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Great Lakes Miami WeissGreat Lakes Miami Weiss

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 04-19-2010

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 77
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What Spring Festival.Unfiltered grapefruit look, with white lacing. Good grapefruit aromas. Wheaty hoppy beer. Decent mouthfeel and taste, drinkability. Like the Imperial HefeWeiss, just a step down. However the continued upward trend for the brewery.

better in most recent bottling, with creamier mouthfeel and more apparent bitterness.
Even better on cask at the LCBO public release. Orange aroma, smooth not not thick. Much carbonation for a cask.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is a bit surprising and leaves little room for the wheat notes. Taste is a mix between some citrus and piney notes with quite a bitter character mix in with a pale wheat malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not as much wheat malt as I would have liked but nice too see a light beer with loads of character.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beerbistro

Poured a cloudy yellow/orange colour with two fingers of creamy white head.

Crisp bitter cirtus hops on the nose with grapefruit and orange notes.

The taste follows the nose with crisp bitter citrus hops that have hints of grapefruit and tangerine. Very little in terms of wheat ale characteristics in this one, just tastes like a straight up pale ale. There is a bitterness that lingers in the finish with this one, which becomes a little bit too noticeable as I continue to drink this.

Light body, light mouth feel.

An excellent beer. Reminds me of FFF Gumballhead and almost the same quality.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, originally inspired by the Project X creation from a ways back. 650ml into a tulip.

Pours a mildly hazy orange-yellow, with a nice fat white head atop. Huge sticky lace and fantastic retention. Nose is huge orange and citrus notes, Amarillo distinctly. Some light pine, and peripheral honey and wheat notes are slightly detectable. Touch of peach and tropical fruitiness. Taste is more recognizable as a pale wheat ale, as big wheat notes hit the palate with a continued hop presence as per the nose - more orange and a touch of peach. Dry, grainy and wheaty. Body is quite light and there's some moderate carbonation here, some bitterness in the finish and a definite drying sensation. Some chewiness. Nice stuff, and quite drinkable at the ABV. An interesting cross between what feels like a pale wheat ale and a lighter IPA. Glad I've got a few more in the fridge.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bright, clear beer could certainly take its talents to South Beach; anything this golden-yellow, with rhythmic bubbles and sunny disposition, looks ideal for a warm-weather climate. Condensation on the glass even emulates the Floridian humidity. It has a respectable level of head that leaves a token level of lace.

The brewery admits that this isn't technically a Weiss - good thing too, because if they hadn't I'd have nailed them for it. It has none of the fruity or clove-y yeast characteristics of that German style... but fortunately it does have a wee bit of the bitter, lemony features of American wheat beers. Still, it leaves much to be desired.

I'd like to be saying "Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga, I know you cant control yourself any longer", but truth be told, Miami Weiss (this bottled batch of it, anyhow) is a fairly pedestrian American-style wheat beer. It tastes of malted wheat, with a bit of biscuity barley malt, and has an underlying canned pineapple hoppiness.

Unlike its Project-X predecessor variations, this lacks in hop depth. Its bitterness is grassy and only minimally candied or fruity. Technically, though, it is a flawlessly brewed beer, albeit a little too simple in the flavour compartment. The finish is dry and plain (like crackers), with a rough bitterness and nothing to make you say "ay papi!"

Great Lakes Miami Weiss is like the Miami Dolphins - a once great franchise that has been reduced to mediocrity, unable to compete within its division. Tremendous packaging aside, this current beer doesn't come close to its inspired recipe and can't walk the strip with the likes of other, more celebrity American-style wheat ales. Final verdict: a B-Lister.

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times now... about time I reviewed it.

A: Hazy, golden bronze, white head, good retention lace.

S: Huge amarillo hop aroma with some nice tropical fruity esters.

T: Plenty of leafy hop goodness, but I think it could use a touch more 'flavour' hops to round it out. It just doesn't have the same depth as a Gumball head. Good bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body has a light acidity and a dry finish.

D: Hell of a drinker.

This is a great American wheat, and a very sessionable strength.

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

650ml Bottle

Appearance – Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. As well, there is a huge blast of citrus. Lemons, grapefruits, and oranges.. all great just not what i was expecting when I bought a wheat beer. (I didn't read the blurb on the back of the bottle) It finishes with a hoppy citrus aftertaste.

