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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

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BA SCORE
84
good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel. Pours a hazed, light yellow color with a fluffy, small-bubbled head. Retention is ok and leaves a nice sudsy film and collar.

Nose is cloves, lemongrass, coriander and a hint of orange. Nice, fairly classic witbier nose with a little more zest to it than some of the softer, imported versions.

Coriander has a little edge to it here, I also am still getting the lemongrass...I wonder if Victory uses it in this one? Theres also a blood orange citric presence that is cool. Nice balance of sweet and spice, neither dry nor cloying...I like it quite a bit. Im a sucker for a good wit, and this one is one of the best new ones I have tried in quite some time. Its always a good thing if my beer is empty before I can finish typing my thoughts!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 18:48:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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cjgator3

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:04:42 | More by cjgator3
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a pretty clear and sightly hazy yellow. No real head appeared and no lacing.

S: Banana, spices (coriander, clove), and the yeasty dominate the nose.

T: The taste is close to the aroma. Banana and spices and the Belgian yeast is very evident in the flavor. Not a truly distinct beer, but not a bad taste by any standards.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, maybe a little harsh with carbonation bite, but not too bad.

O: A solid beer, but not one I would really seek out. This is one of Victory's weaker attempts (and this is my favorite brewery.)

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:02:08 | More by jifigz
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output01x

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 03/08/12) into a pilsener glass.

A delicate pour yields a 1-finger off-white energetic head that fizzes to nothing in less than a minute. The body is a pale straw with tiny floaties giving it a cloudy appearance. A good amount of carbonation bubbles quickly ascend from every conceivable point of origin. No lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Fruit and spices are the basic components of the aroma. Coriander, clove, banana, and lemon oil are mainly what jump out, but there is a lot going on in this nose.

Very similar to the nose, a lemon zest twang starts each sip. Banana with a myriad of spices follows quickly after. An oily lemon, but not acidic, aftertaste comes in at the end of each sip. The flavors are neither mild nor bold, but noticeable and interesting.

Light bodied with great carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The strong carbonation causes this beer to literally fizzle away in your mouth. Luckily, the strong carbonation does not seem detrimental to the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:22:39 | More by output01x
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FosterJM

California

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

709th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
12oz

I think I F***ed up and got a bottle with a best by Mar 26th, 2011 If I can read that tiny white print.

App- So out of the bottle it was very light and very hazy with about an 1/8" of an inch of head. No cling, no lace, no legs.

Smell- A bit bright with a little bit of lemon and some wheat behind it. little bit of hefe smell to it with some bubblegum, banana and yeast just smelled thin to me.

Taste- A pretty average witbier even if this one was a bit old. Seems to be a bit watery with a little issue of flavor pop. The flavors just seem to be there and a bit underwhelming. Probably my own fault for the old bottle.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. A bit too thin even for this style. More like an alcoholic
lemonade.

Drink- It's an average beer with it's place in the market for a good summer beer to cool you down and not get you too buzzed. A little lacking in flavor but oh well. Only a single 12, not a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:24:39 | More by FosterJM
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this form Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a wheat glass.

The color is a deep golden with amber accents.The clarity is gently hazed with visible carbonation and thick white smooth cap. The lace clings in a wave pattern. The smell is pretty spicy with some fragrant citrus accents and mild yeast earthiness. I enjoy the refreshingly effervescent body with somewhat higher than average spice which seems to detract a bit from the yeast, the feel in general is good for the style.

The wit has a nice flavor of belgian yeast with some slight citrus accents it seems to be a little on the floral side with the hops and almost soapy with a creamy wheat flavor in the middle and only mildly sweet but there is enough peppery and lemony quality to make my taste buds take notice. Overall this is a standard wit, pretty tasty, but lacks a little depth in the malt and yeast.I found it a good beer to go with orange chicken I paired it with.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 15:55:10 | More by Slatetank
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed one of these at the sterling Sun Singer after picking up some Rare Vos. Very good call.

One lush finger of white foam atop a hazy orange body with lemon yellow trim; nice body, good duration and lacing. Nice, moderate aromas, orange, ginger, a hint of coriander.

Better taste than smell, smooth and rich. The orange is a bit zesty, with a sour bite to offset the sweetness, with a lemon zest nicely mixed in. Spicy, with coriander and a dash of ginger in fine accompaniment. Fantastic mouthfeel, effervescent with smooth texture, just right for a Wit.

It is no surprise that Victory has nailed this style, for everything of theirs that I have tried is superb. This is an excellent testament to the style, very accessible, easy on the palate, amply flavored, a fine session beer on a hot day like today.

