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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

847 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 18
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 SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice brew from Victory, one of my favourites of theirs actually.

It pours a very blah light, cloudy golden colour with a surprisingly small, fairly non sticky head. The brew looks very thin overall and the appearance was a tad disappointing.

The smell is a nice mash of citrusy orange and a pepper-esque spice. Wheat is obviously present here as well, with maybe a touch of candy.

The flavour is just as good. It's is well balanced overall moving back and forth between a strong wheat flavour anda strong citrus flavour that is juicy yet tart, which is how this one finishes as well. There are lemon notes involved here as well that aren't really noticeable in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good, with carbonation levels maybe being an ever so slight touch too low, but nothing to fret over.

This is a nice thirst quenching brew overall that's quite flavourful as well. If it wasn't for the lackluster appearance of thebrew, it'd score much higher if you're looking stricly at numbers. Ignore the appearance factor and grab this one and enjoy.

SixpointJMH, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the oddest review I have posted. I am a big witbier fan, and also really enjoy Victory. I picked up a split 6 pack at Victory, and this was the 1st one I tried. I had to have a 2nd to confirm my initial thoughts.

Poured a cloudy, murky, dull pale gold with a quickly disappating 1/4" head of loose white clinging foam.

The nose is usually the best aspect of most wibiers. But this one..odd..familiar...lite sweetness...what is that? No. It can't be. Sniff again. Its...cured lunch meat...bologna to be specific. Whoa..

OK, so the nose is freaked, how about the taste? Unusually soft, some spice, light citrus, little peppery on the pallete, no...wait...not again....oh my God ....bologna! This is unreal. For what its worth it finished crisp.

This had to be a bad batch, If someone at Victory is reading this, please tell me some young brewdude screwed up a batch. You couldn't possibly have released this intentionally. I tried 2 bottles, and this is one of the worst tasting beers I have tried yet. Anyone want 4 Whirlywinds?

BuckSpin, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite US produced Witbiers. Pours a murky yellow with nice fluffy head. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, like a Witbier should be. Taste... crisp, refreshing, slight orange and corriander notes with a nice spiciness in the finish. Great on a hot day or to cleanse your pallete. Immensely drinkable.

ChrisBowers, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased this weekend.
Hazy, but bright yellow with the appropriate murky yeast and fluffy head. Not much carbonation going on in the glass, but there is some nice lacing.
Definite wheat aromas, made slightly more complicated with lemon and coriander.
Chalky wheat and malt flavoring. Other than that, mostly lemony, with just a hint of spices and other citrus notes.

Extremely light in body, finishing slightly lemony.
This would be nice on a hot summer day, very drinkable, just not overly complicated.

Dithyramb, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of danadeny
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a well carbonated light yellow body with a nice frothy head. Classic lemon smell and a sence of freshness. and a bit of a belgian pale ale. taste i find to be a blend of a wit beer and an american hefe. decent lemon tones dominate the flavor, a little orange essence, enough hops to balance everything out and a hint of spice on the finish. very refreshing, clean finish. one of my new favorite summer beers, in a tie with harpoon UFO and allagash white. mouthfeel is watery and refreshing, desired for the style. as for this beer i find it more drinkable than the UFO and Allagash because of it's lighter body is just more crisp and refreshing. although sometimes i sence the body is too thin, reminding me of a light maco beer.

danadeny, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

perfectly done for this style.
pours a pale yellow with a bubbly 1 inch head that dissipates failry slowly and leaves a little lacing throughout.
smell was citrusy and spicy, slight pepper and clove notes.
taste was a hit of the spice up front that finished smooth and crisp at the end with hints of the citrus lingering.
very refreshing on a hot summer day. Score one for Victory again

kegerator, May 31, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow in the glass with minimal head. Nice smell with lots of odors mixing but not clashing - citrus, wheat, spice. Taste the same as smell but by the end the spice becomes the main flavor. Very thin mouthfeel and smooth finish. At first this was tasting very refreshing and i was really enjoying it. Toward the end of the glass it just didn't have the zip that it had early on and kind of finished with a little dissapointment. I would certainly drink again but i'm not sure what happened about 1/2 way through. If i would have rated a 6 oz sample taste and drinkability would have been 1/2 points higher.

beermanbrian, May 25, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale golden topped by a frothy, beaten egg-white looking head, which always remains as a thin film. Lots of visible carbonation.
Smells of wheat and coriander. A bit musty. Touch of cloves. Bit of sulfur.
Tastes big-time of cloves, sour apples and spicy hops. Slightly acidic; it twangs the tongue. Finishes nicely bitter - you'll find yourself sucking the skin from the inside of your mouth. Lots of wheat bread flavors in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, feels spritzy and drying. Carbonation electrocutes the tongue.
A staple 'round these parts during the warmer months.

oxmasterscream, May 21, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale yellow, almost white like hoegaarden, cloudy and with a thin, whispy white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is classic wit: cloves, corriander and orange peel maybe...fairly fruity with a hint of bananna also. Taste is a little tangy for a wit (pretty similar to just a regular hefe) with a big fruit component and a milder spice flavor. Alot of bannana and citrus fruit with a clove and corriander spiced background. Pretty good wit, especially from a non-belgian style brewery.

silver0rlead, May 20, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
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.

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
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.

HiroProtagonist, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of Winter
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.

Winter, Aug 27, 2004
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.