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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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787 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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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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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid American wit with a great lemony character. The yeasty earthiness is there too (like any good wit) but is smoother and more restrained. The spice profile is slightly receded too, but it’s balances perfectly with the rest of the palate.

Tasty and very drinkable.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 02:08:06 | More by arguemaniac
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : hazy and super vibrant yellow. Very refreshing looking. head is light, bubbly and bright white. very sticky and full. a bit of yeast floaters have settled at the bottom of the glass.

S : a lemony burst with a back of malty wheat or spice.

T : light with a nice hint of white pepper. A hint of lemon and a well blended tart hops. The hop lingers after through the ending. The beer is light bodied but nice. The yeast lends very mild esters with spicy clove.

M : vibrant effervescent with a spicy hit that tingles the tongue. The mild hop bites quickly and lingers nicely.

Although a light offering, this beer is darn good. Very easy going flavors with a unique profile. light and flavorful and easy to drink wins all the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 21:26:28 | More by Thads324
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a pint glass yields semi-cloudy light amber-yellow body under a two-finger quickly-fading head. Noticeable bits of floating yeast. Pretty. Head fades to a thin cap within about three minutes. Slight lacing.

Smell is fruity: front-loaded with pear, citrus, sweet apple over a base of crackers and grass. Really pleasant. Hope it tastes this good.

Taste is spot-on with the smell. Really quite pleasant. Sufficient metallic hops bitterness to keep it from being overtly sweet. Crisp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full without being sticky. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is light enough to be sessionable, interesting enough to keep your attention thru two or three.

I'll have more of this. Very drinkable. Perfect for a summer refresher. Spot on for style, and not as yeasty as its German cousin the Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 03:12:58 | More by ColoradoBobs
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light, sunny yellow with a nice haziness/cloudiness

S- Citrusy, fruity bready. Standard Witbier stuff.

T- More citrus than expected, which was a nice surprise. Definate bready/yeastyness to this beer.

M- Smooth, filling, inviting. Wanted to have more than just one based on mouthfeel alone

D- Easy to drink. great beer for warm weather. Spring/summer refreshment at its finest.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 18:40:22 | More by GoalieRon33
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Naes

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a golden cloud (cloudy) with a small white head.

Aroma is of yeast and spice.

Its flavor is just as it smells, full of yeast and spice, with a mild hop presence.

This beer is light bodied and quite easy going. It is generously carbonated although you really can’t tell by looking at it.

This one is another winner from the Victory line, definitely worth a try if you like the yeast.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:17:32 | More by Naes
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque cloudy orange-yellow topped with a two finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Lots of clove, some tobacco, spicy, bubblegum sweetness in the aroma.
Hay, orange, lemon zest in the taste, coriander, pie spices (nutmeg,cinnamon). Note of pit fruits (peach/apricot).
Medium bodied

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2004 16:20:07 | More by mschofield
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Chadbrew

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a very yummy Witbier. It's cloudy and light in color with minimal carbonation and head.
The aroma and taste are both sort of "clovey" and yeasty but both in a very refreshing way.The taste , specifically in the finish, seems dry and satisfying.
Plenty of body.
Overall I find this a pleasure to drink, and drink, and drink, and drink...

