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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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862 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | 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 AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Mr. Bottle Beverage in Berwyn, PA; new shipment so freshness expected. It pours to a slightly hazy golden, with only a small quarter inch of a very white head. Aromas are brisk and quickly noticeable; lemon zest, orange peel, general citrus, cloves. Carbonation is on the lighter side, tangy citrus predominates followed by a clove flavor that combines with a smooth mouthfeel. Lemon takes the cake for aftertaste without being overtly forceful at all. Easily drinkable in warmer weather, especially now on a hot, humid, and very rainy day. This would be one of my choice brews to watch a ballgame with.

Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: Oct. 6, 2006

Poured 4/5 into a pounder pint glass then swirled vigorously and dumped the remainder into glass. Hazy straw colored with a white 1/2" head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smells of lemon, sweet sugar & yeast. Swirled my glass a few times and I smell more complex yeast and sugar cookies cooling on the rack.

The flavors are very malted accented with an attenuated amount of citrus compared to the smell. A bit grassy with just a smidge of tartness when compared to Hoegaarden perhaps.

On the lighter side of medium bodied with just the right amount of ultra fine carbonation. A yeasty, chalky finish with short-lived lingering flavors.

Drinkability is good. Numerous bottles could be consumed outside in the hot weather.

Overall a Wit that started very promising (appearance & smell) then just kinda took a dive. Very muted in the tart/citrus components but definitely hearty in the musty yeast and hearty malt profile. Malt vs. Quenching tart...the malt wins by a TKO.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler, appearance wasn't as pale white as the style demands. More of a golden yellow color with lots of carbonation.

The smell is about right, a little yeast aroma with some spicy tones. The flavor is mostly spices I can't name, but they work ok.

I think this is one of the blander witbiers I've tried, and it hurts me to say it. Victory is so good at most beer styles...

Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, but authentic wit. Pours a hazy straw yellow without much retention on the white head. Smells yeasty with a bit of malt in the back. Tastes not of corriander so much, but just light belgian malts, yeast and citrus. Refreshing to drink. Not a great wit, but true to style and pretty nice to drink.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little after drink-by date, oops. Pours a cloudy , with little head shrinking to a thin sliver quickly and little lacing.
Smells peppery and of orange/lemon rind, and a little of something I smelled in the hospital today. Taste has quite a bit of lemon, with wheat and a bit spicy and grassy. This would be really good in the summer. Good carbonation and body, but without the aftertaste paste. Again, would be great summer beer.

Photo of mound909
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat of a golden color, clearer than I expected. The yeast doesn't cloud the beer like some witbiers I have had. Tastes very crisp and clean, with a tad bit of spiciness. The beer is a little too carbonated in my opinion, but it doesn't take much away overall. A great summer beer and thirst quencher.

Photo of Oakenator
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color and pours a good head but dissipates over time with little lacing on the glass. Nose is lemon and honey. Decent carbonation on the front end. Lemon, orange and other subtle citrus flavors give this witbier a refreshing summer heat flavor.

Photo of hungryghost
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden to straw yellow in color.
Super amount of bubbles clinging to the inside of my glass. Healthy white head.
Crisp aroma, light citrus smell, slight spice hints, clove I think among others.
Refreshing taste, get the citrus, zings across the tongue.
Very drinkable beer.

Photo of Chaney
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, but more yellow than straw, but less so than mustard. Flimsy, powder white head that didn't go anywhere.

S: Lemon, coriander (maybe?), and Victory's awesome filtered water scent that makes Prima Pils so amazing.

T: A bit thin and water, yet I really dug the spicy aftertaste... nice fruity finish for sure.

M: I wish the carbonation had more umpf! There was absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

O: The jury is still out whether I'll get this one again. I guess if there's nothing else around at the time, I'll take the plunge.

Photo of AlexJ
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with an unassuming head of pure white. Minimal retention and splotchy lace.

Fairly standard aromas of wheat, lemon zest, spice, and yeast. There's a slightly sour minerality to it that neither adds to or subtracts from, it's just there.

Flavor is similar, with strong lemon and orange notes, spice, yeast, and flowery hops. There's a very nice balance between sweet and sour notes that I like a lot. Very much like a toned down Hoegaarden in terms of the overall flavor.

Body is light and spritzy with an almost watery mouthfeel and very little aftertaste. Extremely thirst quenching and perfectly suitable for a 93 degree, Charlotte afternoon..

Photo of rdrummer
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had a bad beer from Victory, and this one isn't bad, either. It is just not great. The best part about the beer is the way it looks when poured in a pint on draft. A fantastic hazy, light golden color with a good sized white head. The beer reminds me of a Hefe but lacks some of the zip and the body of a good Hefe.

Like a Hefe, the aroma is one of grain with a good deal of citrus, in this case more orange than lemon. The taste is similar to the nose, but there seems to be a bit of spiciness that may be clove. The taste was just a little less than I like in a Hefe-type beer. It compares very well to Hooegarden's, though. So, maybe they're not going for the Hefe taste.

It has a very clean and crisp feel in the mouth and is a pleasure to drink. I just would like a little more to the taste.

Photo of goz
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy yellow/peachy color, slowly diminishing large white head which leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sour, lemony, yeasty, some orange. Flavor has the sourness, lemon, orange, some apple pokes through towards the middle and end. Body is medium, a decent example of the style.

