Muskoka Summer Weiss - Muskoka Brewery

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very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: liamt07 on 03-25-2011

Seasonally brewed and available in limited quantities, Muskoka Summer Weiss ("vice") is crafted with visions of summer in mind. Unfiltered and naturally hazy by design, the perfect balance of wheat, barley and subtle hopping makes this an intriguingly aromatic, flavourful and sessionable summer wheat beer. To release more flavour, agitate bottle slightly before opening. Cheers to you Summer!
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 48
Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Purchased as a single at the LCBO served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well but pours no head. Unfiltered

S- Yeast

T- Smoke! Lightly smoked beer. Guess in Muskoka away from civilization the fire constantly burns! LOL

M- Ok at best. This one is watery.

O- Ok but not great. If I could break up my ratings you would see that taste was high but smell poor

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with....... BBQ hamburgers

Enjoy

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light straw colour with considerable carbonation. Very thin, quickly dissipating white head. Aromas are heavy on bananas, with some definite clove presence, and some wheat. Tastes are of bananas, cloves, citrus. Overall, this is a very refreshing, light summer brew.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. A cloudy bright yellow color, almost banana peel-like with rampant quick-breaking white bubbles. Aroma is strong wheat malt, a bit rank and spicy with banana esters that manage to come across more like those foamy banana 5-cent candies than the legit article, generic nondescript citrus rind, and brown spice. Palate features more of the banana gummy flavor, clove, white bread, and citrus that evolves from lemon to orange. More sour and tangy that many weizens although the tell-tale flavors are present. Maybe I should rate the flavor a little higher but the heavy carbonation and watery body left me wanting. Finish is overly crisp and not enough of the yeast lingers. Certainly has some merit but usually Muskoka provides a more satisfying offering.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This review is from notes from August.

Pours clear pale gold (very little haze to speak of) with a big, patchy head that immediately recedes to a ring. Citrus, cloves and banana in the nose. Crisp wheat malt and cookie dough mingle with cloves and fruity esters. Wet grains and some slight vegetal flavors in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate, lively carbonation. Light hop bitterness and fruitiness in the short finish.

A decent Hefe. Could have more nuance and flavor intensity, but it covers all the bases of the style - fruity, estery, crisp. Worth a try.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - light and cloudy honey yellow, very little head which dissipated fairly evenly but very quickly, appears low carbonation

S - very nice aromas of banana, pineapple, honey, fresh cut grass, mango, hay

T - citrus, banana, orange, some very slight cinnamon spice and a slight honey after taste

M - very refreshing and cleansing, finishes wet, feels much more carbonated against the tongue which i didn't expect as i thought it was fairly low carbonation at the pour

O - I really like the Muskoka Summer Weiss, it was very refreshing and enjoyable to drink. I found the smell very nice with a lot of pleasant aromas which was very similar to the taste.

Photo of randallpink
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in: weizen

A - a pale yellow colour that looks slightly darker than most hefes. also less cloudy than most typical hefe's i've tried. one finger worth of head that doesn't stick around as long as most hefe's but laces well none the less.

S - nice hints of banana and spicy aromas, the two things i love most about Hefe's! i can also smell a slight hint of citrus in there.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. Lots of banana flavour and the citrus becomes more prominent (orange most likely). The spice isn't as prominent in the taste but its perfect for my liking! i can also see why some might think the taste doesn't live up to the smell, but either way i'm loving it.

M - slightly more carbonated than i expected (just perfect for me) and feels great on the tongue. very refreshing and goes down a lot smoother than i expected it too because of the carbonation. a light taste for sure with little alcohol coming through.

O - a great beer from Muskoka! i've really come to love their beers recently and this one did not dissapoint. hefe's are my favourite type of beer so i usually have high expectations and this one did just what i wanted it too! i recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it as it is more than worth a try and could easily become one of my "go-to" summer beers.

Photo of scott451
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A white head on a hazy apricot. Good head retention.

Mild fruit smells. Tastes of banana and clove. Very mild bready yeast. A mildly spicy finish with a very slight sour twist.

