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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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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:
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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Appears a pale, cloudy yellow with small head and little patches of lacing. Smells boldly of zesty wheat and coriander. Nice and refreshing. I can taste the zingy wheat with orange peel. The mouthfeel is slightly tingly and light on the tongue. This is a very drinkable brew and at only 5% you can drink them all day when the weather is nice.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, May 10, 2005
Photo of medic25
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a hazy, golden color with a short-lived frothy white head. Great yeasty, fruity nose. Refreshing taste; very citrusy, with again a strong yeast flavor. This is a very well done example of a Belgian witbier. Mouthfeel is a little thick, but in no way heavy. I could picture downing quite a few of these on one of the hot, sticky Northeastern summer days that are headed our way in the next month or two.

medic25, May 08, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy white head that fades to a delicate, whispy sheet rather quickly. Some spotted lacing with not much strength. Hazy, dull light straw in color.

Wheat, oats, and grain are the primary aromatics along with a wave of spicy corriander. Also a touch of citrus.

Hety oats and grain with a sugary sweetness that's quite flavorful. Pepper and corriander balance the full wheat flavors of this wit. Lemon zest and corriander at mid-sip leading to a wheat and sweetened oat aftertaste.

Light bodied; although wheat driven in flavor, this wit is surprisingly smooth and not grainy at all on the palate.

A nice spring/summer wit with good flavor. Probably my least favorite Victory offering so far; which is saying a lot since this is a pretty good version of the style.

NEhophead, May 07, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%

2005 edition purchased at the brewery. Poured a hazy amber color with moderate white head. The smell is absolutely fantastic, a mixture of cloves and spices that won't quit. The taste follows though and is absolutely fantastic. Leaves an thorougly enjoyable taste in the mouth. A superb drinkable beer. I've waited since last fall to have this beer again and I wasn't disappointed.

tgbljb, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearence: Pours a hazy, unfiltered blonde with a creamy, thin white head.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent mix of spices, coriander, malts, yeast, and nice floral hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a pleasently spiced mix of coriander and creamy yeast. The flavor is pretty authentic to the Belgian style, yet has an odd, almost popcornish malty aftertaste that I feel is a little uncalled for. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This a wonderfully refreshing summer beer. Damn near perfect for the upcoming warmth, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying many of these throughout the season. If you enjoy this, I'd say give Allagash's White a try as well. Go Victory.

santoslhalper, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev +7%

4/17/05- Received via trade with Connecticuitpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by August 2004 date, whoops! Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Yellow, whiteish color with little yeast flakes floating around. The tinyiest of head and little if any lacing.

Smell- Typical wit smell. Lots of spicyness.

Taste- Not bad. Lots of corriander and maybe a bit of clove. A decent amount of cinnimon as well.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, possibly was a little flat due to the exp. date.

Drinkability- May have to do this one again to see if it's the same and I got a bottle that was past it's prime. Otherwise, considering, it was a pretty good wit.

GClarkage, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of ggroller
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Looks like a witbier in the glass. Thin, light fluffy head that was gone in a flash. No lacing at all on the glass as I drank.

It smells like a witbier but doesn't taste like one. It has a very salty and peppery finish. Also notes of celery and grass in the finish. Wierd.

Not the best mouthfeel and not very drinkable.

ggroller, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours to a hazy golden color with a creamy white head. The aroma is spicy with coriander, orange peel, and wheat. The flavor is fruity with wheat and coriander. It has a dryness throughout. It is light in body and flavorful. Not a bad beer.

Sampled on 6/11/04

BeerBuilder, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Cloudy, lemon orange pulp dust storm with a soft, cottony head.
Smells of spice, yeast, coriander, laid-back wheat malt, and orange/lemon citrus.
Wheat malt tang up front. Medium-body, good carbonation; solid protein-chewy feel. Coriander and orange slide in as expected. Finish is wheat bitter and yeasty, just like a good witbier should be. Refreshing, thirst-quenching, and great to have around in hot weather. Another “victory” for this brewery. Haha.

alexgash, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance is a glowing, slightly dark gold color, with just a little ring of head around the inside of the glass. Smell is of orange and coriander, just like the label says. Almost has the scent of mulled applecider. Taste is also very well spiced, like something you'd find released in the fall (which is when i am drinking this, so it kind of works out). Mouthfeel and drinkability are bothe very good, nothing cloyying or offensive at all. Another solid victory beer.

TastyTaste, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours a dark yellow/golden color with a small head that dies off quickly. The aroma is strong with corriander/orange and has a little spiciness as well. Grainy flavor and a little thin. Little sweet maltiness. Some lemon and orange citrus. Although this is a decent beer, I think this beer could have been a lot better.

clvand0, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

I picked this one up on my reck through central IL last weekend. This beer pours a pale, hazy golden color, with a finger of head that falls to nothing. The nose has a blast of coriander citrus in there with a bit of lemony zest. The flavor is okay, with an orange and lemony citrus twist, but its overall a little thin. The mouthfeel is just a hint thin for me as well, but with an okay creamyness in there as well. Drinkability is just okay. Nothing special about it. I would take another crack at it, but only another bottle.

kmpitz2, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

HiroProtagonist, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

ppoitras, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

Winter, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +16%

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!

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

pezoids, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -16%

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 hungryghost
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

hungryghost, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +7%

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.

bditty187, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of wbickerton
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%


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.

wbickerton, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

marc77, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of PaleAleHater
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

PaleAleHater, Jul 13, 2004
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.