Muskoka Winter Weiss
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Muskoka Winter WeissMuskoka Winter Weiss
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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #63
Ranked #34,342
3.71 | pDev: 7.01%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Muskoka Winter WeissMuskoka Winter Weiss
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Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

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Photo of joesi
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
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.

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Photo of Electros
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
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.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of speedywinger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Molson2000
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DaPan
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoss76
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
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

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Photo of yergermeister
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muskoka Winter Weiss from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 78 ratings