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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

865 Ratings
THE BROS
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is spicy and fruity, with a strong earthy character from the wheat and yeast.

The beer goes down full and smooth, wheat and coriander dominating the palate. Citrus sneaks in on the finish, and the hop bitterness, while mild, is pleasantly noticable.

Highly drinkable. Whirlwind is sweetly grainy, mild, and dry, and the combination makes a great beverage.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass, actually. Out of style, but I just got the glass and wanted to use it.

A - Poured a light, cloudy yellow with a thin, bright white head. Carbonation looks light to moderate.

S - Yeast is immediately noticeable, as is some light orange and spice, which, though I can't really say for sure, I'd guess to be some coriander.

T - On the first sip the coriander is way stronger than it was in the nose. The wheat and orange peel follow up in the end. They give a sort of bitterness to it. The spices just seem a little heavy to me. I'd like to see more of a dominant wheat flavor.

MF - Pretty thin with some carbonation to liven things up and give it a crisp-ness. Goes down easily and fits the weather nicely.

D - Not bad. I could easily have a view of these. The only thing that would hold me back would be the excessive spicing. Then again, I don't drink wits all that often, so it might be that I just need to be reacquainted with the spice character. I picked up a single for $2 to give it a whirl(ha....I guess). Not bad, but in my opinion it doesn't stack up to Hoegaarden.

Photo of farrago
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.

Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Yellow golden color, with cloudy murky appearance,

Smell- Slight citrus smell and ton of wheat and slight hops on the nose

Taste- Good wheat style beer, full flavored wheat and slight lemon or citrus tones, slight hops, good overall full flavored beer enjoyed the finish on this one

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with mod carbonation nothing very overwhelming

Drinkability- very drinkable and refreshing, would make a nice summer wheat beer on a hot evening with a barbecue worth another try

Photo of halfP1NT
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is from back in May '08.

Appearance is a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a barely existent head that very quickly dissolved to a thin ring. There's lots of mini bubble strands floating around.

Smell is yeasty, sweet, perfumey banana and clove spice.

Taste is very clovey and bready with a hint of orange and/or lemon zest.

This beer has lots of bubbly carbonation. It is a bit thin-bodied, which makes it a good hot weather beer, but it seems to lack complexity for the style. The sweetness coats my mouth and hurts the drinkability a bit. Overall, not the best from Victory, but an enjoyable summer offering.

Photo of JRed
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent light honey color with small fleeting head. Weak artificial vanilla extract aroma makes me turn away. Feeble taste of light floral, stale vanilla, and watered-down hops. Drinkable but not enjoyable, i prefer a thicker and richer wheat beer. There's no personality here and no richness of flavors.

Photo of SeanRedd
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im usually not into American Wheats. The aroma is Leininkugle flavor drops and the body is a bit Coors Light. The head disappears with light lacing. Aroma of vanilla, marshmellow, and flowers. Tastes a bit artificial. Germany and Belgium still hold my heart within this style. Not for me...maybe after I run a race.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of TMB0424
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy, peachy yellow body with a fairly weak white head that dissipates very quickly. Did not leave any lacing in my glass.

Smells of citrus rind, lemon peel, little bit of yeast, a splash of peppery spices. Not too impressed.

Tastes of light citrus fruits, pretty strong on the lemon flavor. Hint of oranges as well. Nothing too complicated here. Earthy finish, grassy. A tiny splash of sourness precedes the grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is very light, leaves a slight metallic aftertaste on my palate. But it lacks "body" and it feels very watery. It's very drinkable on the other hand, as well as thirst-quenching.

It's by no means a bad beer, it's just lacking. I found it too be a little too watery and somewhat bland. On the upside though, it was very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is hazy and hay-colored with a tiny white head. The aroma is predominantly of clove and maybe some pear. The flavor is a light sizzle of citrus: simple lemon and clove that ends with a plastic finish. Good lawn mowing beer.
(rated Apr 10, 2007)

Photo of mesperon
2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours out clear straw color with no head at all. Lots of yeast sediment that stay suspended in the beer.

Smells like wheat, and artificial lemon flavoring.

The feel was very watery and somewhat flat. Overpowering lemon flavor with a note of celery. A little malt flavor and no hops to speak of.

This beer gets points for drinkability, because it was quenching and went down easy, but not very interesting, and not much dimension of flavor. I expected more from Victory since Hop Wollup is one of my new favorites.

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.

