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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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 Backer2004
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was perfect for tonight, right after mowing the lawn in pretty hot temperatures. Pours an average pint, okay carbonation and thin lacing, typical cloudy appearance. Excellent smell of banana and clove, great taste to match. Very easy to finish off and would be a great session beer for the evening if i had more than the one single I purchased. Will definitely look for a six pack next time.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that falls fast and leaves some light lace.

Aroma is citrusy lemon, grassy hops on a light wheat malt base with some spicey pepper and clove underneath.

Taste is wheat malt with a good dose of lemon finish is light pepper with some clove. Overall a pretty weak witbier, really expected more from Victory.

Mouthfeel is on the light side even for a witbier.

Drinkability is good could have many of these at one sitting not that I would really want to though.

Photo of hero27
2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Needless to say, I was not very impressed with this beer. In fact, I found it to be rather offensive. I'm not a huge fan of witbiers, but every one I've had has been better than this. Fizzy white head that dies after a few seconds, even with a strong pour. No lacing. Clear golden color. Coriander and cloves in the nose..can't really pick up anything else. As far as taste goes..in my opinion, the coriander and spices are way overdone, but then again, that's my personal taste. Nothing stood out for me and I didn't find any aspect of the beer particularly exciting. I feel bad giving such a great brewery a bad review...it's hard for me to believe Hopdevil is related to this brew.

Photo of yelterdow
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold with two-finger thick soapy head at fridge temperature. Minimal lacing, and the crown fades away after a few minutes.

Musty, lemony zing with faint notes of wheat and yeast. As the beer opens up, bananas and cloves are introduced. Fresh and springy, great beer to begin lunch or dinner... enjoyed with a chicken salad sandwich.

Taste- Again a lemon tartness mixes with a Belgian yeasty bread character, while a banana/coriander/clove spiciness comes forth. Hints of pepper on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is thin but harsh due to its sharp spiciness, and the carbonation at the back of the throat is a bit strong. This beer has its place on a hot day with light fare, so make sure you have a few on hand for this summer. While not "big" enough to pair with burgers or sausage, try this with grilled peppers or a raw vegetable platter.

Photo of AlexJ
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with an unassuming head of pure white. Minimal retention and splotchy lace.

Fairly standard aromas of wheat, lemon zest, spice, and yeast. There's a slightly sour minerality to it that neither adds to or subtracts from, it's just there.

Flavor is similar, with strong lemon and orange notes, spice, yeast, and flowery hops. There's a very nice balance between sweet and sour notes that I like a lot. Very much like a toned down Hoegaarden in terms of the overall flavor.

Body is light and spritzy with an almost watery mouthfeel and very little aftertaste. Extremely thirst quenching and perfectly suitable for a 93 degree, Charlotte afternoon..

Photo of frazbri
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body poured pale yellow and clear topped by a solid white head two fingers tall. Aromas of lemon zest and freshcut grass. Tangy citrus flavor with white pepper, clove and corriander. Medium high carbonation and light body.

Whirlwind started off a little bit suspect. The head was a little short, and its body looked too clear. The outlook improved quickly. The aroma was fantastic, full of fresh citrus. The taste was very good. Citrus dominates on the tongue at first, but the spice carries the finish. Whirlwind is a worthwhile wit. (sorry)

Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, but glowing, banana yellow body with two fingers of soapy white head. Retention is average, but lacing is magnificent...sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aroma: Very fragrant! Spicy pepper, coriander, and clove lead into a fruity merangue of banana citrus, fresh lime, lemonzest, and woodsy yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied, with spritzy, yet relaxed, carbonation.
Taste: Mouthwatering wheat grain flavors mingle with spicy notes of clove, lemongrass, and pepper. Fresh lime and smooth banana esters really make this one a standout. Soft carbonation is just right.
Drinkability: Are you kidding? This is one of the best wheat brews I've ever sampled. Excellent taste and a smooth, well rounded profile, all around. This is one to stock up on for the summer. Very highly recommended!

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

Thank yous to afatty and shapudding for this beer.

It poured with a large, white head above a cloudy, straw-blonde liquid. The color was somewhat unusual for a wit, putting me in mind of something else not worth mentioning. The nose was a very pleasant mix of orange, lemon, and black pepper. It had a good, thick mouthfeel with a nice tanginess on the tongue. The finish was definitely one of pepper.

Photo of jakester
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

OK, these numbers are going to seem strange, but this beer is a little schizophrenic.

A-Pours a slightly hazy, light yellow with a thin 1/2" white head, which drops off to almost nothing after 2-3 minutes. Not much carbonation for a beer of this style. No lacing on the glass was seen.

S-A nice, funky, Belgiany coriander and orange in the nose. Also a musty, earthy smell. Bananas and clove are also present. This smell seems to increase as I drink the beer.

T-Some thin bread-like malt flavor, followed by a pleasant sour-ish orange/pineapple/banana, which is on style. Slight hop bittering, which is true to style. The malt seems lacking. A lingering, pleasant, sour-like flavor of banana/clove in the finish. This beer has a long, pleasant finish.

M-The mouthfeel is thin. Thin malt, and not nearly carbonated enough for style. Hard to believe they were aiming for this.

D-Having said all that, this is one thirst-quenching sumbitch. Really hits the spot when you're in the need for a fire-putter-outer. I assume that is what Victory was striving for when they made this.
Victory is one of my favorite breweries; a lot of their beers are world class. When they decide to get serious about Belgians, this one will be too.

Photo of boatyard
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

suprisingly light in appearance and pours with a nice head that dissapates quickly. not much in the lacing department. tastes like lemon pepper, and smells plummy. makes my tounge tingle, so it has ample carbonation. decent attempt at the style but kind of a let down from victory. good beer to knock back on a hot day.

Photo of riversider76
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vert refreshing . Spicy flavor that is not overwhelming. I would recommend as a good summer beer. The appearance and smell are above average. There is no bad after taste here!! I'm having one now,and really enjoying it!! Though on the light side, worth a try.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.