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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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858 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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 superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a small fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, grass, earth, and yeast spices. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, grass, pepper, tangy wheat, orange zest, earth, bread, clove, and yeast spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, wheat, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Good amount of flavor, with nice balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a nice crisp and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is very nice witbier. Good amount of flavor and nice balance; and extremely easy to drink. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of nanertak
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16 oz bottle to tulip.

Appearance - pale, pale, pale straw. Poured less than 1 finger head, dissipated very quickly. Strikingly clear, looks like a decent amount of carbonation.

Nose - Sweet Belgian. Honey, some pleasant banana/clove esters. Was hoping for a little more punch to the smell, to be honest.

Taste - Pretty subdued, but pleasant. Again, was hoping for a little more, somewhat watery. Yeasty finish, which I like.

Mouthfeel - Some mild zip from carbonation up front, a little thin on the body, but it's a summer refresher they were aiming for.

Drinkability - Despite me wanting a little more to the flavor and smell, it's a very refreshing summer beer. Mild and understated, perhaps too easy to drink.

Photo of becktone
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Edit: Unfortunately I've only just now realized that the sixer I purchased from the IGA in Clifton is about two years old.

Eye: Cloudy and very pale yellow in color and appearance. Definitely the appearance of a Wit. Head is small but has good retention and is white as can be with a creamy appearance.

Nose: Strong spices and citrus twang in the nose. Corriander definitely and some ginger. Lots of stuff going on in here. Aroma is full-meaning there is a heavy bouquet of aromas, filling-many different levels going on, hard to describe. Like I said citrus notes, spicy notes, and I'm really getting ginger. Smells great, however I'd like it to be more potent, perhaps then I'd have an easier time getting some of these aromas.

Tongue: Very unique Wit. Everything that is in the aroma is present...with what I'm perceiving as ginger taking the lead. Also some citrus notes and other spice. I think that this beer has held up remarkably well. Too bad I didn't see when I bought it a few weeks ago from IGA that it was over two years old. I discovered today(one of the last two bottles I've got, that "Enjoy by Nov 15 06 is printed on the label" Would really like to try this one fresh. Fucking Supermarkets... Ginger and coriander really take the lead with some orange citrus notes in the very background. This is good but it must be better when its less than two years old. I Like it but I think that I'd like it more fresh.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light and almost flat soda like on the palate. Don't get me wrong, I like what this beer has become in the past two years(unfortunately for me, I thought I was buying something fresh) but the ginger taste it has taken on with a really light and delicate carbonation makes this feel like a ginger ale going flat. However, this is one that I'll be looking for again, I will try to find this before the season is up this year and I'll definitely be interested to find what it tastes like fresh. Hey, it must be good its held up pretty damn well for two years.

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

Hazy, pale golden topped by a frothy, beaten egg-white looking head, which always remains as a thin film. Lots of visible carbonation.
Smells of wheat and coriander. A bit musty. Touch of cloves. Bit of sulfur.
Tastes big-time of cloves, sour apples and spicy hops. Slightly acidic; it twangs the tongue. Finishes nicely bitter - you'll find yourself sucking the skin from the inside of your mouth. Lots of wheat bread flavors in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, feels spritzy and drying. Carbonation electrocutes the tongue.
A staple 'round these parts during the warmer months.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a frothy white head sitting up top that soon dissipates into a virtually nothing. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Banana and clove linger while the malts and citrus attack the senses. Not bad smelling but it does have a slight funky smell to it.

Taste: A little more mellow and bitter than I originally expected it to be. Certainly malty, but not too sweet. The clove and banana are present with a slight zest of lemon.

Mouthfeel: A little light, but appropriate for the style. Needs to be rounded out a little more, but the carbonation is ace.

Drinkability: A good summer beer and is a good way for your friends to kick that stupid Blue Moon trend. This is one beer that you don't need an orange slice in.

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

Golden color and pours a good head but dissipates over time with little lacing on the glass. Nose is lemon and honey. Decent carbonation on the front end. Lemon, orange and other subtle citrus flavors give this witbier a refreshing summer heat flavor.

Photo of taez555
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy/cloudy yellow body with a small fine white head.

The nose was extremely inviting. Bananna, clove, phenols, some apple peel, fruit, hints of orange, alomst some soft soft pepper, and a touch of earthy hops.

The taste was dominated by a soft bananna and bananna peel mixed with wheat. Medium bodied. Very highly carbonated. Almost no bitterness at all. A very soft earth hop touch. A pure natural citrus taste. Not a peel taste, more like eating a fresh orange that has no bite what so ever. All the time very mellow and smooth.

It ends soft and fruity with just a slight bitter touch.

Overall it's just nice very drinkable Wit. Really a perfect middle of the road easy drinking beer. Much more on target with aiming at belgians than the Golden Monkey.

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

Whirlwind pours a hazy lemony yellow with some peachy highlights. A white as white can be frothy heads forms with the pour but falls and disappears completely soon after.

The aroma has a bit of funk (in a good way), lemony citrus with a hint of banana and clove along with a bit of bready malt.

The flavor improves after warming a bit from it's refrigerated temperature. Light bready malt, (not sweet) with a nice lemony twang. There is a also grainy bitterness along with the hints of banana and spicy clove noted in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, very smooth and seems about right in carbonation.

Whirlwind strikes me as a really nice thirst quencher for a warm Spring or Summer day or a backyard barbecue. It is bright, light in body, not overly sweet and a bit tart. Nice qualities for the season!

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

This is a nice little witbier, similar in my estimation, to Hoegaarden wit. Nice lemony taste to it as it is a fairly clear wit. The smell is lemony also and has a little head upon pouring. Very smooth and drinkable if you love wits, this is a pretty good american version.

