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Muskoka Summer Weiss - Muskoka Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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-.

More User Reviews:
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 JohnnyBarman
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like Muskoka heard Ontarians cry out in frustration with the recent snow storm and decided to offer them a taste of summer a little early this year. 750mL swingtop bottle from the LCBO, sealed with an "Enjoy before August 1st, 2011" label.

Poured into a weizen glass. Dark tawny golden in colour, slightly opaque. Leaves a thick head which recedes quicky after a carbonation burnoff.

Nose is lovely - pale malts, light hoppage, banana, orange peel, bubblegum - the latter being especially noticeable. Smells like summer to me.

This is a sweet, slightly malty hefe (or pale wheat, it's hard to tell) that is incredibly tasty. I can see myself drinking this all summer. The usual hefe notes are subtle, but certainly pleasant.

Thicker for a hefe, carbonation is initially aggressive but settles down after a few moments, providing a late kick to the tongue with each sip.

I'll have to stand this one up to their regualar hefe to really figure out the differences between them. I think the malt character is more pronounced, and theres a bit of floral hops as well. Regardless, this is a very flavorful and enjoyable wheat beer, something I will certainly get more of when patio-drinking season begins. At just a hair over 5 bucks a bottle, this is quite reasonable. I really like what Muskoka has been doing with its seasonals, and this is certainly no exception. Pick a few up for the warm weather!

Pics and review here: http://mattsbeerden.blogspot.com/2011/03/muskoka-summer-weiss-early-f-you-to-old.html

Photo of Swedes21
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beer pours a cloudy ale colour, very lively head. there is some good carbonation levels as well. the head is a white, light in volume and very active. lot of air pockets. there is some minimal lacing.

Smell - one of my favourite smells, banana! there is a good banana smell to this beer along with some orange hints. maybe there is a slight hint of citrus as well.

Taste - very smooth, amazing tasting beer. the bitterness is faint but present, there isnt much aftertaste. i can pick up the banana combined with a citrus hint.

Mouthfeel - some added carbonation, although not much. maintains a light feel and is very smooth.

Overall - I think this is one of muskoka's top beers, one of the best releases. I will buy more and keep on hand, look forward to many more beers from muskoka!

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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unfiltered dirty yellow haze,and that is appealing. four inches of head. This is wheat, this is the style. Orange citrus, much bannana, some cloves, much funky yeast in the finish. Carbonation is right there and builds up, becoming harsh, slightly taking away from enjoyment and the mouthfeel is lighter that I would expect. Much spider lacing down the glass. Good until August 2011, this is a couple days into the LCBO and taste very fresh. Very drinkable, I surprisingly finished most of the bomber. Overall, a good one not to be missed.

Photo of phirleh
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer comes in a 750ml swingtop bottle, perfect size to share, or just enjoy by one's self. Beer appears with a frothy white head, bubbling with a hazy straw colour. Smell is of banana, wheat malt and yeast. Taste is spicy, refereshing and citrusy, hints of clove. Mouthfeel is light, frothy and dry. Overall, this is quite the weiss coming out of Ontario, a great local brew for the summer.

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 heebes
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swing top bottle.
New release, now in large format bottle vs cans.

Pours into a pilsner glass a hazy light yellow with a good amount of bright white foamy head that holds well. Nose is light fruits, banana esters, floral, cloves and a yeast auroma. Taste is similiar; lots of banana and bubblegum flavour mixed with other fruits and lingering yeast. Though the initial punch remains flavourful. Light to medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall I have to say this is a decent beer and brought more than I initially thought it might. Easy drinking and nice low abv means it's perfect for the approaching weather. There's some discussion about this being the same version that was in cans and it's been changed to seasonal, put in a vintage bottle and costs more. I can't speak to much of that, and while I think the "vintage 2011" on the label is silly, I did enjoy this bottle and believe it would make a better seasonal beer than year round. Muskokas seasonal bottles have been 2/2 for me being excellent, I tried their sampler can pack last year and walked away unimpressed, so needless to say I think they are making great strides.

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 eat
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing, hazy honey colour with lots of visible carbonation. Awesome Weihenstephaner-style giant, rocky off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Tons of banana, candy malt, coriander and clove with a juicy citrus edge. A hint of herbal hops. Really nice smell.

Great balance of everything you'd want in a weisse: banana, bubblegum, clove, coriander. The candy malt pairs really well with a slightly-drying herbal finish. The only improvement could be a more intense flavour; it's not explosive in the way Weihenstephaner is.

The feel could definitely be beefed up. Decent medium-light body and light carbonation.

