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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

862 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Photo of nickg902
1.91/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Fan of Victory so I thought Id try this

A: Pours a deep yellow color with a lot of carbonation and a small, white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S: First smell I get is of the wheat and cloves, but the more I smell, the more it reminds me of a bologna sandwhich. I hope it doesnt taste like this

T: I should of known, it does taste exactly like bologna, which I do not like. There were no subtle flavors to tone it down either and I had a tough time finishing it. Watery bologna sandwhich is the perfect explanation for this one

M: Carbonation is nice and it is quite crisp

D: Not drinkable at all

I had trouble finishing this one, good thing I had a Miller Lite to wash it down. Miserable beer. I am very disappointed with Victory for this one. DONT BUY!!

Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: Oct. 6, 2006

Poured 4/5 into a pounder pint glass then swirled vigorously and dumped the remainder into glass. Hazy straw colored with a white 1/2" head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smells of lemon, sweet sugar & yeast. Swirled my glass a few times and I smell more complex yeast and sugar cookies cooling on the rack.

The flavors are very malted accented with an attenuated amount of citrus compared to the smell. A bit grassy with just a smidge of tartness when compared to Hoegaarden perhaps.

On the lighter side of medium bodied with just the right amount of ultra fine carbonation. A yeasty, chalky finish with short-lived lingering flavors.

Drinkability is good. Numerous bottles could be consumed outside in the hot weather.

Overall a Wit that started very promising (appearance & smell) then just kinda took a dive. Very muted in the tart/citrus components but definitely hearty in the musty yeast and hearty malt profile. Malt vs. Quenching tart...the malt wins by a TKO.

Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a straw-yellow color, very pale and very clear. There is no visible lace or head.

Smell: The smell of orange peel and wheat dominate the nose, giving the impression that the ale is very delicate.

Taste: Delicate indeed! The curacao 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.

Mouthfeel: The ale is very soft on the palate, excellent for a summer day.

Drinkability: This is a very good ale, perfect for sitting and watching the world pass by.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice little witbier, similar in my estimation, to Hoegaarden wit. Nice lemony taste to it as it is a fairly clear wit. The smell is lemony also and has a little head upon pouring. Very smooth and drinkable if you love wits, this is a pretty good american version.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy pale yellow color. The head is small, white and diminishes quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma is of orange peel with coriander in the back ground. The taste is rather mellow: orange, coriander, and tangy wheat in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation that makes it very refreshing. Overall, this isn't the best witbier, but it is still very drinkable.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with almost no head.

Nose is yeasty and estery.

Flavor has a solid yeasty wheat foundation. Some clove and spices too. it's a good drinkable Witbier. Would be very nice on a warm summer day.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, not too much carbonation.

Drinkability could be very good on the right occasion.

Photo of Chadbrew
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a very yummy Witbier. It's cloudy and light in color with minimal carbonation and head.
The aroma and taste are both sort of "clovey" and yeasty but both in a very refreshing way.The taste , specifically in the finish, seems dry and satisfying.
Plenty of body.
Overall I find this a pleasure to drink, and drink, and drink, and drink...

Photo of maddamish
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a decent beer so I will give it a full review.

Ap: The appearance is just a bit above average for a wit beer. A good wit beer should be cloudy with yeast floating around in it. The more stuff floating around the better. The Victory Wit is cloudy but looks a bit watery and there is not enough going on in the glass to warrant a second look. The head is minimal but it does lace nicely.

Sm: Hint of wheat and citrus but nothing that is blowing me away. For what smells that are there are strong. Which is a good thing. but there is nothing overly complex going on here.

Taste/Mouth: A bit watery. orange pulp is the dominate note here. The beer is sweet, maybe a bit too sweet .

Drink: Yes

Good: A decent wit beer that you should go out of your way to try. This is a good example of the style.

Victory is a solid brewery and they just keep putting out good beer after good beer.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy, pale but dirty yellow pour. Thin head. Bits of sediment floating in suspension.