Excellent, one of my favorite Witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:04:07 | More by Gehrig
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:56:47 | More by chodinheaven
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, banana, clove and wheat.

T - It had a very spicy first sip.Good clove and cracked wheat flavor. Some fruity yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale that had a clean, crisp finish.

O - This is a very good witbier. I'm glad I finally broke down and bought some of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:00:34 | More by zeff80
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very thin layer of slightly off-white colored froth quickly fades leaving on the faintest veil of lacing and a very slight color... The color is a pale gold... A very slight haze... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wheat... Lemon zest... Some raisins... Even a hint of peach... Just the most subtle of spicy notes...

T - Lots of cracker... Banana... Perhaps even some bubblegum... Lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied... Slight carbonation.. Clean... Crisp...

D - Quite sessionable... Easy sipper... Simple, straight-forward and well executed... Not my favorite Witbier and not my favorite victory offering, but it will do just fine in a pinch...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:30:40 | More by philbe311
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witster18

Tennessee

2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of Victory's stronger offerings.

Whirlwind is anything but. It's a very basic witbier with not much in the spice/fruit tones. The alcohol is the dominant flavor here. It's not an awful beer by any means, but it's definitely a 'safe' offering. Nothing to write home about.

Pours with a whispy white head -true to the style but not as hazy as I'd like, and the viscocity and lacing leave a bit to be desired.

Smell is faint lemon/sugar. Taste is tart lemon/alcohol heat. Not much spice in this... both the intial taste and aftertaste/belches come off as near sprite-ish... Maybe it's better on tap, but I'm not too crazy about this...

I bought 7 bottles of beer. 2 bottles of this. That 2nd bottle will be sitting around for a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 21:46:16 | More by witster18
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grittybrews

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw-orange into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding white head. Relatively mild aroma of grassy lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth wheat up front with hints of orange peel, lemon, and honey.

Light and refreshing with some very pleasant flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:40:47 | More by grittybrews
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Lolli1315

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden yellow color with a finger of thick white creamy head. Lace sticks very prominently to the glass as a constant stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S- Hints of clove and lemon make a quick appearance in the nose with a complimenting bread and yeast character. With the fruity smell there was also an accompanying mild tart note. Malty smell prevails throughout the beer with a spicy slightly peppery finish that is most likely a combination of the coriander and yeast products. The smell is a bit diluted in my opinion and lacks some of the boldness of a great witbier.

T- The clove phenols make a very brief appearance with the slightest hint of bubblegum before being whisked away in favor of a lemon and malt forward middle with only slight traces of it noticeable in the background. Middle of the beer also introduces more of the bread character as well. The taste ends in a rather dull spicy and low bitterness of the coriander.

M- Medium light body with slightly creamy carbonation that smooths out each sip. Slightly dry finish.

O- Nothing too special about this beer, only thing that really stands out is my constantly wanting more from the beer whether it be flavor or smell. Really lacked the strong yeast characteristics that the style is known for and left me quite bored.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:04:25 | More by Lolli1315
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow color, it's got a fluffy white head that settles into just a thin white lacing over the beer. The smell has a pretty good citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste had some bready yeast along with the citrus from the nose coming in on the flavor. The spices settle into place in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good Wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:29:14 | More by Knapp85
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kershner23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass showing a almost pure yellow haze. Very light, white head that lasted all of a few seconds.

Aroma of zest and light spice. Little bit of hop too?

Nice balance of the zesty fruit, spices, and hops. Nothing was overpowering and it all seemed to just fall into place. Very nice for the warmer spring and summer days. I was paired beautifully with the BBQ chicken I grilled and the potatoes.

Not as carbonated as expected. Light and bubbly, medium body. Nice finish with the citrus trailing off for a few seconds after swallowing, kind of begging for another sip. Easy to drink, especially sitting outside on a nice day.

Good Wit Beer. One of the better I've sampled, looking forward to more after this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 16:57:17 | More by kershner23
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pastel yellow color with a nice two finger white head that has settled to a pretty thin lace after only a few minutes. There's a moderate amount of lacing being left on the sides of my glass.

Smells is spicy in the way of coriander, lemon peel, and a hint of sage.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus and spices working will with a lively carbonation. Refreshing with a clean finish.

Thin to medium body with a good carbonation level for the style.

