Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Miami WeissGreat Lakes Miami Weiss

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 75
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 4.56%
Wants: 20
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bobsy on 04-19-2010

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (714 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle

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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Hazy pale amber colour with a tall, dense, and creamy head. Recedes slowly to a thin blanket while clinging in waves to the glass.

(4.25) S: Pine, juicy mango & orange, faint grains, and a rich buttered bread backbone. Very potent and fresh tropical fruit aromas are outstanding. Definitely more IPA than weiss in the aroma but regardless it is very enticing.

(3.75) T: Tart grapefruit, dry pine, lemon, faint spices, and slight grains. The juicy tropical flavours in the aroma don’t quite show up in the taste but instead is more of a citrus-like IPA instead that’s flavourful.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Chalky and dry with a slightly acidic quality.

(4.0) D: Perhaps not a traditional weiss but rather an IPA-weiss blend. Whatever this is - it’s tasty. Definitely will have to consider this as one of my easy-drinking (sessionable) options. Very flavourful considering the ABV. (927 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (361 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (457 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 8oz glass at the session craft beer festival.

Looks like an average Hefe Weisen nothing spectacular in terms of looks, unfiltered so its nice and cloudy. The smell is out of this world thick with yeast and exploding with hops smells more like an IPA that a Hefe weisen, blew me away in that category. The taste is where this comes to shine. Has all the citrus and spice notes typical of a wheat beer but with a generous hop kick. Very easy to drink excellent beer for the season even though it was raining at this particular morning (the sun did come out when they started pulling the cask of My Bitter Wife though) I hope they keep brewing this.

Get a pint if you see this on tap. This is truly a wheat beer for the IPA lover. (735 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (471 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: I'm told this is bottle conditioned but I assume this is cask brew finished in the bottle rather than the a cask.

Pours a cloudy golden ale in the flute with a solid puffy cap...great lacing. Nice soft natural carbonation. Aroma is unique for a Weizen this has a pungent bouquet of fruity esters mingled with PNW hops; exotic fruits-banana-citrus...light biscuit aroma. Soft mouth feel... biscuity, citrus resinous hopping, dry citrusy finish. Bright flavors but not the fruit basket the aroma promised...lacking spice phenols.

I got a couple of these and I suspect as a bottle conditioned weiss it may take a couple more weeks to have all the flavors develop. I'll sample it again then. (699 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: cloudy gold with a three finger head that sticks around for quite a while.

S: wheat, pine, citrus and spice

T: follows the smell, wheat and grapefruit are up front, with spice and pine following.

M: medium to light carbonation and medium body.

O: a nice flavorful beer, makes a nice refreshing drink on a summer day. Wheat less prominent than I expected, but still a nice beer. (433 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this had a moderate white head, goes down to a thin film. Lots of visible carbonation colour is a bright gold, a bit of haziness and suspended sediment. Some lacing sticks around but would have liked more. 3.5

S – immediate hop aromas, juicy lemon and grapefruit, with some minerality, some sweet toffee notes and some mild nuttiness. Some estery fruit profile, a fairly clean hoppy aroma with lots of aromatic florals, and dry gf citrus, crisp biscuit malt with a slight creaminess as well. It is both really light and hoppy. 3.75

T – a fruity start, apples, citrus and a subtle pine undertone, lots of leafy and floral hops, with a creamy base balanced with a pronounced dryness. Some malty complexities and dry floral hops, these are mild and some of the hoppy oils struggle to get through past the raging carbonation. Really dries out at the end, mild grassy and citrus notes. Good mineral flavor initially, then heads into dryness with a bit of a herbal note. 4

M – lots of carbonation, very fizzy. Light bodied, almost aggressively so. Found this detracted some of the creamy body and let the dryness come to dominate a bit. Has a decent hopped up flavor ontop of this, but after one of these I think I would be reaching for something a little bodied. Very refreshing on a summer day though, much nicer after the carbonation edged off a bit. 3.25

Not my favourite style, but this takes a chance to shake it up a bit with a hop-infusion. This definitely got better as it got warmer, giving the aggressive carbonation a chance to mellow and the wheat to come out a bit more, after that it was a fairly enjoyable beer and showed off some more complex notes, still not all that balanced and maybe in need of a bit of tweaking, this was a pretty enjoyable beer and would be a good buy for someone into this style. 4 (1,853 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (893 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (672 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (467 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First bottle conditioned beer in Ontario (to the best of my knowledge), so this is quite the coup for Great Lakes. It was originally brewed for a Project X cask night that I missed, but fortunately they bottled some only last week. From what I've heard it was intended as the brewery's take on Gumballhead, so I'm expecting a hopped-up beast that transcends the style guidelines.

Hazy amber body with a creamy white head that puts down some good streaks of lace. Awesome nose - resinous and fruity with strong pine, mango, pineapple and tangerine notes. Really a great one to breathe into. Flavour is decent, but can't live up to the heights of the aroma. A slightly generic bitterness takes on a leafy nature, and the fruit drops out almost completely, though light pineapple flits in and out. Strong malt and wheat backbone provides support and substance. Medium body and carb.

