Summerweiss Tropical Wheat
Muskoka Brewery

Summerweiss Tropical WheatSummerweiss Tropical Wheat
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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #394
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
82
Ranked #34,567
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 10.14%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
18
From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
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Summer
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Summerweiss Tropical WheatSummerweiss Tropical Wheat
Notes: Seasonally brewed and available in limited quantities, Summerweiss Tropical Wheat is crafted with visions of summer in mind. Naturally hazy by design, the perfect balance of mango and passion fruit makes this an aromatic and sessionable wheat beer.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BigGruntyThirst:
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of ikidunot
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant hazy peach colour, good sized head reduced to a ring, good initial lace. Nice fruity nose complimented by fruity hops. Appetizing. Fruity mouthful, some bite from the wheat in the background. Sweet, then bitter metallic. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Nov 27 2018 and served barely chilled. I've had a few cans of this over the last several months, which has given me a little more time to consider this one than usual.

Pours a cloudy, translucent, medium golden colour, topped off by a layer of bubbly, foamy white head that starts off about a finger thick, then fades away within the next five minutes. A frothy collar and filmy cap survive on, with only a scant smattering of lace having been left behind. On the nose, mango and passion fruit wind up taking the lead roles, with hints of strawberry, pineapple, kiwi and orange juice contributing to this hefe's rather fruity bouquet. Faint suggestions of banana ester and wheat malts can hardly be discerned.

Tastes fruity, though not quite as fruit-centric as the aroma first seemed to suggest - there's some bready wheat malt sweetness raring to go right off the bat, which provides enough beer-like scaffolding to stop this from tasting like a straight up fruit brew. Banana esters blend together with the mango and passion fruit, while juicy notes of citrus and pineapple are strewn about within; next, hints of clove spice and bubblegum precede a fleeting aftertaste of banana and mango. Light-medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide a gentle bite; the mouthfeel is mostly smooth, and its drinkability is quite high.

Final Grade: 3.89, a B+. Muskoka's Summerweiss Tropical Wheat ain't too shabby at all. As far as summer patio refreshers go, I think this variant has its older sibling beat - ironically enough, I will likely end up buying this more than I bought their old Summerweiss, even though its predecessor is undeniably a better example of a traditional German weissbier. This one just fits into a different niche entirely - being a light, refreshing, quasi-fruit beer perfect for oppressively hot weather - whereas Summerweiss 1.0 was up against at least a half-dozen other, excellent imported German hefeweizens. Worth a spin, unless you despise fruit in beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml can - so they've upped the ante with their annual Summerweiss, by jumping on the tropical fruit bandwagon, I see.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy cloud form lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of duh, tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, and kiwi), grainy and bready cereal malt, a faint yeastiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a more muddled exotic fruitiness, some 'weissy' banana and generic earthy spice notes, and a still rather tame leafy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-challenging frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of yeast and hop acridity taking things down a notch or two here. It finishes trending dry, the spice and yeast continuing their late-game run to reclaim their place.

Overall - this comes across as a capably rendered version of the style, with an extra little somethin' somethin' in the sexy fruit additions. Easy to put back, refreshing, and a pleasant surprise on a very summery mid-May afternoon. Worth checking out, fo sho.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A cloudy yellow body that shows ample carbonation, which sadly didn't go with the half finger of head that immediately vanished and did not lace at all.

Smell: Tropical is right, as Passionfruit, Guava and mango come forward on this one. It has a good potency to it and some variety. It also didn't need warming to come out of it's shell. Still, worrisome I'm not picking up any traditional beer smells, save maybe a hint of clove.

Taste: It doesn't taste like beer, it tastes more like tropical fruit punch with the wrong base. Passionfruit and mango start us off before the beer and the mango sticks around as a touch of orange and pineapple comes forward and then ends with a wheat snap, a touch of vanishing guava and a slight metallic twang.

Mouthfeel: Points get deducted for the lack of head, the transitioning was decent but I'm left looking for when the beer is going to arrive. That metal twang thankfully doesn't linger, but the wheat aspect leaves a dry aftertaste and seems to be the focus. The whole experience comes off as slightly more acidic then a beer should be, but less acidic then a fruity cocktail would be.

Drinkability: It's light bodied, which it should be, but that dry wheat end seems to betray it. This is very much a summer drinker, because I can't see when else I'd want to drink this. Nothing repulsive, but nothing that's drawing me into it.

Final Thoughts: This beer was disappointing for several reasons. The first is Muskoka used to have an awesome plain, banana punch Hefe they used to make before they released the great, but not as great Summer Weiss. Now they've taken another step back with this line in my eyes. The second reason, is that it is fundamentally a fruit beer. Whenever I encounter beers like this, I have to ask, why would I drink this instead of either Cider, or a Cocktail, or Spiked Juice? What beer aspect do you need to work for you to make this offering work? Here it's the bizarre wheat twang, that makes what should be a summer refresher into...well something less refreshing. Add to the fact I'm not a big fan of Guava or Passionfruit, it just doesn't do it for me. Let me state, I wouldn't refuse this beer, but I wouldn't buy this again. Please bring back your old Summerweiss Muskoka, or even better your old Hefe. This one's a miss.

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Photo of achepil
2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - passionfruit, mango, bready malts, banana, clove, spicy hops, hint of bubblegum, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Passionfruit and mango upfront. The bready malts and spicy hops come through next. The banana and clove are there but are lost in translation by the dominant flavours from the passionfruit and mango. The hint of bubblegum and earthy yeast finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the fruits, spices, and yeast lingering.

Overall - An agreeable and refereshing Hefe that displays the passionfruit and mango to a tee. Some minor adjustments would make this a true stand out but still worth a try.

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

Photo of Bf_89
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. An LCBO purchase for around $3.25 CDN. Spring has finally arrived and with it, a tropical hefe is released.

Appearance - Cloudy golden beer. Rich orange hues, plenty of frothy white head, lasting power and some streaks of lacing as it recedes. A little sediment forms towards the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Tropical is right with mango and guava (and possibly papaya, I get them a little mixed up sometimes) all combining with a dense and grainy malt backbone. Unexpectedly aromatic, it certainly hits tropical notes.

Taste - A little more watery than the nose would suggest, some creamy wheat flavors, a touch of the banana and clove although quite muted for the style with the tropical fruit also not playing a big role. One of those beers with lots going on, but everything seems to cancel each other out and ends a little watery. Banana mango sings a little more as the beer warms leaning towards too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and creamy, dense body, not the lightest drinking with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A nice little summer treat, the sort of beer I'd enjoy 1 of but probably wouldn't go back for another. The nose is the highlight, combining the magic of a hefe with banana, a touch of clove and tropical fruit which being rather natural smelling. Worth a try and I certainly thing a few BA's might find themselves surprised by this beer.

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Photo of Simon212
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange body with a half inch creamy white head. The nose is fresh with ripe peach and apricot, along with some pineapple and bubblegum. On the palate, the addition of fruit presents a mild tartness while the hops and wheat maintain dryness, with a finish of pineapple juice and mango. Good beer, but personally I’m still not sure if fruit and beer are a perfect match in North American styles yet.

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Photo of ewpass
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon yellow with a decent soapy head. Tropical fruit nose. Medium wheaty body with solid fruit notes. Solid feel, satisfying summer brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I brought a can of this back from when I was in Ontario for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a hazy orangish with no head and no lace. The scent had a very subtle tropical fruit presence. The taste was nicely balanced an easy to drink with ripe fruit base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an ok beer.

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Summerweiss Tropical Wheat from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 18 ratings