Photo of pheurton
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden with a bright white fluffy head. the aroma is yeasty and spot on for a wit. taste: citrusy (not in a hoppy way) spicy and a bit medicinal. the sweetness of the citrus is abruptly chopped off with the spicyness. a solid example of the style, which is admitedly not my favorite. A good summer brew.

Photo of mfhlucky13
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a rapidly vanishing head.

S: Plenty of citrus with some hints of spice.

T: Clean summer citrus flavor with a bit of wheat and yeast.

M: Light and bubbly. Smooth.

D: Very easy to drink and with it's low abv. it makes for a good session beer.

The lighter side of Victory.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- opaque straw body with bubbles rising to the top.

S-citrus and spices. very light.

T- strong citrus and spice flavor. It masks the wheat/yeast flavor. Yeast aftertaste.

M- high carbonation. medium weight body.

D- This is a good session beer. I will probably get this one again but its not my favorite witbier. It is very good and tasty though.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

A - Cloudy straw-yellow color that developed a creamy white head with good retention. Beautiful color.

S - Cloves and orange/lemon zest work well together. Wheat background with mild sweetness.

T - Wheat & spices are the dominant spices with a lingering punch of citrus (oranges & lemons mostly). Cloves and coriander are the key spices that come out. Very quenching taste!

M - Very highly carbonated and a light body results in an extremely crisp finish.

D - It's not going to dethrone Hoegaarden...but the Whirlwind is going to right by its side! One of the most refreshing summer beers I've sampled.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Served from a growler into a pint glass. Hazy yellow with a bone white head that dissipates to nothing and no lace.

S. Sweet wheat and some bubble gum.

T. Follows the nose, some nice wheat and bavarian yeast, quite fruity and sweet.

M. A bit slick out of the fresh growler, carbonation a bit low.

D. Fairly drinkable, a good beer but better on tap.

Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy bleach blonde with a thick creamy white head that leaves some decent lace behind on the glass. The nose is fruity, lemon and orange zest with overripe banana come to mind with a nice whiff of wheat malt and coriander. Belgian tasting yeast and spice combine with citrus fruit flavors nicely. Smooth and medium light bodied. A good beer for a hot day. Nothing amazing here, just a nice witbier.

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy pale yellow color with a fast receding head with a brilliant white ring..smell is wheat and bread with coriander and citrus peel.some belgian yeast bananas and other spices..the taste was clean and crisp with a clove and citrus peel hit followed by bananas and spices..mouth feel was light/medium and refreshing on this warm summer day..this white hit the spot after work..it had a nice Belgian yeast taste present with clove ,coriander, and bananas and a wheat bread finish.very refreshing..will drink again and recommend

Photo of eberkman
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light amber with a fairly thick, solid white head that reduces to a surface covering fairly quickly. Nice nose of tart fleshy fruit and citrus with a bit of a spice aroma. The taste is a wheaty, bready, doughy maltiness that lingers in the back of the throat as tangy fruits make their way in. Exceptionally smooth. Crisp, light, fizzy mouthfeel that was just a bit thinner than I would have wanted. A very nice quenching beer that goes down easy and has some complexity. It might not hold my interest over the course of an entire evening, but it's a perfect summer refreshment. Particularly with a lighter meal like a salad nicoise or shrimp, mozzarella, tomato and basil salad.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, banana, clove and wheat.

T - It had a very spicy first sip.Good clove and cracked wheat flavor. Some fruity yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale that had a clean, crisp finish.

O - This is a very good witbier. I'm glad I finally broke down and bought some of this.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very clear yellow. Sort of just average, nothing bad but nothing too appealing. Smells quite citrusy but the overall aroma is fairly light. Orange peel and lemon are there with just a hint of spice. Tastes like standard wit ingredients; citrus, corienader spice. Very clean and light. Mouth is light-bodied (not watery, though) and has a nice bite of carbonation. Its a good, easy beer that would be easy to sip in the heat at a bbq or such.

Photo of scottyb88
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured a cloudy yellow color with one finger head that quickly disappeared, no lacing

S-lemon peel, maybe a little clove, wheat, and yeast

T-slight sweetness upfront with a mild spice flavor and a slight bitter dryness at the end; can taste the wheat

M-i always put the same thing here i never know what to write, but maybe a bit too carbonated for me, but it wasn't horrible

D-its a thirst quencher, great beer for anyone looking for a summer beer for bbq's, etc..although, probably my least favorite offering from Victory that I've tried, i prefer hefeweizen styles over witibier, although they are quite similar. the lack of head and lacing was a little disappointing. between this or Sam Adams summer ale, I'd choose this every time.

Photo of JimsArcade
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a tap to a 12 oz. glass, the white-colored head of the Whirlwind Wit is remarkably big: three fingers initially reduced to one finger by the time I get to drink it. It is cloudy and orange-yellow in color, typical for the style.

In the nose, the aroma is spicy with hints of orange zest and banana. The banana becomes more evident when the aroma is brought into the mouth, in addition to a very crisp sensation.

It is rather rich on the first sip. The maltiness offers hints of citrus and apple. Surprisingly, the carbonation becomes more pronounced as the beer warms mid-glass. It actually becomes more refreshing as I drink it. It finishes clean and slightly sweeter.

Photo of jmz62565
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light amber cloudy looking beer with a smallish head.I'm always excited to try new,to me,Victory beers.This is very aromatic.You can really smell the fruityness and floral scents.This has a very fruity,lemony,grassy,taste with a bit of wheat.A nice full m/f.Not my favorite type of beer,but you can't go wrong with this offering from Victory.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.