Muskoka Brewery

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #75
Ranked #24,522
3.84 | pDev: 10.68%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Notes: Seasonally brewed and available in limited quantities, Muskoka Summer Weiss ("vice") is crafted with visions of summer in mind. Unfiltered and naturally hazy by design, the perfect balance of wheat, barley and subtle hopping makes this an intriguingly aromatic, flavourful and sessionable summer wheat beer. To release more flavour, agitate bottle slightly before opening. Cheers to you Summer!
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Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out yellowish and hazy. I did not note much of a smell to it indicating what was to come. Overall I found it too sweet for my liking, but can see it for people (especially women) who do not like a highly hopped beer. To me too sweet and fruity, flavoured with passion fruit and mango, neither of which I particularly like.

Sep 02, 2019
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one comes across as pretending to be a weiss. No subtlety. Too sweet. Very thin-bodied. Classic hefe characteristics come across as a faux cliched attempt. Just doesn't work for me.

Jun 12, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh banana bread. Taste is of bananas, wheat, light spices, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Oct 03, 2016
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JPNesker from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit of a miss. cloyingly sweet throughout. Becomes a palate destroyer as it warms up. Leaving a margin for ingestion of nano- seconds. Beer as existential dare.

Sep 10, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Transparent light yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Sweet banana and clove aromas with a big yeast presence.

T - The yeast shows up first but with an unpleasant flavour profile. Some banana and clove notes come through. A bit messy. The flavours conflict with each other. Unpleasant.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Aug 22, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Hazy Pale Yellow with a lumpy 1 1/2 finger white head with decent retention. No lacing left behind.

S- Banana, Bubblegum, coriander, and cloves. Classic, well balanced Hefe aroma.

T- Wheat Malt with a great backing of Orange Peel. Refreshing.

M- Light Body with Moderate to High Carbonation. This brew feels a little thin but it does add to it's refreshing nature.

O- Solid Hefeweizen. Nothing that really stands out but that's what makes this brew and others similar so great. No frills with excellent drinkability.

Jul 05, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of a surprisingly solid mix 12. Bananas and bubblegum, with wheat and bread notes; next to no head retention. The body is a little thin, but overall enjoyable. A very good hefeweizen. I'll be buying more

Jun 27, 2015
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utopiajane from New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours perfect banana yellow. Hazy and lightly milky. White head that did not last. Nose is a bouquet of crisp wheat,banana and clove. A hint of bubblegum. It has a seductive but restrained herbal in the background. Taste is wheat , a little bread, thin body and a citrusy back note to the mid palate. The clove and spice stays balanced in the drink and so does the banana. That herbal is a lightness in the drink. Carbonation is active. Finishes a touch thin and with no real bitterness from hops. A light malt resonance and the fruit lingers a bit . Nice!

Jun 13, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely pleasant, for the style. If this is your style, it's worth a go. Plenty of peach, pear and spice in this beer. I could see myself enjoying a couple of these, or using them to add flavour to cooking.

Jun 10, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can into nonic pint. enjoy before 02 sep 15. consumed on june 1, 2015

a: slightly hazy pale yellow with just over a finger of almost-white head

s: fresh bread, weak overripe bananas, slight bubblegum notes. just yeasty in general

t: huge bubblegum notes and lesser overripe bananas. wheaty bready malts emerge mid-palate but take a backseat to the lingering aforementioned flavours. finishes yeasty with no bitterness. lemon notes and more malt come out as the beer warms

m: nice light body with prickly medium carbonation

o: nothing overly interesting here but it's a tasty, truly-summer beer. let it warm up a bit

Jun 01, 2015
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden coloured, aroma of bananas and a little bubblegum, this is just what a hefeweizen should be. The taste is better than most. These guys have really upped their game in recent years, in my opinion.

Oct 15, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Purchased as a single at the LCBO served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well but pours no head. Unfiltered

S- Yeast

T- Smoke! Lightly smoked beer. Guess in Muskoka away from civilization the fire constantly burns! LOL

M- Ok at best. This one is watery.

O- Ok but not great. If I could break up my ratings you would see that taste was high but smell poor

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with....... BBQ hamburgers


Aug 24, 2014
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BeerWatcher from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light straw colour with considerable carbonation. Very thin, quickly dissipating white head. Aromas are heavy on bananas, with some definite clove presence, and some wheat. Tastes are of bananas, cloves, citrus. Overall, this is a very refreshing, light summer brew.

