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Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Miami WeissGreat Lakes Miami Weiss

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BA SCORE
88
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 04-19-2010)
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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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

joemcgrath27, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

pootz, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

papat444, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +1.8%

chickenm, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

hopsolutely, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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

mick303, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

kjyost, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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: 4.1, 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.

thehyperduck, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +1.8%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +1.8%

virinow, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

RedAleMan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of korguy123
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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

korguy123, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

MeisterBurger, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of eat
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

eat, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

polloenfuego, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

WillAndSarah, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
3.93/5  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.

Digimaika2, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of fostachild
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

fostachild, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

WeedKing4, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

mintjellie, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev +1.8%

KeKeKumba, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

KrisDLSmith, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of bryehn
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

bryehn, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4.1/5  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

Stocean1, Aug 30, 2011
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