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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

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BA SCORE
84
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740 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001)
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aracauna

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden straw with lots of haze giving it that typical Wit hue.
s: fruity yeast
t: powery yeast. Sweet but not over sweet. Some light bitterness follows behind.
m: light mouth with good fizz, but not too much fizz.
d: very enjoyable. Something to be enjoyed on a very hot day (as I did).

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 03:09:51 | More by NiceGuyMike
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a fluffy white head.

The aroma is spicy and fruity, with a strong earthy character from the wheat and yeast.

The beer goes down full and smooth, wheat and coriander dominating the palate. Citrus sneaks in on the finish, and the hop bitterness, while mild, is pleasantly noticable.

Highly drinkable. Whirlwind is sweetly grainy, mild, and dry, and the combination makes a great beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 21:55:45 | More by IMincedTheKing
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big notes of spice, orange and sweetness here. Powerful. I like it.

And the taste...ah, delicious. There's absolutely no discernable hop bitterness in this beer, so I wouldn't bother looking for it. What we do have though, is a fine wit.

Some orange mixes with big notes of clove/coriander (spice) in the body here. Reminds me a little bit of Hoegaarden but not as "in your face" with the spices and orange. Finish turns a bit citrusy and tart and allows the beer to be quite dry in the finish. A slight bit of wheat can be picked up in the finish as well if you try. Aftertaste is rather minimal. A good quenching beer.

One of my favorites of the style...and this a favorite style of mine. That says something!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 03:38:30 | More by NODAK
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Draft)
pale orange color with much cloudyness. fruity nose. White head and lace. Sparklely feel with citrus yeast notes. Excellent summer beer. A keg of this will be on order for my brothers pre-wedding event the last weekend of june. Quality ..mmmm

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 15:38:22 | More by frank4sail
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle served in a goblet. Very cool label design. "Enjoy by" date was Aug. 07 04.

Really nice 1 inch head. Cloudiness from the wheat. Nice looking beer.

Spicy and slight fruit notes vary in each tasting.If you like Belgian Wheat Ales, you'll enjoy this brew. Victory states that Belgian Yeast is used in this beer.

I think this is an excellent interpretation of this style. This is one drinkable and thirst quenching beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 22:07:55 | More by Hibernator
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dfried

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is average for a witbier, pale golden with an average head that didn't persist through the whole beer. I am not keen on witbier with too much coriander, the scent is a bit stronger on coriander than the taste was, but it was still quite wheaty and zesty. I thought the taste and aftertaste were the standout qualites of this beer. Sweet, refreshing wheat malt is what dominates the taste, but there are many undertones from coriander and nutmeg flavors, to orange and lemon zest. The spice in this beer creates a zing in your mouth, like mint would for instance, as you have one or two. That mouthfeel, along with the light bodied character make for a very drinkable beer. I had trouble not giving it a 5 for drinkability. One of my favorite hot day brews I have come across.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 17:41:39 | More by dfried
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on tap at a local bar and must say I was very pleased with it. I had bought a case of Whirlwind bottles in May, and found them to be satisfactory, but having a freshly pulled pint was much better. The beer pours a deep golden color, with a very thin fluffy white head. Seems to have less haze/ clouds than other witbiers, but definitely unfiltered. Spice is present, but not oeverwhelming. I tasted good floral notes, and a prescence of orange, complexed by some spice. I assume it to be the typical corriander/clove mix, but it felt restrained somehow. Some sweetness, perhaps vanilla also. Because of the complexity, I found it to be incredibly drinkable, and very refreshing. A nice switch from say hoegaarden, if only for its unique spice character. A great summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2003 05:56:37 | More by 99bottles
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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
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wbickerton

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 02:18:15 | More by wbickerton
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 04:25:13 | More by orbitalr0x
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mynie

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy weisen gold with a respectible, if short-lived, head.

Very nice smell. Rich wheatmalt with banana esters and cloves--all candy coated. Actually smells a lot more like a sweet Duvel than it does an average witbier.

Rich lemony wheatmalt upfront, big on the spice and banana. It gets a little tart near the middle and ends on a fizzy mixture of all flavors.

