Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery
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Reviews by 3Vandoo:
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Troubled golden in appearance with a shy foamy lace that slowly let herself die.
Hoppy smell with fruity ester, grapefruits flavors are present
Shy in taste, watery and round in mouth, with a shy bitter finish, hoppy flavors are present.
Not as much fruity as other weissen, such as banana flavor, but a good hoppy version of it .
08-14-2013 02:10:42 | More by 3Vandoo
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3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Hazy pale amber body. Massive eggshell coloured head, lacy and very retentive. Fine carbonation streams steadily from the bottom of my tulip. Looks great. Aroma of grapefruit, mango, and wildflowers. Smells pretty hop forward, in an American C-hop kind of way. Tastes much the same as it smells. There is a delicate but perceptible wheat cracker character underpinning everything, but the hops are the star here. They may call it weiss, but this is no Bavarian-style wheat ale. This is an American IPA brewed with a significant proportion of wheat. It's tangerine and grapefruit forward, with a more tropical mango character coming in midway. In the back end, there is a leafy bitterness that that sticks around for awhile, especially at the back of the mouth.
Mouthfeel is the characteristic of this beer that most emulates a traditional weissbier. It's fairly light in body, with ample and fine carbonation. It feels soft. There is some hop oil slickness between mouthfuls as well. This is a well construced hybrid between a pale wheat ale and an American IPA, combining the light body and refreshing character of the latter with the hop foward aromatics and tropical/citrus flavours of the latter. Good beer.
12-31-2011 04:41:27 | More by mintjellie
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
On tap at C'est What Spring Festival.Unfiltered grapefruit look, with white lacing. Good grapefruit aromas. Wheaty hoppy beer. Decent mouthfeel and taste, drinkability. Like the Imperial HefeWeiss, just a step down. However the continued upward trend for the brewery.
better in most recent bottling, with creamier mouthfeel and more apparent bitterness.
Even better on cask at the LCBO public release. Orange aroma, smooth not not thick. Much carbonation for a cask.
05-30-2010 19:53:08 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Big props to my BA in crime, and the last guy to review this before me, for the beer shipment
A - a very hazy golden, big head that left all kinds of chunky lacing as it receded
S - a very fruity yeasty aroma, some breadiness, with strong grassy and piney notes, more like a Belgian IPA on the nose
T - an interesting mix of resiny and piney hops, grainy bready malt, with a touch of citrus rind and tropical fruits
M - big carbonation kick, mildly bready but the hop bitter is the key factor
O - an interesting style that is definitely more pale than wheat, although the later does compliment the brew, very flavourful and easy drinking, the label "wheat ale" is deceiving, but the categorization on BA is spot on
12-03-2011 04:19:47 | More by joemcgrath27
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
650 ml bomber.
Part of the LCBO's Ontario Craft Brewery one-off feature.
Pours a clear yellow golden with a finger of white fluffy head. Nose is ripe with grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Crisp, clean aroma - only slight evidence of a malt & pale profile.
Taste is a pale yeast and caramel malt base with a dash of pacific hops adding a dry bitter aftertaste. Alot of flavour for such a low ABV. Drinks like a sessionable pale ale, decent amount of hop profile to keep anyone happy.
Overall, this is not a weiss in the slightest, as the name suggests, but rather a very similar build to Great Lakes Crazy Canuck Pale that recently came out in cans, but packed with a greater session potential. I don't particularly like the name choice or marketing around it / label though, but the beer itself is spot on - and thats what matters.
09-05-2011 21:06:54 | More by heebes
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Purchased this without too much excitement. I havnt found one of their beers I "Loved" Just yet.
This one poured a nice, although slightly overly clear/filtered honey color with a reasonable head....Thick lacing on the glass.
Smell is subtle, a bit too subtle for an american wheat.
The taste is great, a nice balance of lemony hops (Sorachi?) and a clean wheaty taste. Very pleasant and assertive with the hops..
The best one I've tried from their brewery thus far.
