Winter Weiss
Muskoka Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #60
Ranked #36,156
3.71 | pDev: 7.01%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Winter WeissWinter Weiss
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber with little haze and carbonated with both large and small bubbles. Topped with 4 fingers of beige head.

Smells of coriander, Coke, hard water, and light cream.

The taste follows the nose, with hints of rust and caramel.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sticky feel.

Got this at the Beer store in Bala a couple months ago, drinking nearby in Muskoka Jan 13th, 2018. Decent for the style, but its mostly the can and name that make it cool.

Jan 13, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from LCBO - poured dark reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Aroma caramel some banana. Flavour bready, toffee, banana. Lightish body. Pleasant well balanced, nothing that leaps put at you.

Dec 11, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a sample pack of this whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. The beer poured a dark almost opaque with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and banana. The taste has hints of clove and chocolate with touch of banana. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer

Dec 29, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a lightly hazy light brown color Dunkel with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light banana ester with some sweet caramelized malt notes. Taste is a nice mix of caramelized wheat malt with some light residual sugar notes with some subtle notes of banana bread. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed but maybe lacking some of the complex and subtle flavours notes from the staples of the style.

Dec 27, 2016
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AndrewMorash from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excellent seasonal offering. Available at the LCBO.
Deep Brown. Typically tastes of Clove and Bannana.
5% alcohol.
Good option for a local beer choice.

Oct 22, 2016
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joesi from Canada (MB)

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml can, cooled but not chilled to a full 4°C. Probably like 8 or 12° which is how I like most beer.

I don't know where to begin or quite what to say...

Well, starting with the weiss, I didn't actually notice that it was a wheat beer by taste. It reminded me of something like Maudite or Trois Pistoles (I can't remember which) by Unibroue, only milder, and less alchol.

It was a sensitive pour. There was generally quite a lot of head. It is dark like cola.

The carbonation is very high, and texture is medium to fine, and light.

Eh, regarding the flavors, I'm already finished so I might have trouble with this. As I mentioned earlier, it was hard for me to tell that it was a wheat beer. It has a nice amount of winter-style spice flavor (such as clove/phenolic, not quite sure what else). I like that sort of flavor year-round so I don't know why it's always associated with winter. There's also a significant amount of maltiness, which I enjoy, and yeast flavor which blends in nicely with the rest. Hops is very minimal, but it works good (I personally don't like much hops usually).

In summary, I liked this beer quite a lot. It is a great price, which is a very good trait to me (it did get slight unconscious bonus points for this, I think). It also has a nice dynamic of being a rich/wintery flavor, but light/mild enough in flavor and ABV that you could drink a ton of these if you wanted to. This was a rather crappy review, but I found this to be hard to review. It's just a good beer for it's style in my opinion.

Apr 28, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weissbier, regardless of colour or the prefix put in front it, should pour with an abundance of creamy, long-lasting head and, indeed, the mahogany toned Muskoka Winter Weiss has exactly that. While obviously a dark ("dunkel") weizen, it nonetheless has a glimmer of soft amber highlights.

Again, there are certain qualities to weissbier that apply equally to both light and dark versions: banana and clove, specifically. There's arguably no more distinctive yeast in all of brewing than German weizen yeast and, unlike the Academy of Motion Pictures, it doesn't see colour.

Winter Weiss smells and tastes similar to its summer seasonal counterpart, albeit with one enormous difference: the presence of a deep, rich, nutritious barley malt character. Like the colour, this quality is imparted by the use of Vienna malt (and likely other dark malts, as the subtle smokiness implies).

So in addition to the standard banana, bubblegum and clove, Muskoka's introduced a hearty, toasty pumpernickel bread flavour as well as subtle nutty, chocolaty, caramelly undertones that accentuate the inherent vanilla notes. It's quite tasty and also exceedingly drinkable.

Just as the ripe banana, crisp wheat and spritzy effervescence of the Hefeweizen are the ticket to beat the summer heat, so too the bruised dark fruitiness, heavy spices, and toasted brown bread notes of the Dunkelweizen are suited to battling the harsh elements of winter. This seasonal is a winner.

Mar 04, 2016
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high brownish head that is gone in seconds. Very dark brown colour and unfiltered

S- Pepper!

