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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

812 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have heard good stuff about this one. Unfortunately, it fell short in many areas but has some potential.

A- Clear golden liquid, small thin white head, quickly dissipating, never to be seen after the first two or three sips. No lacing, no sediment.

S- Smell was extremely peppery and spicy with a dose of fruits.

T- Banana ester and orange peel. More of those spices from the nose- notably corriander and cloves. Detected a sour quality as well, citrus in fact.

M- Highly carbonated, tingly but easy going down. Somewhat watery as well- thin body.

D- Easy to drink but lacks complexity and originality. I will give this one another try sometime if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 02:34:52 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2008 19:33:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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jockstrappy

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a sticky off-white head. Aromas noticed are dried fruit and a belgian spice character. Taste begins with that belgian spice up front, and slightly gives way to a combination of toasted malt and a very small citric hop presence. Mild carbonation and light-medium body make this brew very drinkable. Great summertime brew here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2008 13:37:54 | More by jockstrappy
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largadeer

California

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best by March '09.

Appearance: Cloudy and opaque blond with surprisingly little head. The foam recedes pretty quickly here, leaving only a fizzy ring.

Smell: Floral, grassy and herbal; spicier as it warms. Mild but very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly dry (just the right touch of malty sweetness) with a nice spicy kick (coriander I'm guessing?). Light and crisp with a clean, dry finish. I'm liking this more than a lot of authentic Belgian wits I've had.

Drinkability: Sessionable to the extreme - It'd be easy to drink a few of these without a second thought. Sadly, I've only got one.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 00:57:11 | More by largadeer
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours an orange color with some cloudiness due to the yeast. One finger head as well.

Aroma: Light with hints of coriander and orange peel. Somewhat spicy in the nose.

Taste: Spicy and light upfront. Lightly toasty. Smooth. Taste has mix of spice and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Spicy and smooth mainly.

Drinkability: Sometimes, it's hard to describe beers. However, I feel this is a solid witbier if not the best that I've had. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 21:47:43 | More by Brad007
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly clear yellow/golden body with a small wismpy white head that disappears quickly.

Smells of coriander and bubble gum.

Good wheat flavors, lots of coriander. Bubble gum throughout, but especially on the finish. A solid white. Body feels a little too thin, but average mouthfeel.

Good drinkability, a smooth wheat beer that isn't amazing, but great to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 20:36:41 | More by Hojaminbag
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was an amber brown that had a touch of reddish orange. When poured had an 1 finger bubbly white head. Head disappeared quickly and left only a small ring around the top. Fair amount of sediment was visible, but didn't notice it in tasting. Aroma was yeasty with touches of green olives. Taste seemed to have banana and white sandwich bread. A little acidic in the mouth, but fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 00:27:33 | More by mountdew1
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A: Almost clear yellow under a tiny white head. Expected a lot more haze/yeast. No lace, no retention.

S: Smells of a nice earthy yeast, coriander and bubble gum. Good smell.

T: Bubble gum and yeast throughout, a bit of tropical fruit. A little lacking though.

M/D: Crisp, carbonation a little prickly, light, smooth bodied. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 23:47:06 | More by NCSUdo
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SugarBunny

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love witbiers and I am a fan of Victory brews, especially the Prima Pils. This however, did not meet my expectations.
It poured a nice color, with a nice cloudiness, not much head or pronounced aroma. I did not get much of a yeast taste, nor overly pronounced citrus flavors. It seemed to be a watered down version of the witbiers I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 15:54:31 | More by SugarBunny
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This one seemed to have some pretty subpar reviews setting my expectations low, but I loved every sip of it. Im not a big fan of Victory's biggest beers, but they knock another session beer out of the park - great outlook for this summer.

12oz bottle poured into hefe glass for the first night of breaking out the grill in 08.

A: Cloudy, sediment filled belgian looking yellow with an ample head and slight lacing. Not the prettiest start.

N: This is where things look up. Citrus and a boatload of creamy ripe bananas. A bit of coriander with some hop aromas. The yeast and the wheat smells really are resounding for such a pale looking 'belgian'.

T: Citrus lemon and a sting of spices, mostly coriander. The lemon and orange peel flavors come out as it warms up and this proves to be delicious. Sweet matched with wheat makes this a terrific one for the season and grilling.

M: Light bodied, spicy kick and an overall thin beer that goes down crisply.

D: Went superbly with grilled eggplant and grilled soft shell crab. This is one Im going to be having several of through the summer in the back yard. Thanks Victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 12:53:52 | More by marcpal
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robrobrob

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bright golden yellow into a pint glass with a small head that fizzled away soon and swirls of cloudiness. The smell was nice and bready with yeasty fruits and a hint of spice. The taste though, was all cloves and spice. After that you can taste the yeast and wheat, but they really are eclipsed by the spice. Mouthfeel was good, creamy with a nice amount of carbonation and overall it's a nice quaff on a warm day with a hot dog. Not my favorite wit by any means though.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 21:52:09 | More by robrobrob
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Orange/gold color, very hazy. One finger head with short retention, no lacing. Tons of sediment; one of the most sediment-laden brews I've seen.

S - Strong wheat malt and yeast aroma, along with some unmalted wheat. Mild citrus elements and faint coriander as well.

T - Starts off with bold wheat and yeast character like any good witbier. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't go much further than this. Some spice comes through near the finish, but it's just not very deep. Still, the initial hit of yeast is quite pleasing.

M - Decent carbonation, but the body is lacking. It seems almost creamy, but quickly turns watery. Not sure what's going on, but the watery aspect really deters.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these, even if a little flavorless. Nothing terribly offensive, but there are certainly better witbiers out there. Refreshing and smooth overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 06:49:10 | More by PatrickJR
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kbnooshay

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clear orange gold color with a small airy head that didn't last. There was a shitload of floaters suspended in my glass. Strong citrus and clove aromas. Sweet and spicy flavor.
The feel was very smooth but overall the body was almost flat. There should be more carbonation here. A refreshing and tasty brew with a mediocre feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 04:02:52 | More by kbnooshay
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oneeye

Pennsylvania

1.3/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass.Floaties swimming around,thick and cloudy yellow.Smells of clove and corriander.Overwhelming taste of cloves.Way to many spices going on here.This beer ruined my palate for the rest of the day.

Notes. I was surprised how much I hated this beer.The first Victory offering I would not reccomend.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 13:21:01 | More by oneeye
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albern

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent witbier, but not a brilliant one by any stretch. The beer pours a fairly pale yellow with some cloudiness. There are no yeasty bits floating about and the cloudiness is faint. There is some carbonation to the beer, but it is quite watery. The smell is quite good in that you will get the very typical whiff of wheat, some bubblegum berry like notes, and a bit of spice. The aroma is standard fare, and good. The taste is a bit disappointing, but not bad. It is fairly subdued, but there is spice, rind, lemon citrus, some berry like sweetness, and then there is a sourish, slightly off taste in the finish. I'm guessing some nutty flavors popping through that shouldn't really be there and some pepperiness. The lingering aftertaste is not winning any points for this beer. This is a drinkable beer, quite light and watery, not all that substantial, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 20:40:35 | More by albern
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 -2.4%
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 -14.6%
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 -20.6%
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 +16%
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 -13.3%
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 +20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -7%
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 +1.6%
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 +8.4%
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
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.