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

Purchased at Mr. Bottle Beverage in Berwyn, PA; new shipment so freshness expected. It pours to a slightly hazy golden, with only a small quarter inch of a very white head. Aromas are brisk and quickly noticeable; lemon zest, orange peel, general citrus, cloves. Carbonation is on the lighter side, tangy citrus predominates followed by a clove flavor that combines with a smooth mouthfeel. Lemon takes the cake for aftertaste without being overtly forceful at all. Easily drinkable in warmer weather, especially now on a hot, humid, and very rainy day. This would be one of my choice brews to watch a ballgame with.

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

A: Cloudy, but more yellow than straw, but less so than mustard. Flimsy, powder white head that didn't go anywhere.

S: Lemon, coriander (maybe?), and Victory's awesome filtered water scent that makes Prima Pils so amazing.

T: A bit thin and water, yet I really dug the spicy aftertaste... nice fruity finish for sure.

M: I wish the carbonation had more umpf! There was absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

O: The jury is still out whether I'll get this one again. I guess if there's nothing else around at the time, I'll take the plunge.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow in the glass with minimal head. Nice smell with lots of odors mixing but not clashing - citrus, wheat, spice. Taste the same as smell but by the end the spice becomes the main flavor. Very thin mouthfeel and smooth finish. At first this was tasting very refreshing and i was really enjoying it. Toward the end of the glass it just didn't have the zip that it had early on and kind of finished with a little dissapointment. I would certainly drink again but i'm not sure what happened about 1/2 way through. If i would have rated a 6 oz sample taste and drinkability would have been 1/2 points higher.

Photo of purplehops
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whirlwind pours a very pale straw yellow with a white head that has staying power and little to no lacing. The aroma is citrus, coriander, and honey with some notes of apple and allspice. The taste starts with a slightly astringent yet soft graininess and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. It quickly softens and proceeds to citrus and wheat malt flavors with spicy notes of mace, coriander, and cloves. The finish is dry with the first notes of spicy hops and growing spice flavors (clove, coriander, allspice, and mace) and receding citrus and malt flavors. Aftertaste dies quickly to a lingering very soft citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel starts with a ruckus carbonation and then turns soft and dry with a light body.
Overall a fine example of a Witbier. Pleanty of refreshing sensations for your tastebuds. If I could change anything it would be a wee bit more malt flavor up-front and a little less carbonation in the beginning of the taste profile. Come those dog days of August this is going to be a beer of choice.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler, appearance wasn't as pale white as the style demands. More of a golden yellow color with lots of carbonation.

The smell is about right, a little yeast aroma with some spicy tones. The flavor is mostly spices I can't name, but they work ok.

I think this is one of the blander witbiers I've tried, and it hurts me to say it. Victory is so good at most beer styles...

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, but authentic wit. Pours a hazy straw yellow without much retention on the white head. Smells yeasty with a bit of malt in the back. Tastes not of corriander so much, but just light belgian malts, yeast and citrus. Refreshing to drink. Not a great wit, but true to style and pretty nice to drink.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12 oz bottle served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a straw-yellow color, very pale and very clear. There is no visible lace or head.

Smell: The smell of orange peel and wheat dominate the nose, giving the impression that the ale is very delicate.

Taste: Delicate indeed! The curacao orange adds a hint of citrusy sweetness with the wheat delivers a small bitterness that barley can't provide. I'd like to see a little more spice though.

Mouthfeel: The ale is very soft on the palate, excellent for a summer day.

Drinkability: This is a very good ale, perfect for sitting and watching the world pass by.

Photo of goz
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy yellow/peachy color, slowly diminishing large white head which leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sour, lemony, yeasty, some orange. Flavor has the sourness, lemon, orange, some apple pokes through towards the middle and end. Body is medium, a decent example of the style.

Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy bleach blonde with a thick creamy white head that leaves some decent lace behind on the glass. The nose is fruity, lemon and orange zest with overripe banana come to mind with a nice whiff of wheat malt and coriander. Belgian tasting yeast and spice combine with citrus fruit flavors nicely. Smooth and medium light bodied. A good beer for a hot day. Nothing amazing here, just a nice witbier.

Photo of eberkman
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light amber with a fairly thick, solid white head that reduces to a surface covering fairly quickly. Nice nose of tart fleshy fruit and citrus with a bit of a spice aroma. The taste is a wheaty, bready, doughy maltiness that lingers in the back of the throat as tangy fruits make their way in. Exceptionally smooth. Crisp, light, fizzy mouthfeel that was just a bit thinner than I would have wanted. A very nice quenching beer that goes down easy and has some complexity. It might not hold my interest over the course of an entire evening, but it's a perfect summer refreshment. Particularly with a lighter meal like a salad nicoise or shrimp, mozzarella, tomato and basil salad.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little after drink-by date, oops. Pours a cloudy , with little head shrinking to a thin sliver quickly and little lacing.
Smells peppery and of orange/lemon rind, and a little of something I smelled in the hospital today. Taste has quite a bit of lemon, with wheat and a bit spicy and grassy. This would be really good in the summer. Good carbonation and body, but without the aftertaste paste. Again, would be great summer beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Served from a growler into a pint glass. Hazy yellow with a bone white head that dissipates to nothing and no lace.

S. Sweet wheat and some bubble gum.

T. Follows the nose, some nice wheat and bavarian yeast, quite fruity and sweet.

M. A bit slick out of the fresh growler, carbonation a bit low.

D. Fairly drinkable, a good beer but better on tap.

Photo of hungryghost
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden to straw yellow in color.
Super amount of bubbles clinging to the inside of my glass. Healthy white head.
Crisp aroma, light citrus smell, slight spice hints, clove I think among others.
Refreshing taste, get the citrus, zings across the tongue.
Very drinkable beer.

Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.