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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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832 Ratings

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 22 | 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.

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Photo of matty


2.1/5  rDev -43.1%

Light yellow cloudy beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is disgusting,it actually smeels like mustard.Taste is nutmeg and lemon...yuck.I am a fan of Victory products but this is just plain unenjoyable.I will label this as one step below garbage.Yuck.

06-30-2008 03:00:51 | More by matty
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7%

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a pale hazy yellow, tons of floaties lie suspended in the brew and sports a small pure white head.

S- Delicate wheat, lemongrass, subtle dry hops and a hint of mint.

T- Much like the nose, the beer has a very soft wheat texture, a bit grainy, some citrus and a nutty note.

M- Light/medium body, fair amount of carbonation.

D- This one is no standout but it does its job for a summer seasonal, its refreshing and highly drinkable.

06-27-2008 12:56:42 | More by ATPete
Photo of praufs01


3.23/5  rDev -12.5%

Appearance - Clear yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Banana, clove, and coriander.

Mouthfeel - fizzy carbonation, very thin.

Taste - Banana upfront, with some clove in the middle, that finishes with banana.

Overall - Very drinkable. However, I was expecting some orange zest as this is supposed to be a Belgian Wit but I could not detect any. It would have scored a little higher if it had detectable orange in the aroma and taste.

06-26-2008 01:12:30 | More by praufs01
Photo of ski271


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Slightly hazy medium gold with a small, white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Some very light lacing early. Smell is fruity, crisp and mild. Taste follows, with its fruitiness being most notable, but some spice shows up halfway through. Lemon, coriander, green apple, and some spicy, bready yeast toward the finish. It has a medium-light body, lightly dry texture, and moderate carbonation. At the time, I really enjoyed this beer because it was very refreshing and easy-drinking. In retrospect, I would have liked a little more character in there. It was a very mild beer, but good nevertheless.

06-24-2008 19:38:09 | More by ski271
Photo of becktone


3.8/5  rDev +3%

Edit: Unfortunately I've only just now realized that the sixer I purchased from the IGA in Clifton is about two years old.

Eye: Cloudy and very pale yellow in color and appearance. Definitely the appearance of a Wit. Head is small but has good retention and is white as can be with a creamy appearance.

Nose: Strong spices and citrus twang in the nose. Corriander definitely and some ginger. Lots of stuff going on in here. Aroma is full-meaning there is a heavy bouquet of aromas, filling-many different levels going on, hard to describe. Like I said citrus notes, spicy notes, and I'm really getting ginger. Smells great, however I'd like it to be more potent, perhaps then I'd have an easier time getting some of these aromas.

Tongue: Very unique Wit. Everything that is in the aroma is present...with what I'm perceiving as ginger taking the lead. Also some citrus notes and other spice. I think that this beer has held up remarkably well. Too bad I didn't see when I bought it a few weeks ago from IGA that it was over two years old. I discovered today(one of the last two bottles I've got, that "Enjoy by Nov 15 06 is printed on the label" Would really like to try this one fresh. Fucking Supermarkets... Ginger and coriander really take the lead with some orange citrus notes in the very background. This is good but it must be better when its less than two years old. I Like it but I think that I'd like it more fresh.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light and almost flat soda like on the palate. Don't get me wrong, I like what this beer has become in the past two years(unfortunately for me, I thought I was buying something fresh) but the ginger taste it has taken on with a really light and delicate carbonation makes this feel like a ginger ale going flat. However, this is one that I'll be looking for again, I will try to find this before the season is up this year and I'll definitely be interested to find what it tastes like fresh. Hey, it must be good its held up pretty damn well for two years.

06-24-2008 16:28:32 | More by becktone
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Light golden and orangish tinge. Head quickly disipates. Highly carbonated.

S: Very faint smells of straw, coriander and clove. Beer is not very aromatic either cold or when it warmed up a bit.

T: Unlike the smell, the taste is more prevelent. A decent spicy, peppery flavor with some hay and straw undertones.

M: Pretty smooth, but for the style, I thought there was too much carbonation.

D: Not the best witbier out there, but certainly worth a try.

06-24-2008 13:50:07 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold and clear with pretty decent 1/2" white head for a Witbier. Zero lacing.

S: An abundance of that bubblegum wheat smell on the nose.

T&M: Lots of wheat and malt are prevalent right off the bat. This has some sweetness but the overall flavor is just a bit dry. Weight is light but is quite flavorful of malt. There is some bittering here but it doesn't seem to be a noticeable flavoring component. Carbonation is light but persistent. The finish is relatively short but has that typical "wheat chaffe" linger that I personally don't care for.

D: This is a decent wheat beer. It has all of the typical characteristics, including the aftertaste on the finish. There is nothing particularly interesting that sets this brew apart from so many others. It's a decent summer drink and it will probably be more palatable to those that appreciate a decent witbier.