T- Unusual metallic flavor. Not very good. Other than that very peppery (the spice pepper) and green peppers. Malty with a lot of yeast. Nice Dunkel brew.

M- Ok at best

O- Not a great blend but it is nice. Will not go seeking this out but if no better on the menu then this would be adequate and not disappointing.

Food Pairing

This not bad brew went ok with....... Oyster crackers and cured pork meats.


Dec 15, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; best before Mar 6 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a hazy copper-amber colour, capped off with one finger of loose, soapy, off white-coloured froth. It lacks staying power, though - fizzling out after a mere 90 seconds or so, leaving behind a thin collar and no lacing. Kinda visually unimpressive for a wheat ale... I expect at least some head retention, especially in a weizen glass. Bready, toasted wheat malts and caramel sweetness come through on the nose, in addition to ripe banana and plenty of clove spice. A little nutty too, with some indistinct dark fruit character; not too complex, but style-appropriate.

A decent dunkel; generally mellow, but with a spicy yeast kick at the end. There is a pleasant, bready toasted wheat backbone, with notes of brown sugar and treacle pushing the profile toward the saccharine side. A tad nutty, but even more noticeable are the fruity flavours of banana and date that begin to dominate by mid-sip. This builds up to a spicy, yeasty climax of clove and grassy hops, followed soon after by a drying aftertaste that effectively counteracts the brew's initial sweetness. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that constantly prickles the palate, producing a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. This is fulfilling, satisfying sort of beer that is perfectly suited to cold weather sessioning.

Final Grade: 3.69, a passable B grade. Muskoka's Winterweiss isn't especially memorable, but it's still a tasty German-style wheat ale that I can't find any serious flaws to complain about - other than the appearance, which is not something I consider very important anyway. It tastes as a dunkel should - with plenty of sweet, bready, toasty wheat malt, some restrained sweetness, with a superbly dry finish tacked onto the end. In summary, it's good, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. Not as good as their Summer Weiss, but worth a try.

Dec 05, 2015
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MikeGa from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Close as I've gotten to a dunkel weisse since moving away from Germany. Not my favorite style (more of a plan old Weissen guy myself, or a really hoppy Czech pils). The taste on this one is good, I find that the mouth feel is a bit off though. Seems a bit "thick". Good for a dessert beer or one to throw into the mix but can't seem myself having several of these in a row. The cream Ale is my favorite from this brewery.

Nov 29, 2015
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D-HopSupreme from Canada ()

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To start, it pours out a deep ruby red color with a large, beige head, that looks a lot like something you would see from a Belgian dark ale. The scent is very deep in dark fruits and light wheat aromas, but without any wild booze scent like a true Belgian dark ale would have. The taste is very bitter on the front end, with an odd, almost cocoa flavored taste. The finish is very smooth, with a fairly odd stale wheat flavor (even though this is best before January 15, 2016). Overall it is definitely a surprise to the palate, but something that isn't too harsh on it. I might buy it on occasion were it not for the fact that I can already get Chimay Bleu where I am, which I think is world's above what this beer is trying to be.

Nov 27, 2015
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haharight from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 473ml can into a Weizen glass

A - Appearance is like black coffee with a tan head, not as much froth as a typical wheat beer
S - Smells of spices, clove, hint of banana...kind of a sugary/sweet smell
T - Mild taste, clove and other spices dominating, banana aftertaste.
F - Low carbonation typical of wheat beer. Not too heavy feeling.
O - I like it, nothing stands out distinctly but it is an easy drinking beer with no complaints. As it's name implies, it's available in the winter and I think it pairs well for a night at home relaxing by the fire.

Nov 13, 2015
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with tan glints at the edges. The head quickly dissipates to a small ring, leaving no lace on the glass. Wheat malt and dark malts and some clove notes in the nose. Rasin bran, cloves, and nutmeg in the first sip. Grainy notes and some chewyness in the back. Hops are very restrained throughout. The mouthfeel is a bit light but somehow treacly with low carbonation for the style. Fruity sweetness and some nutmeg in the light finish.

An OK Dunklweiss, but a bit light in the yeast flavor and malt departments. I probably won't seek this out again.