09-23-2011 22:52:04 | More by jbonapar
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottle picked up recently from the brewery. This stuff pours beautifully, with no shortage of rocky meringue-like head. I'd say this beer ties with Dennison's Weisse for best head in Ontario. I guess that's fairly typical for bottle conditioned beers. The body is opaque and a dull-straw colour. Great retention and tons of lacing.
The nose almost lives up to the appearance with loads of banana, lemon rind, pineapple, guava, celery, light caramel and spice. This actually smells fairly similar to Schneider's Hopfen Weisse, recently released by the LCBO.
The flavour is a bit of a let down, to be honest; but only given the expectation set up here. There's a pretty solid grassy bitterness, but it's not completely balanced out by anything else; sort of left on its own. There's not really much weisse character coming through, it almost comes off as a hoppy pale ale lacking in malt. Under the hops is some light grain and a pepperiness (celery-like) but no significant malt. The finish leaves some lingering, drying herbal bitterness. This one could definitely use some tinkering. I like the hops but there needs to be more of everything else. All that said, it's not too too bad.
The feel sort of average: light-medium body and moderate carbonation.
I can't remember having tried many beers where the appearance and nose were so far off from the quality of the taste. Strange. They have you expecting an amazing beer only to find a mediocre one. Still, it's pretty drinkable. I'd be interested to try a reworked version of this beer. Otherwise, I don't think I'll be picking it up again.
07-04-2010 05:24:43 | More by eat
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A - poured a huge two finger fluffy white head with plenty of lacing - nice cloudy golden orange colour - this seems to be the only "weiss" characteristic with this one
S - huge hops scent dominates here - a wee bit of wheat - citrus fruit
T - pine, grapefruit, spicy, pineapple, herbal/mdeicinal towards the end
M - light body with plenty of carbonation - spicy and bitter
O - this was a real surprise - glad I read the warning on the label "this is not a weiss..." - closer in taste to a hoppy IPA -will definitely grab more of this while it is available
08-30-2011 07:56:57 | More by Stocean1
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is a bit surprising and leaves little room for the wheat notes. Taste is a mix between some citrus and piney notes with quite a bitter character mix in with a pale wheat malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not as much wheat malt as I would have liked but nice too see a light beer with loads of character.
09-12-2011 19:16:35 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
On tap at Beerbistro
Poured a cloudy yellow/orange colour with two fingers of creamy white head.
Crisp bitter cirtus hops on the nose with grapefruit and orange notes.
The taste follows the nose with crisp bitter citrus hops that have hints of grapefruit and tangerine. Very little in terms of wheat ale characteristics in this one, just tastes like a straight up pale ale. There is a bitterness that lingers in the finish with this one, which becomes a little bit too noticeable as I continue to drink this.
Light body, light mouth feel.
An excellent beer. Reminds me of FFF Gumballhead and almost the same quality.
08-23-2010 03:11:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a very cloudy darker yellow, with a billowy white head of a couple fingers. Great spongy lacing adorns the sides. Crisp citrus aroma, with some light floral notes and some bread. Nice initial bitterness, with some citrus and grassy hop notes, light bready notes. Lighter body, slightly crisp, with a clean finish. Goes down smooth and clean. Tasty wheaty.
11-03-2011 02:39:43 | More by EgadBananas
3.34/5 rDev -15%
A pale straw colour. Cloudy enough to be opaque. Half inch of slightly yellowish white head. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.
A strong wheat aroma with grassy and citrus hops.
The taste is more sour than bitter. The citrus taste dominates. Grapefruit.
A medium feel with good bite from the carbonation.
Overall this is the in the back half of the pack. The sourness is an unpleasant surprise. I will try another bottle this summer to confirm this review.
I am not sure that the heavy hops works in a wheat beer.
07-18-2013 21:46:11 | More by ssmack
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
650 ml bomber poured into a weizen glass.
A: Pours a cloudy gold with 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell head; good retention and sticky lacing.
S: Smells of sweet citrus hops (tangerine), maybe a bit of pineapple, no banana!
T: Taste is very dry, tart (lemon?) and bitter. Very refreshing and would be a great summer quaffer.
