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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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88
very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 75
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 4.56%
Wants: 20
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: bobsy on 04-19-2010

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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 (1,853 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (893 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (467 characters)

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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of MattyV
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (487 characters)

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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Troubled golden in appearance with a shy foamy lace that slowly let herself die.

Hoppy smell with fruity ester, grapefruits flavors are present

Shy in taste, watery and round in mouth, with a shy bitter finish, hoppy flavors are present.

Not as much fruity as other weissen, such as banana flavor, but a good hoppy version of it . (334 characters)

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. (830 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.5%.

A - Poured a cloudy yellow gold with a 1cm white head, head reduced to a thin cap, good lacing.

S - Wheat, hint of spice, grapefruit, hint of pine. Definitely an American IPA hop profile.

T - Mild bread, some citrus, grapefruit, hint of pine. Found the flavour a tad weaker than the aroma let on.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, lacks the body of other wheat beers, finishes mostly clean.

O - Considering the ABV you do get plenty of flavour. Certainly something that good be sessioned on a hot summer's day. (567 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,719 characters)

Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw colour. Cloudy enough to be opaque. Half inch of slightly yellowish white head. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

A strong wheat aroma with grassy and citrus hops.

The taste is more sour than bitter. The citrus taste dominates. Grapefruit.

A medium feel with good bite from the carbonation.

Overall this is the in the back half of the pack. The sourness is an unpleasant surprise. I will try another bottle this summer to confirm this review.

I am not sure that the heavy hops works in a wheat beer. (528 characters)

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