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Friday, June 20, 2008

Spring, Summer... Whatever it takes.

Victory Whirlwind Wit
Victory Whirlwind Witbier:

This is a Belgian-stlye wheat ale made with imported Belgian yeast to give it a little zing. Victory produces Whirlwind as a Spring seasonal beer. While there's plenty of spring left, a wheaty ale should be awesome straight into the summer, right? Oh, absolutely. Nice medium body and fruity aroma, the Belgian yeast is really evident in the scent and the flavor. In fact, the Belgian tendencies of this beer led me to pour it into a tulip glass with rounded bottom and open mouth. Definitely drink it this way if you can.

At 5.0% abv, Whirlwind is not quite as rich or potent as a true Belgian, but it allows the drinker to travel for just a moment. This American-made witbier is easier drinking than its European cousins, making it a really nice Spring beer. It would work well as a summer beer as well, but I feel like it would be just a bit warming on a breezy spring or summer evening. It's refreshing enough during the day, but I'm picturing shorts and t-shirt not being enough. Slip on a hoody and pour a glass of Victory Whirlwind.

I find that Victory captures the European spirit quite well. Definitely American, but definitely inspired. Drink also: Golden Monkey.

Victory Whirlwind Witbier:

Representation: .90

Accessibility: .85

Style: .85

Personal Preference: .90

Total Score: 3.5 Flags

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