Aroma - yeast, bubble gum, banana, soapy florals. I like it.

Taste - nice banana, clove start. A hint of lemon as well, very light hops on the swallow and turning slightly sour. A sweet, yeasty finish, reminds me a little of PEz candy. Tasty.

Mouthfeel - crisp, average body, fits the beer well.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this sixer, it would make a good summer drinker.

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly intense spiciness to the aroma with a fine malt backing.
Medium head that leaves quickly. Whilte head. Cloudy gold.
Spicy in an unique manner. I"m assuming it's the yeast, as it doesn't seem like malt or hops. LIttle less grainy than others, showing more smoothness with the mild flavors.
Moderately thin that's appropriate. Lower carbonation, that I like.
A little bolder in flavors than others and I like that. Not blended as well as Hoegarden.
I drank this while sampling Hoegarden and Holy Moses. I wish I was able to do something like that more often.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little after drink-by date, oops. Pours a cloudy , with little head shrinking to a thin sliver quickly and little lacing.
Smells peppery and of orange/lemon rind, and a little of something I smelled in the hospital today. Taste has quite a bit of lemon, with wheat and a bit spicy and grassy. This would be really good in the summer. Good carbonation and body, but without the aftertaste paste. Again, would be great summer beer.

Photo of deejaydan
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from local beer merchant, didn't realize until I got home it was about 4 months past the "best before" date. Oh well.

Pours a very pale, clear yellow, with some bubbles coming through that look like sand. Aroma is very strong, in a good way of citrus zest. Flavor is light, but there is enough there to keep you interested. The blast of orange or lemon zest hits you, and then it's wiped away by the malts and heady carbonation. This is probably one of the best American takes on this style. I'm SO happy that Victory is distributed in Michigan now.

Photo of jmz62565
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light amber cloudy looking beer with a smallish head.I'm always excited to try new,to me,Victory beers.This is very aromatic.You can really smell the fruityness and floral scents.This has a very fruity,lemony,grassy,taste with a bit of wheat.A nice full m/f.Not my favorite type of beer,but you can't go wrong with this offering from Victory.

Photo of stof0048
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one I recently picked up at the advise of a local merchant. I'm used to drinking the good old standby Belgian blonde, Blue Moon. This is a nice alternative. A hazy pale gold color. Has a nice scent with hints of straw. A bit of a fruity tast that finishes nicely. Overall a pretty good alternative to Blue Moon. Very drinkable, could easily spend the whole night drinking these alone. Think I may have found myself a new Belgian style standby.

Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Far333 for what is probably the final installment in my "summer of witbiers" - for some reason, I've been spending a lot of time with witbiers and hefeweizens this summer (the hops are getting jealous). Poured a hazy golden, perhaps a little less hazy than most. Some fruity yeast in the nose. A touch bready, with some distant clove notes. An odd finish that I couldn't quite put my finger on - sort of artificial, almost plum, but that's not it. A detraction from an otherwise solid beer.

Photo of rousee
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty solid witbier. Murky gold color, good carbonation and lace. Fruity wildflower combo on smell and taste. Very nice Belgian-ish complexity. This doesnt seem to sell too well--I have no idea why. For the style, this is almost the ideal example. Unfortunately, its not my favorite style. I think this is worth trying to use in a pancake batter with some morning bloodys.

Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy weisen gold with a respectible, if short-lived, head.

Very nice smell. Rich wheatmalt with banana esters and cloves--all candy coated. Actually smells a lot more like a sweet Duvel than it does an average witbier.

Rich lemony wheatmalt upfront, big on the spice and banana. It gets a little tart near the middle and ends on a fizzy mixture of all flavors.

The great aroma and taste are enchaced by an excellent mouthfell that's alternately creamy and fizzy, making this a great warm weather brew that's suited equally for savoring and pounding.

Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a light cloudy gold with a thin white head that barely exists. Minimal lacing.

