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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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858 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001)
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Photo of SeanRedd
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
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
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of Victory Whirlwind at Fairground Wines and Liquors in Connecticut.

A - A light honey color with a thin white head that quickly laces.

S- Light and faint, but pleasant.

T- This witbier is a little sweet and very smooth. It is a great wit for the Victory crew from Dowingtown, PA.

MF- I love how the Whirlwind feels as I bounce it about my mouth, traces of alcohol and vanilla, what a combo!

Drinkability - This is a very good beer and especially tasty in these warm summer months. Just had one with some chicken fajitas, the pairing worked well. Whirlwind gets two thumbs up from me.

Photo of PBBC
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear, very light yellow

Aroma is of apples and lemon zest, light grain

A nice, refreshing summer beer... clears away the heavy flavors of bbq nicely... almost slightly salty...Taste is excellent, tart, sweet and sour, refreshing. Light apple flavors are rounded off nicely by delicious clean wheat malt flavors... After your tongue adjusts to the tartness of this beer, which is initially shocking for one unaccustomed to the style, the flavor is surprisingly delicate...

Try it if you've tired of the cliche' Sam Summer, or Blue Moon

Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow color with a short white head with some lace not a lot. aromas a lot better spicy with clove and pepper and lemon. peppery tasting up front wheat and tangy yeast hits you next ending with spice and clove great taste. lots of carbonation which just adds to the taste. only thing is could not get all the sediment off the bottom which i think would also have added a little more to it. just added to my list of good witbier.

Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is golden yellow with a 1/2-finger white head that settles pretty quickly to a slight film. Slow-rising bubbles start small at the bottom of the glass, become larger as they drift to the top. Nice effect.

S: Pretty strong scent and about what you'd expect from a witbier: cloves dominate, but there's some yeasty banana and lemony wheat in there too, along with a touch of generic "spice."

T: First impression is "light in flavor." There's wheat with a bit of clove and a lemony dryness. As it warms I get more of a buttery (diacetyl, perhaps?) flavor towards the middle/back of the mouth.

M: Light in heft as you'd expect for the style; maybe a little too thin, in fact. Nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty good. Light but with some flavor to keep it interesting. It was finished pretty quickly. . . .

Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a murky yellow color with some orange in the light. Decent head at first, but it quickly evaporates. Mostly what is nice to see is all the floaty flakes often in suspension in the lower quarter of the drink. Some lacing but it usually settles down. Aromas were strong but not too appetizing. Pine smells were particularly noticeable with really zesty lemon. It felt both natural but artificial at the same time: really invigorating aromas that also smelled like a Lysol spray. Still give props for its uniqueness in my book. Taste was much better than what the aromas would tell: very refreshing and strong in citrus, bready flavors. Somewhat watery but perfect for the summer heat. Like I said, so far for the summer, this must be one of the more refreshing beers I have had. Strong flavors, but wicked light, refreshing body. Overall, if you can get over some of the awkward flavoring, this is a good one.

Photo of erosier
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a bright yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that took some time to settle and laced the glass on the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet toasted malts, orange, and coriander.
T: The taste is the same as the aroma which is good. It is a sweet toasted malt base underneath orange and coriander flavors.
M: Very light and refreshing.
D: OK drinkability. A very decent witbier.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A deep yellow color, looked like apple juice... or pee maybe... There was a thin and shortly lived white head that made a brief appearance in the glass.

Smelled of yeast and hops.

Tasted of yeast, the hops were slightly skunky.

Very crisp and refreshing, went down smooth.

Not a bad beer, average by my estimation. I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again, but not more than one or two; and if other options were available I'd go for them.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.