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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

843 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 17
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001)
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Photo of UDbeernut
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: pale yellow color, slightly hazy, small head with little retention

S: wheat and slightly peppery

T: light taste, msotly an earthly pepper, nice witbier

M&d: light buttery mouth, very drinkable as most wheat beers are

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this as part of 2 5-glass samplers at the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA.

I would actually rate this higher than a lot of people in that I'm in a "Belgian-phase" right now and may have rose-colored glasses. My first witbier, I thought that even though the mouthfeel was flat, this witbier had a unique taste which intrigued me. I could very well see myself ordering a few.

julian1117, May 31, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a recent tasting...

As expected, this brew is a bit hazy. It's a very, very pale yellow color with a good head that retains well but pretty light on the lacing. Carbonation is lively in the glass.
Peppery spice, a strong clove aroma, with a little citrus and banana underlying make up the nose.
This one is not as sweet as your typical American interpretation and holds very well to the Belgian style. The taste is almost identical to the nose, with a bit more of an earthiness on the palate and nice nice hops undertone and good balance.
Body is light to moderate, and the feel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is active and adds some crispness as well.
This is what you expect from a brewery effecting a Belgian-style wit rather than the way it's been "Americanized." A good beer and very drinkable with a low ABV.

Brenden, May 30, 2009
Photo of bryanbrick
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like the Belgian interpretation of wheat based beers. There is something about the creamy texture, the interplay of spice and fruit and the sheer drinkability of the beers. So with that in mind I picked up a 6-er of the Whirlwind Wit from what is becoming one of my favorite new-to-me breweries, Victory

An "Enjoy by Apr 15 10" date on the bottle. I opened this at about cellar temp.

Hazy straw color with a light ring of head around the edges of the glass.

The nose is nice with the typical apricot, orange flesh, cracked white pepper and lemon. And do I did not put one in there. And while this is pleasing, and appropiate for the style, it dosen't push any limits or go beyond what others do.

I like the earthy stone like flavors that persist through out here, when added to the light weight citrus and stone fruit flavors it really adds dimension to them. With the slight alfalfa like bitterness in the finish and the return of pepper this gets its point across nicely.

The lasting flavors here really linger nicely on the palate and with the natural delicate acid and the creamy finish the way this feels may be its best quality.

But it is not, the best quality of this beer is simply how incredibly drinkable it is. At 5.0% a 6pack of this would be no problem. And with its subtle but spot on flavors this wouldn't get cloying like a lot of other beers of this style do.

If your are a fan of the style, surely try this.

bryanbrick, May 30, 2009
Photo of epicness
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow and foamy. Small one finger head with quick retention.
Decent lacing.

S: The oh so typical classic smell of bananas, cloves, coriander and citrus. I love it.

T: Solid and unexpected. I didn't think this was going to be better than average when it came to witbiers... but it turned out to be one of my top 5 definitely. It has a nice full smooth taste of citrus lemon, but the yeast and wheat comes in before it. It's a very nice balance.

M: Clean aftertaste with a pleasant carbonation that enhances the flavor.

D: A very drinkable witbier. It's quality. Try it.

epicness, May 28, 2009
Photo of mound909
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat of a golden color, clearer than I expected. The yeast doesn't cloud the beer like some witbiers I have had. Tastes very crisp and clean, with a tad bit of spiciness. The beer is a little too carbonated in my opinion, but it doesn't take much away overall. A great summer beer and thirst quencher.

mound909, May 21, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a pale, golden yellow with a huge, fluffy cap as white as snow. Body is hazy with minimal visible carbonation.

Lemons and orange peel hit you up front with a soft spice. A very delicate aroma.

The flavor is just as soft and supple. A light lemony citrus, slightly tart with a perfect belgian yeast flavor that really complements the rest of the flavors. Just the right amount of white pepper spice.

Delicate and playful on the tongue. Light bodied. A perfect summertime beer.

Excellent drinkability. Dry, lightly sweet and tart at the same time with a delicate spice in the finish. Well done.

ColForbinBC, May 17, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head and solid lacing.

S: Typically sweet witbier smell of bananas, cloves, coriander and citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus, cloves, pepper, coriander and some bananas. There was a slight graininess about it that seemed out of place.

