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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

787 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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KeefD

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with thick chunkies floating around, no head to speak of, despite my swirling of the bottle, and minimal lacing. Smells sweet and malty and taste is the same with loads of spice and orange peel. Medium bodied, very light carbonation and all around decent witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 03:03:19 | More by KeefD
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david131

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 23:34:19 | More by david131
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Boilermaker88

California

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack of this Victory offering at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora. The 12oz bottle's label had a best before date of 03.20.09 so it's pretty fresh for having made the jaunt cross-country. Used a witbier glass.
Appearance was not the normal hazy pale yellow; this was a nearly-clear golden color. No discernable head or lacing to speak of. Large bubbles of carbonation rose from the botom of the glass but couldn't support any kind of a head.
Smell was fruity with a decent, albeit not very potent, level of coriander, clove and peppery spice.
Taste: huh? Okay, where did this slightly peat-like smoky flavor come from? Whirlwind Wit started off normal enough with some straw-like malts and fruitiness followed by the mild flavors of clove and coriander. But then this odd smoky taste comes through which just doesn't fit.
The feel was more leaning toward the medium-bodied and was somewhat slick.
To me, Whirlwind Wit misses the mark as to getting dialed in to the style. Yes, it has some of the characteristics of the style, but the feel and especially that smokiness are too much of a distraction. Drinkable; yes. Quaffable; not so much.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:33:00 | More by Boilermaker88
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sloejams

California

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really like some of Victory's beers. Prima Pils is one of my favorite pilseners. Old Horizontal is a top notch barleywine. With this in mind, Whirlwind Wit, now distributed on the West Coast, is a major disappointment.

It looks and smell fine enough. Aroma-wise, perhaps a bit more coriander and spice than I like in my wits but there's a clove smell than ties it somewhat together. Taste is but maltier than expected. The wheat is cllovey but it has a smokiness that is altogether non-witbier. Even if it's not awful - the strange flavors lower the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:39:44 | More by sloejams
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, a new beer from Victory, let's try it, great label,

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow, with a pretty thick head at first, not long lasting, no lacing.

S: Heavy citrus - lemon, tangerine, in addition, pasta, malt, and coriander.

T: Definite striking of orange on the first sip, just a quick bite of it. Then the beer gets spicier, coriander comes out, and the beer ends in an interesting off-lemon spice flavour that I can't quite put my finger on, this is a damn tasty wit.

M: Crisp, with a good carbonation character that is not too biting, a character in other wits which can take away from the overall enjoyment of the ale, light-bodied and refreshing.

D: Quite a good witibier, easy to drink and tasty, one of the better American ones that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:22:04 | More by Halcyondays
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Taffle

Michigan

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

Poured light gold with minimal haziness. Couldn't really smell too much but some subtle citrus hints.

The first reaction to the palate was primarily rich in spices and zest with a slightly bitter, wheaty reaction following. The acidity from the fruits seemed almost overboard - but that just my opinion. I didn't know what to think of the taste. Wasn't estatic over it, but wasn't bad either.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and a hair light, perfect for the summer. A very refreshing brew. Probably would be good with some seafood or something Asian...?

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 03:13:57 | More by Taffle
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-transparent golden amber; there is a fair amount of cloudiness apparent. Aroma is rich, malty and wheaty, with a very strong lemon component. Flavor is well-rounded, malty with a decided citrus overtone. Texture is smooth and pleasing. Perfect for a warm afternoon or with a light dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 00:15:47 | More by Cyberkedi
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Natural510

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle with a pale yellow color (typical to style), lots of initial head which quickly dissipates into almost none. Faint bubbly lacing on sides of glass.
Smells very lemony, somewhat spicy. Like a sweet loaf of lemon bread.
Lemon and wheat are the initial flavors, carries a fairly nice spice backbone...perhaps nutmeg, clove and/or a little cinnamon. Has a nice puckering dryness with a faint barley backbone. Otherwise, flavors aren't too outstanding, but it does balance out well enough.
Tangy & slightly puckering in the mouth...carbonation leaves a bit to be desired, but this may be an older bottle.
All in all, drinkable enough in warm weather, but nothing too differential to others of the style. Comparable to a Blue Moon or Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:49:14 | More by Natural510
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rodcom

