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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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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Ratings: 867 | Reviews: 531
Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale straw and sits faint yellow in the glass with a good sized white head, fading to a faint skim, rining around the sides of the glass.

Smells rich and wheaty with bright, citrusy notes of orange peel and corriander. Light and zesty bits of grassy hops lend hints of spice.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, wheat malts deliver a solid round portion of doughy flavor. Orange peel and corriander offer a mild fruitiness while a soft bitterness leaves you thirsting for more.

Soft and rounded in the mouth with mild-moderate levels of carbonation and a light body.

Very satifying, a perfect warm weather relaxer. Hard to pass up on this.

Photo of bigreduw64
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this one up today, been looking forward to trying some beer from Victory, this is my first.

Pours a pale yellow color, slight haze, not as much as other witbiers that I've had.

At first smell, it smells like ham. Wierd smell to get from a beer. I pick up some floral notes, but not a lot.

Taste: Very mild flavor, not the most flavor I have gotten from a Witbier. I pick up some banana and floral tastes in it, does not have much malty or hoppy taste, but I wasn't expecting that.

Overall an easily drinkable beer. I will finish the six pack that I bought, but probably won't buy another. I have had many better beers of this style.

Photo of Contra
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything you'd expect from a Witbier - hazy, cloudy visablity, well carbinated, with a sweet wheat-orange peel aroma. Doesn't really seem to add anything new to style, but it captures it perferctly. A very light body, which allows it to be very refreshing.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a very pale yellowy color with a bright white head. The haziness actually does have a moving, almost whirlwind effect.

The smell is fruity like orange peels, maybe some spices.

The initial taste is bananas and lemon-lime. This gives way to an ulitmately crisp mild tasting finish.

The mouthfeel has a crisp, stingy carbonation, especially in the last end of the sip.

Not a bad beer here,

Photo of Mitchster
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out to a milky pale blond, barely able to muster a small white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Not the best looking witbier around. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is wonderful and has the same yeast strain appeal as Golden Monkey with a brisk and large nose full of orange peel and coriander, apple and banana esters. Mouthfeel is crisp with a light to medium body. The taste begins with a lemony citric note which is brief and quickly is covered up by oxidation and bitterness in the middle. There is an interesting bitterness which combines with a suggestion of lime, akin to Kaffir Lime Leave which I get in my Thai dishes. This is unfortunately marred by a ruddy aftertaste like wet cardboard. Belches of licorice root or anise? Bizarre.

Not one of my favorite Wits. I was expecting much more from Victory, who brew some wonderful beers. Bizarre, odd flavors throughout and probably tainted by oxidation. Needs cleaned up with some more sweetness. Just not tasting good to me. For what it's worth, I bought a 6'er of this and took 5 bottles of it back to swap for some odd-n-ends singles.

Photo of nickg902
1.91/5  rDev -48.1%
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 +3.3%
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 +5.2%
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 +3.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.1%
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 +6%
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 -0.8%
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 +10.6%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.8%
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 +13.3%
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 +5.2%
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 +9.2%
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 -17.7%
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 +25.5%
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 +17.4%
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 -10.3%
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%
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 -9.8%
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.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
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