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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 740 | Reviews: 519 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of grittybrews


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

Poured a hazy straw-orange into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding white head. Relatively mild aroma of grassy lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth wheat up front with hints of orange peel, lemon, and honey.

Light and refreshing with some very pleasant flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:40:47 | More by grittybrews
Photo of Lolli1315


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden yellow color with a finger of thick white creamy head. Lace sticks very prominently to the glass as a constant stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S- Hints of clove and lemon make a quick appearance in the nose with a complimenting bread and yeast character. With the fruity smell there was also an accompanying mild tart note. Malty smell prevails throughout the beer with a spicy slightly peppery finish that is most likely a combination of the coriander and yeast products. The smell is a bit diluted in my opinion and lacks some of the boldness of a great witbier.

T- The clove phenols make a very brief appearance with the slightest hint of bubblegum before being whisked away in favor of a lemon and malt forward middle with only slight traces of it noticeable in the background. Middle of the beer also introduces more of the bread character as well. The taste ends in a rather dull spicy and low bitterness of the coriander.

M- Medium light body with slightly creamy carbonation that smooths out each sip. Slightly dry finish.

O- Nothing too special about this beer, only thing that really stands out is my constantly wanting more from the beer whether it be flavor or smell. Really lacked the strong yeast characteristics that the style is known for and left me quite bored.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:04:25 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of Knapp85


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow color, it's got a fluffy white head that settles into just a thin white lacing over the beer. The smell has a pretty good citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste had some bready yeast along with the citrus from the nose coming in on the flavor. The spices settle into place in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good Wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:29:14 | More by Knapp85
Photo of kershner23


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass showing a almost pure yellow haze. Very light, white head that lasted all of a few seconds.

Aroma of zest and light spice. Little bit of hop too?

Nice balance of the zesty fruit, spices, and hops. Nothing was overpowering and it all seemed to just fall into place. Very nice for the warmer spring and summer days. I was paired beautifully with the BBQ chicken I grilled and the potatoes.

Not as carbonated as expected. Light and bubbly, medium body. Nice finish with the citrus trailing off for a few seconds after swallowing, kind of begging for another sip. Easy to drink, especially sitting outside on a nice day.

Good Wit Beer. One of the better I've sampled, looking forward to more after this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 16:57:17 | More by kershner23
Photo of Morey


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

Pours a hazy pastel yellow color with a nice two finger white head that has settled to a pretty thin lace after only a few minutes. There's a moderate amount of lacing being left on the sides of my glass.

Smells is spicy in the way of coriander, lemon peel, and a hint of sage.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus and spices working will with a lively carbonation. Refreshing with a clean finish.

Thin to medium body with a good carbonation level for the style.

Glad I finally picked one of these up. Been meaning to try one for a while, but I wanted a relatively fresh one. Nice representation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A fine beer for a hot summer day. Not too much to complain about. Not my favorite style, but I could see myself mixing one of these into my mix and match sixers once in a while. Especially in the spring/summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:32:48 | More by Morey
Photo of ONUMello


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
Photo of vrushing88


4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Poured hazy body with a very fine head. It presents itself with an almost fruity aroma, with a decent amount of spices. The taste is full of spice and a decent portion of malted wheat. There is very little presentation of any fruit flavor, which leads me to believe this beer was brewed with a Belgian yeast that induces a fruit characteristic, but no real fruit, which I am actually impressed with. This causes the beer to rest easy on your tongue and leave a lingering taste of spice and a good witbier.

Overall an excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 21:39:36 | More by vrushing88
Photo of mdaschaf


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review form notes.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles released to the top. A one finger foamy heady formed and had a slow fade. Moderate lacing.

S: Light fruit, mostly banana and some apricot with a good level of spices to compliment - nutmeg, pepper, and a little bit of cinnamon.

T: Similar to the aroma. A little bit of yeast, some banana, and some light grains. The spices are subtle, and meld nicely with the fruit.

M: Light and crisp, very. refreshing. Pretty carbed up, lots of small bubbles.

O: A solid witbier. Look forward to cracking more of these this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 18:51:02 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of billab914


3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a light, golden yellow color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of the coriander and orange peel to it. I get some of the sweeter, bready wheat coming through as well, but it feels a little light overall. Not bad, but also not great.

The taste also has a good dose of the citrusy, orange peel, coriander, and a bit of a lemony zest to it. Like the aroma suggested, the wheat malt is there but feels a little light. Again, something just feels light, or missing to it.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a drinkable beer, but not a great one of the style. It was A little weak overall, almost feels like a light wit beer if there were such a thing, or a light beer with coriander and orange peel added. An easy drinking summer beer, but not one that scores great against it's peers.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 22:00:53 | More by billab914
Photo of macrent2


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

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a yellow glowing colour, which was a bit hazy with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 1 and a half finger head that disapated rapidly. A rather nice amount of lacing to report.

Medium hops smell with banana undertones.

Very carbonated, dry and smooth.

Good. Banana sticks out as a dominant flavor.

Very good on a warm spring day! Very good all around!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:26:22 | More by macrent2
Photo of Cylinsier


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


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
Photo of WoodBrew


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second beer this eveing was the Victory Worldwind Witbeir! The color was a cloudy golden with thin white head. The nose included hints of clove and citrus. The taste was decent...was not overpowered by clove or citrus...very good balance. There seemed to be an additional spice, but I could not name it. The mouthfeel was good enough to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 02:42:07 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of prototypic


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

Whirlwind Witbier pours a very pale straw color. It’s hazy, and looks yellow when held to light. A foamy white head covers it and stands roughly a finger and a half tall. It’s quick to recede, leaving light strands of lace lining the glass.