Jul 16, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. A cloudy bright yellow color, almost banana peel-like with rampant quick-breaking white bubbles. Aroma is strong wheat malt, a bit rank and spicy with banana esters that manage to come across more like those foamy banana 5-cent candies than the legit article, generic nondescript citrus rind, and brown spice. Palate features more of the banana gummy flavor, clove, white bread, and citrus that evolves from lemon to orange. More sour and tangy that many weizens although the tell-tale flavors are present. Maybe I should rate the flavor a little higher but the heavy carbonation and watery body left me wanting. Finish is overly crisp and not enough of the yeast lingers. Certainly has some merit but usually Muskoka provides a more satisfying offering.

May 07, 2014
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This review is from notes from August.

Pours clear pale gold (very little haze to speak of) with a big, patchy head that immediately recedes to a ring. Citrus, cloves and banana in the nose. Crisp wheat malt and cookie dough mingle with cloves and fruity esters. Wet grains and some slight vegetal flavors in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate, lively carbonation. Light hop bitterness and fruitiness in the short finish.

A decent Hefe. Could have more nuance and flavor intensity, but it covers all the bases of the style - fruity, estery, crisp. Worth a try.

Nov 16, 2013
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randallpink from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in: weizen

A - a pale yellow colour that looks slightly darker than most hefes. also less cloudy than most typical hefe's i've tried. one finger worth of head that doesn't stick around as long as most hefe's but laces well none the less.

S - nice hints of banana and spicy aromas, the two things i love most about Hefe's! i can also smell a slight hint of citrus in there.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. Lots of banana flavour and the citrus becomes more prominent (orange most likely). The spice isn't as prominent in the taste but its perfect for my liking! i can also see why some might think the taste doesn't live up to the smell, but either way i'm loving it.

M - slightly more carbonated than i expected (just perfect for me) and feels great on the tongue. very refreshing and goes down a lot smoother than i expected it too because of the carbonation. a light taste for sure with little alcohol coming through.

O - a great beer from Muskoka! i've really come to love their beers recently and this one did not dissapoint. hefe's are my favourite type of beer so i usually have high expectations and this one did just what i wanted it too! i recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it as it is more than worth a try and could easily become one of my "go-to" summer beers.

Aug 01, 2013
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A white head on a hazy apricot. Good head retention.

Mild fruit smells. Tastes of banana and clove. Very mild bready yeast. A mildly spicy finish with a very slight sour twist.

Vey smooth. Medium light body. Very good on tap. An understated but well-crafted Weisse.

Jul 29, 2013
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%

355 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.00 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Opaque golden beer capped by a finger of the white fluffy stuff. While not clear it is clearer than many hefeweizens. Few bubbles are visible.

Smell - Big nose of banana and some clove maybe a few other spices too.

Taste - Big banana flavor, significantly sweeter than other sin the style. A little bit of clove and even pepper, but still fruit is king here.

Mouthfeel - Full, yet not overfull feel, well carbonated , nicely balanced and slightly dry finish.

Overall - A good Canadian hefeweizen that is solid and relatively affordable, but can't quite stand up with the German giants. Still, if obsessed with drinking local, this is a great but.

Jul 12, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, part of a two-pack, readily available almost everywhere here in Alberta.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden hue, with a tumultuous boil of thinly foamy, billowy white head, which settles at a snail's waiting room pace, eventually rendering some attractive chainmail fence lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, semi-sweet toasted bready wheat malt, a touch of caramelized barley, sharp banana phenols, somewhat astringent earthy yeast, and some mild leafy, musty hops. The taste is sweet bready wheat malt up front and in your face, followed timidly by some banana loaf notes, restrained edgy yeast, and more nicely hovering leafy green hops.

The bubbles are a tad frothy, but generally even and supportive, the body an assured medium weight, for the style, of course, and actually rather smooth, with only a tiny snag from the yeast. It finishes off-dry, the various malts still running the show, with the attendant fruitiness, and a bit of lingering banana and clove esters.

A decent Weiss, I can agree on that - big and malty, but with just enough spice and yeast to keep things in a nice Canadian order, i.e., one where you would gladly step politely around someone to get another. Heady and flavourful patio beer, for lake country and beyond.