Photo of corby112
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish/ orange color with a very thin head. Spicy aroma with hints of citrus orange and lemon peel and banana. Very smooth and crisp with spicy pepper, lemon zest, citrus peel and banana flavor. Slight malt presence as well. Aftertast is a bit metallic and soapy though.

Photo of kshankar
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange in color, nice head with good retention

Aroma: This one focuses on spices the most. The orange peel and citrus is there as well. Those are the most that are there...I can smell some sense of yeast but its mostly overshadowed by the spices and orange

Taste: Follows the aroma. The spices really are a big part of the flavor. The orange peel and citrus follow. Pretty good

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and low carbonation. Goes down smoothly

Drinkability: Refreshing, certainly..and light to medium bodied. Relatively low ABV, and tastes good. Pretty good witbier

Photo of gdfan47
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

im a big fan of this beer

im very sad its a seasonal

in my exsperience I think its the best domestic witbier and also relativly cheap

its just light and resfreshing with a nice balance of wheat and a tall white froathy head

i was even lucky enough to pick up a 6 pack of it the other day, I dont think it will be back out till the spring

love victory and I really need to get up to the brewery soon

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 Zadok
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First appearance was of an orange gelatin, to explain it had a bunch of floaters suspended in mid beer. No head or lacing.

Light hop aroma with citrus hints.

Very smooth hop flavor with citrus and coriander tones. Hop taste if very subtle, nice flavor overall.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation.

Another tasty brew from Victory. Definitely has sessionable quality to it. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Ultra aggressive pour gave me a big healthy head that fell steadily and gave no lacing. The last 1/8 inch of head retained well. Translucent orange brown in color with sediment throughout.

4.5 S: Really spicy and heavy on orange peel. These aromas dominate, but there is also some grassy hops.

4.0 T: Once again, really spicy only this time cloves dominate. Orange peel definitely still there. Grainy malts and grassy hops. Damn good taste overall.

3.5 M: Medium body and smooth, but there is a lack of carbonation which surprises me.

4.0 D: Interesting and smooth. Could drink these all night.

This is only my second witbier (first was Hoegaarden) and I'm already a fan of the style.

Photo of jdg204
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Catching up on some Victory reviews, wanted to expand past their star offerings and pick up a few of the lesser known gems.

A: The ale is a straw-yellow color, very pale and very clear. There is no visible lace or head.

S: The smell of orange peel and wheat dominate the nose, giving the impression that the ale is very delicate.

T: The orange adds a hint of citrusy sweetness with the wheat delivers a small bitterness that barley can't provide. I'd like to see a little more spice though.

M: The ale is very soft on the palate, excellent for a summer day.

D: Another solid offering from Victory, not the greatest Wit beer I've had but a nice supporting actor that shows that they shows off their width of knowledge.

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 callmescraps
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these for the lady (a sucker for wits) and stole one for myself.

Appearance - Nice, hazy yellow straw color. Minimal head.

Smell - A sweet, musty, bready smell. Some citrus as well, almost as nice as smell as the RR Damnation last night.

Taste - Pretty good. A little sweet, with some definite citrus, and the expected wheat/bread.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. This is a lighter beer, and it doesn't overstay its' welcome. Refreshing.

Drinkability - A little low for how refreshing it is. Too sweet to session, frankly.

This is a nice, dependable, tasty bev. Nothing amazing, but very satisfying.

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 Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I always like the look of a nice hazed-golden Belgian wheat style beer. This beer holds true to that look and feel in a glass. No head retention, just a thin ring around the inside of the glass...a bit disappointing.

Smell: a weak, sweet, wheat scent with hints of banana and caramel mixed with spice. Nothing to really brag about.

Taste: wheat is the most prominent and a caramel fruit texture sits softly on the tongue. Sweetened bananas/lemons come thru a bit paired with a clove/cinnamon spice ...very mild however. A bit thin overall and a slight watery finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: goes down smooth and easy but lacks in overall complexity. In my capacity for understanding Belgian style brews this is a fairly average attempt. But Victory brewing still has my vote...I like their brews! Whirlwind is "worth a try" in my book!

Photo of cpn920
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this from Consumer Beverage's in Orchard Park, NY. My ratings may be low for this beer because I noticed that the best by date was in March after getting home. I have always enjoyed Victory's offerings but this one had a sour taste with virtually no head immediately after pouring. Very disappointed but will give Victory the benefit of the doubt as I'm sure that it is because of the date. I'm actually more annoyed with Consumer's for keeping on the shelf and myself for not being more alert.

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