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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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847 Ratings

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | 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.

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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.

maddamish, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of ffejherb
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

ffejherb, May 01, 2008
Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Thrasher, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

WoodBrew, May 11, 2011
Photo of edskirk3
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

edskirk3, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

geexploitation, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of rabidawg
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

rabidawg, May 29, 2003
Photo of BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

BMoney575, May 24, 2007
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.

86MonteSS, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Stopper
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Stopper, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a small head and some fairly aggressive carbonation. The smell is sweet fruitiness with a little spiciness. The taste starts off with some banana sweetness that gives way to a little bit of citrus and spice in the finish. The mouthfeel pleasant, with a decent thickness and less carbonation than I expected. This beer is a great example of the style, but lacks in complexity. I wouldn't mind having a couple more, this is a nice refreshing brew.

TheTrevor, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Kanyon22
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in Victory summer 12 pk. First off going in I knew this would be probably be the lest favorite brew in this pack for me, just not witbier guy. Anyways been awhile since reviewing but here goes.

A: Pours a clear watered down yellow, gold color beer with a tightly bubbled head. It didn't quite have that wheat beer head you usually get. Also being clear was a bit of a surprise. Further inspection indicates it also has stuff floating all threw the beer.

S: Green apples, wheat tang, citrus, mint herbal smell going on. Overall smells like apple cider.

T: Starts out yummy bubble gum, wheat and flows into the herbal citrus in the nose and ends with a bit of banana. The banana stay in the the back of the palate throughout, really coats your mouth.

M: A bit thin for style I'm partial to that wheat beer creaminess, i think filtering this took some of that away. I'm also enjoying the dryness this beer puts on your palate makes you drink it down wanting more.

O: A good witbier for sure here way better than I was expecting even for a company as well respected as Victory. The orange was subdued and coriander just didn't get it, was in the smell but wasn't in the taste, which probably helped this beer to my taste. Nice stab at a style that is my least favorite wheat style beer. Also glad it smelled like green apples but doesn't taste like it.

Kanyon22, Jun 15, 2014
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.

Phatz, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of mirish72
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber with visible yeast and a nice fluffy white head. Had a nice aroma of banana, clove and bubble gum going on. Slightly sweeter taste than I expected, with a nice floral nose and slight citrus taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink, a great summer beer. Probably not the best witbier I have ever has, but pretty tasty and affordable.

mirish72, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of david131
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy, light orange with a small white head. The retention isn't great and there are some floaters.

S- Some banana, clove, pepper and lemon. A little bready as well. Smells pretty standard.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with a little bit of sweetness.

M- Very creamy and smooth. The carbonation level is perfect.

D- This is not a blow you away beer, but it is damn drinkable. Would be great on a hot day.

Oddly enough, I do not think that this review really represents how much I actually like this beer...

david131, May 18, 2008
Photo of chodinheaven
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

chodinheaven, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

HiroProtagonist, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Breeze-Thru liquor in Wauwatosa, and drank one day after its expiration date.

Appearance reminded me of a carbonated lemonade. It was vaguely cloudy and rather yellow. Not a lot of head, and what was there didn't stick around for too long. Not as enticing to the eye as say a Wittekerke I had awhile back, but fortunately there is more to the story.

Smell was pretty good. I thought I picked up coriander notes and definitely something citrusy/sour, which indicated good things were ahead.

Taste was also pretty good. Tasted like a wit should (from what I know), and I tasted spice and coriander. Not the best witbier I've had, but pretty good. There wasn't anything artificial-tasting in this wit, which can't be said for others (Blue Moon). The label claimed Belgian yeast...but I'm not refined enough to detect those sorts of things.

BeerBelcher, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Opaque and very hazy yellow, almost like pineapple juice, good amount of floaties present also, head settles quickly to sparse bubbles

S: A good dose of wheaty, yeasty aroma, really mild citrus note, more like lemon grass than actual fruit, maybe a little spice also - clove?

T: Very deicate tasting, sweet with again that hint of citrus, but not a strong bite, just enough to be light and refreshing, a wheat background with some lingering spice

M: A little on the thinner side, good carbonation, leaves slight dryness throughout mouth

D: Good, light body, delicate and refreshing flavors

Notes: Not the best witbier I've had, but something a little different. I don't know how to describe some of the feel, but it feels delicate. It is more refreshing than flavorful, but serves its purpose nicely.

dpodratsky3, Nov 25, 2009
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.

jtfest, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

kylehay2004, May 08, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the corner booth a lightly hazed, dark yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a light malt presence, vague touches of unmalted wheat, vaguer hints of citrus, and even vaguer bits of spice.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness with a touch of tangy wheat and an overall subtle sweetness. Meager pinches of lemon and orange zest. Minimal hints of banana and spice character. Tiny blip of hop bitterness. It's at this stage the body and flavor begins to thin considerably as you approach the light, fast finish with a final showing of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body that teeters dangerously on the edge of being watery. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A revitalizing, refreshing witbier that positively makes you want to leap out of your seat with a renewed burst of energy to go find your server and order another beer. It makes a trade-off for less body and overall flavor for an added bonus in ease of drinking and refreshment.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of garuda
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy straw with a one finger white head that has minimal retention and no lacing.

S - Dominated by dry coriander spiciness, with maybe a touch of lemongrass.

T - More spicy yeast, and finishes with a clean dry tartness.

M - Light body, high carbonation and finishes clean and dry.

D - Tasty drink, something you can consume a lot of in the summer months, but has nothing that really makes it stand out from the crowd.

garuda, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy whitish yellow color that you would expect from a beer this style with a fizzy off-white head that eventually fizzes away. 

S- The aroma features some wheat malt, citrus, spices and yeast. Everything I expect from a witbier so far.

T- The taste is light bodied, crisp and refreshing but has a good amount of flavor. The citrus flavors are noticeable up front with the spices making their presence felt next and a very refreshing finish rounds this one out. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Whirlwind Wit is a very solid wittier that is very quaffable. Would purchase again. 

cjgator3, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden with plenty of yeast in suspension, but disappointingly little head and not the best lacing. I am a big fan of wit beers in the spring/summer, but the aroma on this let me down a little with much more prominent clove character than I usually prefer. Citrus and wheat malt were also there, but the clove seemed to jump out the most to me. The flavor was better. Still plenty of clove, but a lot more white pepper and other spices joined up with wheat malt sweetness and orange peel notes. Medium body with slightly spiky carbonation and a nice clean, slightly tart finish. A drinkable beer to be sure, but not my favorite representation of the style.

zoso1967, Apr 11, 2010
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.