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 02:31:46 | More by Chadbrew
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a thick white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Wheat malt, bubble gum, yeast and unripened banana aromas with hints of mint and floral hops. Medium bodied, with a smooth oily feel down the middle, and light tangy, slightly subdued carbonation on the edges.Wheat malt and light lemon flavors up front with tangy pepper flavors through the middle turning yeasty toward the end. Finished cleanly with a light bready and yeasty aftertaste. Refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 20:19:45 | More by IronLover
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Largely clear, golden in hue, I can see each individual yeast particle suspended in this Wit. The head was white in color and modest in size, at its height the head managed to be about a half finer in height. Retention was fair as is it faded away in a moment, a soapy collar was all that remained. Subsequent lacing was minimal, spotty, and it didn’t cling well. The appearance is basically what is to be expected, albeit a bit dull. The nose is bright, plenty lively with a funky yeasty twang; plus aromas of citrus, mildly spicy, and peaches. Wheat. Simplistic. There is a good amount of potency to get the few individual aromas across. I like the nose. It is inviting. The palate is as bright as the nose indicated. There is a good amount of flash, spicy, cloves, coriander, and musty yeast flavors. Citrus flavors like lemon notes too. Mild acidity. The foundation is a solid amount of wheat. Like the nose, the palate is simplistic, even for a Wit. This is a good summertime beer. Refreshing. Spicy aftertaste. There is something about it that is decisively “American,” maybe because the spicing reminds me of, get this, Blue Moon! I’m serious. Nor am I complaining. In Whirlwind the wheat/malt backbone really steals the show. Medium in body, moderate carbonation that is lively and playful, overall the mouthfeel is pleasant. I found this to be very drinkable. I bought a six-pack in Burnsville, MN and I waited to my last bottle to review it. This is a solid beer from the folks at Victory. Try one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 20:49:52 | More by bditty187
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a murky yellow color with some orange in the light. Decent head at first, but it quickly evaporates. Mostly what is nice to see is all the floaty flakes often in suspension in the lower quarter of the drink. Some lacing but it usually settles down. Aromas were strong but not too appetizing. Pine smells were particularly noticeable with really zesty lemon. It felt both natural but artificial at the same time: really invigorating aromas that also smelled like a Lysol spray. Still give props for its uniqueness in my book. Taste was much better than what the aromas would tell: very refreshing and strong in citrus, bready flavors. Somewhat watery but perfect for the summer heat. Like I said, so far for the summer, this must be one of the more refreshing beers I have had. Strong flavors, but wicked light, refreshing body. Overall, if you can get over some of the awkward flavoring, this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 01:40:09 | More by fitzy84
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wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a very pale straw yellow with ribbons of hazy yeast eventually dispersing to evenly cloud the beer. The head is pure white and more of a thin sheet over the top. Peppery lemon aroma, coriander, solid wheat in the middle, bready, and lightly sweet. Taste is pleasantly sweet lemon, wheaty graininess, with herbal qualities and hints of tartness on the sides of the tongue. Crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Good take on the style - love that belgian yeast. Refreshing but not weak.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 23:41:07 | More by wedge
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of wheat, lemon, and a very light yeast spiciness. Light elements of clove are also present.

T: The beer starts out with a very heavy presence of wheaty flavor followed by some yeast spiciness + clove and then finishing with some light lemon flavor which lingers on your palate.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very light and refreshing, a delicious beer that is very much sessionable. The beer would be amazing on a hot summer afternoon. Definitely one to have again - maybe a regular in the summer cook-out rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:53:40 | More by dbrauneis
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cichief

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours very cloudy yellow, with a thick snow-white head.

S- Very spicy and citrus-like, strong scent of cardamom and clove.

T- Very spicy, a very refreshing taste, very strong orange-cardamom flavor.

M- Very carbonated, but within style parameters, thin to medium in body.

D- Very refreshing, a good example of the style, especially from the US.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:26:56 | More by cichief
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GClarkage

California

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

4/17/05- Received via trade with Connecticuitpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by August 2004 date, whoops! Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Yellow, whiteish color with little yeast flakes floating around. The tinyiest of head and little if any lacing.

Smell- Typical wit smell. Lots of spicyness.

Taste- Not bad. Lots of corriander and maybe a bit of clove. A decent amount of cinnimon as well.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, possibly was a little flat due to the exp. date.

Drinkability- May have to do this one again to see if it's the same and I got a bottle that was past it's prime. Otherwise, considering, it was a pretty good wit.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 19:41:41 | More by GClarkage
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a lemony gold color, medium fine white head with decent retention, slightly hazy.

Smells of citrus, banana esters and coriander.

Tastes follows, bananas and coriander with some citrus and lemon zest and a mild finish of bitterness.

Medium to light body, tingly carbonation.

Extremely drinkable and sessionable warm weather ale. Had this sitting out in the sun and it hit the spot. Quenches thirst. Not my favorite wit ever, but probably up there on the list and I would have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 00:53:16 | More by Cylinsier
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow, short head
S: Ginger, nutmeg, a bit of banana
T: Initially banana with spice, but then very sweet/bubblegum on the midpalate/finish.
M: Light, balanced, nice for the style.
O: Man is this sessionable. Light, tasty, and refreshing. The whole is definitely better than the sum of its parts!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:28:50 | More by ONUMello
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roguetester

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a big white head that dissapated in about three minutes ( clocked it ). Not as cloudy as some other Wits. The yeast was packed down pretty good in the bottle. I actually forgot this was bottle conditioned until I saw the sediment crust on the bottom of the bottle.

