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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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800 Ratings

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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 Natural510


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle with a pale yellow color (typical to style), lots of initial head which quickly dissipates into almost none. Faint bubbly lacing on sides of glass.
Smells very lemony, somewhat spicy. Like a sweet loaf of lemon bread.
Lemon and wheat are the initial flavors, carries a fairly nice spice backbone...perhaps nutmeg, clove and/or a little cinnamon. Has a nice puckering dryness with a faint barley backbone. Otherwise, flavors aren't too outstanding, but it does balance out well enough.
Tangy & slightly puckering in the mouth...carbonation leaves a bit to be desired, but this may be an older bottle.
All in all, drinkable enough in warm weather, but nothing too differential to others of the style. Comparable to a Blue Moon or Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:49:14 | More by Natural510
Photo of rodcom


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid wheat beer from Victory. Classic cloudy gold color when poured from the bottle. Initial taste is crisp and clean taste with a hint of grass in the taste. Limited after taste. Great beer for the summer time after mowing the line. No reason not to go buy a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 01:12:33 | More by rodcom
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid if unspectacular. The beer pours a brilliant, hazy golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. Good estery Whitbier aroma with a pleasant flavor of spice - mostly clove and coriander. Nice, rich spicy mouthfeel with a good carbonation on the tongue. Good, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:45:02 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (into a pint @Copperfields in Manhattan)golden hue with dash of cloudyness, 1/4 fingertip ose, full cap heaad and bubble chunks that break after the first quaff, minor lacing.

S: What smell? Had my nose in it several times. Only thing I got was some lemon and yeast if that at all.

T: Tangy/spicy hoppyness. As I give it some time to breath bread and candy but not overpowering by any stetch of the imagination.

M: Clean sharp thick finish.

O: Too spicy for me, not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 13:22:16 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of ffejherb


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into 12oz. glass on 4/30/08.

A - Slightly hazy, almost gritty golden/light amber body with a thin white ring of head around the glass. Ample carbonation.

S - Spicy and yeasty with pepper and a bit of fleshy fruit and bubblegum sweetness. Clove is also present. Slight notes of perfume emerge as well.

T - Starts out a bit sweet with apple and pear notes then suddenly turns quite spicy with plenty of pepper and clove flavor, but there's also an underlying bubblegum or candi sugar sweetness present. Hints of dark fruit reminiscent of plums and grapes meander into the mix, but stay in the background. The prevalent yeasty aspect gives this wheat beer a Belgian twist.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes up nice and spicy with some earthy bitterness. Just a tad watery overall.

D - Pretty decent offering from Victory, but certainly not one of my favorites. It's got quite a spicy kick and lots of flavors swirling around, though. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 22:14:59 | More by ffejherb
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a wheat color yellow with an extremely thin covering of head that disappears before you put the bottle down. I thought the bottle may be old due to lack of carbonation, but there is still a month left in the enjoy by date.

S: A strong lemony citrus aroma meets your nose before it even gets close to the glass. There is some sort of spice smell that is very pronounced as well. It has a more interesting smell than most wheat beers I have had.

T: The taste closely follows the smell. Lemony citrus notes along with a some nice spicing. Like most Witbier offerings it is extremely clean and refreshing. However, this one has an interesting flavor like the best in the style.

M: The lack of carbonation in the mouth is replaced nicely by the spicing. It is extremely thin like most in the style.

D: The addition of the spicing really adds to the taste and mouthfeel, but when comparing it to others of this style its not quite as drinkable due to the spicing.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:25:39 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of hyland24

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured cloudy gold with a white 1 inch head leaving behind scattered lacing. The beer smelled fruity with citrus and banana standouts. Tasted bready and sweet with hints of lemon and orange and faint hints of banana. Well carbonated with thin to medium body and a nice bready yeast mouthfeel. Very nice example of this style. Nice warm weather brew. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 02:54:50 | More by hyland24
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy straw color, with a white foam head. Ample carbonation and sediment. Patchy lacing throughout.

S - Citrus (mostly lemon)and freshed baked bread and butter.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Bready wheat flavor with a crisp citrus finish.

MF&D - Thin-Medium body, easy drinking. Great choice for a summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 21:52:02 | More by nasty15108
Photo of DIM


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very cloudy pale yellow color. It was served to me with a thin white head, lots of lace.

s: Smelled of lemons, bananas, and a bit of bubblegum.

t: Mirrors the smell, tastes as a wheat beer should. This also has a very mild pepper kick to it.

m: Well carbonated and very refreshing.

d: This is a perfect summertime brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 15:47:58 | More by DIM
Photo of Dodo2step


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Underdog Bar and Grill.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy light dandelion color. A half finger head rises and falls quickly. A little lace.

S- wheaty and malty. A touch of coriander citrus also hits the nose.

T- a citrus and floral flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden. It also has a faint wheat taste mixed with lemon.

M- wet and a watery feeling in the mouth at first. smooth and crisp.

D- goes down smooth without any issues and i could easily put a few of these away. Very light in and alcohol doesnt pose asfar as flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 00:35:07 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of AChamberlain


4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought from the Park Slope Food Coop. 12oz with an experation date of 4-30-08. Poured a cloudy orange with an extremely thin head. Very effervescent. Corriander aroma. Tart and citrusy sweet. Very tasty. Fizzy fresh mouthfeel. Very drinkable, I really miss having this beer. Hopefully it will make it down here in TX soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 02:49:14 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of mfhlucky13


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 18:19:56 | More by mfhlucky13
Photo of nickfl


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Comes out of the bottle a clear, straw golden color with a half finger of bone white head. With a swirl of the dregs, I get some haze, but it is kind of chunky and not dense enough.

