1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

786 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 786
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Whirlwind Witbier Alström Bros
Ratings: 786 | Reviews: 526 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of JamesS


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice belgian wit. It had an excellent golden coloring with great head and lacing. It was very smooth with a nice wheat scent and flavoring. It had nice soft flavor hints of spices and orange that gave it a nice touch. Well worth a try on a hot day, or any type of day for that matter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 19:23:29 | More by JamesS
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

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

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lemon, clove spice, Belgian yeast a lot of wheat.

T: The taste is full of wheat, lemon and spice, with a touch of Belgian yeast. There’s a good amount of sweetness but the malt character is pretty thin and there’s a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down as easily, not filling at all, very good representation of style, it’s a good lighter beer to drink a lot of, but I would pick a several other Witbiers that I’d choose first.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 02:22:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of mmcave


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

Bottle states enjoy by may 23-08.
Chilled and poured straight down the center of a newly cleaned nonic glass, when it settled the head stood about a centimeter from the surface pure white, it fizzed very loudly. The retention was minimal and lacing not present at all (could be my glass wear). The color is typical of whits maybe a tad more straw golden though. Body is hazy pale rust color with straw gold tones, reminds me of fall.

Aroma is quite reminiscent of belgian whits. I get that sort of yogurt like smell I always attribute to the creaminess of yeast on wheat. Of course there is a subtle but pleasant hint of coriander and orange peel, which is easily over done, but well done in this. I get notes of lemon, peach and berries with some minor phenolics, slightly bready notes with yeast goodness.

Taste is mild and pleasant with a clean start onto a more creamy mouthfeel then a slightly more fruity finish. In my opinion the finish and back end of this beer are where it shines. Those hints of berry, orange, lemon, round, yet peppery coriander, are present. Lingers on the sides of the tongue making you want more. Good, subtle, quaffable beer, very quenching and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 15:56:08 | More by mmcave
Photo of karst


4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle from Springfield IL Friar Tuck has enjoy by Oct 25, '06.

Pours a chill hazed light golden/yellow with white head dimished by age.
Aroma is an inviting combination of coriander/bitter orange, bready wheat and Belgian yeast notes. So Good at 10 am on a late summer Saturday morning as I contemplate the yard word I need to do following the sever thunderstorm that brought down branches from my 100 Oak trees in the front yard. I sweep the deck of the leaves from the 15 minute marble size hail that preceeded the 2" down pour. The etch ring at the bottome of Samuel Adams "Ideal" glass brings up a cylinder of fine beading (reminding me of the bubble curtains used by baleen whales to herd krill into a dense column before the ascend - mouths agape - and breach the surface with a full mouth of crustaceans. I hunger for more of this amazing Belgian Wit and quaff a full mouth like the whales - the efferescence and citrus tingles my pallate like a million krill trapped in the baleen. The broom rests against the deck rail. The deck remains unswept as I let the joy of beer sweep away my desire to do any work.

Awesome mouthfeel is surpassed by an ultimate clean finish that would bring me back to this again for that quality.

Session beer? You Bet!

I yearn for a trip to Downington, PA for a freash pint from the source.
Maybe next year after the AHA Nationial conference in Cinncinatti, OH.

Beer is good - Victory brews some of the best!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 15:15:50 | More by karst
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on draught a few weeks ago at the Taco Mac on E/W Connector, but wanted to have a go at it in a bottle. I must say, it is quite different. Appearance is much more on par with style guidelines from the bottle, with a pale yellow, cloudy look remenicent of Hoegaarden or Wittekerke. Smell on draught was very *average*, while smell from the bottle seemed a bit richer, and thus, a little more impressive. Taste on draught is very good with loads of spice and delicious flavours. Taste in the bottle was muted spices and seems a bit thinner. Mouthfeel in the bottle seemed a bit less impressive than draught, as well, and likewise, drinkability. I enjoied this for sure, and would probably buy it again, but it's a bit better on draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:28:38 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of cichief


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours very cloudy yellow, with a thick snow-white head.

S- Very spicy and citrus-like, strong scent of cardamom and clove.

T- Very spicy, a very refreshing taste, very strong orange-cardamom flavor.

M- Very carbonated, but within style parameters, thin to medium in body.

D- Very refreshing, a good example of the style, especially from the US.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:26:56 | More by cichief
Photo of jmalex


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up right from the brewery, but sadly this is the last one I have left. Time to make it count.

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a small head that drops somewhat quickly. A thick collar and scant patches of foam are all that remains.

SMELL: Mostly yeasty with a clean smell of oranges. Coriander is present but only very slightly.

TASTE: A surprisingly neutral flavor profile. Light on the citrus and not too much spice. Yeast flavor is the most prominent, but even the light, sweet flavor of wheat doesn't stand out.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body is pretty nice though I can help but think it feels a bit thinner than it should be. Carbonation level is low as the head has all but disappeared.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is good. A fine beer on a summer day. This would definitely be a refreshing drink. And it's something to drink all night with the low ABV.