The nose is definitely on the weak side, but isn’t bad. It’s grainy and earthy up front. There are hints of citrus orange and lemon throughout. Light spicy scents of orange peel and coriander are the driving force. If they were just a little stronger…. Belgian yeast is in the mix and smells delicious. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t noticeable.

The flavor is quite good. It starts out with nice orange peel and coriander flavors. They are the x-factor and simply taste delicious. They have a stronger presence here and are responsible for the score bump. It tastes a little sugary and sweet. Earthy and grainy notes are apparent throughout. Belgian yeast adds its usual nice touch. Alcohol is buried. Goes down nice and way too easy.

Whirlwind Witbier has a light to medium body. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn’t interfere with its smooth feel. It goes down far too easy. I could take down multiple bottles of this with ease.

Victory Brewing Company is a fantastic brewery that routinely brews very impressive beer. Whirlwind Witbier is definitely impressive. Generally, Witbiers are relatively simple and straight forward. This one is no exception. But, the flavor is really nice. Couple that with the fact that it’s extremely drinkable and you have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 03:06:08 | More by prototypic
Photo of THECPJ


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: Wheat, yeast, coriander, banana,

taste: banana, yeast, wheat,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a very nice summer beer. refreshing and crisp. I think I'm going to go have another.


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:40:16 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:19:28 | More by Chaney
Photo of Jimmys


3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pale yellow. hazy. fluffy white head has no retention and is kind of a let down.

S: slightly vinous, white wine-esque. italian seasoning and pepper. belgian-like yeast fruitiness.

T: very herbal. some spice as well. finish has a bit of pancake batter and some residual sweetness.

M: medium body medium carbonation. i was expecting it to be a little more effervescent.

D: honestly with so many solid brews coming out of Victory i was expecting a lot more out of this. slightly refreshing, but definitely better examples out there. keep on moving...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:46:58 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Thads324


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
Photo of notchucknorris


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, pale golden color that is so pale it has an almost greenish hue. Pretty big head off the pour but it recedes pretty quickly.

S: Wheaty and sweet smell. Lots of citrus and a lot of yeast in the nose.

T: Pale malts, yeast, clove, banana and lemon meld together pretty well. Nice, light mouthfeel that works for the style. It's a little too sweet for me and not one of the best wits I've had, but it's not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 05:47:41 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of brennser

District of Columbia

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

First review, and of a style I am not always that enamoured with - who needs another A+ review of KBS anyways :-)

A "phew the kids are in bed" pour into a Chimay Tulip glass

a - lovely yellow/straw color. some big bubbles that quickly dissipated. An insubstantial 1 cm white head also quickly dissipated

s - pleasant. For me mainly banana. Does not have the mustiness that I dislike about many witbiers

t - again pleasant - again banana - nice malt backbone

m - feels great

o - this was picked up as a makeweight to a case of prima pils and I'm glad I did - it won't change the world but its a perfectly acceptable summertime beer

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:23:41 | More by brennser
Photo of bum732


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: Orange peel, coriander floralness, wheat, some dough

L: Hazy light yellow, tight creamy white head that dissipates

T: Orange and wheat spiciness leading to a soft bitterness. This leads to a grainy dryness

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation

Drinkable but pretty forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 04:45:15 | More by bum732
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, somewhat hazy, and very bright golden yellow then came out of over me. Very nice carbonation was visible, with the chains of bubbles really just reaching up toward the top throughout the session. There was a good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away, and even once it was gone there was tons of side glass lace present. Pretty much a very good look for the style, I really thought it looked very nice indeed.

The aroma was somewhat light, but once you let it warm up it started to come out at you a little bit better. Very nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. The flavor followed suit just the same, with a very nice, light body ale. Tons of carbonation and a really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together. I could have kept drinking this one all day long, it was just that good. Really a very nice, high quality ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:40:02 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Blanco


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellow color with pure white head. not very cloudy even after making sure to get all the yeast in there. smell is of belgian spice and that slightly musty aroma that comes from Hoegaarden. taste is heavy on lemon-like citrus and tastes very much of the wheat. less spicey than many belgian whites. It's almost like an American Wheat with some lemon added in. It's decent, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 01:51:04 | More by Blanco
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy, golden yellow color with lots of suspended yeast visible. The white head quickly dissipated to nothing, and only scant traces of lacing remained. The aroma was a pleasing blend of dry wheat, light spices (coriander in particular), hints of vanilla and traces of orange peel. The flavors were refreshing and very similar to the aroma but the core seemed flat. Balanced and appropriate for the style but aside from the distinct coriander on the finish, the malt and the hops profiles were light and rather uninspired. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/light and the carbonation fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:25:45 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Ty1erC


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: the beer is a pale yellow/gold color with some haziness caused by the bottle's sediment becoming suspended. good retention, little lacing.

s: this stuff smells of summertime (unfortunately it's january as i write this). wheat, lemon, spice... a very clean smelling ale.

t: it tastes of sweet, bready malt and citrus.

m: light, effervescent, slightly dry.

d: this beer goes down quickly. i'll buy it again when the weather becomes more conducive to witbier enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:20:56 | More by Ty1erC
Photo of mirish72


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber with visible yeast and a nice fluffy white head. Had a nice aroma of banana, clove and bubble gum going on. Slightly sweeter taste than I expected, with a nice floral nose and slight citrus taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink, a great summer beer. Probably not the best witbier I have ever has, but pretty tasty and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 18:04:30 | More by mirish72
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.