Vey smooth. Medium light body. Very good on tap. An understated but well-crafted Weisse.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.86/5  rDev 0%

355 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.00 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Opaque golden beer capped by a finger of the white fluffy stuff. While not clear it is clearer than many hefeweizens. Few bubbles are visible.

Smell - Big nose of banana and some clove maybe a few other spices too.

Taste - Big banana flavor, significantly sweeter than other sin the style. A little bit of clove and even pepper, but still fruit is king here.

Mouthfeel - Full, yet not overfull feel, well carbonated , nicely balanced and slightly dry finish.

Overall - A good Canadian hefeweizen that is solid and relatively affordable, but can't quite stand up with the German giants. Still, if obsessed with drinking local, this is a great but.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, part of a two-pack, readily available almost everywhere here in Alberta.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden hue, with a tumultuous boil of thinly foamy, billowy white head, which settles at a snail's waiting room pace, eventually rendering some attractive chainmail fence lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, semi-sweet toasted bready wheat malt, a touch of caramelized barley, sharp banana phenols, somewhat astringent earthy yeast, and some mild leafy, musty hops. The taste is sweet bready wheat malt up front and in your face, followed timidly by some banana loaf notes, restrained edgy yeast, and more nicely hovering leafy green hops.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but generally even and supportive, the body an assured medium weight, for the style, of course, and actually rather smooth, with only a tiny snag from the yeast. It finishes off-dry, the various malts still running the show, with the attendant fruitiness, and a bit of lingering banana and clove esters.

A decent Weiss, I can agree on that - big and malty, but with just enough spice and yeast to keep things in a nice Canadian order, i.e., one where you would gladly step politely around someone to get another. Heady and flavourful patio beer, for lake country and beyond.

Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle into weizen glass.

A- Hazy pale yellow with a three finger snow white, foamy head. Lacing is good.

S- Typical hefe aromas of bananas, cloves, coriander and a little lemon rind and pear.

T- Bright citrus, lemon rind, banana, spicy yeast and some cloves and cinnamon.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

Photo of leaddog
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale straw with two fingers of bubbly frothy head.

Smell- Yeast, banana, clove, spicy aromas

Taste- Banana and clove come in nicely with the yeast and the spicy characteristic. There is a breadiness to this brew and faint grassy hops and grainy malts are present. The beer finishes wet.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant smoothness.

Overall- An enjoyable Hefeweizen by Muskoka. This beer stays true to the characteristics of the style. The banana and clove are not too overpowering which is good. This beer is definitely good for a hot summer Albertan day!

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very cloudy straw golden, tall soapy white head dissipated slowly and unevenly leaving considerable random lacing
S - strong sour citrus, coriander, and bready grainy malt
T - similar to the nose but with the grainy malt more prominent, finishing with a herbal and bready flavour
M - light and well carbonated, creamy and refreshing, finishing somewhat bready
O - tis the season for hefe and this one is crafted for hot day outdoor sipping, not top of the class but better than average and worth a bomber or two

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

Beer is cloudy golden with a big, smooth snow-white head. Good retention, little lacing.

Banana, wheat and bready malt, clove all in the nose. A bit of bubblegum. Classic hefe and nice.

Taste is similar. Clove is prominent, with a creamy, doughy, bready malt base. Banana. Bubblegum.

Medium bodied, creamy, bready. Heavy for a hefe. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, very good. Great on a hot day.

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to peensteen for the hook-up on this bad boy...

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of big bubled head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sweet cloves, bananas, orange citrus, some musty caramel and a lingering bitter citrus rind.

T - Loaded with flavour with the cloves and banana notes continuing to dominate. A bold wheat flavour lingers on the tongue alongside some sweet tangerine and a hint of grassy hops.

