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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

838 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 23 | 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 Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit cloudy golden with White head that stays and provides creaminess on palate. some lace. Mild cherry flavour, tad sourness, some wheat taste. Watery mouthfeel. Was moderately fresh and refreshing, but only average in flavour. Pleasant but unexceptional product of the Victory line.

Sammy, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/8/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, grain, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same with a slight citrus flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty refreshing.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.4%

djrn2, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

acurtis, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly vanished. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
S: There are aromas of coriander, lemons, orange peels and wheat malts in the nose.
T: The taste shares similarities with the smell, but is a little stronger and also has some sweetness. There are some hints of spices in the flavors, but these don't really stand out, and are dominated by the flavors of citrus and wheat malt.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little prickly on the tongue.
D: The beer is very refreshing and drinkable. It's a good choice for relaxing on a hot summer day.

metter98, May 15, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with just an inch of foam that leaves a strand or two behind

Smell: Wheat bread, orange peel, banana, brown sugar and a hint of spice

Taste: Sweet and bready malts, with brown sugar and banana, up front; the orange peel and spice blend makes an impact at mid-palate and then joins with the sweeter flavors into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate, but slightly spritzy, carbonation

Overall: Just an OK wit; drinkable but lacks something in the Belgian spice department

brentk56, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Daffodil yellow with light flurries of yeast that quickly settle into suspended animation. A thick chunk of pearl colored foam looks pretty good up top. It could have more character and it could leave more lace. That aside, with respect to the beer itself, this is how a wit should look.

The nose is enjoyable and hits every one of its style marks. Citrus and spice are bold and balanced, which tells me that the flavor profile should be right on the money. I expected nothing less from the master brewers at Victory.

I've waited a long time to get ahold of a fresh bottle of Whirlwind Witbier. Several times I brought singles home and found out they were past the 'best by' date, and once I got an extra in a trade that was as well. I'm glad that I resisted the impulse to review anyway, because this fresh bottle is lovely stuff.

Where the flavor profile is concerned, there's nothing new or different here, just the usual things done right. Malt and hops don't contribute much (nor do they need to). It's all about tangy orange peel, spicy coriander and Belgian yeast. This would be delicious beer at any time of the year, but especially in the warm weather months.

The mouthfeel does what it needs to do and does it well. It's closer to light than medium and has carbonation that contributes the exact right amount of lift and energy.

Whirlwind Witbier may not be Victory's most impressive beer, but it's a rock-solid example of the style and is as drinkable as a midsummer day is long. There aren't many American wits better than this.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an off-white colored beer with a small head with minimum retention. Seems to lack carbonation. Aroma is quite nice with a mix of sweetness coming from the malt and from what seems like fruit. Taste is a bit too sweet for my liking (or for what I usually expect from witbier – maybe too much cascade?) but still a nice mix with the spice. Overall, this is a very good drink with maybe a bit too sweet.

Phyl21ca, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat hazy, and very bright golden yellow then came out of over me. Very nice carbonation was visible, with the chains of bubbles really just reaching up toward the top throughout the session. There was a good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away, and even once it was gone there was tons of side glass lace present. Pretty much a very good look for the style, I really thought it looked very nice indeed.

The aroma was somewhat light, but once you let it warm up it started to come out at you a little bit better. Very nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. The flavor followed suit just the same, with a very nice, light body ale. Tons of carbonation and a really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together. I could have kept drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Really a very nice, high quality ale.

mikesgroove, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: musty lemon custard and breads.

T: mild lemon note which is more sour than sweet. A little tart. Light on the wheat/malts.

