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Whirlwind Witbier - Victory Brewing Company

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850 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

im a big fan of this beer

im very sad its a seasonal

in my exsperience I think its the best domestic witbier and also relativly cheap

its just light and resfreshing with a nice balance of wheat and a tall white froathy head

i was even lucky enough to pick up a 6 pack of it the other day, I dont think it will be back out till the spring

love victory and I really need to get up to the brewery soon

gdfan47, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial white head dies far too quickly. The liquid is dirty gold color and appropriately cloudy. Minimal lace.

Strong, clean wheaty smell; what I would expect from the style.

Dry. Lots of wheat, but none of the traditional spice notes that normally come out.

Very much a middle of the road Wit.

smcolw, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First appearance was of an orange gelatin, to explain it had a bunch of floaters suspended in mid beer. No head or lacing.

Light hop aroma with citrus hints.

Very smooth hop flavor with citrus and coriander tones. Hop taste if very subtle, nice flavor overall.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation.

Another tasty brew from Victory. Definitely has sessionable quality to it. Crisp and refreshing.

Zadok, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Ultra aggressive pour gave me a big healthy head that fell steadily and gave no lacing. The last 1/8 inch of head retained well. Translucent orange brown in color with sediment throughout.

4.5 S: Really spicy and heavy on orange peel. These aromas dominate, but there is also some grassy hops.

4.0 T: Once again, really spicy only this time cloves dominate. Orange peel definitely still there. Grainy malts and grassy hops. Damn good taste overall.

3.5 M: Medium body and smooth, but there is a lack of carbonation which surprises me.

4.0 D: Interesting and smooth. Could drink these all night.

This is only my second witbier (first was Hoegaarden) and I'm already a fan of the style.

DavoleBomb, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of jdg204
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Catching up on some Victory reviews, wanted to expand past their star offerings and pick up a few of the lesser known gems.

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

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

T: The 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.

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

D: Another solid offering from Victory, not the greatest Wit beer I've had but a nice supporting actor that shows that they shows off their width of knowledge.

jdg204, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy body. Smell of lemon strongest, light wheatness, and the taste follows that same pattern, although the spice finish is very nice. Came across as rather flat on the mouth, however. Pretty good beer, nothing extraordinary, but the spice level is very good.

ibashmuck, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these for the lady (a sucker for wits) and stole one for myself.

Appearance - Nice, hazy yellow straw color. Minimal head.

Smell - A sweet, musty, bready smell. Some citrus as well, almost as nice as smell as the RR Damnation last night.

Taste - Pretty good. A little sweet, with some definite citrus, and the expected wheat/bread.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. This is a lighter beer, and it doesn't overstay its' welcome. Refreshing.

Drinkability - A little low for how refreshing it is. Too sweet to session, frankly.

This is a nice, dependable, tasty bev. Nothing amazing, but very satisfying.

callmescraps, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a small head and some fairly aggressive carbonation. The smell is sweet fruitiness with a little spiciness. The taste starts off with some banana sweetness that gives way to a little bit of citrus and spice in the finish. The mouthfeel pleasant, with a decent thickness and less carbonation than I expected. This beer is a great example of the style, but lacks in complexity. I wouldn't mind having a couple more, this is a nice refreshing brew.

TheTrevor, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I always like the look of a nice hazed-golden Belgian wheat style beer. This beer holds true to that look and feel in a glass. No head retention, just a thin ring around the inside of the glass...a bit disappointing.

Smell: a weak, sweet, wheat scent with hints of banana and caramel mixed with spice. Nothing to really brag about.

Taste: wheat is the most prominent and a caramel fruit texture sits softly on the tongue. Sweetened bananas/lemons come thru a bit paired with a clove/cinnamon spice ...very mild however. A bit thin overall and a slight watery finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: goes down smooth and easy but lacks in overall complexity. In my capacity for understanding Belgian style brews this is a fairly average attempt. But Victory brewing still has my vote...I like their brews! Whirlwind is "worth a try" in my book!

Magpie14, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of cpn920
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this from Consumer Beverage's in Orchard Park, NY. My ratings may be low for this beer because I noticed that the best by date was in March after getting home. I have always enjoyed Victory's offerings but this one had a sour taste with virtually no head immediately after pouring. Very disappointed but will give Victory the benefit of the doubt as I'm sure that it is because of the date. I'm actually more annoyed with Consumer's for keeping on the shelf and myself for not being more alert.

cpn920, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

mltobin, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of PBBC
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear, very light yellow

Aroma is of apples and lemon zest, light grain

A nice, refreshing summer beer... clears away the heavy flavors of bbq nicely... almost slightly salty...Taste is excellent, tart, sweet and sour, refreshing. Light apple flavors are rounded off nicely by delicious clean wheat malt flavors... After your tongue adjusts to the tartness of this beer, which is initially shocking for one unaccustomed to the style, the flavor is surprisingly delicate...

