Muskoka Summer Weiss | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Summer WeissMuskoka Summer Weiss

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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by liamt07 on 03-25-2011

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint at C'Est What. Arrives a hazy golden, a couple shades darker than your average per style.

Nose is HEAVY on the banana, hint of cloves and phenols and something herbal. Pretty sweet smelling. Nice though.

Taste is too unbalanced for me - loads of banana, light bandaid phenols, spicy clove in the finish with a nice herbal coriander quality, lightly floral. On the sweet side of things, way too hefty of a body for the style, makes it seem even more muddled. A pint was enough for me, I wouldn't revisit. I know I'm in the majority but I enjoyed the previous incarnation better, more balanced and drinkable.

Second try: At The Only, heavy on the cloves and banana with a decidedly medicinal (aspirin) and bandaid note in the finish which increases with time. Really not digging this offering.

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Photo of
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours bright yellow with a slight haze and a finger of white head that disspates very quickly. Fairly clear for the style.

Smell - the dominant aroma here is banana supported by a touch of clove and a tiny hint of citrus. Pleasant with no off smells, but fairly one dimensional.

Taste - sweet flavours of malt and banana with a mineral finish.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of JPNesker
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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


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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden colour. Two finger white head that snap, crackle, pops away fast. Lot's of carbonation. Very little head retention and no lacing. Just barely average.

S - Sweet spice, yeast orange combo is quite good. Very strong smelling. All mixed in well so no one element wins out. Spice seems to take a slight back seat here. Strong bubblegum note also.

T - Citrus and yeast really dominate with spice being pushed to the wayside. Orange and pear strongly come to mind.

M - Good carbonation and a definate medium, slightly creamy body. Very smooth.

O/D - A quality hefe. I can't say it's great but it's what it should be. Needs a yeastier character I think but it's good for the Summer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in a trade with liamt07. Cheers!

Tasted in July 2011.

Tasting notes: The color is golden yellow. Little head. Big bottle, so the first pour is clear. A little bit surprising. The second glass is slightly veiled. I would expect more haziness here. The aroma is fruity (orange and citrus). The smell is refreshing and inviting. Taste is fruity with some cloves. Dominated by fruits (oranges). The mouthfeel is very carbonated. Dry. Refreshing. Thin body. This is tasty and refreshing for the summer hot days. I like it. Thanks Liam.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in weizen glass.

Look (3.5) - pours a golden-straw color (about 3-4*SRM). Clarity is a bit more than I'd expect from a Hefe. Head is good, rising to abolut two fingers and falling to a good, thick cap that really lasts. No real lacing. Good carbonation is visible.

Smell (4) - The nose is really good for the style. Some strong wheat graininess of the front. Both the banana and the clove yeast aromatics are present, leaning a bit more to the spiciness (which I really like).

Taste (3.5) - The flavor is good as well, but just a bit too light for my liking (very similar to Mein-Grunes from Schneider-Weiss). The balance has a lot more wheat flavor than on the nose. The yeast profile could have been a little stronger and lasted a bit more into the finish. Minimal hop profile.

Feel (4) - Lighter body with higher carbonation. The high carbonation dries out the finish a bit for me, which is good given that the wheat flavor lasts a bit longer.

Very, very drinkable, with a light flavor. A good example of the style, but I'm a bigger fan of a hefe with a stronger yeast profile on the palate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml swingtop bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with two fingers of eggshell head. Okay retention but no lacing.

S: Smells of banana, yeast, juicy fruit gum.

T: Quite a bit of banana flavour but not overly sweet. Tastes good but somehow I wish there was "more".

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with fine and lively carbonation.

D: Drinkability seems pretty good.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of phirleh
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer comes in a 750ml swingtop bottle, perfect size to share, or just enjoy by one's self. Beer appears with a frothy white head, bubbling with a hazy straw colour. Smell is of banana, wheat malt and yeast. Taste is spicy, refereshing and citrusy, hints of clove. Mouthfeel is light, frothy and dry. Overall, this is quite the weiss coming out of Ontario, a great local brew for the summer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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Photo of Roke87
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL swing top bottle, chilled and poured into a weizen glass.
best before date: August.1/2011

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden amber colour with a miniscule pinky finger worth of bubbly white head that very quickly, almost immediately dissipates into nothing, not even any ring around the glass what so ever. Very lively carbonation from the looks of it, especially when it is first poured wow, and no lacing on the glass either to speak of.

Smell- Has a very typical hefeweizen smell to it, lots of clove and spice notes immediately dominate the nose, some very nice fruity aromas also coming through very strong in this one and almost takes over, I get almost a banana smell coming through. Typical yeast aromas and a mild touch of orange peel in there as well.

Taste- The clove and spice aromas really come through more on the palate and those nice fruity smells really take a back seat on the taste department, although they are still there, you really have to almost search for them if you will. Again typical hefe tastes with the yeast in there as well, and the orange peel does come through a bit more in the tastes as well, also I am getting a weird almost metallic taste every now and again, maybe I should have cracked this one sooner?

Mouthfeel- Definitely medium bodied with ample carbonation to it, goes down somewhat smooth and crisp and finishes dry.

Overall- Not too shabby, Very impressed by Muskoka’s offerings this year thus far, they are really turning themselves slowly into one of Ontario premium craft breweries. The smells are actually very nice and a pleasant change to the usual hefeweizen’s that are out there, really like the fruity banana aromas coming from this one. Although to be honest the smells don’t really translate into the taste, and the tastes come through very lacking in my opinion although nothing too bad. I would drink this one again if I was really in the mood for a hefe, but for the price it might almost be better to just pick up a quality European hefe.

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Photo of scott451
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unfiltered dirty yellow haze,and that is appealing. four inches of head. This is wheat, this is the style. Orange citrus, much bannana, some cloves, much funky yeast in the finish. Carbonation is right there and builds up, becoming harsh, slightly taking away from enjoyment and the mouthfeel is lighter that I would expect. Much spider lacing down the glass. Good until August 2011, this is a couple days into the LCBO and taste very fresh. Very drinkable, I surprisingly finished most of the bomber. Overall, a good one not to be missed.

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Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange colour, minimal white soapy head, no lacing on the glass. Smell is of banana, yeast, slight citrus, candy like notes and fresh bread. Taste is clean and yeasty, banana, citrus, orange, light candy sweetness and a semi dry finish. Light mouthfeel and slightly watery, good carbonation though, could use a little weight overall though. Very solid brew, refreshing and pleasant, I will be picking up a few more of these when it gets warmer.

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