Smell is wheaty with nice notes of coriander and yeast, and a nice little hop presence in there. Flavor moves on with more of the same, lots of classic wheat flavors and a bit of orange taste as well. Lemony citrus comes through as well.

Light, crisp body.

Overall, not great, but certainly a refreshing summer drinker.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like the Orangina. Pale orange and fizzy. Nose is wheaty with some surprisingly strong hop tones. Flavor is even more wheat; and sweet at that. Hops take a back seat to some orange and lemon peel. Hints of the alcohol--even at 5% ABV, but not bad at all. However, the flavor also reminds me a little of lime soda. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. This beer is nicely refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of watermelonman
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a solid but light yellow with a bit of a disappointing head. There isn't much lace, either, but the color is nice enough.

The smell is dominated by citrus and yeast. The taste is somewhat plain, being entirely of lemon and light malt, but it still comes out fairly well. The mouthfeel is nice while the drinkability is pretty high.

Photo of LPorter33
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = golden straw colored, semi transparent, little head. Pretty average looking for this style.

Smell = Good wheat smell associated with these brews. Has a bit of a bitter undertone which is appreciated. Alcohol is there.

Taste = Just a tiny bit too sou but other than that it's extremely refreshing and thirst quenching. Not sweet at all which I'm happy for. Very tangy and lemony. Very bubbily and satisfying in the mouth. Good drinkability, especially in the heat. This is a perfect beer for a sweltering night, like I'm currently trapped in.

Overall = I really enjoyed this one, which might be influenced by the 86 degree heat I'm currently residing in. Thie hit the spot and really satisfied. Definitely recommend this one.

Photo of Ego
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
pale straw with good cloudiness, head whirls away and dissipates quicker than fans @ a cincinnati bengals game, decent carbonation, nothing particularly special... but about right for the style

nose...
I would call it "baby belgian"... kind of like 1/20 of what somthing like Abt12 smells like but along those lines, a little citrus on the back end as well ("baby geuze"?).. anyhoo, not bad, not stellar

taste/mouth...
from the appearance you might expect it to taste like water... but surprisingly it has a nice mouthfell (just watery enough imo). the carbonation balances well here for me, just enough to make it finish dry especially with the mild citrus notes. the yeast is apparent in the back of the throat after a few sips. some metallic taste underlying the citrus, but not bad

verdict:
good, refreshing but beyond one the yeasty taste in my throat might be bothersome. probably not worth going out of the way for but a good beer.

Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque light yellow with a thin white head. It showed the type of sediment you want in a wit. It was a pretty stright up malt and citrus aroma. The flavor also had plenty of malt and citrus in it, but also was tart and had a melon quality. It is light bodied with a dry crisp hop finish. It was a very good beer, and quite comprable to Belgians. This is one I will have to sample again when it is in production.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one yellow beer. I've never seen one quite this yeller before. Nary a head even with a forceful dump into the glass.The colour is so weird that I cannot avert my eyes from the thing. Even though it is a headless and laceless void, I am inspired to give it a nod simply based on the tone. Weakly carbonated.

The nose is peppery and spicy. I am guessing coriander as it is pretty much the single spice I am familiar with from a nose identification. Some skunk funk as well. I smelled a big blast of skunk funk when I cracked the sucker open. The other stench factors are pretty mild here. Not overbearing.

The taste is corny with spice. This tastes like corn fresh off the ear and slathered in spice. I am unable to ascertain anything remotely wheat charactered in the taste. Faint skunk background lingers about.

Somehow the mouthfeel is deceptively heavier than my eyes would lead me to believe. This looks like water with FD&C yellow in it, but it has a thickness that is like dilute corn syrup. Not that I have ever swilled corn syrup diluted or full strength for that matter. Just an anomalous body.

The drinkability is less than great becuase the total package is not very desirable in my opinion. Best Before August 29th. Good thing I got to it in time or else it may have been ugly.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.