Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery
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4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
bottle from awesome girlfriend that picked this up in gatenaux.
The story on this is funny as hell. In a nut shell: This isnt from miami, nor is it a weiss, just something our marketing guys came up with. The label is awesome. Total 80s tv show theme.
pours a light yellow-orange color with a nice finger of head. Lacing clings to the side for dear life.
Nose is also really nice, great C hop aromas, citrus, pine, hay... best I have smelled coming out of our great white neighbor.
Taste is actually also quite nice. same, citrus, hay, pine... more hay and pine than citrus. Just noticed this is 4.5%?? this is possibly the best lower abv "ipa" I have ever had.
mouthfeel is thin, well carbed, but right for the style and abv.
this is a great beer. No ifs ands or buts. it is one of the best session beers I have had... ever. and Easily the best american pale wheat I have had... whatever that is.
11-05-2011 04:56:44 | More by crusian
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
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
A stunning amount of "west coast" hop flavour in this 4.5% ABV pint.
Enjoyed this first from a cask at the brewery last year and on draught several times since, including this afternoon at BeerBistro, after purchasing the first bottles I've ever seen at the brewery.
A clear golden, rusty amber with white foam and decent carbonation. Aroma is pure "c" hop, as is the flavour. Some caramelized malts in the taste as well, with its pleasantly crisp and bitter finish.
Although this is a wheat beer, I am delightfully surprised by how little wheat evidence I can taste. Realize this style is both traditional and popular, but just not to my personal taste. Great Lakes has created the perfect summer beer for anyone who shares my indifference to wheat and love of hoppy ales!
08-28-2011 22:19:37 | More by hopsolutely
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
650ml bottle poured into Weiss glass from notes
A hazy golden orange with as many bubbles as one could fit in a glass, large 3 finger bone white head retains very well, slowly falling to an island leaving lost of random lace
S very citrus and tropical, slight floral aspect and a little West Coast forest mixed in there, very nice stuff
T faint rind and toffee but the tropical notes have faded but piney resin has increased
M light and fluffy with a little left behind trying to turn my mouth inside-out
O not in the slightest what I expected, perhaps I should have read the bottle before busting out the foot tall Weiss Glass
big flavors for a low booze offering this would make a sick session, the smell alone should have you looking for this one
Thanks liamt07 for shipping this my way
10-26-2011 02:15:38 | More by wordemupg
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
Recent re-release. Purchased at the brewery.
This new batch will not be hitting the LCBO shelves.
A- Hazy gold colour. Dense, sticky snow white two finger head. Lacing is remarkable.
S- Right up front you get tropical fruit (grapefruit, mango, mandarin and some pineapple) than you get a nice refreshing dose of wheat. Very juicy smelling.
T- You first get slammed with tropical fruits and a touch of pine than the beer lightens and goes into pale wheat ale mode. The overall experience of this beer is excellent.
M- Light bodied, very refreshing, short lived bitter finish.
O- This is another one of those "I thought I reviewed this" I'm glad the brewery re-released this, and I'm glad I was in that area this week (I never am) I have another one in the fridge for later :D
08-17-2012 20:47:04 | More by korguy123
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Serving Type - 650ml bomber, poured into a weizen glass
Appearance - Golden/straw coloured. Very deep yellow, unfiltered and hazy. Little to no carbonation is visible. Poured with 3 fingers of bright white head which fades quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing behind.
Smell - Wheat (obviously), and a strong hop character. Flowers, citrus and pine...scents nornally found in pale ale. An interesting twist.
Taste - Again, wheat is most prominent. This is my first example of the style, and while I keep expecting heffe flavors the heavy bitterness reminds me that this is not, in fact a typical wheat beer. Along with this comes a good deal of citrus and a pleasant amount of pine. It's sort of like...a cross between a heffe and an APA. Very unusual. Very good.
Mouthfeel - Heavy carbonation and a light body make for a light, crisp and refreshing beverage. Goes well with patios in the sunshine.
09-14-2013 02:28:34 | More by IdeaSpeeder
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
pours a slightly murky light golden yellow. tons of foamy/bubbly head - leaves behind some nice even lacing
smell was awesome - super hoppy up front, citrusy, grassy.
taste was lemony, hoppy - began to pick up in bitterness after a few sips. also had a little bit of malt and wheat in the aftertaste. overall not really what i was expecting at all, but i definitely enjoyed it a lot. very drinkable, would recommend.
11-16-2011 03:08:27 | More by fostachild
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Thanks to a buddy for picking this up at the brewery. The bomber bottle pours a hazy golden colour with lots of head. Tastes of tropical fruits, with some citrus and pine coming through in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel overall and I drank this in record time. Really refreshing beer and it was quite tasty. A well balanced mix of a american pale ale and weisse beer. I could drink this all night. Just wish this was regularly available.
09-22-2012 00:52:48 | More by WeedKing4
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Cheers to peensteen for the suggestion and hook-up on this one.
A - Pours a chunky golden hazy colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.
S - Sweet citrus hops, hint of pine, musty wheat and a touch of caramel corn.
T - Certainly more hoppy off the top with the citrus earthy pine notes dominating, some cedar, mandarin and wheat all come through on the finish. A slight bitterness lingers alongside toasted grain notes.
M - Good body carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.
O - What a gem. A hopped up wheat ale that packs loads of flavour and is certainly one of the better Ontario brews I've had to date. Most hop heads would appreciate this one.
11-29-2011 12:29:50 | More by andrenaline
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
Had on cask at C'est What. Pours a golden-yellow with a nice white head that sticks around. Had a nice citrus hop aroma that I wasn't expecting, to go with the wheat. Tastes of grapefruite hops, banana and some other fruits were mixed in there. Very delicious.
This actually reminded me a little bit of Gumballhead. Not as good, but still the slight reminder means this is a really good beer.
06-30-2010 18:26:26 | More by kwjd
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a golden pencil yellow colour with a soapy white head that leaves behind a generous lace and small collar. Very fine rust-coloured sediment can be seen suspended in the brew.
Smells of butter, honey, toasted wheat, flowers and tangerine. Very bright and fresh smelling.
Toasted wheat malts are followed by a tart grapefruit citrus tang and a subtle cherry tone, with a slight earthiness in the finish.
Feels a tad yeasty on the tongue and it's a bit thin, but it does have a certain sparkle to it, along with a dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Reminds me of a hopped-up version of their Orange Peel Ale or, as others have noted, a lighter take on Crazy Canuck. Regardless, it's smooth, tasty and a bit creamy. Would make this a go to beer if possible. Paired well with both red sauce and peppery kettle chips.
09-04-2011 01:52:36 | More by bryehn
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Beer is golden in colour. Moderately cloudy, but not as much as many wheat beers. A big, thick and sticky white head is on top. Great lacing, very good retention.
Nose is full of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine. Smells more like an IPA than a wheat, but the crisp wheat scent is present as well. Nice smell.
Taste is similar to the nose, but the citrusy elements are toned down a bit in comparison to the wheat aspects. Still tastes more like an IPA than a hefeweizen, but both are recognizable. Grapefruit, lemon- a really juicy flavour, fairly bitter.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Juicy body.
Very nice beer. Much hoppier than I expected, and not very similar to a weisse. An unusual beer in my experience, and a success. I would like to see this be a regular offering from Great Lakes.
09-04-2011 19:32:34 | More by jrenihan
Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.