M: Lots of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer with some good attributes, but there are definitely better examples of of the style out there.

avalon07, May 10, 2009
Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pale peach-yellow with light haze and foamy, 1-finger white head with average retention and one small teardrop of lace.

S: Classic banana, lemon, tangy wheat, pepper, clove and coriander without being overly perfumey

T: Solid but unspectacular with more fruity banana flavors cut with lemon and yeasty dryness and accented with pepper and clove. Hops make a small but meaningful contribution. There is a hint of graininess which I don't mind and gives this brew a little edge -- something it could use more of.

M: Medium body, clean aftertaste, very prickly carbonation that enhances the flavor and feel.

D: A drinkable and quality wit, but a bit ho-hum.

argock, May 08, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a cloudy bright yellow color with two fingers of fluffy bone white foam. The head leaves little to no lacing. Smells and tastes of lemon, orange, a hint of cloves, slightly spicy yeast, and some bready, wheaty grains. This witbier is medium in both body and carbonation with a crisp dry finish. Quite quenching.

ClockworkOrange, May 03, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap

A- WW is a bright yellow color with some cloudiness within. A nicely layered bright white head was on top. No lacing.

S- A typical wit with some belgian influence. A bunch of yeast with banana and clove. And some good ol wheat.

T- Getting some citrus lemon with a nice jolt of wheat and belgian yeast. Spice such as clove and some orange peel in there as well.

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation that is felt. No problems here.

D- A drinkable wit at a low abv(5%) i could drink a few of these in some warm weather. Good flavor from a local company, good enough for a return.

BARFLYB, May 02, 2009
Photo of lstokes
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

Pours a cloudy straw, with a yeast-and-clove nose--I love the clove a lot--and drinks very, very smoothly, with a creamy body and just the right amount carbonation. Taste is yeast-orange-peel-spice, and I have to say the clove dominated my drinking experience.

Not a paragon of the style, probably, although this is the first Witbier I've had in a long time and so I can't really judge it on that. It's not super-complex, didn't really open up new notes as I was drinking, but top marks for thirst-quenching. Would drink again, and good for the price.

lstokes, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: typical Witbeer cloudiness, though not as cloudy as say Wittekerke. No head to speak of.

Smell: Citrus and some faint clove.

Taste: initial taste started out very nice. Tart with belgian spices and wheat. After the second and third sips, the taste started to become more one dimensional towards tart and bitter that become cloying. Would have preferred a touch more sweetness to overcome the bitterness.

Overall: not bad but would not want more than one of these. Leaves a bitter aftertaste sort of like an ex-wife.

Kolsch, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Smell was very light yet quite clean and crisp, also earthy notes. Taste was fairly light but very earthy and grassy. Similar to a smoother macro with minimal carbonation. Nothing too special, just a very clean beer. very pleasant and easy to drink. Not complex at all, good to try if you like Belgian witbier.

stingrayvr6, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass, actually. Out of style, but I just got the glass and wanted to use it.

A - Poured a light, cloudy yellow with a thin, bright white head. Carbonation looks light to moderate.

S - Yeast is immediately noticeable, as is some light orange and spice, which, though I can't really say for sure, I'd guess to be some coriander.

T - On the first sip the coriander is way stronger than it was in the nose. The wheat and orange peel follow up in the end. They give a sort of bitterness to it. The spices just seem a little heavy to me. I'd like to see more of a dominant wheat flavor.

MF - Pretty thin with some carbonation to liven things up and give it a crisp-ness. Goes down easily and fits the weather nicely.

D - Not bad. I could easily have a view of these. The only thing that would hold me back would be the excessive spicing. Then again, I don't drink wits all that often, so it might be that I just need to be reacquainted with the spice character. I picked up a single for $2 to give it a whirl(ha....I guess). Not bad, but in my opinion it doesn't stack up to Hoegaarden.

