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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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539 Reviews

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Reviews: 539
Hads: 925
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Photo of mltobin
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of Victory Whirlwind at Fairground Wines and Liquors in Connecticut.

A - A light honey color with a thin white head that quickly laces.

S- Light and faint, but pleasant.

T- This witbier is a little sweet and very smooth. It is a great wit for the Victory crew from Dowingtown, PA.

MF- I love how the Whirlwind feels as I bounce it about my mouth, traces of alcohol and vanilla, what a combo!

Drinkability - This is a very good beer and especially tasty in these warm summer months. Just had one with some chicken fajitas, the pairing worked well. Whirlwind gets two thumbs up from me.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook location.

Arrived at the table sporting a cloudy pineapple juice color. Thin layer of bright white head soon fades to a edge-only circle. Some lacing of the glass is noted. Aromas are yeasty, spicy, orange zesty, and a bready/doughy note as well. Flavor is like a cross between a mild Belgian ale and a hefeweizen. There's the wheaty flavor from the hefe mixed with the zippy spices of the Belgian. Different, and it comes off well. Crisply-carbonated and slides down the gullet quite easily. Finishes with a clean palate and just a dash of "wheatness" on the palate. Superb summer beer for these soon-to-be-arriving hot and humid Richmond summer days.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on tap at a local bar and must say I was very pleased with it. I had bought a case of Whirlwind bottles in May, and found them to be satisfactory, but having a freshly pulled pint was much better. The beer pours a deep golden color, with a very thin fluffy white head. Seems to have less haze/ clouds than other witbiers, but definitely unfiltered. Spice is present, but not oeverwhelming. I tasted good floral notes, and a prescence of orange, complexed by some spice. I assume it to be the typical corriander/clove mix, but it felt restrained somehow. Some sweetness, perhaps vanilla also. Because of the complexity, I found it to be incredibly drinkable, and very refreshing. A nice switch from say hoegaarden, if only for its unique spice character. A great summer beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This baby pours a beautiful opaque golden yellow. A small head forms and then slowly subsides. The smell is quite complex....pepper, coriander, some cloves, a bit of banana. Has an almost earthy, barnyard scent that I'm guessing is coming from the Belgian yeast.

The first sip is an explosion on my tastebuds...wow...the cloves are coming through first, along with some pepper. This is a spicy brew. A bready maltiness runs in the background. There's a subtle fruitiness and wheat tones in there as well. Overall, quite tasty and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel is good, it rolls over the tounge nicely. The drinkability on this one is pretty good too...I think I might tire of style after awhile...but a few would be nice. It's a nice lighter brew that will give your palate a workout. Overall, I'd say this is a quality witbier from Victory and it's worth it to hunt this one down.

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Photo of wbickerton
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates quickly. Hazy yellow color. Slight lacing. Banana and citrus aroma. Sweet citrus flavor. Reminiscent of Celis White and Hoegaarden White, but even fresher and better. Starts to lose its flavor after three weeks.

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Photo of dfried
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is average for a witbier, pale golden with an average head that didn't persist through the whole beer. I am not keen on witbier with too much coriander, the scent is a bit stronger on coriander than the taste was, but it was still quite wheaty and zesty. I thought the taste and aftertaste were the standout qualites of this beer. Sweet, refreshing wheat malt is what dominates the taste, but there are many undertones from coriander and nutmeg flavors, to orange and lemon zest. The spice in this beer creates a zing in your mouth, like mint would for instance, as you have one or two. That mouthfeel, along with the light bodied character make for a very drinkable beer. I had trouble not giving it a 5 for drinkability. One of my favorite hot day brews I have come across.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy weisen gold with a respectible, if short-lived, head.

Very nice smell. Rich wheatmalt with banana esters and cloves--all candy coated. Actually smells a lot more like a sweet Duvel than it does an average witbier.

Rich lemony wheatmalt upfront, big on the spice and banana. It gets a little tart near the middle and ends on a fizzy mixture of all flavors.

The great aroma and taste are enchaced by an excellent mouthfell that's alternately creamy and fizzy, making this a great warm weather brew that's suited equally for savoring and pounding.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 12 oz bottle served in a goblet. Very cool label design. "Enjoy by" date was Aug. 07 04.

Really nice 1 inch head. Cloudiness from the wheat. Nice looking beer.

Spicy and slight fruit notes vary in each tasting.If you like Belgian Wheat Ales, you'll enjoy this brew. Victory states that Belgian Yeast is used in this beer.

