Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Miami WeissGreat Lakes Miami Weiss

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BA SCORE
87
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 04-19-2010

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Photo of mintjellie
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kjyost
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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: 4.11, 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.

Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of crusian
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MattyV
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mrnobody
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured a golden colour that was bright and very effervescent. Three finger fluffy white head with sticky lacing and a half finger of retention.

S - Straight hops. Citric and slightly spicy with lemon and grapefruit coming through in a big way.

T - Very aggressive with the hops. No sign of yeast or wheat. Simply hops to me. Citrus and resinous, less spicy.

M - Light body with a fairly bitter finish and strong carbonation. Really, really smooth.

O/D - A little confused on the wheat aspect. It's very, very hop forward. A nice take on a typically boring style but maybe over-hopped? Either way I liked it.

Photo of heebes
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber.
Part of the LCBO's Ontario Craft Brewery one-off feature.
Limited availability.

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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bryehn
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stocean1
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hopsolutely
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.