Nov 05, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes: Dark brown with a slight reddish tint, huge billowing frothy head that recalls Swiss cheese (a few large air bubbles in the matrix). Banana and burnt toffee notes. Hints of cacao and molasses. Earthy and rather bitter. Slight raisin and vanilla. Bruised apples and pears. Is that a whiff of ash? Odd. Shredded wheat note in the finish along with another mineral-like element. Finish lingers. Fairly fizzy. Clove becomes more salient on nose and palate as the beer warms. Fairly hefty body, on the high end of medium but heavy for the style. A few rough edges but oh well. All in all, a rich, flinty, fruity without being overly sweet dunkelweizen well worth one's time.

Apr 12, 2015
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that laced fair well and boasted good rention. The body is a dark with ruby notes that has a slow a steady carbonation to it and a mild haze to it. More lacing and more murk is needed for the 5 though.

Smell: A healthy mix of toasted wheat and barley with a light hint of banana and sweeter caramel. Warming helps the banana come out a little bit more.

Taste: Starts with a caramel banana taste that turns more to the toasted caramel side as the beer goes on ending with a mild earthy note accented by a slight clove touch. It's good but it doesn't scream wow.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is bit too foamy and a while the mild caramel banana with an odd mineral note in the background. The transitioning is decent enough I suppose though. The good out weighs the bad.

Drinkability: Surprisingly hearty and medium bodied. The carbonation seems to leave me a bit belchy. That said, it does quench your thirst, but it's not a summer time drink because you are sweating beer.

Final Thoughts: If I had to use one be to summarize the beer in one word, it would be hearty. It's very much brewed for the winter, as it's heavier taste and abundant malt presence make this a Weiss that sticks to your ribs. That said, I've enjoyed other Dunkelweizen's more then this one, and very much enjoyed Muskoka's Summer Weiss quite a bit more. I still clearly recommend trying it though.

Mar 15, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks nice in the glass - clear, dark, with a bit of darkish head the disappears quickly. The nose leaves no mistake as to the style of this brew - plenty of clove and banana with a bit of yeast for good measure. The taste is remarkably light, with a bit of dark malt and wheat chewiness toward the end. It is remarkably dry, but manages to be quite satisfying.

Jan 25, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark yet clear beer, nice two fingers of off white head. Good eye too a nod inviting looking.

Smell - bananas and clove come to the forefront, but there's a little bit of Christmas baking thrown in for good measure.

Taste - same as the nose with banana clove and some spices dominating. However on the back end there's definitely a healthy wheat flavor, making this a no doubt wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick, yet light bodied, carbonation is medium.

Overall - a very well crafted dunkelweizen, and while not a favourite of the style I certainly wouldn't turn this down if offered. A good showing again by Muskoka.

Nov 17, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, part of the current Muskoka winter mixed-pack. Curious as to what makes this a 'winter' version.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange brick brown colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse streaky and dotted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted wheat grain, dried banana chips, a bit of bruised apple and pear, slightly phenolic yeast, day-old coffee, and a leafy, earthy bitterness. The taste is toasted caramel malt, wheat crackers, banana peel, musty yeast, applesauce, a hint of citric tartness, ethereal cafe-au-lait notes, a hint of wet char, and weak leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plain, sort of fizzy manner, the body an average weight for the style, and perhaps more than a tad thin in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, just, as the roasted wheat and malty graininess slough off most of the yeastiness, to come out of this cleaner than one might have initially expected.

An agreeable enough version of the style, though the idea of calling something 'winter', just because it is a darkened version of one of your bread and butter summer staples, seems kind of tangential at best. Anyways, if you like your dunkelweizens flavourful, but on the light side, this one's for you.

Nov 14, 2014
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Muskoka winter weiss
A- darkbrown with a light lacing
Smell is mildly phenolic with a dark full roast malt. Lemon and fruits.
Taste is lemony, banana, coffee,
Mouthfeel is full creaminess, nutmeg, and some pepper. moderate tingly carbonation, a little fruity phenolic tingle. A full creamy wheat body, mildly sour cherry and tangy tropical fruit mixed with a bit of early winter spices. All around pretty solid and interesting, a bit different.
3.5 3.75 4 4 3.75

Had from the bottle a year later and was quite disappointed, watery metallic feel, downgraded ratings a bit.

Feb 15, 2014
Winter Weiss from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 78 ratings