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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

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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54
Ratings:
158
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
17.22%
 
 
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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 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a lightly hazy dirty orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of bubblegum and banana is very nice. Taste is also a nice mix between some banana bread and bubblegum 3ith some quite delectable wheat malt. Body is about average with great carbonation. Very well done with some really interesting ester.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

S - Lots of wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.great wheat, earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop. Light enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

Superb, I could drink this all day long, the flavor and feel combine to make a perfect summer taste, great hot weather drinker.

Overall this was a damn fine hefe.

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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 liamt07
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml swingtop. My understanding is that this is a reworking of the Hefe they had going in cans for a while, but they've made this a seasonal release instead with a few recipe tweaks. Best before August 1, 2011.

Pours a pale orange, with a finger of bubbly white head that leaves minimal retention and lace. Lots of carbonation evident in the body; unfiltered. Nose holds banana, alot of bubblegum, wheat and maybe a touch of spice. Taste is quite nice, full bodied banana, wheat and bubblegum are clear again, and contrary to what I had anticipated based on the appearance, the carbonation is only evident near the end of the mouthfeel. This was a great drinker, and this could become a staple this summer. One of the best hefeweizens I've had from this province. Great work Muskoka!

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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 biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My weizen glass looks like a science center exhibit. The fury of these bubbles is fantastic: they attack the solid, studded surface like seething flames but are actually bounced from it and left to bobble there momentarily before finally being able to amalgamate into the big bed of foam. The bright, golden beer actually looks like a children's ball pit.

Muskoka could not have gotten much closer to the mark they aimed to hit - this thing seems every bit as German as Volkswagen or Lederhosen, despite that it's not even brewed on the same continent! There isn't much spice in the nose, but mushed bananas and traces of vanilla are noted, also a very perceivable tangy lemony flavour.

Some German weiss beers have a lot of clove and spiciness, others are more fruity and tout notes of banana and bubblegum - this one does both. Tiny, red-hot phenols - courtesy of a bona fide German yeast strain - lightly singe the tongue with a fresh pepper zest. Ramped-up carbonation intensifies this with prickling, sharp-toothed bubbles.

On the other hand, ample wheat malt has ensured a mouthfeel that is lusciously creamy, an ideal habitat in which drops of sweet vanilla and over-ripening banana can thrive. It is these flavours, and not the clove-like spice, that persevere in the aftertaste. Lemony, citrus acidity is splashed in there too. Bitterness, as you'd expect, is virtually omitted.

If I had to choose only ten brands of beer to drink for the rest of my life, I think at least two of them would probably be weizens. I love this distinctive, refreshing style and its consumption has become an integral part of my spring and summer rituals. Muskoka's is a very pleasant, credible example and it's something I'm sure I'll be buying again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a massive size fizzy off-white coloured head. There seems to be an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also quite a bit of yeast taste and some cloves. I also picked up on a bit of a metallic flavour too. The beer finishes with a grainy lemon/banana aftertaste.

Overall – A pretty decent effort once again from Muskoka, they are quickly becoming one of my favourite Ontario brewers. I wouldn't mind if the beer had a little bit more of a fruitiness and a little less carbonation, but other than that it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swinging pop top poured into tulip May16,2011

A cloudy golden orange that's cloudy enough that I can't see the bubbles, they do however spawn a fast falling two finger bone white head that leaves zero lace

S banana, dry cereal, lemon and some yeasty spice and some very faint soap

T some bubblegum comes out and there's just a little more earthy spice then I could smell, somehow everything mingles just right and this is what I think the stereotypical Hefe should taste like, the bananas just a little bruised compared to the smell but I always liked my banana just a little overripe anyways

M light and fluffy due to a decent amount of carbonation, lingering flavors stick to my lips well after the liquids in my tummy

O When I visualize a Hefe I think of a big ass, hard to fit into my over sized glass, top hat of foam that just lasts forever, this was not that beer. Other then the look of this one everything else was exactly what I look for in this style

Another kick ass Hefe from Central Canada, that's right Ontario your not Eastern Canada from where I sit in Alberta. (got in a fight today with a dude from Ontario who didn't believe me that there's more Provinces East of Ontario then West of it) And when I say "Another" I suppose I'm referring to Denison's and that's the only other I can think of. Thanks liamt07 for sending me this hidden gem and knocking yet another want off my list

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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 papat444
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Generous off-white head tops a faintly cloudy yellow body. Good retention and average lacing.

Smell: Bubblegum, bread, strong cloves, banana and plump fruit. Nice & full.

Taste: Bready dough, overripe bananas, strong wheat tones, plump orange and spices. Light on the citrus. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Feels oddly flat a little at first. Other than that, full and smooth.

Overall: A good flavorful beer. Body was a bit weird at first but got used to it. An overall strong showing.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange colour that starts out with huge head. The head dissipates very quickly, no real lacing. Smells of banana, with lots of citrus and some wheat malt. Nice sweet flavour with a hint if bitterness. Aftertaste of banana and oranges. I really enjoyed the old hefe from Muskoka, but I think I prefer this one.

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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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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 thehyperduck
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Muskoka's Summer Weiss is a superb hefe; nailing most of the things I like about the style, but with a few added twists that give it a unique, memorable character. I skipped out on Muskoka's winter seasonal (Winter Beard), but I am sort of regretting that after seeing the quality of this one. Oh well, the seasons change - to everything turn, turn, turn and all that nonsense. Turn your vehicle into the parking lot of your local LCBO and pick this one up while you still can.

[Updated June 14 2014]

This brew made the move to six-packs last year, which I think is probably a better format than two giant bottles in an awkward cardboard container. I picked a pack up to see if this hefe still stands strong amongst my favourite examples of the style - and for the most part, it still does. This is one of the better Canadian-made traditional wheat beers I've tried over the years, and even though it's not the best hefe in the world it's still very easy to like (and drink!).

Final Grade: 4.20, an A-.

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Photo of SebD
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spices, oranges, citrusy fruit and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice orange burst with some banana, citrusy fruit and a bit of bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Props to Muskoka Brewery for this great summer beer.

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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 mick303
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instructed to agitate bottle before opening it. 2012 Vintage. Pours a really solid head of foam, dies down with good lacing, and a lot of carbonation here. Colour is hazy as expected, a murky medium gold.

Nice aromas of ripe wheat, refreshing fruit, bit of malt as well, distinct and inviting.

Initial taste is strong and of fruit with orange and a bit of straw-like background. Some sweetness too, but its well-balanced. Really flavourful. Enjoy it a lot.

Mouthfeel is remarkably robust, its not full bodied, but definitely got a strong presence, quite carbonated. Finishes really nicely, refreshing.

This is a quality weiss, distinct and very exciting and flavourful.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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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 allergictomacros
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What? Summer already?

A - Lightly hazed gold with a good head of brittle white foam.

S - Lots of lemon, light cloves, and faint banana. Good dose of wheaty/yeastiness.

T - Huge banana amongst an otherwise soft wheatiness. Fairly sweet, only barely bitter and kinda fruity.

M - A bit heavy handed on the fizz. Moderate-light body.

D - I like this. Easy drinking and good flavour.

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Photo of leaddog
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Muskoka Summer Weiss from Muskoka Brewery
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