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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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805 Ratings

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 529
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)
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Photo of mschofield


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


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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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
Photo of necoadam


4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a cloudy light orange color with some decent carbonation in this brew. Looks a little darker than some other wits on the market now. Smell consisted of some light spiciness, orange and a touch of lemon. Some yeast can be detected as well. Taste was pretty much the same as the nose. Light spice comes through with some orange and yeast blending in. Clove mixes into the action as well. Reminds me a hefe almost. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth and full-bodied. Even if you don't like the style, you have to admit that this is a damn good beer. It has a nice character but it's very controlled in the taste department. Excellent for the spring and summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 02:36:32 | More by necoadam
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


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

On tap at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook location.

Arrived at the table sporting a cloudy pineapple juice color. Thin layer of bright white head soon fades to a edge-only circle. Some lacing of the glass is noted. Aromas are yeasty, spicy, orange zesty, and a bready/doughy note as well. Flavor is like a cross between a mild Belgian ale and a hefeweizen. There's the wheaty flavor from the hefe mixed with the zippy spices of the Belgian. Different, and it comes off well. Crisply-carbonated and slides down the gullet quite easily. Finishes with a clean palate and just a dash of "wheatness" on the palate. Superb summer beer for these soon-to-be-arriving hot and humid Richmond summer days.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 01:34:02 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a cloudy bright yellow, like sugary lemonade A quick two fingers of tight white head swells, then shrinks away slowly to a thin bed of froth. Thin fingers of lacing twist about the inside of the glass.

The arom brings a sharp grain sweetness that's instantly subverted by spicy notes of coriander and cloves, not to mention cinnamon and nutmeg. A yeast tang finishes with a pungent kick.

the flavor is a bit less frenetic than the aroma. A grassy grain sweetnes partners with clove and nutmeg to enliven the surface of the tongue. A mildy-baked biscuit character sits roundly in the back of the mouth. The finish is carried by a subdued melange of the spice elements. There's a sassiness here that paints the overall flavor with a fun and refreshing brush.

A bit more than light bodied, the carbonation and pert components dance in the mouth, not so much coating as bouncing about, then draining away.

I said it before and I'll say it again...it's sassy. The aroma sets a high, lively bar, and the flavor somes in at about the same level. Balanced in its way, and chick-full of tasty tidbits, it pleases the palate and glides down smooth and mellow. It's emminently drinkable if it's what you're looking for, and decently so even if it's not. Whirlwind is aptly named for all the right reasons, and it's one more reason to regard Victory as highly as we do.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 16:28:31 | More by Foxman
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a very fruity yeast scent that enhances the already dry and light wheat aroma. It has a nice banana type smell to it very nice. The taste is good, but not great. It has a nice wheat flavor with that fruity, yet dry wit yeast taste. It goes down easy and is a bit refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine wit, but I've had better. This isn't the best Victory has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 23:33:43 | More by WesWes
Photo of wsouloa

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Victory beer and I can definitely say I wasn't disappointed. The beer pours a hazy yellow color out of the bottle and the bottom of the bottle will usually have a good deal of yeast. The smell isn't that exciting but you can note a bit of a citrusy smell as well as a smell of spice. The taste of this beer, at least to me, is very hard to beat. It is a bit sour and full of citrus flavor. It is not a heavy beer and feels great on the tongue with its ample carbonation. As far as drinkability is concerned, this beer is one of the most drinkable you will find. I bought a six-pack a few weeks ago(along with a lot of other beers) and this time that I went back to my old reliable liquor store, I bought myself a whole case of it, something that I rarely do because I usually like to mix it up. Maybe one day I'll get sick of it but I highly doubt it. I can't wait to have these when summer comes along.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 14:42:52 | More by wsouloa
Photo of JimsArcade


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

Dispensed from a tap to a 12 oz. glass, the white-colored head of the Whirlwind Wit is remarkably big: three fingers initially reduced to one finger by the time I get to drink it. It is cloudy and orange-yellow in color, typical for the style.

In the nose, the aroma is spicy with hints of orange zest and banana. The banana becomes more evident when the aroma is brought into the mouth, in addition to a very crisp sensation.