Aug 30, 2012
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korguy123 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle into weizen glass.

A- Hazy pale yellow with a three finger snow white, foamy head. Lacing is good.

S- Typical hefe aromas of bananas, cloves, coriander and a little lemon rind and pear.

T- Bright citrus, lemon rind, banana, spicy yeast and some cloves and cinnamon.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

Aug 20, 2012
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale straw with two fingers of bubbly frothy head.

Smell- Yeast, banana, clove, spicy aromas

Taste- Banana and clove come in nicely with the yeast and the spicy characteristic. There is a breadiness to this brew and faint grassy hops and grainy malts are present. The beer finishes wet.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant smoothness.

Overall- An enjoyable Hefeweizen by Muskoka. This beer stays true to the characteristics of the style. The banana and clove are not too overpowering which is good. This beer is definitely good for a hot summer Albertan day!

Aug 10, 2012
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very cloudy straw golden, tall soapy white head dissipated slowly and unevenly leaving considerable random lacing
S - strong sour citrus, coriander, and bready grainy malt
T - similar to the nose but with the grainy malt more prominent, finishing with a herbal and bready flavour
M - light and well carbonated, creamy and refreshing, finishing somewhat bready
O - tis the season for hefe and this one is crafted for hot day outdoor sipping, not top of the class but better than average and worth a bomber or two

Jul 22, 2012
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

Beer is cloudy golden with a big, smooth snow-white head. Good retention, little lacing.

Banana, wheat and bready malt, clove all in the nose. A bit of bubblegum. Classic hefe and nice.

Taste is similar. Clove is prominent, with a creamy, doughy, bready malt base. Banana. Bubblegum.

Medium bodied, creamy, bready. Heavy for a hefe. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, very good. Great on a hot day.

Jun 29, 2012
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to peensteen for the hook-up on this bad boy...

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of big bubled head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sweet cloves, bananas, orange citrus, some musty caramel and a lingering bitter citrus rind.

T - Loaded with flavour with the cloves and banana notes continuing to dominate. A bold wheat flavour lingers on the tongue alongside some sweet tangerine and a hint of grassy hops.

M - Light bodied ale that fills the mouth, but goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty hefe and a must try for any fan of the style. It is indeed a perfect summer ale and I'm super glad I was able to grab a few bottles.

Jun 28, 2012
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL swing-top bottle from the LCBO; 2012 vintage. I love this time of year for various reasons - and the fact that there is no shortage of wheat beers on shelves right now is a significant one. Rolled the bottle a bit before opening, as per instructions, and served only slightly chilled.

Pours a sunny golden-yellow colour - foggy, but not murky or totally opaque like some hefes. Highly effervescent - and with one impressive pillowy white head. I had to pour my pint slowly over a period of minutes so that it wouldn't erupt out of the glass - sort of like a delicious baking soda volcano. When it finally does settle into a rocky, one-finger head, the glass is caked in lacing. The aroma is great as well - yeasty with lots of banana, peach, apricot esters and some light citrus. Good wheat malt backbone with some grassy hops underlying it all, but not much clove. Still, it's pretty enticing so far.

The taste does not disappoint at all. Wheat malt sweetness and the yeastiness provide a firm backbone for the variety of fruity flavours. Banana is probably the most prominent one, but I would also mention the orange peel, ripe pear and juicy apricot, as well as an understated clove spiciness. A bit chewy for a 5%er, with a yeasty, slightly dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with spritzy carbonation that helps cut through the chew - just the way I like my hefes. Relatively light mouthfeel for the style, but the improved drinkability vs. other examples is noted.

[Updated June 3 2017]

Tallboy can from the LCBO - glad to see they've finally settled on this format, which is much better than the goofy 750 mL swing-tops, or even the six-packs. I compared this beer side-by-side with a couple other hefes (namely, Side Launch Wheat and Ayinger's Brau Weisse) to see if it really deserves the relatively high grade that I originally gave it. Still quite banana-forward, with spicy yeast at the finish.

I don't like to reduce grades, but the fact of the matter is that both palates and beers themselves can change over the course of 5 years - and my palate has developed to the point where I don't really think that Muskoka's Summerweiss is on par with the big names out of Germany. It's still good - just not as great as I used to think.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+

Jun 22, 2012
Summerweiss from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 168 ratings