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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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864 Ratings

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of smurphy77
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the perfect summer session beer. Light and effervescent, without much flavor. The problem: without much flavor. The taste is in the zesty mouthfeel more than in the aroma. Maybe a hint of some spices.

Pours a hazy golden color with little head. It's a nice beer and certainly refreshing, but there's nothing memorable about it.

Paired well with a simple baked cod dish served with couscous and wax beans. Not strong enough to overpower either the fish or the sides, but bubbly enough to cleanse the palate.

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

A decent white from a US brewer but not quite refined to be the velvety pleasure that some wits can be, and not bizarre enough to be the confounding nirvana that is Hitachino Nest, a strange but awesome Japanese interpretation of the style which you should definitely check out. While this Whirlwind is solid, it doesn't live up to Victory's other, better brews. On its own terms, it's a bit soapy, with some good spices, but the Belgian yeast overshadows everything -- it's off balance and a little unpleasant. As a scholarly exercise, it's a successful American interpretation of a tricky Belgian style, but as a beer-drinking experience it's merely so-so.

Photo of BigMart42
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm certainly not a huge victory drinker, but I really enjoyed this one. From my experience, its highly recommended if its a hot day and your using a lawn-mower.

This is descent Witbier, very crisp and highly carbonated. Pours a very light and hazy gold. It has a citrus taste with a slight spice and bitter mouth feel. I'd say overall very drinkable, just about everyone can enjoy this style of beer. Cheers!

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

The second beer this eveing was the Victory Worldwind Witbeir! The color was a cloudy golden with thin white head. The nose included hints of clove and citrus. The taste was decent...was not overpowered by clove or citrus...very good balance. There seemed to be an additional spice, but I could not name it. The mouthfeel was good enough to enjoy.

Photo of Liquids
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear? Pale, no cloudy, with no head as it fizzes out and leaves scum. Odd for a wit. That stick, sweet wheat aroma, and little for hops. Taste is pretty good surprisingly, dry and not ultra sweet, somewhere between SA and Hoegaarden. Drinable and refreshing on a hot day. Does the job. Mouthfeel is not milky nor heavy, bit of tang from the carbonation. Despite defying typical rules, this one wins. Finding it fresh required traveling a way, and it's not one I'll seek out, but it's a good drinker for a style I have a hard time finding selections I enjoy.

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

This brew pours a hazy pale yellow color. The head is small, white and diminishes quickly into sparce lacing. The aroma is of orange peel with coriander in the back ground. The taste is rather mellow: orange, coriander, and tangy wheat in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation that makes it very refreshing. Overall, this isn't the best witbier, but it is still very drinkable.

Photo of aquatonex
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear pale yellow with a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly. Nose is a bit yeasty with light lemon notes. Taste is a good balance of sourness, light maltiness, and refreshing citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, no lacing and sort of flat. Overall, an enjoyable easy drinking witbier.

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 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.

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

This is actually a decent beer so I will give it a full review.

Ap: The appearance is just a bit above average for a wit beer. A good wit beer should be cloudy with yeast floating around in it. The more stuff floating around the better. The Victory Wit is cloudy but looks a bit watery and there is not enough going on in the glass to warrant a second look. The head is minimal but it does lace nicely.

Sm: Hint of wheat and citrus but nothing that is blowing me away. For what smells that are there are strong. Which is a good thing. but there is nothing overly complex going on here.

Taste/Mouth: A bit watery. orange pulp is the dominate note here. The beer is sweet, maybe a bit too sweet .

Drink: Yes

Good: A decent wit beer that you should go out of your way to try. This is a good example of the style.

Victory is a solid brewery and they just keep putting out good beer after good beer.

Photo of BMoney575
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-23-07
Best before 3-6-08

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a head that bubbles away quickly.

Smell is sweet, with lots of spice and little bit of Belgian.

Taste is very much like the smell, sweet with a prominent Belgian character. The finish is also sweet, with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and flavorful.

Drinkability is decent, a good example of the style but a little plain.

Photo of Stopper
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a modestly sized hoary head, which recedes quickly to the rim. Aroma is of sweet citrus and clove with a very pronounced tartness. The body is light and initially has a touch of malt sweetness balanced nicely with a very fruity tartness. This lingers on the tongue into the aftertaste, and is joined by a sweet, subtle, slightly peppery spiciness.

This isn't as amazing as many of the beers from Victory, but it has character and is a nice refresher for a hot summer night like this one.

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the least spectacular of the Victory's beers, this is still pretty good. You figure they had to make an easy to drink, lighter-tasting beer just as a matter of being well-rounded.

Whirlwind is pretty windy, alright. In fact, if you stood in a wheat field and opened your mouth, it'd be a dead ringer. I don't know what else to say... it's good, but it doesn't quite run with the rest of the Victory family.

