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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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867 Ratings

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Ratings: 867 | Reviews: 531
Photo of watermelonman
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a solid but light yellow with a bit of a disappointing head. There isn't much lace, either, but the color is nice enough.

The smell is dominated by citrus and yeast. The taste is somewhat plain, being entirely of lemon and light malt, but it still comes out fairly well. The mouthfeel is nice while the drinkability is pretty high.

Photo of LPorter33
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = golden straw colored, semi transparent, little head. Pretty average looking for this style.

Smell = Good wheat smell associated with these brews. Has a bit of a bitter undertone which is appreciated. Alcohol is there.

Taste = Just a tiny bit too sou but other than that it's extremely refreshing and thirst quenching. Not sweet at all which I'm happy for. Very tangy and lemony. Very bubbily and satisfying in the mouth. Good drinkability, especially in the heat. This is a perfect beer for a sweltering night, like I'm currently trapped in.

Overall = I really enjoyed this one, which might be influenced by the 86 degree heat I'm currently residing in. Thie hit the spot and really satisfied. Definitely recommend this one.

Photo of Ego
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pale straw with good cloudiness, head whirls away and dissipates quicker than fans @ a cincinnati bengals game, decent carbonation, nothing particularly special... but about right for the style

I would call it "baby belgian"... kind of like 1/20 of what somthing like Abt12 smells like but along those lines, a little citrus on the back end as well ("baby geuze"?).. anyhoo, not bad, not stellar

from the appearance you might expect it to taste like water... but surprisingly it has a nice mouthfell (just watery enough imo). the carbonation balances well here for me, just enough to make it finish dry especially with the mild citrus notes. the yeast is apparent in the back of the throat after a few sips. some metallic taste underlying the citrus, but not bad

good, refreshing but beyond one the yeasty taste in my throat might be bothersome. probably not worth going out of the way for but a good beer.

Photo of claytri
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque light yellow with a thin white head. It showed the type of sediment you want in a wit. It was a pretty stright up malt and citrus aroma. The flavor also had plenty of malt and citrus in it, but also was tart and had a melon quality. It is light bodied with a dry crisp hop finish. It was a very good beer, and quite comprable to Belgians. This is one I will have to sample again when it is in production.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one yellow beer. I've never seen one quite this yeller before. Nary a head even with a forceful dump into the glass.The colour is so weird that I cannot avert my eyes from the thing. Even though it is a headless and laceless void, I am inspired to give it a nod simply based on the tone. Weakly carbonated.

The nose is peppery and spicy. I am guessing coriander as it is pretty much the single spice I am familiar with from a nose identification. Some skunk funk as well. I smelled a big blast of skunk funk when I cracked the sucker open. The other stench factors are pretty mild here. Not overbearing.

The taste is corny with spice. This tastes like corn fresh off the ear and slathered in spice. I am unable to ascertain anything remotely wheat charactered in the taste. Faint skunk background lingers about.

Somehow the mouthfeel is deceptively heavier than my eyes would lead me to believe. This looks like water with FD&C yellow in it, but it has a thickness that is like dilute corn syrup. Not that I have ever swilled corn syrup diluted or full strength for that matter. Just an anomalous body.

The drinkability is less than great becuase the total package is not very desirable in my opinion. Best Before August 29th. Good thing I got to it in time or else it may have been ugly.

Photo of finepaws
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy pale straw color. At middle of pour I poured straight in, as I was getting no head. And never did. Just small lacing around edges. Didn't have much smell, maybe some grassy citurs? Clove? Not sure. Tasted very tangy, and peppery. I expected more citrus and spice. Mouthfeel was light and fresh, but still tart and tangy. Didn't like that tang much. For the style, I've had better. I'm no beer judge, but it didn't seem as good as other witbiers I've had. I'll still drink it, but not one of my top choices.

Photo of Longstaff
1.44/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

WTF did they do to this beer? This is the first time I tried it since they put in the new brewhouse and I'm not impressed. This used to be a wonderfully drinkable beer with orange and subtle spice flavors that made it quite refreshing. Now its just overloaded with phenolics and all you can taste and smell is cloves. I can't get past the phenolic flavors enough to even finish a bottle. Just horrible. Hopefully this is just temporary and they can get it back to where it used to be.

Photo of Naes
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a golden cloud (cloudy) with a small white head.

Aroma is of yeast and spice.

Its flavor is just as it smells, full of yeast and spice, with a mild hop presence.

This beer is light bodied and quite easy going. It is generously carbonated although you really can’t tell by looking at it.

This one is another winner from the Victory line, definitely worth a try if you like the yeast.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thin snow white head. Smell is spicy and lightly sweet wheat malt.

Tastes of sweet wheat malt, spicy and lemony. Light banana. Mouth is lightly sticky and yet crisp in the finish. Not bad but somehow it's a bit thin and the flavors just don't quite mesh. A decent enough summer beer though.

Photo of Backer2004
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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
2.07/5  rDev -43.8%
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
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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
3.97/5  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
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
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 -0.8%
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
4.04/5  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
2.49/5  rDev -32.3%
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
4.17/5  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
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.