesn't have is any head, at all.

S: orange, but very mild. Nothing to write home about.

T: this is like a mild hoegaarden, no specific flavors, just generally citrusy. Definitely a refreshing experience though, like after exercise.

M/D: very easy to drink, too easy. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:14:41 | More by Jesstyr
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/8/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, grain, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a slight citrus flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:58:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this form Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a wheat glass.

The color is a deep golden with amber accents.The clarity is gently hazed with visible carbonation and thick white smooth cap. The lace clings in a wave pattern. The smell is pretty spicy with some fragrant citrus accents and mild yeast earthiness. I enjoy the refreshingly effervescent body with somewhat higher than average spice which seems to detract a bit from the yeast, the feel in general is good for the style.

The wit has a nice flavor of belgian yeast with some slight citrus accents it seems to be a little on the floral side with the hops and almost soapy with a creamy wheat flavor in the middle and only mildly sweet but there is enough peppery and lemony quality to make my taste buds take notice. Overall this is a standard wit, pretty tasty, but lacks a little depth in the malt and yeast.I found it a good beer to go with orange chicken I paired it with.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 15:55:10 | More by Slatetank
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into Wiezen glass

A-Hazy straw yellow color with big/fast dissipating head with little lacing.

S-Citrus aroma with hint of lemon, not a strong aroma but subtle

T/M-A tangy citrus taste with a bready finish, again, pretty subtle but not unlike a witbier.

O-A typical Witbier, tasty but nothing godly. not a bad investment

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:35:41 | More by Innocentexile
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-13-2012 18:02:39 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of BadBadger

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory's Whirlwind Witbier is only slight above average across the board. The smell is slightly fruity and grassy. The taste is understated, in being faintly lemony and grassy. The after taste is wet and there is a minor residue of some sort which sits on the tongue. Definitely not worthy of a $9.99 price tag. At half the price it might become a somewhat acceptable brew for quenching a thirst after mowing the lawn. Depending on your geographic locality, there are likely to be siginificantly better witbier options available. Can't recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 22:32:44 | More by BadBadger
Photo of OBIrish24


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-27-2011 02:08:01 | More by OBIrish24
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-21-2012 00:13:54 | More by acurtis
Photo of brennser

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First review, and of a style I am not always that enamoured with - who needs another A+ review of KBS anyways :-)

A "phew the kids are in bed" pour into a Chimay Tulip glass

a - lovely yellow/straw color. some big bubbles that quickly dissipated. An insubstantial 1 cm white head also quickly dissipated

s - pleasant. For me mainly banana. Does not have the mustiness that I dislike about many witbiers

t - again pleasant - again banana - nice malt backbone

m - feels great

o - this was picked up as a makeweight to a case of prima pils and I'm glad I did - it won't change the world but its a perfectly acceptable summertime beer

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:23:41 | More by brennser
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-11-2012 21:14:59 | More by bonbini26
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
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