Glad I finally picked one of these up. Been meaning to try one for a while, but I wanted a relatively fresh one. Nice representation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A fine beer for a hot summer day. Not too much to complain about. Not my favorite style, but I could see myself mixing one of these into my mix and match sixers once in a while. Especially in the spring/summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:32:48 | More by Morey
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow, short head
S: Ginger, nutmeg, a bit of banana
T: Initially banana with spice, but then very sweet/bubblegum on the midpalate/finish.
M: Light, balanced, nice for the style.
O: Man is this sessionable. Light, tasty, and refreshing. The whole is definitely better than the sum of its parts!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:28:50 | More by ONUMello
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vrushing88

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Poured hazy body with a very fine head. It presents itself with an almost fruity aroma, with a decent amount of spices. The taste is full of spice and a decent portion of malted wheat. There is very little presentation of any fruit flavor, which leads me to believe this beer was brewed with a Belgian yeast that induces a fruit characteristic, but no real fruit, which I am actually impressed with. This causes the beer to rest easy on your tongue and leave a lingering taste of spice and a good witbier.

Overall an excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 21:39:36 | More by vrushing88
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review form notes.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles released to the top. A one finger foamy heady formed and had a slow fade. Moderate lacing.

S: Light fruit, mostly banana and some apricot with a good level of spices to compliment - nutmeg, pepper, and a little bit of cinnamon.

T: Similar to the aroma. A little bit of yeast, some banana, and some light grains. The spices are subtle, and meld nicely with the fruit.

M: Light and crisp, very. refreshing. Pretty carbed up, lots of small bubbles.

O: A solid witbier. Look forward to cracking more of these this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 18:51:02 | More by mdaschaf
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billab914

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a light, golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of the coriander and orange peel to it. I get some of the sweeter, bready wheat coming through as well, but it feels a little light overall. Not bad, but also not great.

The taste also has a good dose of the citrusy, orange peel, coriander, and a bit of a lemony zest to it. Like the aroma suggested, the wheat malt is there but feels a little light. Again, something just feels light, or missing to it.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a drinkable beer, but not a great one of the style. It was A little weak overall, almost feels like a light wit beer if there were such a thing, or a light beer with coriander and orange peel added. An easy drinking summer beer, but not one that scores great against it's peers.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 22:00:53 | More by billab914
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macrent2

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a yellow glowing colour, which was a bit hazy with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 1 and a half finger head that disapated rapidly. A rather nice amount of lacing to report.

Aroma:
Medium hops smell with banana undertones.

Palate:
Very carbonated, dry and smooth.

Flavor:
Good. Banana sticks out as a dominant flavor.

Overall:
Very good on a warm spring day! Very good all around!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:26:22 | More by macrent2
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a lemony gold color, medium fine white head with decent retention, slightly hazy.

Smells of citrus, banana esters and coriander.

Tastes follows, bananas and coriander with some citrus and lemon zest and a mild finish of bitterness.

Medium to light body, tingly carbonation.

Extremely drinkable and sessionable warm weather ale. Had this sitting out in the sun and it hit the spot. Quenches thirst. Not my favorite wit ever, but probably up there on the list and I would have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 00:53:16 | More by Cylinsier
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 02:42:07 | More by WoodBrew
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prototypic

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whirlwind Witbier pours a very pale straw color. It’s hazy, and looks yellow when held to light. A foamy white head covers it and stands roughly a finger and a half tall. It’s quick to recede, leaving light strands of lace lining the glass.

The nose is definitely on the weak side, but isn’t bad. It’s grainy and earthy up front. There are hints of citrus orange and lemon throughout. Light spicy scents of orange peel and coriander are the driving force. If they were just a little stronger…. Belgian yeast is in the mix and smells delicious. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is quite good. It starts out with nice orange peel and coriander flavors. They are the x-factor and simply taste delicious. They have a stronger presence here and are responsible for the score bump. It tastes a little sugary and sweet. Earthy and grainy notes are apparent throughout. Belgian yeast adds its usual nice touch. Alcohol is buried. Goes down nice and way too easy.

Whirlwind Witbier has a light to medium body. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn’t interfere with its smooth feel. It goes down far too easy. I could take down multiple bottles of this with ease.

Victory Brewing Company is a fantastic brewery that routinely brews very impressive beer. Whirlwind Witbier is definitely impressive. Generally, Witbiers are relatively simple and straight forward. This one is no exception. But, the flavor is really nice. Couple that with the fact that it’s extremely drinkable and you have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 03:06:08 | More by prototypic
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: Wheat, yeast, coriander, banana,

taste: banana, yeast, wheat,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice summer beer. refreshing and crisp. I think I'm going to go have another.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:40:16 | More by THECPJ
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.