06-23-2008 00:19:07 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of perfectkaos


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Picked this one up out of the Mix a six pack shop case cause i realized there were so many Victory brews i had yet to sample.

poured into my Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! glass. color is pale gold, almost american lager looking. small foamy head

smells pretty much like a wheat beer is supposed to smell like. a little sweetness, a little bit of potpourri.

classic wheat beer flavoring too. complex mix of spices come in at the end, a little sweet.

beer is light and goes down easy. I'm not a wheat beer guy at all, but this one is very drinkable. I'd definitely have another if i ever bought wheat beers except to sample them.

06-21-2008 22:16:02 | More by perfectkaos
Photo of joekfsu


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with 2 cm of white foamy, quickly diminishing head. Aroma is floral and fruity, lemon and a hint of orange. Initial flavor is kind of a watered down citrus drink with some wheat. End flavor is similar, after taste is not long lived. Light body, minimal carbonation, minimal lacing, and the alcohol really never made it out in taste or aroma. Overall, it falls into a style of beer I tend not to appreciate, but I guess it is par for the course.

06-20-2008 01:54:25 | More by joekfsu
Photo of phantomwyse


3.23/5  rDev -12.5%

A: Poured a lemon-cough drop cloudy color, 1 finger pillowy head disappeared quickly.

S: Fantastically citric, pumpkin spice, ginger, cinnamon. Remind me of Troeg's Dreamweaver Wheat, but probably just because I've had that so much previously.

T: Different, from the smell though I thought it would be like Dreamweaver, it wasn't. To me, the taste didn't appear until the swallow and aftertaste, and not at the first contact. Brisk orange, earthy, slightly herbal, faintly Ricola.

M: Tantalizing, but with out the follow up in the taste. Pringly, mild carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Warm weather beer. A good beer to have in the fridge amongst the offerings for the acquired taste. This is the beer for the girlfriend to have.

06-19-2008 01:37:47 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7%

I have heard good stuff about this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in many areas but has some potential.

A- Clear golden liquid, small thin white head, quickly dissipating, never to be seen after the first two or three sips. No lacing, no sediment.

S- Smell was extremely peppery and spicy with a dose of fruits.

T- Banana ester and orange peel. More of those spices from the nose- notably corriander and cloves. Detected a sour quality as well, citrus in fact.

M- Highly carbonated, tingly but easy going down. Somewhat watery as well- thin body.

D- Easy to drink but lacks complexity and originality. I will give this one another try sometime if given the chance.

06-17-2008 02:34:52 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

06-15-2008 19:33:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of jockstrappy


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a sticky off-white head. Aromas noticed are dried fruit and a belgian spice character. Taste begins with that belgian spice up front, and slightly gives way to a combination of toasted malt and a very small citric hop presence. Mild carbonation and light-medium body make this brew very drinkable. Great summertime brew here.

06-15-2008 13:37:54 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of largadeer


4.18/5  rDev +13.3%

Best by March '09.

Appearance: Cloudy and opaque blond with surprisingly little head. The foam recedes pretty quickly here, leaving only a fizzy ring.

Smell: Floral, grassy and herbal; spicier as it warms. Mild but very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly dry (just the right touch of malty sweetness) with a nice spicy kick (coriander I'm guessing?). Light and crisp with a clean, dry finish. I'm liking this more than a lot of authentic Belgian wits I've had.

Drinkability: Sessionable to the extreme - It'd be easy to drink a few of these without a second thought. Sadly, I've only got one.

06-14-2008 00:57:11 | More by largadeer
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Color: Pours an orange color with some cloudiness due to the yeast. One finger head as well.

Aroma: Light with hints of coriander and orange peel. Somewhat spicy in the nose.

Taste: Spicy and light upfront. Lightly toasty. Smooth. Taste has mix of spice and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and smooth mainly.

Drinkability: Sometimes, it's hard to describe beers. However, I feel this is a solid witbier if not the best that I've had. Definitely worth trying.

06-04-2008 21:47:43 | More by Brad007
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Fairly clear yellow/golden body with a small wismpy white head that disappears quickly.

Smells of coriander and bubble gum.

Good wheat flavors, lots of coriander. Bubble gum throughout, but especially on the finish. A solid white. Body feels a little too thin, but average mouthfeel.

Good drinkability, a smooth wheat beer that isn't amazing, but great to drink.

06-01-2008 20:36:41 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an amber brown that had a touch of reddish orange. When poured had an 1 finger bubbly white head. Head disappeared quickly and left only a small ring around the top. Fair amount of sediment was visible, but didn't notice it in tasting. Aroma was yeasty with touches of green olives. Taste seemed to have banana and white sandwich bread. A little acidic in the mouth, but fairly easy to drink.