I'm pretty impressed, this is one of the better weisse beers I've had. Extremely drinkable; this 750ml would be no problem to finish off alone. $6 is not a terrible price for a beer of this quality in such a nice bottle. I'll be picking up more of this for sure.

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 Stocean1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = poured a piullowy two finger head - good carbonation - paychy lacing - beautiful orange wheat color - cloudy

S - bananas, wheat and orange

T - bananas, biscuits and cloves - then a little orange peel - then a lot more orange - as it opened up the orange peel became more apparent and in fact it became a little unbalanced at the end - scored it based on the first half

M - medium body and plenty of carbonation - a little dry and sour in the finish - very noce overall

O - really enjoyed the first half of this beer - upon the first sip I felt I had tasted something special however as it opened up it seemed to lose its centre and was a little unbalanced

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 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 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 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 mrnobody
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swingtop bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with two fingers of eggshell head. Okay retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of banana, yeast, juicy fruit gum.

T: Quite a bit of banana flavour but not overly sweet. Tastes good but somehow I wish there was "more".

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with fine and lively carbonation.

D: Drinkability seems pretty good.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint at C'Est What. Arrives a hazy golden, a couple shades darker than your average per style.

Nose is HEAVY on the banana, hint of cloves and phenols and something herbal. Pretty sweet smelling. Nice though.

Taste is too unbalanced for me - loads of banana, light bandaid phenols, spicy clove in the finish with a nice herbal coriander quality, lightly floral. On the sweet side of things, way too hefty of a body for the style, makes it seem even more muddled. A pint was enough for me, I wouldn't revisit. I know I'm in the majority but I enjoyed the previous incarnation better, more balanced and drinkable.

Second try: At The Only, heavy on the cloves and banana with a decidedly medicinal (aspirin) and bandaid note in the finish which increases with time. Really not digging this offering.

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 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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a massive size fizzy off-white coloured head. There seems to be an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also quite a bit of yeast taste and some cloves. I also picked up on a bit of a metallic flavour too. The beer finishes with a grainy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty decent effort once again from Muskoka, they are quickly becoming one of my favourite Ontario brewers. I wouldn't mind if the beer had a little bit more of a fruitiness and a little less carbonation, but other than that it is highly drinkable.

Photo of liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml swingtop. My understanding is that this is a reworking of the Hefe they had going in cans for a while, but they've made this a seasonal release instead with a few recipe tweaks. Best before August 1, 2011.

Pours a pale orange, with a finger of bubbly white head that leaves minimal retention and lace. Lots of carbonation evident in the body; unfiltered. Nose holds banana, alot of bubblegum, wheat and maybe a touch of spice. Taste is quite nice, full bodied banana, wheat and bubblegum are clear again, and contrary to what I had anticipated based on the appearance, the carbonation is only evident near the end of the mouthfeel. This was a great drinker, and this could become a staple this summer. One of the best hefeweizens I've had from this province. Great work Muskoka!

Photo of uno99
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new offering from an Ontario brewery that has been turning heads lately. This one presented in a beautiful 750ml bottle like the other "seasonal" offerings

Bottle advises you to agitate before pouring. I shouted a few insults at it -- nothing really exciting happened save my wife and cat having a laugh at me.

2011 edition, served at 53 degrees.

A: An agitated pour yields a bright white and dense 2 finger head atop a cloudy straw colored beer. Retention and lacing is not remarkable.

S: Really well done clove, bannana, bubble gum -- standard weiss territory. Suggestions of basil, mint, and soil.

T: Nails this hefe category to the wall. Dension's? You have some competition here.

M: Summer Weiss Feels really hardy. A good hefe should always give the impression that there's bales and bales of wheat in every glass and this definitely accomplishes that. A little sticky on the lips, a little dry at the finish.

Overall: I often say it is hard to make a bad a wheat beer, but honestly it's just as hard to make a really good one too, and this is really good. Good competition to Dension's and Blanche de Chambly for the King of Canadian Weiss.

Photo of ludachris
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its fruity golden orange body is hazed like a hefe should be. The head, however, doesn't fit the style. After an aggressive pour, no more than a finger's worth of quickly receding whispy white head is yeilded.

Wow. The nose quickly makes up for the appearance. Overly ripened brown spotted bananas burst from the glass. Fresh lemon peel adds a bit of a twang to the doughy wheat character that sits in the back. Very sweet and not overly complex.

Sweet through and through. A fresh breadiness provides the base where sugar coated bananas sit on top. Some lemon peel at the front gives a refreshing feel.

Light to medium bodied with a semi-creamy feel. Great balance with a good carbonated kick. A perfect summer beer being very refreshing.

This, for me, tops Denison's as my favourite Ontario Hefe. Muskoka's seasonal releases have all been fantastic and this is of no exception.

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