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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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843 Ratings

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 17
Gots: 23 | 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 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.

biggred1, Aug 06, 2009
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.

eberkman, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

objectivemonkey, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of hungryghost
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

hungryghost, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of pheurton
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

pheurton, Apr 26, 2003
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.

JimsArcade, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of mfhlucky13
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mfhlucky13, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

JohnnyM2002, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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..

AlexJ, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

jmz62565, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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

gatornation, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

zeff80, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of BirdFlu
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

BirdFlu, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of scottyb88
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

scottyb88, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Citadel82
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious and crisply refreshing summer-time quencher. Pours hazy sunshine yellow with a creamy white head. Aroma is bready citrus with flowery hop notes. Taste is bready wheat malts, slightly spicy, citrusy hops and notes of summer fruit (berries) from the yeast??? Refreshingly tingly on the palate with abundant fine carbonation. Light mouthfeel, combined with overall refreshing character makes this a very drinkable summer treat.

Citadel82, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, poured a nice cloudy light orangy/yellow. White head. fruity, citrus nose. Medium carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Moderatly spiced. Great style for summer quaffing and wictory's attempt was crisp and refreshing on tap. Very enjoyable.

Billolick, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whirlwind Witbier pours a very pale straw color. It’s hazy, and looks yellow when held to light. A foamy white head covers it and stands roughly a finger and a half tall. It’s quick to recede, leaving light strands of lace lining the glass.

The nose is definitely on the weak side, but isn’t bad. It’s grainy and earthy up front. There are hints of citrus orange and lemon throughout. Light spicy scents of orange peel and coriander are the driving force. If they were just a little stronger…. Belgian yeast is in the mix and smells delicious. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is quite good. It starts out with nice orange peel and coriander flavors. They are the x-factor and simply taste delicious. They have a stronger presence here and are responsible for the score bump. It tastes a little sugary and sweet. Earthy and grainy notes are apparent throughout. Belgian yeast adds its usual nice touch. Alcohol is buried. Goes down nice and way too easy.

Whirlwind Witbier has a light to medium body. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn’t interfere with its smooth feel. It goes down far too easy. I could take down multiple bottles of this with ease.

Victory Brewing Company is a fantastic brewery that routinely brews very impressive beer. Whirlwind Witbier is definitely impressive. Generally, Witbiers are relatively simple and straight forward. This one is no exception. But, the flavor is really nice. Couple that with the fact that it’s extremely drinkable and you have a winner.

prototypic, May 01, 2011
Photo of beerluvr
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a healthy, fluffy snow-white head over cloudy white/yellow beer. Nose is lightly lemony, with a good dose of spiciness & yeast fruitiness...very appetizing. Taste is light and crisp, with elements of spice, fruit, clean tasting malts and just barely there hop bitterness. Finishes clean, light and delicious, one bottle is not enough! A very good interpretation from the Victory boys.

beerluvr, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of MMAJYK
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light yellow with gold. Head is light and lacey. Nice start!

S- Arid citrus fragrance.

T- Very lively but subtle. Clean and crisp leaving mouth with remains of lace.

M- Tangy and alive! Enters the mouth and leaves with great life, and no "after-life". Finishes as clean as it starts.

D- After all, it is a great beer. But, the taste is rich and fruity, leaving you after a couple wanting something a little more stout. Could over-do this one with too many.

MMAJYK, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat chill hazed golden yellow with an imposing white head, creamy in its consistency and the left over lace nice clinging sheets. As I noticed the dross clinging to the bottom, I was able to decoct the beer, allowing the yeast and other goodies to cap the head. Bread dough, lemon lime crisp and sweet nose that is very pleasant. Sweet malt start, the top a bit light, but the pertinence of the hops and the stinging acidic and tart finish make up for the lightness. Dry and long lasting aftertaste seals this most pleasing to the palate beer, and how lucky you East Coast “BA’ers are to have this readily available.

Gusler, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to francisweizen for this one. It pours a cloudy color with a 1/2 inch white head. The nose is clean and crisp. It is somewhat citrus-like. The flavor has the slight sourness that I'd expect in a Wit beer, but with the crispness that seals the deal.

jcalabre, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Smell was very light yet quite clean and crisp, also earthy notes. Taste was fairly light but very earthy and grassy. Similar to a smoother macro with minimal carbonation. Nothing too special, just a very clean beer. very pleasant and easy to drink. Not complex at all, good to try if you like Belgian witbier.

stingrayvr6, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a bottle on a make-your-own-sixer. Pours a straw color, a one finger of head with some oddly large bubbles that didn't stick around. No lacing to speak of. Basically it looks alright. Nose is wheat, some yeast, and fruitiness; mostly lemon and a little apricot. Taste is strong and interesting for a witbier. In no particular order: breadiness, citrus (lemon mainly), good amount of yeast and coriander. Feel is medium to thin body, solid carbonation. Worst part of this one is definitely the look; after about 10 seconds, there's basically no head; it seems like this might be a bottling issue. In any case, it's tasty, although not necessarily one of Victory's best. Could be sessionable, although I might go for Hoegaarden over this one.

soupyman10, May 19, 2007
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.