S - Dull lemony aroma dominates the nose, with a background of coriander and some yeast notes.

T - Orange mixed with lemon, followed by a peppery yeast flavor. Kind of grainy with a dry, slightly sour finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - I'm sorry to say that this is a totally lackluster wit. It is way to lemony and it lacks the fragrant floral notes and the spice that characterize better examples of the style. Fortunately, this is not representative of Victory's normally spectacular beers.

I paired the last bottle in the six pack with pasta and a marinara sauce, and despite being a mediocre beer, it was a nice match for the tomato sauce.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 05:03:04 | More by nickfl
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

it poured light pale yellow almost white nice fluffy head stuck around

the smell was a little to much lemon even for this style, it had a funk that came up as I put the glass to my nose.

the taste was a stale wheat flavor with lite lemon flavor and an almost watered down aftertaste

not one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 07:05:43 | More by Kwak
Photo of Slynger


2.23/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, light lemon peel yellow with minimal white head. Smells strongly of lemon. Sweet lemon zest and tart lemon with moldy belgian yeast and a bit of clove. I have to be honest this beer smells terrrible. The taste is only slightly better: light lemon-lime soft drink flavoring to go along a bit of wheat and yeast (not the same as the foul smelling stuff from the nose thank goodness), and a bit of spice to go along with it. Mouthfeel is light and watery, lacking the significant carbonation characterized by the style. Have to be honest; I was not expecting it but this was one of the worst beers I've had in a while. I hope for Victory's sake I simply got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:38:40 | More by Slynger
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've liked the other Victory brews that Ive tried... lets try their witbier!

A- Ehhh, this looks toxic! haha.. Almost flourecent yellow in color... a strong lemon hue... Cloudy.. med carbonation... NO head.

S- Lemon.. spice... wheat malt. Smells like lemon murang pie.

T- Lemon! There's a spiciness that blends right in with the wheat malt... nice. Quite tasty as long as you can handle the lemon.

M- Light.. slightly over carbonated. Nice citrus bite on the tongue.

D- This is a great session beer for the summer. As social as they come

Overall? Despite the akward appearance, it's a tasty beer that would appeal to a wide array of people.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 05:09:16 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of BBM

New York

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow into a glass with a thick, chunky white head. Aroma was sweet and malty, with hints of banana and earth.

The flavor starts out rather tame, with the wheat and malt up front. Banana flavor along with some earthy spices round out the flavor. Not exactly a whirlwind of flavor, but it's nicely crafted. Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin, but not too watery. This is a decent session beer for those who enjoy wits.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 19:06:36 | More by BBM
Photo of wheelinshirt


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a minimally cloudy straw color with little head and zero retention and lacing in my pint glass (wish i had a pilsner glass on hand). Smell is zesty, orange, clove, a little sour and a good bit yeasty--lots going on here, all good!

Taste is similar, very clean though. The flavors from the spices and yeast aren't very aggresive and let the body really shine through--light and crisp with lively carbonation that is just right, tremendously drinkable. I wish i was drinking this on a hot summer day, it would be extremely refreshing. Very solid offering overall from victory. Man, the more I drink it the better the yeasts start to taste. I wish there was more yeast in mine, i like em real cloudy. I also wish it looked better in the glass, but I guess you can't have everything.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 07:45:24 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance, this beer poured with minimal or no head... The aroma is a sublime citrus-scent with wheat predominating. At the initial taste, nothing fancy or over-the-top, but nonetheless a good, decent witbier that deserves some recognition. I've tried better and I've tried worse, but overall I was not dissapointed with this selection. Was able to find this in November, although this is supposed to be a summer-time beer... The taste is a little spicy but cannot compare to some other brews I've sampled... All said, worth a try and definitely an above-average sample...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 23:29:30 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass with a pale straw color. Generous, white foamy head dissipated quickly. Subtle smells of cloves, yeast and wheat. Taste was somewhat thin - definitely a witbier in presentation, but lacking the flavor of other wits out there. Nicely carbonated and somewhat lively in the mouth, with a slightly bitter finish. Not bad, but I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 00:19:06 | More by Jwale73
Photo of jhu1995


2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color with a think white head which quickly dissipates. No lacing at all. Smell was clovelike with some yeasty notes. Taste was weak. Very faint clove like flavors and not much else. Very water-downed and light-bodied. Easy to drink but not much else going on. Expected more.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 02:54:08 | More by jhu1995
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't too impressed at first. It had NO head or lace, yellow, slightly opaque. It had a kind of sourish, wheat scent.

This taste made up for the original observations, though. It was crisp and clean in its taste. Had a punchyness to it. Carbonated and bubbly.

This beer does a very good job of mixing carbonation and zest with clean, wheat taste. It is not near the top of Witbiers that I had tried, but it is definitely a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 20:47:05 | More by Amalak
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this poured a hazy gold with a minimal and quickly diminishing head and no lacing to speak of. nose was nice, with classic wit aromas of lemony citrus and spicy coriander. malt presence was minimal in this, as it was mostly sour with a bit of spiciness. somewhat thin and puckering. lacks the soft malt character which i find appealing in a wit.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 07:33:18 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of MMAJYK


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 14:54:55 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of dgallina


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated best-before May 28, 2008.

Pours into the tumbler a highly-carbonated pale yellow. A bit clear for a wheat beer and not much head evident, but there is good lace left on the glass. The smell is loaded with creamy wheat, soft orange, and sharp clove notes as you'd expect for the style. Superbly creamy body is light and effervescent. Tastes super smooth and subtly integrated. The soft wheat tones blend right into the creamy orange and clove spices. Not especially adventurous, but spot-on for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 15:59:44 | More by dgallina
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.