It is rather rich on the first sip. The maltiness offers hints of citrus and apple. Surprisingly, the carbonation becomes more pronounced as the beer warms mid-glass. It actually becomes more refreshing as I drink it. It finishes clean and slightly sweeter.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2004 04:15:28 | More by JimsArcade
Photo of jtfest


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received the bottle in a trade and it was about 5 months older than its "enjoy by" date. Never-the-less ...

It looks like apple juice -- no head to speak of, and a cloudy yellowish pear-like color. There was a small amount of sediment in the bottle. The aroma had a biting spiciness reminiscent of some Belgians. The taste was very smooth and refreshing with almost a clove spice flavor and sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Very little carbonation -- I don't know if that was the result of the age, but it added to the drinkability -- it went down like a fruit juice, which also describes the mouthfeel. This would be great while grilling on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 03:29:08 | More by jtfest
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has to be the most unruly beer I've ever had. It pours a ridiculously large foamy head. Took me a good ten minutes to work a 12 oz. beer into a 14 oz. glass. And after all that the head settled to just a thin, soapy looking film. The beer itself is an attractive soft hazy golden colour.

The nose is also quite soft, full of citrus fruit, apples and yeast, subtly sour. Some slight cloves and esters are there as well. Subtle banana aftertaste.

Taste is lemony sour and tart, quite cutting to the palette. Some banana and cloves.

A decent witbier, but not particularly outstanding in any way.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 18:45:21 | More by TerryW
Photo of yankeeheel


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle that has a freshness date of 9/1/03. Whoops. Head is non-existent. Fast foamy and fleeting. No lace. Just a yellow, slightly hazy pint glass. Smells of clove, spice, and a hint of grass.

Tastes oh so nice. Very fruity with a lot of that belgian spiciness I've come to love. Lots of fuit and lemon with a bit of bitter grass. Finishes slightly dry and sweet. Lots of carbonation despite having no head at all. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 00:53:35 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

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

The appearance was golden hazy yellow. I swirled the yeast around about midway through the pour because it was attached to the bottom of the bottle. This made it really hazy. Thick white head that dissipated pretty darn quick, not much lacing left when it was gone. The smell was spicy, perhaps cloves. The taste was spicy as well, again I got a clove taste right away. Some fruitiness in the background, a bit citrus like. Mouthfeel was a bit this for my taste. Too little body for me, but defiantly crisp. Perhaps if it wasn't 6 degrees outside right now I'd appreciate the light body and crispness more. Drinkability was good. As I said, I'm going to drink this again when it warms up and I'm not in winter stout drinking mode. All in all, an excellent Wit though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 20:01:56 | More by Ieatlambfries
Photo of edchicma


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...Victory sure knows how to make a good brew...this offering presented the nice cloudiness assocaited with this type. Smell was nice and citrusy, with a mellow tone. Taste was extremely nice...citrus...wheat...in a beautiful balance. Well rounded in mouthfeel, with a crisp citrus quality that was extremely refreshing...right upn there with Paulaner.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 03:40:35 | More by edchicma
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a thin head that receded to the rim. The aroma is very floral, with strongs notes of citrus and spice. This is an extremely crisp and refreshing beer. The coriander and bitterness that is noted by the tongue is followed by a slight sourness after swallowing. The citrus flavor provides a nice balance. The spice lingers on the tongue for quite a bit. Extremely drinkable, as several can be enjoyed without getting bored. One of my favorites in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 22:23:58 | More by Gavage
Photo of aracauna


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wow witbier. Cloudy yellow with tendencies toward something darker, more orange. The head is a little flat, though. There's a good flowery perfume aroma. Soft citrus, light coriander come up front wiht a good dry wheat in the finish. This is a little heftier than the supposed style stalwart, Hoegaarden, but the soft, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this a surprisingly satisfying beer without being heavy. Tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 07:49:17 | More by aracauna
Photo of silks636

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on label.

Very cloudy yellow gold with an ample white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing present. Aroma heavy with citrus, spice, plum, and clove. Taste is heavy with refreshing lemon up front which turns to a gentle spice and fades into a clean light citric finish. Pleasantly carbonated with a light mouthfeel.

A refreshing thirst-quenching albeit a rather plain Wit. Nothing all that special, but one worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 00:19:38 | More by silks636
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I start off my beer tasting awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Isabel, and I thought this the most appropriate beer to kick it off with.

