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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

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740 Ratings

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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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Photo of feloniousmonk


4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, beautiful head, white as driven snow, lemony color. And there's the aroma, right away, all those fresh and delightful notes we love in a witbier-the lemon, the orange, the spice.Light, but substantial texture. So fresh! Alc. content not given, and not detected. Hoppy as all get-out! The ultimate summer beer, and a note-perfect interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 21:44:59 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MaineBeerMan


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange in color and clouded by yeast, with a big head of white foam that vanished within minutes. No lace at all which is unusual for this style. Aroma of lemon and clove with some musty yeast. The flavor was very wheaty with a citrus character that seemed more sour than bittersweet and fruity. Zippy carbonation on the tongue and a very quick clean finish. An okay wit, but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 21:03:46 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is several months old... just lightly hazy even with a yeast swirl. The body is yellow with a peach cast, topped by a densely foamy white head that holds well as it's buoyed by a solid carbonation (probably because of the age of the bottle). The aroma is lightly tart, mildly spicy, brightly lemony and lightly yeasty. The body is light/medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation that leaves a spritzy tingle on the tongue. The flavor is lightly sweet with a soft citrusy fruitiness (even some dark fruitiness... light cherry?) and gentle clovey spiciness. It finishes short and clean with just a mild lingering sweet citrus note. Incredibly refreshing and enjoyable. Flavorful but mellow with the yeast characteristics dominating over the spiciness. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 17:07:58 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sorry, not my kind of brew....the lemmony taste is interesting but the cloudiness of this product is not appealing. Lingering after taste, almost bitter sweet leaves me wanting something else to cut the taste. Medium body with ample carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 15:54:56 | More by Shiloh
Photo of doho95fu


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

This is a good example of the style. It pours the color of lemonade and looks more refreshing. It has an average head, and the smell is of citrus, a little spice. The taste is really great and refreshing. The beer did seem to be more carbonated? Foamy? The bubbles were shooting up the sides of my pint. Drinkable, refreshing, crisp. This style and this beer specifically are perfect for warm weekend afternoons.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 09:08:26 | More by doho95fu
Photo of LarryV


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

Pours with a nice head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma is slightly sour at first, then the spices start to come through as it warms up a bit. Color is pale yellow, fairly clear vs opaque. The spices really come through in the flavor as the beer warms up a bit. All in all, a pretty tasty brew, and very refreshing on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 04:19:15 | More by LarryV
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with a healthy, fluffy snow-white head over cloudy white/yellow beer. Nose is lightly lemony, with a good dose of spiciness & yeast fruitiness...very appetizing. Taste is light and crisp, with elements of spice, fruit, clean tasting malts and just barely there hop bitterness. Finishes clean, light and delicious, one bottle is not enough! A very good interpretation from the Victory boys.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2002 18:06:57 | More by beerluvr
Photo of cokes


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty soild Wit, and a great refresher.
Throws a mildly hazy, pale yellow body. Creamy head settles out quickly.
Spicy nose with hints of citrus. Plenty of Yeast aroma.
Taste is big on the yeasty spice as well. Malted wheat provides substance. Peppery spice and lemon notes round things out. A faint doughiness rides under the spice.
Spritzy and light in the mouth. Very quaffable.
Probably a step below my elite Witbiers, but true to style and nice to drink.

Thanks for the hospitality, Bighuge!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2002 15:45:12 | More by cokes
Photo of Jason


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Showing a big foam is not a problem but the head only leaves a thin patchy lace, the beer was clear after pouring 2/3 of the bottle and the yeast had to be more than just swirled in to cloud the liquid.

Mildly peppery, hint of orange peel, powdery almost mildew-like yeast with a faint tart fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Ample carbonation with a moderate body. Vague maltiness is a shade grainy, big tart fruitiness with hints of plum and lemon. Tad nutty and musty from the yeast. Light spice character within … touch of clove and citric zest shows the most. Virtually clean after taste.

A decent attempt at the style, there is better out there and even the mass produced beers of this style are just as good if not better. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 16:00:49 | More by Jason
Photo of Thrasher


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 13:24:39 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Bighuge


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

The beer's a hazy glowing yellow color. Particles are in suspension. Very nice nose. Nice wheat malt aroma with spices like cinamon, nutmeg and corriander mixed in. The taste is excellent. I am starting to enjoy good wits more and more. Great wheat base. A little bit of a Belgian-like tanginess. Refreshing. Spiced to perfection. Very good Wit.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 22:14:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours yellow and a bit cloudy. this is a white beer with a kick. i did not have this with lemon to tone it down, and it was just not for me. i am not a huge white beer fan, but the hacker-pschorr was much better

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 10:00:11 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Most weiss beers I have had are very similar, but this one tasted very unique. Looks like the others, cloudy and straw colored, but this one bit me. It had a yeasty spiciness that at first I didnt quite expect, but as it warmed and I had a few more sips it tasted quite good. A unique interpretation and definitely worth trying if you like these kind of beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 17:55:52 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Poured a dull, golden color, hazy, with a huge whipped-cream-like head. Head faded quickly, leaving a small layer, with no evidence of lace, though. Nose was mild, spicy, with citrus coming through. Fairly good body, with a touch of carbonation. That prickliness eased as the bier warmed. Some yeasty-spiciness in the flavor, with a predominance of citrus, like orange and lemon. A bit dry at the end. Not overly impressed at the start, but the flavor improved as the glass emptied. A fairly good refresher...

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 13:16:08 | More by Bierman9
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Pale yellow body with slight carbonation. Hazy, unfiltered. White head of rapidly popping bubbles. Lemons and spice in the nose. Maybe some orange peel. Taste is very refreshing and light. Enough body that it is not beer flavored water. Spices enhance but do not dominate. Not a style I've had much experience with, but I think this is one of the top summer quenchers available. Victory continues to show it is one of the great breweries.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2002 22:37:42 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of beernut7


3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This witbier from Victory is not the best I have had, but it isn't too bad. The aroma and inital taste are a little more hoppy than any other wits I have experienced. Color is nice golden, head is fluffy white and mottled. Kind of sloppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 11:26:27 | More by beernut7
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pale orange color with much cloudyness. fruity nose. White head and lace. Sparklely feel with citrus yeast notes. Excellent summer beer. A keg of this will be on order for my brothers pre-wedding event the last weekend of june. Quality ..mmmm

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 15:38:22 | More by frank4sail
Photo of John

New York

4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid representation of the Belgian wit style. Victory is one of the top US breweries and this is another excellent brew from Downingtown.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2001 12:51:20 | More by John
Photo of Todd


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

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy (expected for an unfilterd, bottle condition ale) pale straw liquid with a pure white creamy head -- nice head retention too.

Smell: Spicy, clove aromas with some jerky/meaty smells way in the back.

Taste: Upfront, a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that immediately quells any thirst with a spicy and lemon puckering flavour. The beer's carbonation is tight and very active -- adding to the overall crispness. As everything calms down, husk tannins pull thru to create a bit of a dry palate, but the feel is soft throughout. Some grass and _extremely_ faint jerky-like flavours follow and linger into the aftertaste.

Notes: $8.99 a 6-pak in Massachusetts, and worth every damn penny. Whirlwind Witbier could hands-down become one of my favourite "gotta quench my monster thirst" beers. A prime example of a Belgian-style Witbier in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
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