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.
BA SCORE
83
good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 801
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | 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: 801 | Reviews: 528 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of orbitalr0x
orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This baby pours a beautiful opaque golden yellow. A small head forms and then slowly subsides. The smell is quite complex....pepper, coriander, some cloves, a bit of banana. Has an almost earthy, barnyard scent that I'm guessing is coming from the Belgian yeast.

The first sip is an explosion on my tastebuds...wow...the cloves are coming through first, along with some pepper. This is a spicy brew. A bready maltiness runs in the background. There's a subtle fruitiness and wheat tones in there as well. Overall, quite tasty and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel is good, it rolls over the tounge nicely. The drinkability on this one is pretty good too...I think I might tire of style after awhile...but a few would be nice. It's a nice lighter brew that will give your palate a workout. Overall, I'd say this is a quality witbier from Victory and it's worth it to hunt this one down.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 04:25:13 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of HiroProtagonist
HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Whirlwind Wit was served from a 12 oz bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a lightly hazy, pale honey golden color, and was topped by a short-lived white head. The nose presented nicely herbal, oregano-like maltiness, coriander, bitter orange, and a pleasant pungent-spicy hoppiness. On the palate, a light coriander-spicy pale maltiness released a nice and zippy lemony-citric zesty aspect before entering a lighly bitter weak finish. The body had a nice fullness for the flavors of the beer, and the carbonation was appropriate. Whirlwind is a nicely done example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 04:06:00 | More by HiroProtagonist
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the bright (almost glowingly) yellow brew. Head disappears relatively quickly, with ok lacing. Aroma is nicely wheaty, as expected. Taste is upfront wheat grains, and then as that fades, some citrus notes make their presence known. Mouthfeel is thin, more so than I would expect for the style, but have to give it props for being smooth going down. Drinkability is good, and although this is not a beer I personally would go out of my way for again, it is an acceptable brew for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 23:29:06 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Winter
Winter

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with white cap which disappeared after the first sip. Aroma consisted of orange peel, wheat malt and some banana. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp carbonated middle and softness around the edges. Malty wheat upfront transitions to a spiced middle. Spcies and citrus takeover here. Finish features a return of the wheat flavor along with vanilla and banana. Some slight hop bitterness thrown in there balances the dominant malt sweetness. A truly refreshing summer offer and one of the top-notch wit biers out there.

Thanks goes out to Bighuge for the hook-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 03:04:54 | More by Winter
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
TheLongBeachBum

California

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a slightly faded and battered label. Listed as Bottle-Conditioned and with ‘Enjoy By Aug 07 04’ on the bottom of the label. I may have just sneaked this one in!

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow golden color that has a slight hazed appearance. A finger thick white head forms from a fizzing mass, which depletes in thickness as time goes by to a thin whispy covering. Average carbonation, but nothing that causes any problems, its restrained conditioning adds to the overall Drinkability for me.

Nose: Thick lemony wheat’s, lime tartness with a sharp tangy nose. Light yeast feel with some fresh baked dough in the back end. Nice!

Taste: Soft ‘wit’ starts with an astringent lemon feel right throughout the experience. Sweet wheat feel, but balanced with some sharp lime acidity and a hint of Belgium wit yeast. This has a lovely refreshing body, clean inviting tastes and very drinkable. Lots of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Just perfect, completely right for the style, sharp, tart and smooth with some citric acidity that sits nicely in a talcum soft wheat body.

Drinkability: Did I just drink this 12 ounce bottle in about 3 minutes? Geez, guess so.

Overall: A damn fine Belgium Witbier, just what you would expect from the masters at Victory.

A Whirlwind Cheers to BigHuge for this sample!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 05:04:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of pezoids
pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour was slightly hazy, by the last pour the beer looked like a murky and golden bog. Light and straw yellow in color. Thin but creamy head topped the beer off. The aroma is yeasty and sour with a light graininess. There’s hints of sour apples. The taste is lightly sweet, light in body, flavorful and refreshing. Has some cider-like qualities. This is a very nice beer. Effervescent and clean, void of anything harsh. Easily enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 16:56:06 | More by pezoids
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 20:21:29 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of hungryghost
hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden to straw yellow in color.
Super amount of bubbles clinging to the inside of my glass. Healthy white head.
Crisp aroma, light citrus smell, slight spice hints, clove I think among others.
Refreshing taste, get the citrus, zings across the tongue.
Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 03:41:04 | More by hungryghost
Photo of bditty187
bditty187

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Largely clear, golden in hue, I can see each individual yeast particle suspended in this Wit. The head was white in color and modest in size, at its height the head managed to be about a half finer in height. Retention was fair as is it faded away in a moment, a soapy collar was all that remained. Subsequent lacing was minimal, spotty, and it didn’t cling well. The appearance is basically what is to be expected, albeit a bit dull. The nose is bright, plenty lively with a funky yeasty twang; plus aromas of citrus, mildly spicy, and peaches. Wheat. Simplistic. There is a good amount of potency to get the few individual aromas across. I like the nose. It is inviting. The palate is as bright as the nose indicated. There is a good amount of flash, spicy, cloves, coriander, and musty yeast flavors. Citrus flavors like lemon notes too. Mild acidity. The foundation is a solid amount of wheat. Like the nose, the palate is simplistic, even for a Wit. This is a good summertime beer. Refreshing. Spicy aftertaste. There is something about it that is decisively “American,” maybe because the spicing reminds me of, get this, Blue Moon! I’m serious. Nor am I complaining. In Whirlwind the wheat/malt backbone really steals the show. Medium in body, moderate carbonation that is lively and playful, overall the mouthfeel is pleasant. I found this to be very drinkable. I bought a six-pack in Burnsville, MN and I waited to my last bottle to review it. This is a solid beer from the folks at Victory. Try one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 20:49:52 | More by bditty187
Photo of wbickerton
wbickerton

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught.

Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates quickly. Hazy yellow color. Slight lacing. Banana and citrus aroma. Sweet citrus flavor. Reminiscent of Celis White and Hoegaarden White, but even fresher and better. Starts to lose its flavor after three weeks.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 02:18:15 | More by wbickerton
Photo of marc77
marc77

California

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light auric hue. Ample, seemingly pillowy soft porcelain white head. Frothy, sparse lace remains. Musty sourdough and citrus peel hints upfront in aroma. Secondary are rounded, ripe banana esters and judicious, herbally sweet coriander. Clean and welcoming aromawise. The flavor profile exhibits a fine balance of citric acidity and grainy, bready wheat sweetness. Spicing is agreeably understated, with coriander melding seemlessly with the static clove phenol undertone. Orange peel provides more pithy bitterness rather than flavor, and serves to offset residual sweetness lending a quenching near dryness. Lightly bodied overall, but with a lightly viscous, proteinaceous mouthfeel from the wheat and perhaps oats used in the grist. Banana esters augment as the beer warms adding additional depth. Finishes with hints of spiced lemon juice and honeyish malt. A spot on witbier, without a single rough edge or flaw. Superbly drinkable and soft on the palate. Thanks to Bighuge for reuniting me with the Whirlwind.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 00:40:07 | More by marc77
Photo of GCBrewingCo
GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the bar in a pale yellow with a slight haze. The head fell quickly to the edges of the surface.

The aroma was malty with wheat and slight coriander spice.

The flavor was coriander with slight orange and wheat. There was a slight sweetness present in the flavor.

The finish was dry and crips with slight spice lasting long into the aftertaste . The body was medium to medium light and had a nice carbonation level.

Chalice at CAH Innsbrook. One of the better American made Witbiers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2004 17:33:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of PaleAleHater
PaleAleHater

Connecticut

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

I am very impressed by this witbier. I'm not normally a fan of victory's super hop'd brews, especially in the summer, but this is a nice change of pace. The taste is smooth and refreshing, not the least bit tart like some other witbier. Defintely a gulper!

Very little head, maybe a quarter inch, which quickly faded. Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 22:55:41 | More by PaleAleHater
Photo of Hibernator
Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle served in a goblet. Very cool label design. "Enjoy by" date was Aug. 07 04.

Really nice 1 inch head. Cloudiness from the wheat. Nice looking beer.

Spicy and slight fruit notes vary in each tasting.If you like Belgian Wheat Ales, you'll enjoy this brew. Victory states that Belgian Yeast is used in this beer.

I think this is an excellent interpretation of this style. This is one drinkable and thirst quenching beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 22:07:55 | More by Hibernator
Photo of TagoMago
TagoMago

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with freshness date. Poured into shaker.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow. The beer pours with a beautiful snow white head with nice retention. Lacing is present, though sparse. There is an unbelivable amount of yeast in this beer. Even swirling the bottle for a good 30 seconds didn't losen up all the yeast that was at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Hints of orange and clove - very spicy. A musty yeast aroma is also very noticeable.

Taste: Carbonation is very vibrant. Upon the first sip the tongue is hit with a very zesty clove flavor with hints of orange and lemon. There is also a light grain-like flavor, common with many wheat beers. This is a very smooth, extremely drinkable beer with a rather dry finish.

Overall: This is one of the best American-made witbiers on the market - simply flawless in every way. This beer is not only very tasty, but also extremely refreshing and thirst-quenching - a perfect summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 03:14:39 | More by TagoMago
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

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

on tap, poured a nice cloudy light orangy/yellow. White head. fruity, citrus nose. Medium carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Moderatly spiced. Great style for summer quaffing and wictory's attempt was crisp and refreshing on tap. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 14:54:52 | More by Billolick
Photo of jahred
jahred

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My bottle says to enjoy by Aug 07 '04, beer reviewed June 17 '04.

As I pour, there's a goodly amount of yeast/stuff in the bottom of the bottle, some of which I swirled into my glass. Pours a dark yellow color with a medium-sized extremely white head that disappears quickly but leaves lots of lace of my glass. The scent is barely noticeable - maybe a little coriander and yeast, but not much else.

Wow - all that yeast I poured into my glass made this taste quite yeasty (not a surprise there). Other than that, some orange and wheat come out a bit more, but this doesn't taste quite like other wits I've had. Something doesn't blend quite right. It's not particularly hoppy, spicy, malty or otherwise, som I'm not sure what I'm tasting.