I expected a bit more from Whirlwind Wit, but it's not bad. I get it if I see it on tap at a bar or at the brewery, but I probably won't buy anymore bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 21:08:04 | More by jmalex
Photo of Nipitato


2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Straw hue. Cloudy and opaque - hazy. No head whatsoever. Visible effervescence.

S: Creamy sweet vanilla aroma with a citrusy lemon scent and some coriander. Malt aroma pokes through. Very floral and sweet. Missing spicy notes.

T: A very disappointing taste. Dry tart finish is the only flavor characteristic that makes this taste like a witbier. No underscoring sweetness. No spicy flavors. Orange/citrus flavor is flat, weak, and funky.

MF: Medium body. Highly carbonated. Creamy from high carbonation.

D: This is a disappointing offering from Victory, which is one of my favorite breweries. It's missing most of the good things about a witbier. Not particularly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 16:37:18 | More by Nipitato
Photo of katan


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

Poured from a bottle - drink by April 2008.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color - light gold. Light amount of head. Very bubbly though, may indicate lots of carbonation.

S - Not an overpowering smell. Very light. I'd say the wheat is the most dominant.

T - Taste is very light wheaty flavor, with some backdrop of coriander and orange peel. The more I drink it the more I can pick up on the spicy flavors.

M - Has a bit of carbonation to it - can be a crisp.

D - I could drink alot of these. Especially on a warm summer day (like today). In fact, its so good I might drink em way too fast.

Overall - I love this beer. Its right up there with Hoegaarden as my favorite of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 22:27:34 | More by katan
Photo of Bitterbill


2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

This pours from 12oz bottle(Best by Apr 30 08) a cloudy yellow with a small head of foam. Not much is left after a few minutes other than a ring around the edge of my glass and some lacing.

The smell is of yeast and citrus and wheat and clove and banana. It's not a bit shy on the nose. ;^)

The taste is big and citrusy up front with flavours of clove and some banana but it all works up front only..the flavours fall off quickly midway through and it finishes really watery. If at least some of the flavour lasted, I'd have liked it more. Pretty disappointing for me and I'll not revisit this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 00:00:56 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Dalem


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory's Whirlwind is a witbeer in the style of Belgium greats like Hoegaarden. Unlike a Hoegaarden though, which can be a bit too grainy and murky at times for the superheat the season is giving us right now, this may be unfiltered but delivers a much cleaner presentation from start to finish. Scents of citrus and bananas, a nice fizziness on the tongue with a nice balance of lemon peel and light bitter hops to keep it from being too sweet (the downfall of many an American made wheat style for me) and general earthiness. The aftertaste reminds me of something a little spicy and is that blueberries I'm thinking as well too? This is a damn good twist on the summer wheat styles. Completely thirst quenching and refreshing especially on a doing yard work in a scorcher of a day like today. If this is any indication of Victory's does with they're other brews I will be sure to try some of the other things they make soon and (hopefully) on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 20:13:58 | More by Dalem
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Cloudy yellow color, with small head that faded out.

smell - Citrus, and bananna.

taste - Nice witbier, citrus, bananna, refreshing.

mouthfeel - Light, with some carbination.

drinkability - One of the best Wiribier beers I have tried, nice for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 14:46:40 | More by auxiliary
Photo of malcontent


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy honey-colored body with a thin layer of head and streams of active bubbles feeding the head from below.

Mostly clove on the front end but there's a bit of lemon afterward. However, the lemon scent turns into a spicier, almost Saaz-like hop nose which, however appetizing, seems wrong for the style. The yeast rescues the smell on the finish, returning it to the classic Belgian clove/citrus peel duality.

Extraordinarily light, almost lacking in flavor. The citrus (lemon) is there on the front, but it's almost as if contained in a club soda instead of beer. The yeast, once again, steps up to round out the brew and carries it through the spice on the finish. Ends spic'n'span clean with a mineral dryness as a final touch.

Starts a touch fizzy but fleshes out with some good thickness on the finish. Refreshment is not a quality lacking in this beer as, regardless of how true to the witbier style it is or isn't, this goes down easy. This could be a bore in the winter but it's more than welcome in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 20:58:54 | More by malcontent
Photo of BigMart42


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm certainly not a huge victory drinker, but I really enjoyed this one. From my experience, its highly recommended if its a hot day and your using a lawn-mower.

This is descent Witbier, very crisp and highly carbonated. Pours a very light and hazy gold. It has a citrus taste with a slight spice and bitter mouth feel. I'd say overall very drinkable, just about everyone can enjoy this style of beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 00:39:14 | More by BigMart42
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.