HitokiriNate85, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very thin white head that barely sticks around long enough to be called a "head," no lacing as one would thus expect. Cloudy straw yellow color, opaque without density, some bubbles inside visible. Unassuming nose of clove, ginger spice, banana, golden raisin scents, more mandarin orange than any other citrus, the bready element more doughy than baked, light does of carob too. Fairly full-bodied, "it's got back" and moves at a slow pace. The carbonation might be too low and hence a contributing factor in its relative lack of crispness. The clove spice pulls back, the orange to lemon citrus not really taking its place. Maybe a suggestion of apricot, peach, banana fruit. Presents more of a mineral water character which reminds one of organic beers. Honey glazed bread elevates through the finish.

farrago, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Yellow golden color, with cloudy murky appearance,

Smell- Slight citrus smell and ton of wheat and slight hops on the nose

Taste- Good wheat style beer, full flavored wheat and slight lemon or citrus tones, slight hops, good overall full flavored beer enjoyed the finish on this one

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp with mod carbonation nothing very overwhelming

Drinkability- very drinkable and refreshing, would make a nice summer wheat beer on a hot evening with a barbecue worth another try

Stunner97, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of halfP1NT
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is from back in May '08.

Appearance is a slightly hazy, pale yellow with a barely existent head that very quickly dissolved to a thin ring. There's lots of mini bubble strands floating around.

Smell is yeasty, sweet, perfumey banana and clove spice.

Taste is very clovey and bready with a hint of orange and/or lemon zest.

This beer has lots of bubbly carbonation. It is a bit thin-bodied, which makes it a good hot weather beer, but it seems to lack complexity for the style. The sweetness coats my mouth and hurts the drinkability a bit. Overall, not the best from Victory, but an enjoyable summer offering.

halfP1NT, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of JRed
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent light honey color with small fleeting head. Weak artificial vanilla extract aroma makes me turn away. Feeble taste of light floral, stale vanilla, and watered-down hops. Drinkable but not enjoyable, i prefer a thicker and richer wheat beer. There's no personality here and no richness of flavors.

JRed, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of SeanRedd
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Im usually not into American Wheats. The aroma is Leininkugle flavor drops and the body is a bit Coors Light. The head disappears with light lacing. Aroma of vanilla, marshmellow, and flowers. Tastes a bit artificial. Germany and Belgium still hold my heart within this style. Not for me...maybe after I run a race.

SeanRedd, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale gold with a creamy 1+ finger white head that had good retention. Visible carbonation was very good per style.

S: The nose was bready and yeasty with citrus, floral tones and a wheaty aroma.

T: The initial flavor was light citrus, lemon peel, and a nice fresh breadiness. The flavor was very wheaty with a nice tartness and light coriander (peppery) notes in the finish.

M: very light, creamy with a good carbonation tingle bringing out the dried citrus peel.

D: Decent drinkability, its no hoegaarden spice wise but has a clean flavor making for a good summer time drink.

beerthulhu, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of TMB0424
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy, peachy yellow body with a fairly weak white head that dissipates very quickly. Did not leave any lacing in my glass.

Smells of citrus rind, lemon peel, little bit of yeast, a splash of peppery spices. Not too impressed.

Tastes of light citrus fruits, pretty strong on the lemon flavor. Hint of oranges as well. Nothing too complicated here. Earthy finish, grassy. A tiny splash of sourness precedes the grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is very light, leaves a slight metallic aftertaste on my palate. But it lacks "body" and it feels very watery. It's very drinkable on the other hand, as well as thirst-quenching.

It's by no means a bad beer, it's just lacking. I found it too be a little too watery and somewhat bland. On the upside though, it was very refreshing and drinkable.

TMB0424, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is hazy and hay-colored with a tiny white head. The aroma is predominantly of clove and maybe some pear. The flavor is a light sizzle of citrus: simple lemon and clove that ends with a plastic finish. Good lawn mowing beer.
(rated Apr 10, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mesperon
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours out clear straw color with no head at all. Lots of yeast sediment that stay suspended in the beer.

Smells like wheat, and artificial lemon flavoring.

The feel was very watery and somewhat flat. Overpowering lemon flavor with a note of celery. A little malt flavor and no hops to speak of.

This beer gets points for drinkability, because it was quenching and went down easy, but not very interesting, and not much dimension of flavor. I expected more from Victory since Hop Wollup is one of my new favorites.

mesperon, Dec 12, 2008
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.