Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery
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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
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
04-19-2010 13:31:50 | More by bobsy
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
4.03/5 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
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
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
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
3.83/5 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
4.33/5 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
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
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
11-25-2011 02:29:39 | More by kjyost
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
4.23/5 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
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
3.65/5 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
Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.