M - Light bodied ale that fills the mouth, but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty hefe and a must try for any fan of the style. It is indeed a perfect summer ale and I'm super glad I was able to grab a few bottles.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL swing-top bottle from the LCBO; 2012 vintage. I love this time of year for various reasons - and the fact that there is no shortage of wheat beers on shelves right now is a significant one. Rolled the bottle a bit before opening, as per instructions, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours a sunny golden-yellow colour - foggy, but not murky or totally opaque like some hefes. Highly effervescent - and with one impressive pillowy white head. I had to pour my pint slowly over a period of minutes so that it wouldn't erupt out of the glass - sort of like a delicious baking soda volcano. When it finally does settle into a rocky, one-finger head, the glass is caked in lacing. The aroma is great as well - yeasty with lots of banana, peach, apricot esters and some light citrus. Good wheat malt backbone with some grassy hops underlying it all, but not much clove. Still, it's pretty enticing so far.

The taste does not disappoint at all. Wheat malt sweetness and the yeastiness provide a firm backbone for the variety of fruity flavours. Banana is probably the most prominent one, but I would also mention the orange peel, ripe pear and juicy apricot, as well as an understated clove spiciness. A bit chewy for a 5%er, with a yeasty, slightly dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with spritzy carbonation that helps cut through the chew - just the way I like my hefes. Relatively light mouthfeel for the style, but the improved drinkability vs. other examples is noted.

Muskoka's Summer Weiss is a superb hefe; nailing most of the things I like about the style, but with a few added twists that give it a unique, memorable character. I skipped out on Muskoka's winter seasonal (Winter Beard), but I am sort of regretting that after seeing the quality of this one. Oh well, the seasons change - to everything turn, turn, turn and all that nonsense. Turn your vehicle into the parking lot of your local LCBO and pick this one up while you still can.

[Updated June 14 2014]

This brew made the move to six-packs last year, which I think is probably a better format than two giant bottles in an awkward cardboard container. I picked a pack up to see if this hefe still stands strong amongst my favourite examples of the style - and for the most part, it still does. This is one of the better Canadian-made traditional wheat beers I've tried over the years, and even though it's not the best hefe in the world it's still very easy to like (and drink!).

Final Grade: 4.20, an A-.

Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instructed to agitate bottle before opening it. 2012 Vintage. Pours a really solid head of foam, dies down with good lacing, and a lot of carbonation here. Colour is hazy as expected, a murky medium gold.

Nice aromas of ripe wheat, refreshing fruit, bit of malt as well, distinct and inviting.

Initial taste is strong and of fruit with orange and a bit of straw-like background. Some sweetness too, but its well-balanced. Really flavourful. Enjoy it a lot.

Mouthfeel is remarkably robust, its not full bodied, but definitely got a strong presence, quite carbonated. Finishes really nicely, refreshing.

This is a quality weiss, distinct and very exciting and flavourful.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a lightly hazy dirty orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of bubblegum and banana is very nice. Taste is also a nice mix between some banana bread and bubblegum 3ith some quite delectable wheat malt. Body is about average with great carbonation. Very well done with some really interesting ester.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in a trade with liamt07. Cheers!

Tasted in July 2011.

Tasting notes: The color is golden yellow. Little head. Big bottle, so the first pour is clear. A little bit surprising. The second glass is slightly veiled. I would expect more haziness here. The aroma is fruity (orange and citrus). The smell is refreshing and inviting. Taste is fruity with some cloves. Dominated by fruits (oranges). The mouthfeel is very carbonated. Dry. Refreshing. Thin body. This is tasty and refreshing for the summer hot days. I like it. Thanks Liam.

Photo of TheHammer
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Awfully clear for a hefe as it produces a very light apricot skin orange. The carbonation is stead and ta finger of head stay around for a while.

Smell: Pretty much what I would expect from a Hefe, Banana and clove, although this one seems to have a bit more spiciness and almost a nutmeg note to it.

Taste: Starts with a mild wheat bread with a touch of banana that builds up with more citrus and apple notes that gets punctuated by a nice clove kick with a bitter note that just barely goes overboard.

Mouthfeel: Smoother then expected, superb transistioning and excellent carbonation although it leaves a little bit of a dry filmy aftertaste though, but the positives outweigh the negatives by far.

Drinkability: Yeah, this didn't last very long as the only thing the held back the beer was clove kick, which really isn't much to nitpick about. Refreshing, and I should also note it also fared quite well cold before warming.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed the beer quite thoroughly, although I really don't know if I'd rank this one as better then their retired Hefe recipe. I mean, this one is certainly more balanced but the other one was a Banana explosion. We'll let the chips lie where they may on this one but you really should give this beer a shot.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in weizen glass.