M: Light-medium body with fairly prickly carbonation.
D: The drinkability is very high.
09-16-2011 03:22:53 | More by mrnobody
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.
Poured from a 650ml. bottle (love the label!) and shared with my wife.
Appearance: Mountains of foam (4-5 fingers) than settles to less than 2 before disappearing. Body is a dirty yellow, like hay.
Smell: Hops, tangerine, citrus rinds and grapefruit.
Taste: Pink grapefruit, lots of citrus and almost no wheat. Bitterness is sustained but it feels like one note.
Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, strong upfront but doesn't carry through in the end. In like a lion, out like a lamb...
Overall: Taste like it smells which is hops. Not really a wheat ale. I sound like i'm ragging on it but i did enjoy it. It's just short of great.
09-18-2011 00:05:42 | More by papat444
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance – Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. As well, there is a huge blast of citrus. Lemons, grapefruits, and oranges.. all great just not what i was expecting when I bought a wheat beer. (I didn't read the blurb on the back of the bottle) It finishes with a hoppy citrus aftertaste.
Overall – If you like west coast IPA's, then you will like this 'wheat' beer for sure. As someone esle stated, it kind of like a lightened up Crazy Canuck.. maybe with a tough more citrus. It actually reminded me of the Lagunita's Lil Sumpin Sumpin pale wheat ale. Anyways, it's a tasty beer that I will buy a few more bottles of for sure.
09-02-2011 12:24:18 | More by spinrsx
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle from the brewery, originally inspired by the Project X creation from a ways back. 650ml into a tulip.
Pours a mildly hazy orange-yellow, with a nice fat white head atop. Huge sticky lace and fantastic retention. Nose is huge orange and citrus notes, Amarillo distinctly. Some light pine, and peripheral honey and wheat notes are slightly detectable. Touch of peach and tropical fruitiness. Taste is more recognizable as a pale wheat ale, as big wheat notes hit the palate with a continued hop presence as per the nose - more orange and a touch of peach. Dry, grainy and wheaty. Body is quite light and there's some moderate carbonation here, some bitterness in the finish and a definite drying sensation. Some chewiness. Nice stuff, and quite drinkable at the ABV. An interesting cross between what feels like a pale wheat ale and a lighter IPA. Glad I've got a few more in the fridge.
08-22-2011 02:46:46 | More by liamt07
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Bomber picked up at the LCBO. Glad to see this one finally made it to Sarnia; many other OCB offerings have not been so lucky.
Pours a dirty golden yellow colour, very cloudy with many particles of 'stuff' suspended in the liquid. Generates a solid two fingers of lofty, frothy white head that dies down over a period of minutes, leaving a foamy cap and collar with plenty of sticky lacing on the sides. Looks very good, especially for the style. The west coast hops are immediately noticeable on the nose; lots of juicy grapefruit and lemon citrus with plenty of piney goodness. The yeast and wheat malts are hard to pick up underneath this but they provide a mild, vaguely sweet background for the hops.
Bready wheat malts are the first flavor I pick up, but they are very quickly overpowered by the citrusy pacific hops in the second half of the sip. Lots of grapefruit, in addition to lemon zest and pineapple, and a resiny finish with some earthy, piney bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Light-bodied, leaning toward medium because of the yeasty chew. Moderate carbonation keeps it feeling fairly crisp, but it's still smooth and exceptionally easy to drink like I'd expect from the style.
Final Grade: 4.1, an A-. A very drinkable wheat ale that has more in common with the average APA than other members of its style. Traditional? Not particularly. Delicious? You're damn right. This is a wonderful session beer, but given the price I'll probably just stick with this brewery's Crazy Canuck when I want a hoppy session ale. Great stuff, a very tasty example of a style that I do not recall ever being terribly impressed with in the past.
[Updated Sept. 23 2013]
Picked up another bottle which wasn't especially fresh, but I still loved it. Didn't see any reason to change the score, as this is still the best example of this style I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Worth the price.
11-21-2011 04:33:32 | More by thehyperduck
Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.