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid wheat beer from Victory. Classic cloudy gold color when poured from the bottle. Initial taste is crisp and clean taste with a hint of grass in the taste. Limited after taste. Great beer for the summer time after mowing the line. No reason not to go buy a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 01:12:33 | More by rodcom
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Seanibus

California

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

Solid if unspectacular. The beer pours a brilliant, hazy golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. Good estery Whitbier aroma with a pleasant flavor of spice - mostly clove and coriander. Nice, rich spicy mouthfeel with a good carbonation on the tongue. Good, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 20:45:02 | More by Seanibus
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured (into a pint @Copperfields in Manhattan)golden hue with dash of cloudyness, 1/4 fingertip ose, full cap heaad and bubble chunks that break after the first quaff, minor lacing.

S: What smell? Had my nose in it several times. Only thing I got was some lemon and yeast if that at all.

T: Tangy/spicy hoppyness. As I give it some time to breath bread and candy but not overpowering by any stetch of the imagination.

M: Clean sharp thick finish.

O: Too spicy for me, not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 13:22:16 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 22:14:59 | More by ffejherb
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a wheat color yellow with an extremely thin covering of head that disappears before you put the bottle down. I thought the bottle may be old due to lack of carbonation, but there is still a month left in the enjoy by date.

S: A strong lemony citrus aroma meets your nose before it even gets close to the glass. There is some sort of spice smell that is very pronounced as well. It has a more interesting smell than most wheat beers I have had.

T: The taste closely follows the smell. Lemony citrus notes along with a some nice spicing. Like most Witbier offerings it is extremely clean and refreshing. However, this one has an interesting flavor like the best in the style.

M: The lack of carbonation in the mouth is replaced nicely by the spicing. It is extremely thin like most in the style.

D: The addition of the spicing really adds to the taste and mouthfeel, but when comparing it to others of this style its not quite as drinkable due to the spicing.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:25:39 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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hyland24

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured cloudy gold with a white 1 inch head leaving behind scattered lacing. The beer smelled fruity with citrus and banana standouts. Tasted bready and sweet with hints of lemon and orange and faint hints of banana. Well carbonated with thin to medium body and a nice bready yeast mouthfeel. Very nice example of this style. Nice warm weather brew. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 02:54:50 | More by hyland24
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nasty15108

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy straw color, with a white foam head. Ample carbonation and sediment. Patchy lacing throughout.

S - Citrus (mostly lemon)and freshed baked bread and butter.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Bready wheat flavor with a crisp citrus finish.

MF&D - Thin-Medium body, easy drinking. Great choice for a summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 21:52:02 | More by nasty15108
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very cloudy pale yellow color. It was served to me with a thin white head, lots of lace.

s: Smelled of lemons, bananas, and a bit of bubblegum.

t: Mirrors the smell, tastes as a wheat beer should. This also has a very mild pepper kick to it.

m: Well carbonated and very refreshing.

d: This is a perfect summertime brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 15:47:58 | More by DIM
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Underdog Bar and Grill.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy light dandelion color. A half finger head rises and falls quickly. A little lace.

S- wheaty and malty. A touch of coriander citrus also hits the nose.

T- a citrus and floral flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden. It also has a faint wheat taste mixed with lemon.

M- wet and a watery feeling in the mouth at first. smooth and crisp.

D- goes down smooth without any issues and i could easily put a few of these away. Very light in and alcohol doesnt pose asfar as flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 00:35:07 | More by Dodo2step
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought from the Park Slope Food Coop. 12oz with an experation date of 4-30-08. Poured a cloudy orange with an extremely thin head. Very effervescent. Corriander aroma. Tart and citrusy sweet. Very tasty. Fizzy fresh mouthfeel. Very drinkable, I really miss having this beer. Hopefully it will make it down here in TX soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 02:49:14 | More by AChamberlain
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mfhlucky13

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a rapidly vanishing head.