Look (3.5) - pours a golden-straw color (about 3-4*SRM). Clarity is a bit more than I'd expect from a Hefe. Head is good, rising to abolut two fingers and falling to a good, thick cap that really lasts. No real lacing. Good carbonation is visible.

Smell (4) - The nose is really good for the style. Some strong wheat graininess of the front. Both the banana and the clove yeast aromatics are present, leaning a bit more to the spiciness (which I really like).

Taste (3.5) - The flavor is good as well, but just a bit too light for my liking (very similar to Mein-Grunes from Schneider-Weiss). The balance has a lot more wheat flavor than on the nose. The yeast profile could have been a little stronger and lasted a bit more into the finish. Minimal hop profile.

Feel (4) - Lighter body with higher carbonation. The high carbonation dries out the finish a bit for me, which is good given that the wheat flavor lasts a bit longer.

Very, very drinkable, with a light flavor. A good example of the style, but I'm a bigger fan of a hefe with a stronger yeast profile on the palate.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

S - Lots of wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.great wheat, earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop. Light enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

Superb, I could drink this all day long, the flavor and feel combine to make a perfect summer taste, great hot weather drinker.

Overall this was a damn fine hefe.

Photo of papat444
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Generous off-white head tops a faintly cloudy yellow body. Good retention and average lacing.

Smell: Bubblegum, bread, strong cloves, banana and plump fruit. Nice & full.

Taste: Bready dough, overripe bananas, strong wheat tones, plump orange and spices. Light on the citrus. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Feels oddly flat a little at first. Other than that, full and smooth.

Overall: A good flavorful beer. Body was a bit weird at first but got used to it. An overall strong showing.

Photo of SebD
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spices, oranges, citrusy fruit and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice orange burst with some banana, citrusy fruit and a bit of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Props to Muskoka Brewery for this great summer beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to this one which had a best before date of Aug 1, 2011 but should still be fresh enough.

Poured in to Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Light to medium yellow with half a finger of bubbly, white head that quickly disappeared. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Citrus, honey, Belgian yeast and some light bready notes.

T - Citrus, cloves, banana, Belgian yeast, some bready notes. A good overall sweetness with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. A great example of the style. I wish I had tried this one sooner as it makes an outstanding summer beer.

Photo of Roke87
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL swing top bottle, chilled and poured into a weizen glass.
best before date: August.1/2011

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden amber colour with a miniscule pinky finger worth of bubbly white head that very quickly, almost immediately dissipates into nothing, not even any ring around the glass what so ever. Very lively carbonation from the looks of it, especially when it is first poured wow, and no lacing on the glass either to speak of.

Smell- Has a very typical hefeweizen smell to it, lots of clove and spice notes immediately dominate the nose, some very nice fruity aromas also coming through very strong in this one and almost takes over, I get almost a banana smell coming through. Typical yeast aromas and a mild touch of orange peel in there as well.

Taste- The clove and spice aromas really come through more on the palate and those nice fruity smells really take a back seat on the taste department, although they are still there, you really have to almost search for them if you will. Again typical hefe tastes with the yeast in there as well, and the orange peel does come through a bit more in the tastes as well, also I am getting a weird almost metallic taste every now and again, maybe I should have cracked this one sooner?

Mouthfeel- Definitely medium bodied with ample carbonation to it, goes down somewhat smooth and crisp and finishes dry.

Overall- Not too shabby, Very impressed by Muskoka’s offerings this year thus far, they are really turning themselves slowly into one of Ontario premium craft breweries. The smells are actually very nice and a pleasant change to the usual hefeweizen’s that are out there, really like the fruity banana aromas coming from this one. Although to be honest the smells don’t really translate into the taste, and the tastes come through very lacking in my opinion although nothing too bad. I would drink this one again if I was really in the mood for a hefe, but for the price it might almost be better to just pick up a quality European hefe.

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Muskoka Summer Weiss from Muskoka Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.