12 oz. bottle with a "enjoy by date" of 9/28/2003, so I'm having this towards the tail end of its guaranteed freshness. Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow topped by a modest head of foam. Very tight bubbles. Little head retention and not lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour lemon taste, slight hints of pepper and coriander. Taste is very ephemeral. No aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, just like it should be. I think I've had water with more body than this.

Drinkability: The 6 pack I purchased will not live to see the "drink by" date, let me tell you what. I'll definitely give this one a shot the next time it's released. If it's quite good a few weeks shy of possibly being stale, I'd love to see what it would be closer to its release.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 02:15:01 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of ithacabaron


3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After having many a Victory beer in the past, I came
upon the Whirlwind this summer. I consider myself a
Witbier fan, and this isn't bad (really, nothing from
Victory is), but at the same time, I was disappointed.

The appearence was somewhat cloudy, but not where it
should have been (I don't think the establishment I
had it in properly treats the kegs of wheat-based
beers they keep, so this could be part of the problem,
and should be noted in this review). The color was
more of a golden reflected color, than a "wit white,"
and, in tasting, it had very strong lemon overtones. Coriander was
missing, as well as the orange usually found.

This is not a bad Wit, but not a great one. I will try
this again (probably in the bottle) to see if it was
the presentation and handling of the keg, or the beer
itself. For now though, not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2003 15:56:38 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of gueuzegeek

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my picks of the summer brews. It pours rather cloudy, and it very pale straw in color. Very slight head. The citrus taste is very clearly present. The fragrance is also rather citrus-like with somewhat of a yeasty nose as well. There is a somewhat tart spicyness to it, and for some reason I think of grapefruit as I drink it. There was noticable sediment in the bottom (which I do pour in my glass and welcome it!) This beer is a bit thin in the mouthfeel, but while that may not be a strong point, it does make it a very easy drinking summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 13:58:52 | More by gueuzegeek
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown, longneck bottle, capped. Best By date on label.

This witbier poured a hazy, yellow color with creamy, very white foam that dissipated rapidly and left no lace. The smell was dominated by citrus (lemon) with a very mild banana/clove aroma and a very faint hint of bubblegum esters. The taste was fairly sour, with the citrus flavor strong but with wheat and some hints of spices (coriander), and very low hop presence. The mouthfeel was tart and lemony with medium-light body and low carbonation feel. The aftertaste was tangy and spicy. This was a light and refreshing beer, but a bit sour and a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 05:36:52 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Jon


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

Cloudy peach with a bubbly, white head. Sparse notes of lace remain, while active carbonation is present. Nose is appealing with the obvious notes of yeast, coriander, and freshly peeled orange rind. Flavors of citrus, yeast, and coriander all come in to play as expected, yet the spiciness is well done. Finish is a bit thin and vaguely acidic. Mouthfeel is soft and lightly carbonated. This wit is extremely refreshing and drinkable. An excellent summertime offering from Victory, I wish I had more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 23:38:14 | More by Jon
Photo of taez555


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy/cloudy yellow body with a small fine white head.

The nose was extremely inviting. Bananna, clove, phenols, some apple peel, fruit, hints of orange, alomst some soft soft pepper, and a touch of earthy hops.

The taste was dominated by a soft bananna and bananna peel mixed with wheat. Medium bodied. Very highly carbonated. Almost no bitterness at all. A very soft earth hop touch. A pure natural citrus taste. Not a peel taste, more like eating a fresh orange that has no bite what so ever. All the time very mellow and smooth.

It ends soft and fruity with just a slight bitter touch.

Overall it's just nice very drinkable Wit. Really a perfect middle of the road easy drinking beer. Much more on target with aiming at belgians than the Golden Monkey.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 07:17:15 | More by taez555
Photo of roguetester


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a big white head that dissapated in about three minutes ( clocked it ). Not as cloudy as some other Wits. The yeast was packed down pretty good in the bottle. I actually forgot this was bottle conditioned until I saw the sediment crust on the bottom of the bottle.

This is a really easy drinking brew. Not as tart as some of the traditional examples. Citrus hints, spicy, active, very easy going down. Most of the flavor was up front with the end being very clean.

I have a soft spot for the good people of Victory. As such, I will order this over imports more times than not. I think this brew is solid and can stand proud next to the others in the Victory Line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 01:38:09 | More by roguetester
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
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