Photo of ibashmuck
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy body. Smell of lemon strongest, light wheatness, and the taste follows that same pattern, although the spice finish is very nice. Came across as rather flat on the mouth, however. Pretty good beer, nothing extraordinary, but the spice level is very good.

Photo of edskirk3
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge July 3. Served in a pint glass without a lemon.

Translucent gold-yellow. Minimal, very thin white head. There was a lemony aroma, with some residual yeast notes.

My first thought was, this is quite light on the palate. An easy-drinking thirst-quencher with tastes of lemon, coriander, and honey-like sweetness. Very lightly carbonated, nearly flat. Tiny bit of hoppiness at the end.

Definitely worth a try in the summer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light apple juicy color with minimal head that forms a ring, but no lace, around the top. The nose is very lemony, with a low-end and subdued coriander note; the effect here is not nearly as aromatic as many other witbiers. Plenty of acidity up front that tickles the sides of the tongue, followed by a slightly bready and spicy finish. The taste emphasis is much more on acidity and cleanliness, it seems, than robust taste. Overall it's fine but nothing special -- refreshing but a bit boring.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with not much visible carbonation but little bits of sediment floating around. Not a ton of head from a fairly aggressive pour and retention is a thin sheet of white on top. Smells nice, coriander and orange coming to mind first. Light wheat malt comes through as well.

Medium to light body with lots of flavor. Oranges and wheat malt come through the most, with a slight taste of coriander. A certain sourness and tanginess is detected, leading to a quick and clean finish and dry mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little off I think. It causes a weird spritziness that distracts me from the taste a little. Its not annoying, but curious and interesting. Overall, this is a nice summery witbier with just enough tang to satisfy those taste buds and enough flavor to back it up. Its a decent brew, but I think I prefer Victory's Sunrise to this one.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: musty lemon custard and breads.

T: mild lemon note which is more sour than sweet. A little tart. Light on the wheat/malts.

M: light body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely drinkable and refreshing. Just not complex enough to separate it from others in the genre.

Photo of ffejherb
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into 12oz. glass on 4/30/08.

A - Slightly hazy, almost gritty golden/light amber body with a thin white ring of head around the glass. Ample carbonation.

S - Spicy and yeasty with pepper and a bit of fleshy fruit and bubblegum sweetness. Clove is also present. Slight notes of perfume emerge as well.

T - Starts out a bit sweet with apple and pear notes then suddenly turns quite spicy with plenty of pepper and clove flavor, but there's also an underlying bubblegum or candi sugar sweetness present. Hints of dark fruit reminiscent of plums and grapes meander into the mix, but stay in the background. The prevalent yeasty aspect gives this wheat beer a Belgian twist.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Finishes up nice and spicy with some earthy bitterness. Just a tad watery overall.

D - Pretty decent offering from Victory, but certainly not one of my favorites. It's got quite a spicy kick and lots of flavors swirling around, though. Give it a shot.

Photo of rabidawg
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with slight carbonation. Creamy white head that settled quickly. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly little here. Smells more like a pilsner than a witbier. Slightly earthy and yeasty, but missing the traditional spicy, citrusy notes I expected.

Taste: Nice, but not great. Peppery, with fresh, tangy lemon juice. Creamy at first, but the hidden carbonation hits pretty hard in the middle. Definite drying citrus peel at the. I agree with VENOM about the salty finish, but I didn't find it nearly as enjoyable.

Decent wit, but I'd take Allagash's White over this any day.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, PA. It came in a tumbler glass.
A: The body is a cloudy yellow color. The head is a finger tall, white color, fine retention, tiny sized bubbles and no lacing.
S: The aromas are muted, but mostly wheat.
T: The flavors are orange, coriander and wheat.
M: The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.
D: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Phatz
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very decent Witbier if you are a fan of the style.

Appearance: Pours light lemon color. a bit hazy and tight sudsy head.

Smell: Partly clean and partly spicy tart lemon with a bit of cloves.

Taste: Peppery cloves and lemon. Yeasty and hint of nuts. It is a flavorful Witbier with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Citric and tart but very mellow. Decent carbonation in a light body. Refreshing summer beer.

Drinkability: I tend to prefer a different style but I could see myself enjoying one of these in place of lemonade after some yard work.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle best by 9/06

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a dense white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells very yeasty and bready with a slight spicy/fruitiness.

Very mild flavor, mostly yeasty and bready. Some slight spicy and fruity tones. Finishes dry.

Thin body. Decent carbonation.

While the thin body is a little distracting, it does make this beer extremely easy to drink quickly. A good alternative to usual lawnmower beers, but just average as a wit.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.