Reading through other reviews for the right word as I take my last sips, I realize that Jason hit on it - this beer is quite musty, more than anything else.

Not bad, but I've had much better wits ...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 01:24:53 | More by jahred
Photo of tavernjef
tavernjef

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of lemon juice, big fluffy white head emerges quickly and leaves thusly as so, lace drips back quickly into the glass leaving very miniscule spots sticking. Aroma is all wit beer, zippy with lemon and bright orange rind spice, other yeasty spices, coriander, and a beefy wheat sharpness. Taste is more of the same, zippy and fresh with lemon and orange peels and pulp, spicy citrus, wheaty sharpness. Mellows out nicely as it warms. Good feel for a Witbier, kinda fluffy, medium body, soft with a good carbonation zip still presenting itself. Finishes spicy and then floats into wheat textures and touches of citrus. This was very nice to drink once it sat a while, at first out of the fridge and cold, it was almost too much, so let it sit and enjoy it more then.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 19:52:52 | More by tavernjef
Photo of rajendra82
rajendra82

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body at the beginning of the pour is clear, but as the yeast contained in the bottom third of the bottle is poured in, the clouds roll in. Very pale, yellowish white color screams out the wheat based origin. The carbonation is minimal, with the small head quickly pulling a disappearing act.

The smell is sweet-sour malts with a slight hint of clove. The taste is refreshingly light with a lasting tart lemon feel up front, and a flash of sweetness followed by a bit spicy bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and does no display any watered down characteristics.

Not a bad finish to the BIF 7.0 package, courtesy of Foxman.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 03:29:28 | More by rajendra82
Photo of sublimesipping
sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aahh, this is one of my favorite summer thirst quenchers, and close to one of my favorites of the style; i think definitely the class of the amrican wit style. Pours a beautiful lemon- yellow color with a two inch+ foamy white head. Excellent clarity and glass-lacing. aroma of corriander citrus, lemon, citron, almond essence. Taste is so wonderfully refreshing, crisp lemony with a hint of anise. the memories of ocean surf and walks along the beach on the cape and at the shore linger and linger. Similar to the taste experience that rides though the palate for wholesome satisfaction. Very, very mellow, balanced and refreshing. Wonderfully satisfying happy-style beer. A "cool" beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 01:41:58 | More by sublimesipping
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
GreatPondBrewer

California

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a Victory beer in quite a while. This did not disappoint especially on a summer afternoon. Poued a super hazy yellow color with virtually no head. Smelled juicy and ripe like mellon or peach. The taste was pure pineapple taste with a slight tart citrus flavor, but not quite lemon. It was very juicy and full bodied for a witbier. The mouthfeel is perfectly tart and scratchy and full of tiny bubbles. Tastey beer and perfect for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 22:29:35 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of mschofield
mschofield

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque cloudy orange-yellow topped with a two finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Lots of clove, some tobacco, spicy, bubblegum sweetness in the aroma.
Hay, orange, lemon zest in the taste, coriander, pie spices (nutmeg,cinnamon). Note of pit fruits (peach/apricot).
Medium bodied

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2004 16:20:07 | More by mschofield
Photo of ngandhi
ngandhi

Illinois

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

A bland but enticing example, Whirlwind Wit is well-balanced overall with a hearty and flavorful, lightly clovey wheat yeast strain much like White Labs Hefeweizen IV, assertive coriander all around, and a cooling spiced orange finish.

Light phenols to style and a hint of pungency from the spice and grain that calms out into a surprising, but short, finish that isn't too dry.

This is one of America's most traditional examples of the style, but still something easily replicable with no individual character whatsoever. Textbook, for what it's worth.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 00:05:17 | More by ngandhi
Photo of JackTheRipper
JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light yellow in color. Head was pretty thin with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Heavy yeast smell right up front with a nice citrusy hoppy sort of smell below.

T: Astringent, yeast-like bitterness flashes quickly by. Finish mellows out quite nicely, with a nice amount of sweetness that has just a bit of a lemony zing to it. Nice balance of flavors here.

M: Full, quite hoppy for the style. Mouthfeel is fairly sharp. Carbonation is fairly high, but I think that's ok for this style of beer. Alcohol feels stronger than the stated ABV%.

D&N: Very nice, tasty with a bit of a bite.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 01:55:28 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of rdrummer
rdrummer

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had a bad beer from Victory, and this one isn't bad, either. It is just not great. The best part about the beer is the way it looks when poured in a pint on draft. A fantastic hazy, light golden color with a good sized white head. The beer reminds me of a Hefe but lacks some of the zip and the body of a good Hefe.

Like a Hefe, the aroma is one of grain with a good deal of citrus, in this case more orange than lemon. The taste is similar to the nose, but there seems to be a bit of spiciness that may be clove. The taste was just a little less than I like in a Hefe-type beer. It compares very well to Hooegarden's, though. So, maybe they're not going for the Hefe taste.

It has a very clean and crisp feel in the mouth and is a pleasure to drink. I just would like a little more to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2004 00:54:43 | More by rdrummer
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.