The great aroma and taste are enchaced by an excellent mouthfell that's alternately creamy and fizzy, making this a great warm weather brew that's suited equally for savoring and pounding.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 05:16:56 | More by mynie
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw color with a fizzy head. Slight retention on the sides. A bit hazy.
S: Lemon, orange peel, banana, sweet bubblegum aromas entice the senses.
T/M: Good banana notes intiailly. Grassy notes follow and fade away into a smooth refreshing finish. Slight lemony tart flavors are noticeable on the tip of the tongue. All flavors are subtle, but show up. Very easy drinking, smooth, and thirst quenching. Light body, but a bit creamy. Good level of carbonation makes this a session beer, and, dare I say possibly a lawn mower (of the highest quality of course).
D: Very tasty. I'd recommend this as a summer offering any day. Goes down very fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 22:06:34 | More by bjohnson
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oelergud

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazy straw body. Low retention and lace. White head mostly of small bubbles.
Sweet light grass, yeast and flowery scent.
Taste is sweet grass, yeast and hay. Mild sweet aftertaste with just abit of pepper and spice, very pleasant.
Light medium body with a prickly sensantion and some coating.
Very drinkable, one is not enough.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 16:00:13 | More by oelergud
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of Victory Whirlwind at Fairground Wines and Liquors in Connecticut.

A - A light honey color with a thin white head that quickly laces.

S- Light and faint, but pleasant.

T- This witbier is a little sweet and very smooth. It is a great wit for the Victory crew from Dowingtown, PA.

MF- I love how the Whirlwind feels as I bounce it about my mouth, traces of alcohol and vanilla, what a combo!

Drinkability - This is a very good beer and especially tasty in these warm summer months. Just had one with some chicken fajitas, the pairing worked well. Whirlwind gets two thumbs up from me.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 23:29:16 | More by mltobin
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 05:04:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, a new beer from Victory, let's try it, great label,

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow, with a pretty thick head at first, not long lasting, no lacing.

S: Heavy citrus - lemon, tangerine, in addition, pasta, malt, and coriander.

T: Definite striking of orange on the first sip, just a quick bite of it. Then the beer gets spicier, coriander comes out, and the beer ends in an interesting off-lemon spice flavour that I can't quite put my finger on, this is a damn tasty wit.

M: Crisp, with a good carbonation character that is not too biting, a character in other wits which can take away from the overall enjoyment of the ale, light-bodied and refreshing.

D: Quite a good witibier, easy to drink and tasty, one of the better American ones that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:22:04 | More by Halcyondays
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour starts cloudy golden. Large fluffy head. Then the clouds go away leaving some floaties. Head settles to a light collar.

Aroma is fruity and sweet. More than a hint of cream corn. Seems a bit chalky too. Could be me. The downside is the corn-ness.

The corn does not come through in the taste, which is a tad lemony and persimmon. Softly toasted biscuit with sweet breadiness. An orange like twang and the carbonation gives it a refreshing crispness. Bite lasts a bit longer than usual, and I like it.

Very drinkable. Good hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 07:04:11 | More by Mebuzzard
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 7-26-10.

A: Yellowish-gold with no head of which to speak. The most important aspect to note is the crazy amount of tiny yeast chunks suspended in the body. In all, this is sort of a flat, hazy, and somewhat uninspired looking beer.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast is the dominant aroma. Banana, clove, coriander, cumin, and other sweeter spices abound. A bit of a cider character is also present. This is a bold Witbier bouquet.

T: Spicy-banana-clove-wheat. This is really very flavorful with a big presence. The clove and coriander spice notes sizzle on the sides of my mouth while the banana creaminess disperses over my tongue. Quite yummy.

M: This is an exciting MF with the spicy yeast as the main player. Whirlwind is light bodied with just the right amount of zesty kick on my palate.

D: I enjoyed this Witbier, which is usually not my favorite style. The spicy yeast character won me over and I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 22:14:37 | More by TCHopCraver
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dwarbi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a very, very light yellow - almost white. There's no head to speak of. Smells fantastic. Spicy and lemon scented, like a good white. Tastes chewy. A very nice wit.. clean, of course. Not too complex, but simple and too the point. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2003 14:19:24 | More by dwarbi
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Ty1erC

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: the beer is a pale yellow/gold color with some haziness caused by the bottle's sediment becoming suspended. good retention, little lacing.

s: this stuff smells of summertime (unfortunately it's january as i write this). wheat, lemon, spice... a very clean smelling ale.

t: it tastes of sweet, bready malt and citrus.

m: light, effervescent, slightly dry.

d: this beer goes down quickly. i'll buy it again when the weather becomes more conducive to witbier enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:20:56 | More by Ty1erC
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Darkale

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fast-forming head leaves about as quickly. High, light yeasty aroma, fresh and spicy. Lacing is slight. Body is a cloudy, dim yellow.

Mouthfeel is also light and almost frothy, slick and sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Some pepper in the taste, and also apple.

This is a very pleasant beer. Complicated and yet refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 06:01:31 | More by Darkale
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.