This is a really easy drinking brew. Not as tart as some of the traditional examples. Citrus hints, spicy, active, very easy going down. Most of the flavor was up front with the end being very clean.

I have a soft spot for the good people of Victory. As such, I will order this over imports more times than not. I think this brew is solid and can stand proud next to the others in the Victory Line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 01:38:09 | More by roguetester
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a pale hazy yellow, tons of floaties lie suspended in the brew and sports a small pure white head.

S- Delicate wheat, lemongrass, subtle dry hops and a hint of mint.

T- Much like the nose, the beer has a very soft wheat texture, a bit grainy, some citrus and a nutty note.

M- Light/medium body, fair amount of carbonation.

D- This one is no standout but it does its job for a summer seasonal, its refreshing and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 12:56:42 | More by ATPete
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JamesS

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice belgian wit. It had an excellent golden coloring with great head and lacing. It was very smooth with a nice wheat scent and flavoring. It had nice soft flavor hints of spices and orange that gave it a nice touch. Well worth a try on a hot day, or any type of day for that matter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 19:23:29 | More by JamesS
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange in color, nice head with good retention

Aroma: This one focuses on spices the most. The orange peel and citrus is there as well. Those are the most that are there...I can smell some sense of yeast but its mostly overshadowed by the spices and orange

Taste: Follows the aroma. The spices really are a big part of the flavor. The orange peel and citrus follow. Pretty good

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and low carbonation. Goes down smoothly

Drinkability: Refreshing, certainly..and light to medium bodied. Relatively low ABV, and tastes good. Pretty good witbier

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:12:00 | More by kshankar
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw golden as you'd expect, but a very thin and weak head. Lots of little champagne-like bubbles.

Smell: Very yeasty and citrusy with a strong coriander/orange background.

Taste: Yeasty with strong coriander flavor...stronger than most wheats. Good overall witbier flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and refreshing.

Drinkability: Tastes good and drinkable...like a wheat beer should be!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:21:29 | More by psinderson
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macpapi

Maryland

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

As the summer weather continues to shine here, it seems the perfect time for an acclaimed American Witbeer. Victory Whirlwind would fit the bill.

Whirlwind pours a somewhat hazy, pale yellow color. It has little head and no lacing.

Smells very nice and intriguing. There is the initial pull of wheat, followed by the presence of orange and spices. This is one to sniff multiple times to gain full appreciation. The mix of sweet and spiciness along with the obvious wheat whiff is very pleasant and well done.

Taste is again very pleasant. Wheat taste is not as strong as expected. But the citrus and banana kick adds presence along with the obvious clove snap on the tongue. There is a tinge of bitterness at the back of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp. Bitterness adds good balance.

Overall, I am very impressed by this effort. This is a well-balanced and eminently drinkable beer. Perfect for sitting out in the summer sun, sipping while catching rays or any other seasonal activity.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 00:01:44 | More by macpapi
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed one of these at the sterling Sun Singer after picking up some Rare Vos. Very good call.

One lush finger of white foam atop a hazy orange body with lemon yellow trim; nice body, good duration and lacing. Nice, moderate aromas, orange, ginger, a hint of coriander.

Better taste than smell, smooth and rich. The orange is a bit zesty, with a sour bite to offset the sweetness, with a lemon zest nicely mixed in. Spicy, with coriander and a dash of ginger in fine accompaniment. Fantastic mouthfeel, effervescent with smooth texture, just right for a Wit.

It is no surprise that Victory has nailed this style, for everything of theirs that I have tried is superb. This is an excellent testament to the style, very accessible, easy on the palate, amply flavored, a fine session beer on a hot day like today.

Excellent, one of my favorite Witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:04:07 | More by Gehrig
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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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bsp77

Minnesota

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

Serving glass:Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Pale, slightly hazy, yellow without much head or lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, slightly sour wheat,and dry clove & coriander.

Taste: Slightly sour wheat and orange peel upfront before drying out with clove and coriander. As expected for a Witbier but quite well done.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, dry souring finish.

Drinkability: Fairly standard Wit but very refreshing. While definitely good, I had expected a little more from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:01:26 | More by bsp77
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.