Pretty decent, and a nice drinker, though it misses out on the top tier by struggling to deliver on the promise of the aroma. I like the direction these guys are heading though, and not many Ontario brewers are willing to up the bitterness as high as it is here. (1,148 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in Unibroue glass

Appearance: 4
Golden yellow brown, with 1 inch white head, moderate lacing, mild to medium retention of the head.

Smell: 4.5
Tropical fruits from the hops – mango, tangerine, pineapple, with a little grapefruit. Just great smell.

Taste: 3.5
A little one dimensional. A small amount of sweetness from malt, but really pure bitterness from hops without any fruity notes. Finishes with a cutting bitterness. Body feels pretty light, probably because of low alcohol content. Definitely a hop head beer. Flavor softens overall together as beer warms, but tends to be very bitter.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
Mild to moderate thinness, and quite astringent from the hops.

Overall: 3.5
Really interesting beer. It has an amazing aroma, but doesn’t match with taste. Its definitely not like a typical Weiss beer, instead its is more like a west coast ipa. It is hard to figure which style and expectations to have. Would enjoy if it had a stronger malt presence in the taste. Also interesting is the low alcohol content which hinders the taste profiles, but makes it easy to enjoy without effects of alcohol. Overall, would enjoy more with tweak to malt content, but for a one off beer, still quite enjoyable.
Recommend trying. (1,241 characters)

Photo of MattyV
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow gold colour with good clarity and a dense pillowy white head. The aroma's dominated by citrus and some faint fruitiness from the American hops, smells quite similar to their Crazy Canuck PA actually. Lemony citrus hops are prevalent in the taste, which provide some moderate bitterness. The finish is tart and dry. Light, crisp body with refreshing carbonation. Showcases hops well, but lacks overall depth. Would be a great refreshing hop fix on a warm summer day. (487 characters)

Photo of eat
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 . (334 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

660 mL bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint at around 5C. Thank TheSevenDuffs!

A: Clear straw yellow with a nice white head that laces very strongly.
S: An incredibly hoppy nose. Fruity hops... Grapefruit, tropical fruits... A hint of apple juice later comes out.
T/M: The hop flavours aren't there. I think this bottle is about 2 months old so I don't know how much they've fallen off, but the real issue here is that the body has a metallic bitterness that is overpowering and lingers in a nasty fashion. Some wheat notes are hidden in the body.
O: Not having realized this was a hoppy ale, I was so pleasantly surprised by the nose. The nose was better than Gumballhead's but the body just didn't live up to nose... I wanted to love the beer. I'll try it again fresh, but it had better have a different body next time. (830 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.5%.

A - Poured a cloudy yellow gold with a 1cm white head, head reduced to a thin cap, good lacing.

S - Wheat, hint of spice, grapefruit, hint of pine. Definitely an American IPA hop profile.

T - Mild bread, some citrus, grapefruit, hint of pine. Found the flavour a tad weaker than the aroma let on.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, lacks the body of other wheat beers, finishes mostly clean.

O - Considering the ABV you do get plenty of flavour. Certainly something that good be sessioned on a hot summer's day. (567 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bright, clear beer could certainly take its talents to South Beach; anything this golden-yellow, with rhythmic bubbles and sunny disposition, looks ideal for a warm-weather climate. Condensation on the glass even emulates the Floridian humidity. It has a respectable level of head that leaves a token level of lace.

The brewery admits that this isn't technically a Weiss - good thing too, because if they hadn't I'd have nailed them for it. It has none of the fruity or clove-y yeast characteristics of that German style... but fortunately it does have a wee bit of the bitter, lemony features of American wheat beers. Still, it leaves much to be desired.

I'd like to be saying "Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga, I know you cant control yourself any longer", but truth be told, Miami Weiss (this bottled batch of it, anyhow) is a fairly pedestrian American-style wheat beer. It tastes of malted wheat, with a bit of biscuity barley malt, and has an underlying canned pineapple hoppiness.

Unlike its Project-X predecessor variations, this lacks in hop depth. Its bitterness is grassy and only minimally candied or fruity. Technically, though, it is a flawlessly brewed beer, albeit a little too simple in the flavour compartment. The finish is dry and plain (like crackers), with a rough bitterness and nothing to make you say "ay papi!"

Great Lakes Miami Weiss is like the Miami Dolphins - a once great franchise that has been reduced to mediocrity, unable to compete within its division. Tremendous packaging aside, this current beer doesn't come close to its inspired recipe and can't walk the strip with the likes of other, more celebrity American-style wheat ales. Final verdict: a B-Lister. (1,719 characters)

Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very clear, very pale yellow with a nice, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

Smell - somewhat faint smell of wheat and citrus-floral hops with a touch of pineapple juice. Nothing "off," but nothing that stands out.

Mouthfeel - a tad overcarbonated for an almost abrasive texture.

Taste - very faint wheat malt flavour and bitter hops with a faint hint of pineapple. (379 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (528 characters)

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Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.