Try it if you've tired of the cliche' Sam Summer, or Blue Moon

PBBC, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

billybob, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is golden yellow with a 1/2-finger white head that settles pretty quickly to a slight film. Slow-rising bubbles start small at the bottom of the glass, become larger as they drift to the top. Nice effect.

S: Pretty strong scent and about what you'd expect from a witbier: cloves dominate, but there's some yeasty banana and lemony wheat in there too, along with a touch of generic "spice."

T: First impression is "light in flavor." There's wheat with a bit of clove and a lemony dryness. As it warms I get more of a buttery (diacetyl, perhaps?) flavor towards the middle/back of the mouth.

M: Light in heft as you'd expect for the style; maybe a little too thin, in fact. Nicely carbonated.

D: Pretty good. Light but with some flavor to keep it interesting. It was finished pretty quickly. . . .

Kendo, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

fitzy84, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a bright yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that took some time to settle and laced the glass on the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet toasted malts, orange, and coriander.
T: The taste is the same as the aroma which is good. It is a sweet toasted malt base underneath orange and coriander flavors.
M: Very light and refreshing.
D: OK drinkability. A very decent witbier.

erosier, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A deep yellow color, looked like apple juice... or pee maybe... There was a thin and shortly lived white head that made a brief appearance in the glass.

Smelled of yeast and hops.

Tasted of yeast, the hops were slightly skunky.

Very crisp and refreshing, went down smooth.

Not a bad beer, average by my estimation. I wouldn't be opposed to drinking it again, but not more than one or two; and if other options were available I'd go for them.

donteatpoop, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of BigMike
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle. Drink by date of April 15 2009.

Pours a cloudy apple juice color. Nice white head that disappears quickly.

A very citrus aroma with a spicyness to it.

Flavor is lemon/grapefruit and spice.

VEry crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated.

This is an average witbier but a very refreshing summertime beer.

BigMike, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of matty
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow cloudy beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is disgusting,it actually smeels like mustard.Taste is nutmeg and lemon...yuck.I am a fan of Victory products but this is just plain unenjoyable.I will label this as one step below garbage.Yuck.

matty, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

ATPete, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Banana, clove, and coriander.

Mouthfeel - fizzy carbonation, very thin.

Taste - Banana upfront, with some clove in the middle, that finishes with banana.

Overall - Very drinkable. However, I was expecting some orange zest as this is supposed to be a Belgian Wit but I could not detect any. It would have scored a little higher if it had detectable orange in the aroma and taste.

praufs01, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of ski271
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Slightly hazy medium gold with a small, white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Some very light lacing early. Smell is fruity, crisp and mild. Taste follows, with its fruitiness being most notable, but some spice shows up halfway through. Lemon, coriander, green apple, and some spicy, bready yeast toward the finish. It has a medium-light body, lightly dry texture, and moderate carbonation. At the time, I really enjoyed this beer because it was very refreshing and easy-drinking. In retrospect, I would have liked a little more character in there. It was a very mild beer, but good nevertheless.

ski271, Jun 24, 2008
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.

becktone, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light golden and orangish tinge. Head quickly disipates. Highly carbonated.

S: Very faint smells of straw, coriander and clove. Beer is not very aromatic either cold or when it warmed up a bit.

T: Unlike the smell, the taste is more prevelent. A decent spicy, peppery flavor with some hay and straw undertones.

M: Pretty smooth, but for the style, I thought there was too much carbonation.

D: Not the best witbier out there, but certainly worth a try.

IronCitySteve, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold and clear with pretty decent 1/2" white head for a Witbier. Zero lacing.

S: An abundance of that bubblegum wheat smell on the nose.

T&M: Lots of wheat and malt are prevalent right off the bat. This has some sweetness but the overall flavor is just a bit dry. Weight is light but is quite flavorful of malt. There is some bittering here but it doesn't seem to be a noticeable flavoring component. Carbonation is light but persistent. The finish is relatively short but has that typical "wheat chaffe" linger that I personally don't care for.

D: This is a decent wheat beer. It has all of the typical characteristics, including the aftertaste on the finish. There is nothing particularly interesting that sets this brew apart from so many others. It's a decent summer drink and it will probably be more palatable to those that appreciate a decent witbier.

SIRIUS2, Jun 23, 2008
Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.