Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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 BirdFlu
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very clear yellow. Sort of just average, nothing bad but nothing too appealing. Smells quite citrusy but the overall aroma is fairly light. Orange peel and lemon are there with just a hint of spice. Tastes like standard wit ingredients; citrus, corienader spice. Very clean and light. Mouth is light-bodied (not watery, though) and has a nice bite of carbonation. Its a good, easy beer that would be easy to sip in the heat at a bbq or such.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Good lacing with this one.

S: Grapefruit, clove and coriander rise up with the smell of wheat and roasted grains. Citrus hops come through clean.

T: Wheat, coriander, white grapes and a smack of citrus hops. Hops also come with some white pepper spiciness.

M: Light body and smooth tight carbonation. A bit on the watery side.

D: Summer beer for sure and easy to drink a few and not be tired of the flavors.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date is April 15, 2010.

Ton of floaties poured into the glass with this hazy golden colored wit. The snow white head was short lived.

Tangy wheat aroma, earthy, with some interesting orange spice to it. Taste is wheat malt, orange and a bit of clove, little hops in the finish.

Medium body, somewhat heavier and thicker than I like my wits. Good carbonation. This is easy to drink, but just above average in my opinion.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy head that is like whipped egg whites. It fades rather quickly to a small skim of foam. The beer is a light yellow/straw color that is slightly hazy. (I decanted and left the sediment for later)

Aroma is of white pepper and lemon with some very light yeast.

Flavor is very light. Bready, light lemon, a touch of spice but not much. Some yeast towards the end. Not a log of depth. Finishes with some more citrus. Later as it warms you get more orange peel.

Body is ultra light and carbonation is very delicate.

Very drinkable, but almost too delicate. I wish there was a little more depth to this.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. Very cloudy gold body with lots of flakey floaties. 2-finger fizzy head that fades quickly but leaves a nice white cap and good lacing.

S - Yeasty right up front with some citrus undertones. Gold malt to chase.

T&M - Very crisp and fizzy mouthfeel but not overly carbonated. Very yeasty up front with light orange rind on the back of the tongue. Good balance of yeast and citrus. A bit of a ginger bread taste coming from the yeast floating around.

D - Very enjoyable, especially on a hot day. I could drink this all day easily and be quite happy. Very refreshing.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- super white, very hazed pale lemon yellow that is, with a nice dense wheaty white head. good retention thanks to wheat, but little to no lace.

S- smells a bit skunked but is ok after it opens up. mostly coriander aromas, a hint of orange, and white bread.

T- sweet and wheaty, coriander and some banana-clove yeast esters. finishes bready and clean with no discernible hop flavor.

MF- velvety from the wheat, prickly over medium carbonation and a residual sticky feeling.

D- just average in my opinion, but extremely drinkable. no flavors lean to far to one side and nothing really stands out. thirst quenching and refreshing. great session beer.

Photo of NODAK
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Photo of Anthony1
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a weissen glass

I was hoping for such a nice and welcoming beer because the whirlwind on the bottle looked so cheery and enjoyable.

Started off with the basic cloudy gold color with a white head. Not much lace.

Starts off with zesty leomon and orange mixed together with a spoon of spice. the taste left a bit more to be desired, felt like watered down citrus. still, felt good with a medium body and some carbonation to leave me refreshed

Photo of Briarscratch
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first wit beer I've reviewed. Not a huge fan of the style.
Cloudy opaque straw color, no head.

Smells like most other wheat beers to me. I think I can smell sort of a bubble gum aroma and maybe some lemon and corriander?

Tastes bready and citrusy.

Bubbly, smooth, and crisp with a little weight to it.

High drinkability, easy flowing.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light golden with a white head that fades to nothing in short order. Quite lemony in the aroma with some coriander and even a little bit of grapefruit juice. Taste is similar. Medium bodied for the style, crisp and zingy with lemon, white grapefruit juice, and some tangy herbalness. Pretty refreshing if a bit simple. Still the zestiness of this one satisfies nicely on a hot day.

Photo of DannyS
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 20 oz. beer mug.

A - Opaque straw color with a thin, yet long lasting head that leaves a nice web of lacing.

S - Very wheaty on the nose, complimented with a bit of clove, cinnamon, and spicy orange. Mostly wheat though.

T - Once again, very wheaty with the common witbier flavorings of orange, lemon, and spice playing background roles. Finishes clean with a slight vegetal bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Chewy, slightly syrupy, with carbonation on the mild side. Would have liked to have more fizz in there to lighten the weighty mouthfeel.

D - Good drinkability. Settles a fair bit in the stomach, so it's filling, but I could easily have a couple of these.

overall - Definitely not the best rendition of the witbier style, but it holds its own. I will definitely finish this six pack, but I don't think I'd get another, especially since I can find Allagash white in my area now.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale straw with a persistent white ring. Decent lacing for a wit.

Smells very similar to Hoegaarden. Wheat, pale malt, coriander, clove and citrus. Pleasant.

Flavor is similar to Hoegaarden but a little bit maltier and with a bit less spice. Nice and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than your average wit, but it finishes just as dry as usual.

Drinkability is pretty damn high thanks to the abv, but $10 for a six-pack is asking a little much. Victory continues to impress.

Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Poured hazy, bright yellow with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Fresh wheat and bubblegum nose, perfumey. Some spice, but the bubblegum is strong, almost like a German hefe. Clean, refreshing taste. Lemon, orangepeel, and wheat abound. Nice spiced back. Coriander and yeast esters are strong without overpowering. Clean, tart finish. Lighter mouthfeel, but kind of flat. Good beer.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elwoods Pizza, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow with a small creamy white head which recedes slowly to a small ring and swirl along the top. There is not much lacing on this one.

The aroma is pretty much a mix of bubble gum wheat sweetness and a faint hint of spices. There's definitely some coriander in there and probably some orange peel as well.

The taste follows the aroma very closely and may be just a tad sweeter with the light wheat sweetness really dominating. The spices from the yeast and coriander don't show up until the finish, and even then it's not very prominent.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and fairly crisp in the finish.

This is certainly not a very complex beer, but it is exceptionally drinkable. It's tough to put the glass down which is the key determining factor of a great session beer in my eyes.

Photo of roadhouse
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a one inch white head. It holds up fairly well and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is typical of the style. Some citrusy orange scent, bready wheat, and a bit of spiciness.

Taste is citusy up front with orange peel and then some breadiness comes in. Slight phenolic spiciness in the finish but it's much lighter than many witbiers.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, but it comes off kind of flat and slightly watery. Seems to need a bit more carbonation to me.

Overall a middle of the pack witbier. I wouldn't get it again just because I know there are better options.

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy bright golden hue with a two finger pearl white head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

A bit of crisp wheat malt is in the background, with a touch of orange peel and a whole lot of spices.

The wheat malts are slightly tart. There is a bit of a sugary sweetness in the background, along with a creamy overtone. The spices are a little more subdued in the flavor. Rather than orange peel there seems to be a little more of a lemon-citrus flavor.

Rather enjoyable. Spicy in the aroma, slightly sweet in the flavor. All around a good beer. Recommended.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.