Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery
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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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
I've had this a few times now... about time I reviewed it.
A: Hazy, golden bronze, white head, good retention lace.
S: Huge amarillo hop aroma with some nice tropical fruity esters.
T: Plenty of leafy hop goodness, but I think it could use a touch more 'flavour' hops to round it out. It just doesn't have the same depth as a Gumball head. Good bitterness.
M: Smooth, moderate body has a light acidity and a dry finish.
D: Hell of a drinker.
This is a great American wheat, and a very sessionable strength.
07-06-2010 00:33:36 | More by Derek
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a caramel gold topped by a bright, white, thick and moussey head with just a bit of a haze. Laces nicely.
Really nice clean citrus aroma with caramel and hint of tropical fruit. Smells more like an APA than a wheat beer.
Sweet rounded malts in the middle are washed away by a grassy bitterness. Lemon herbalness throughout. A bit of honey sweetness underneath with some tropical fruit on the far-flung edges. Finishes long with the bitterness just about outstaying its welcome in the aftertaste. An argument could be made that this could use less hop bitterness and more hop flavor, but it's still pretty good as is.
Mouthfeel is medium, crisp carbonation. Seems a tad under-attenuated.
It tastes to me like they lighted up Crazy Canuck Pale Ale with some wheat. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Canuck's a fine beer. And so is this. But there's much better value in the Canuck for me.
08-31-2011 00:55:13 | More by MeisterBurger
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
3.93/5 rDev 0%
(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.
07-06-2013 01:54:33 | More by Digimaika2
3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-17-2010 04:41:12 | More by peensteen
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
3.85/5 rDev -2%
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
09-10-2013 22:36:59 | More by mick303
3.84/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
07-01-2013 16:00:09 | More by polloenfuego
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
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-21-2010 23:47:49 | More by pootz
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
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
Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
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