M: light body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely drinkable and refreshing. Just not complex enough to separate it from others in the genre.

kylehay2004, May 08, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the corner booth a lightly hazed, dark yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a light malt presence, vague touches of unmalted wheat, vaguer hints of citrus, and even vaguer bits of spice.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness with a touch of tangy wheat and an overall subtle sweetness. Meager pinches of lemon and orange zest. Minimal hints of banana and spice character. Tiny blip of hop bitterness. It's at this stage the body and flavor begins to thin considerably as you approach the light, fast finish with a final showing of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body that teeters dangerously on the edge of being watery. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A revitalizing, refreshing witbier that positively makes you want to leap out of your seat with a renewed burst of energy to go find your server and order another beer. It makes a trade-off for less body and overall flavor for an added bonus in ease of drinking and refreshment.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow color, it's got a fluffy white head that settles into just a thin white lacing over the beer. The smell has a pretty good citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste had some bready yeast along with the citrus from the nose coming in on the flavor. The spices settle into place in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good Wit.

Knapp85, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep/hazy yellow color with real nice big rocky head.Aroma of lemon zest is most prevelant with some subtle spiciness,taste was spicey and a little smokey with a good lingering tartness to finish it off.A real nice wheat beer that is real easy to drink,well done Belgian style here.

oberon, May 28, 2003
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

largadeer, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, banana, clove and wheat.

T - It had a very spicy first sip.Good clove and cracked wheat flavor. Some fruity yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale that had a clean, crisp finish.

O - This is a very good witbier. I'm glad I finally broke down and bought some of this.

zeff80, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is several months old... just lightly hazy even with a yeast swirl. The body is yellow with a peach cast, topped by a densely foamy white head that holds well as it's buoyed by a solid carbonation (probably because of the age of the bottle). The aroma is lightly tart, mildly spicy, brightly lemony and lightly yeasty. The body is light/medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that leaves a spritzy tingle on the tongue. The flavor is lightly sweet with a soft citrusy fruitiness (even some dark fruitiness... light cherry?) and gentle clovey spiciness. It finishes short and clean with just a mild lingering sweet citrus note. Incredibly refreshing and enjoyable. Flavorful but mellow with the yeast characteristics dominating over the spiciness. Very nicely done.

NeroFiddled, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +8.4%

SocalKicks, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Showing a big foam is not a problem but the head only leaves a thin patchy lace, the beer was clear after pouring 2/3 of the bottle and the yeast had to be more than just swirled in to cloud the liquid.

Mildly peppery, hint of orange peel, powdery almost mildew-like yeast with a faint tart fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Ample carbonation with a moderate body. Vague maltiness is a shade grainy, big tart fruitiness with hints of plum and lemon. Tad nutty and musty from the yeast. Light spice character within … touch of clove and citric zest shows the most. Virtually clean after taste.

A decent attempt at the style, there is better out there and even the mass produced beers of this style are just as good if not better. Still worth a try.

Jason, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a golden hazy hue with a vibrant white head not as pale of golden as a Hoegaarden, but this is a fairly authentic Belgian style wit using a Belgian yeast. The head doesn't billow as thickly as I was anticipating, but I am still impressed with the vibrant white head with fairly large bubbles. Aroma is very lucious with spices and cloves flowing through it, and the characteristic sharp sweetness from the malted wheat complement eachother very well lightly hopped to produce a favorable representation of the witbier. Taste is slightly acidic good carbonation cause the tingling mouthfeel from this lighter bodied beer, but the first thing that comes through is a rush of bitter sweetness balance with a faint trace of the yeast characteristics of citrus, cloves, and other spices in there. Very nice drinkable summer beer for any wheat beer lover like myself, yes I could drink quite a few of these. I still prefer Holy Moses, Allagash White, Hoegaarden, and Wittekerke over this, but it's still a great representation of a classic style by an amazing brewery like Victory.

WVbeergeek, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

nickfl, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, beautiful head, white as driven snow, lemony color. And there's the aroma, right away, all those fresh and delightful notes we love in a witbier-the lemon, the orange, the spice.Light, but substantial texture. So fresh! Alc. content not given, and not detected. Hoppy as all get-out! The ultimate summer beer, and a note-perfect interpretation.

feloniousmonk, Dec 04, 2002
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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
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