Great Lakes Miami Weiss - Great Lakes Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-22-2012 00:52:48 | More by WeedKing4
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
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-31-2011 04:41:27 | More by mintjellie
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
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
3.58/5 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
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
11-16-2011 03:08:27 | More by fostachild
4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
11-05-2011 04:56:44 | More by crusian
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-04-2011 03:32:54 | More by MattyV
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-03-2011 02:39:43 | More by EgadBananas
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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
10-26-2011 02:15:38 | More by wordemupg
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
10-24-2011 23:22:21 | More by
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
10-01-2011 04:46:09 | More by biegaman
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-23-2011 22:52:04 | More by jbonapar
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
09-16-2011 03:22:53 | More by mrnobody
Great Lakes Miami Weiss from Great Lakes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.