S: Plenty of citrus with some hints of spice.

T: Clean summer citrus flavor with a bit of wheat and yeast.

M: Light and bubbly. Smooth.

D: Very easy to drink and with it's low abv. it makes for a good session beer.

The lighter side of Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 18:19:56 | More by mfhlucky13
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nickfl

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Comes out of the bottle a clear, straw golden color with a half finger of bone white head. With a swirl of the dregs, I get some haze, but it is kind of chunky and not dense enough.

S - Dull lemony aroma dominates the nose, with a background of coriander and some yeast notes.

T - Orange mixed with lemon, followed by a peppery yeast flavor. Kind of grainy with a dry, slightly sour finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - I'm sorry to say that this is a totally lackluster wit. It is way to lemony and it lacks the fragrant floral notes and the spice that characterize better examples of the style. Fortunately, this is not representative of Victory's normally spectacular beers.

I paired the last bottle in the six pack with pasta and a marinara sauce, and despite being a mediocre beer, it was a nice match for the tomato sauce.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 05:03:04 | More by nickfl
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Kwak

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

it poured light pale yellow almost white nice fluffy head stuck around

the smell was a little to much lemon even for this style, it had a funk that came up as I put the glass to my nose.

the taste was a stale wheat flavor with lite lemon flavor and an almost watered down aftertaste

not one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 07:05:43 | More by Kwak
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Slynger

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, light lemon peel yellow with minimal white head. Smells strongly of lemon. Sweet lemon zest and tart lemon with moldy belgian yeast and a bit of clove. I have to be honest this beer smells terrrible. The taste is only slightly better: light lemon-lime soft drink flavoring to go along a bit of wheat and yeast (not the same as the foul smelling stuff from the nose thank goodness), and a bit of spice to go along with it. Mouthfeel is light and watery, lacking the significant carbonation characterized by the style. Have to be honest; I was not expecting it but this was one of the worst beers I've had in a while. I hope for Victory's sake I simply got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:38:40 | More by Slynger
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SirSaranac

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've liked the other Victory brews that Ive tried... lets try their witbier!

A- Ehhh, this looks toxic! haha.. Almost flourecent yellow in color... a strong lemon hue... Cloudy.. med carbonation... NO head.

S- Lemon.. spice... wheat malt. Smells like lemon murang pie.

T- Lemon! There's a spiciness that blends right in with the wheat malt... nice. Quite tasty as long as you can handle the lemon.

M- Light.. slightly over carbonated. Nice citrus bite on the tongue.

D- This is a great session beer for the summer. As social as they come

Overall? Despite the akward appearance, it's a tasty beer that would appeal to a wide array of people.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 05:09:16 | More by SirSaranac
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BBM

New York

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow into a glass with a thick, chunky white head. Aroma was sweet and malty, with hints of banana and earth.

The flavor starts out rather tame, with the wheat and malt up front. Banana flavor along with some earthy spices round out the flavor. Not exactly a whirlwind of flavor, but it's nicely crafted. Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin, but not too watery. This is a decent session beer for those who enjoy wits.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 19:06:36 | More by BBM
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a minimally cloudy straw color with little head and zero retention and lacing in my pint glass (wish i had a pilsner glass on hand). Smell is zesty, orange, clove, a little sour and a good bit yeasty--lots going on here, all good!

Taste is similar, very clean though. The flavors from the spices and yeast aren't very aggresive and let the body really shine through--light and crisp with lively carbonation that is just right, tremendously drinkable. I wish i was drinking this on a hot summer day, it would be extremely refreshing. Very solid offering overall from victory. Man, the more I drink it the better the yeasts start to taste. I wish there was more yeast in mine, i like em real cloudy. I also wish it looked better in the glass, but I guess you can't have everything.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 07:45:24 | More by wheelinshirt
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.