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Muskoka Winter Weiss | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Winter WeissMuskoka Winter Weiss

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by SebD on 11-28-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Photo of joesi
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 cam477
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MJ63
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 tdm168
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Powers30
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

A nice creamy smooth subtle beer. Nose has banana, cloves, and other spices. Taste follows. Quite lovely.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zrroot
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeGa
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigBry
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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