06-01-2008 00:27:33 | More by mountdew1
Photo of NCSUdo


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

12 oz bottle

A: Almost clear yellow under a tiny white head. Expected a lot more haze/yeast. No lace, no retention.

S: Smells of a nice earthy yeast, coriander and bubble gum. Good smell.

T: Bubble gum and yeast throughout, a bit of tropical fruit. A little lacking though.

M/D: Crisp, carbonation a little prickly, light, smooth bodied. Decent drinkability.

05-31-2008 23:47:06 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of SugarBunny


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

I love witbiers and I am a fan of Victory brews, especially the Prima Pils. This however, did not meet my expectations.
It poured a nice color, with a nice cloudiness, not much head or pronounced aroma. I did not get much of a yeast taste, nor overly pronounced citrus flavors. It seemed to be a watered down version of the witbiers I enjoy.

05-29-2008 15:54:31 | More by SugarBunny
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22%

This one seemed to have some pretty subpar reviews setting my expectations low, but I loved every sip of it. Im not a big fan of Victory's biggest beers, but they knock another session beer out of the park - great outlook for this summer.

12oz bottle poured into hefe glass for the first night of breaking out the grill in 08.

A: Cloudy, sediment filled belgian looking yellow with an ample head and slight lacing. Not the prettiest start.

N: This is where things look up. Citrus and a boatload of creamy ripe bananas. A bit of coriander with some hop aromas. The yeast and the wheat smells really are resounding for such a pale looking 'belgian'.

T: Citrus lemon and a sting of spices, mostly coriander. The lemon and orange peel flavors come out as it warms up and this proves to be delicious. Sweet matched with wheat makes this a terrific one for the season and grilling.

M: Light bodied, spicy kick and an overall thin beer that goes down crisply.

D: Went superbly with grilled eggplant and grilled soft shell crab. This is one Im going to be having several of through the summer in the back yard. Thanks Victory.

05-29-2008 12:53:52 | More by marcpal
Photo of robrobrob

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured bright golden yellow into a pint glass with a small head that fizzled away soon and swirls of cloudiness. The smell was nice and bready with yeasty fruits and a hint of spice. The taste though, was all cloves and spice. After that you can taste the yeast and wheat, but they really are eclipsed by the spice. Mouthfeel was good, creamy with a nice amount of carbonation and overall it's a nice quaff on a warm day with a hot dog. Not my favorite wit by any means though.

05-28-2008 21:52:09 | More by robrobrob
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Orange/gold color, very hazy. One finger head with short retention, no lacing. Tons of sediment; one of the most sediment-laden brews I've seen.

S - Strong wheat malt and yeast aroma, along with some unmalted wheat. Mild citrus elements and faint coriander as well.

T - Starts off with bold wheat and yeast character like any good witbier. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't go much further than this. Some spice comes through near the finish, but it's just not very deep. Still, the initial hit of yeast is quite pleasing.

M - Decent carbonation, but the body is lacking. It seems almost creamy, but quickly turns watery. Not sure what's going on, but the watery aspect really deters.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these, even if a little flavorless. Nothing terribly offensive, but there are certainly better witbiers out there. Refreshing and smooth overall.

05-27-2008 06:49:10 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%

Poured a fairly clear orange gold color with a small airy head that didn't last. There was a shitload of floaters suspended in my glass. Strong citrus and clove aromas. Sweet and spicy flavor.
The feel was very smooth but overall the body was almost flat. There should be more carbonation here. A refreshing and tasty brew with a mediocre feel.

05-27-2008 04:02:52 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of oneeye


1.3/5  rDev -64.8%

Poured into a pint glass.Floaties swimming around,thick and cloudy yellow.Smells of clove and corriander.Overwhelming taste of cloves.Way to many spices going on here.This beer ruined my palate for the rest of the day.

Notes. I was surprised how much I hated this beer.The first Victory offering I would not reccomend.

05-19-2008 13:21:01 | More by oneeye
Photo of albern


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

A decent witbier, but not a brilliant one by any stretch. The beer pours a fairly pale yellow with some cloudiness. There are no yeasty bits floating about and the cloudiness is faint. There is some carbonation to the beer, but it is quite watery. The smell is quite good in that you will get the very typical whiff of wheat, some bubblegum berry like notes, and a bit of spice. The aroma is standard fare, and good. The taste is a bit disappointing, but not bad. It is fairly subdued, but there is spice, rind, lemon citrus, some berry like sweetness, and then there is a sourish, slightly off taste in the finish. I'm guessing some nutty flavors popping through that shouldn't really be there and some pepperiness. The lingering aftertaste is not winning any points for this beer. This is a drinkable beer, quite light and watery, not all that substantial, but not bad either.

05-18-2008 20:40:35 | More by albern
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