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Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 7.85%
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 andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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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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.

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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.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

A- This pours a very yeast hazy dark golden, almost light brown color! The head upon the initial pour didn't seem like it was going to amount to much, but actually reversed itself and became a smallish, yet dense and well retained, cloud of foam! There is many columns of fine looking carbonation rising to the top and the lacing is probably the weakest point of the appearance, really only sliding back into the liquid immediately. Decent looking overall!

S- There is a rich blend between sweet malts, bittering hops, and citrus fruits in the mix. The sweetness is comprised of caramel and/or molasses, while the Pacific Northwest hops used produce a fresh piney aroma. There is a citrus quality that is of fresh orange and pink grapefruit. It is long lasting overall and lingers in it's immediate airspace.

T- This follows the aroma profile closely, with a very well balanced palate. There is a subtle astringency at the back of the palate, that counters the sweet malt flavors. Again, I am detecting citric notes that cut through the heavy leafy hop flavors. There is also a yeasty smoothness that reminds me of sourdough bread....just a slight tang.

M/D- A very smooth drinking beer with a solid medium body, this would make a nice summer refresher, yet can hold itself against a medley of foods, and especially spicier fare. Its a nice melding between two of my preferred styles and I think has been done quite nicely. I would pick this up again and recommend it to all!

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Photo of fostachild
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bryehn
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of crusian
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of heebes
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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