I think this is an excellent interpretation of this style. This is one drinkable and thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of aracauna
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wow witbier. Cloudy yellow with tendencies toward something darker, more orange. The head is a little flat, though. There's a good flowery perfume aroma. Soft citrus, light coriander come up front wiht a good dry wheat in the finish. This is a little heftier than the supposed style stalwart, Hoegaarden, but the soft, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this a surprisingly satisfying beer without being heavy. Tasty beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...Victory sure knows how to make a good brew...this offering presented the nice cloudiness assocaited with this type. Smell was nice and citrusy, with a mellow tone. Taste was extremely nice...citrus...wheat...in a beautiful balance. Well rounded in mouthfeel, with a crisp citrus quality that was extremely refreshing...right upn there with Paulaner.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden straw with lots of haze giving it that typical Wit hue.
s: fruity yeast
t: powery yeast. Sweet but not over sweet. Some light bitterness follows behind.
m: light mouth with good fizz, but not too much fizz.
d: very enjoyable. Something to be enjoyed on a very hot day (as I did).

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Photo of NODAK
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a thin head that receded to the rim. The aroma is very floral, with strongs notes of citrus and spice. This is an extremely crisp and refreshing beer. The coriander and bitterness that is noted by the tongue is followed by a slight sourness after swallowing. The citrus flavor provides a nice balance. The spice lingers on the tongue for quite a bit. Extremely drinkable, as several can be enjoyed without getting bored. One of my favorites in this style.

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Photo of Winter
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with white cap which disappeared after the first sip. Aroma consisted of orange peel, wheat malt and some banana. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp carbonated middle and softness around the edges. Malty wheat upfront transitions to a spiced middle. Spcies and citrus takeover here. Finish features a return of the wheat flavor along with vanilla and banana. Some slight hop bitterness thrown in there balances the dominant malt sweetness. A truly refreshing summer offer and one of the top-notch wit biers out there.

Thanks goes out to Bighuge for the hook-up.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, but glowing, banana yellow body with two fingers of soapy white head. Retention is average, but lacing is magnificent...sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aroma: Very fragrant! Spicy pepper, coriander, and clove lead into a fruity merangue of banana citrus, fresh lime, lemonzest, and woodsy yeast.
Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied, with spritzy, yet relaxed, carbonation.
Taste: Mouthwatering wheat grain flavors mingle with spicy notes of clove, lemongrass, and pepper. Fresh lime and smooth banana esters really make this one a standout. Soft carbonation is just right.
Drinkability: Are you kidding? This is one of the best wheat brews I've ever sampled. Excellent taste and a smooth, well rounded profile, all around. This is one to stock up on for the summer. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of nomad
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow with some size-varying intermittent carbonation. Had pillowy foam head that died fast and no lace or much else to speak of. Smell iss predominantly sweet, with yeast and wheat scents that wrapp around each other as banana and vanilla esters are strong while spices are light but refreshing. Underneath is a citric core.

Taste was easy, fruity, tart, and drying. Dominant flavors are a water smooth but highly citric and tart fruitiness. The body is a tasty wheat, though they are pretty neutral, and but light lemon and sour is balanced sweet malt and Belgian-style yeast. On this, it was enough to taste the lemon and refresh your palette, but not enough to overpower other flavors - good balance. Also, a noticeable amount of clove flavor toward the end, and some sourness developed in the fairly long finish.

Came across as a thin mouthfeel but actually had some good wheat firmness to it. This is beautiful served cold from a keg. Avoid bottles unless they're super fresh.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This six pack was purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits for $7.99. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: This is a good looking beer in my glass. The beer is a cloudy straw yellow coloration. The beer has active tight bubbling carbonation. The head was a short lived creamy white coloration. The beer leaves patchy lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet wheat malty smell. The beer has a nice duo of coriander and lemon citrus smells.

Taste: The beer plays out with a sweet wheat malty lead in. The beer then goes to a slightly lemon and peppery coriander taste. The beer has undertones of salt and cloves. The beer has a balancing bitterness to play off of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is well balanced. This beer may have replaced my previous favorite summer brew. This is most definately a beer treat. This will definately be my summer go to brew.

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Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy yellow color with a short white head with some lace not a lot. aromas a lot better spicy with clove and pepper and lemon. peppery tasting up front wheat and tangy yeast hits you next ending with spice and clove great taste. lots of carbonation which just adds to the taste. only thing is could not get all the sediment off the bottom which i think would also have added a little more to it. just added to my list of good witbier.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition purchased at the brewery. Poured a hazy amber color with moderate white head. The smell is absolutely fantastic, a mixture of cloves and spices that won't quit. The taste follows though and is absolutely fantastic. Leaves an thorougly enjoyable taste in the mouth. A superb drinkable beer. I've waited since last fall to have this beer again and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely magnificent. The best Wit I've ever had.

An inviting and intriguing aroma eminates from a hazy golden body with orange cloudy hues. A thick frothy head floats on top. Scent is lemony, bready, citrusy, a full of notes of mellowed malts. Taste is much the same with a combination of bread and sweetened lemon-like flavor in the forefront. Complex, light, and pleasing to the mouth this is a beer you could throw back all day on the couch or in the sun, shade, or bar.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.