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Harpoon Catamount Maple Wheat

Bottled

6.8%

The Harpoon 100 barrel series maple wheat pours a beautiful red amber. The smell is almost non-existent, very weak. The taste is nice and light at first but quickly gets very tin-ey. The taste is just far to metallic to be worth while. The maple flavor is almost non existent, maybe a tiny bit on the back-end.

Impression: Most of the Harpoon 100 barrel series are pretty good. They are usually a safe bet. Unfortunately comparing this to the rest of the 100 barrel series is like comparing Aunt Jemima to real Vermont syrup. It may be the same thing by label, but when you get down to what is inside it really does not do the trick.

This beer is a very weak effort by Harpoon considering their usual success with this series. I had high hopes for getting a maple beer that finally works, unfortunately this seems to be maple by label only. What you find inside is a weak, metallic beer that is not worth a try. There are very few beers that I actually suggest you don’t try. Almost every beer is worthwhile just to see if it fits your taste. However with this, it is just very disappointing. It is not worth the try, there are just too many good beers out there.

It is not the worst beer I have ever had, not by a long shot, but it seriously misses the mark.

Grade: D

Victory Whirlwind Whitbier

5%

Bottled

Looks very cloudy, not too surprising for a Belgian style whitbier. Smells a bit citrus-ey, the yeast also plays a pretty big role in the smell, a bit of clove as well. First taste is surprisingly refreshing. Nice and creamy feel to it, with a bit of lemon and spice. Finishes nice and crisp.

Impression: With the freakishly warm weather we have had as of late this beer really hits the spot. Just how refreshing this beer was turned out to be a little bit of a surprise. The flavors are pretty good. Everything tastes about how it should for a Belgian whitbier. There is not a lot that brings it above and beyond other than how crisp it is, while still starting creamy. Whirlwind is not the knock your socks off, high-end craft beer that some people may be looking for. On the other hand it is pretty tasty, and you could have a few of them without feeling like you just had a loaf of bread. This is a beer that I would highly recommend if I were sitting out on a patio of a bar, or bringing it to a cookout. I don’t think that I would go too far out of my way to find it. This is a great example of a pretty average beer that has just that little bit to make it stand out.

Grade: B