Overall – If you like west coast IPA's, then you will like this 'wheat' beer for sure. As someone esle stated, it kind of like a lightened up Crazy Canuck.. maybe with a tough more citrus. It actually reminded me of the Lagunita's Lil Sumpin Sumpin pale wheat ale. Anyways, it's a tasty beer that I will buy a few more bottles of for sure.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Weiss glass from notes

A hazy golden orange with as many bubbles as one could fit in a glass, large 3 finger bone white head retains very well, slowly falling to an island leaving lost of random lace

S very citrus and tropical, slight floral aspect and a little West Coast forest mixed in there, very nice stuff

T faint rind and toffee but the tropical notes have faded but piney resin has increased

M light and fluffy with a little left behind trying to turn my mouth inside-out

O not in the slightest what I expected, perhaps I should have read the bottle before busting out the foot tall Weiss Glass

big flavors for a low booze offering this would make a sick session, the smell alone should have you looking for this one
Thanks liamt07 for shipping this my way

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured a golden colour that was bright and very effervescent. Three finger fluffy white head with sticky lacing and a half finger of retention.

S - Straight hops. Citric and slightly spicy with lemon and grapefruit coming through in a big way.

T - Very aggressive with the hops. No sign of yeast or wheat. Simply hops to me. Citrus and resinous, less spicy.

M - Light body with a fairly bitter finish and strong carbonation. Really, really smooth.

O/D - A little confused on the wheat aspect. It's very, very hop forward. A nice take on a typically boring style but maybe over-hopped? Either way I liked it.

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Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (love the label!) and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Mountains of foam (4-5 fingers) than settles to less than 2 before disappearing. Body is a dirty yellow, like hay.

Smell: Hops, tangerine, citrus rinds and grapefruit.

Taste: Pink grapefruit, lots of citrus and almost no wheat. Bitterness is sustained but it feels like one note.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, strong upfront but doesn't carry through in the end. In like a lion, out like a lamb...

Overall: Taste like it smells which is hops. Not really a wheat ale. I sound like i'm ragging on it but i did enjoy it. It's just short of great.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to peensteen for the suggestion and hook-up on this one.

A - Pours a chunky golden hazy colour, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, hint of pine, musty wheat and a touch of caramel corn.

T - Certainly more hoppy off the top with the citrus earthy pine notes dominating, some cedar, mandarin and wheat all come through on the finish. A slight bitterness lingers alongside toasted grain notes.

M - Good body carbonation, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - What a gem. A hopped up wheat ale that packs loads of flavour and is certainly one of the better Ontario brews I've had to date. Most hop heads would appreciate this one.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is golden in colour. Moderately cloudy, but not as much as many wheat beers. A big, thick and sticky white head is on top. Great lacing, very good retention.

Nose is full of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine. Smells more like an IPA than a wheat, but the crisp wheat scent is present as well. Nice smell.

Taste is similar to the nose, but the citrusy elements are toned down a bit in comparison to the wheat aspects. Still tastes more like an IPA than a hefeweizen, but both are recognizable. Grapefruit, lemon- a really juicy flavour, fairly bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Juicy body.

Very nice beer. Much hoppier than I expected, and not very similar to a weisse. An unusual beer in my experience, and a success. I would like to see this be a regular offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy darker yellow, with a billowy white head of a couple fingers. Great spongy lacing adorns the sides. Crisp citrus aroma, with some light floral notes and some bread. Nice initial bitterness, with some citrus and grassy hop notes, light bready notes. Lighter body, slightly crisp, with a clean finish. Goes down smooth and clean. Tasty wheaty.

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Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at C'est What. Pours a golden-yellow with a nice white head that sticks around. Had a nice citrus hop aroma that I wasn't expecting, to go with the wheat. Tastes of grapefruite hops, banana and some other fruits were mixed in there. Very delicious.

This actually reminded me a little bit of Gumballhead. Not as good, but still the slight reminder means this is a really good beer.

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Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 8oz glass at the session craft beer festival.

Looks like an average Hefe Weisen nothing spectacular in terms of looks, unfiltered so its nice and cloudy. The smell is out of this world thick with yeast and exploding with hops smells more like an IPA that a Hefe weisen, blew me away in that category. The taste is where this comes to shine. Has all the citrus and spice notes typical of a wheat beer but with a generous hop kick. Very easy to drink excellent beer for the season even though it was raining at this particular morning (the sun did come out when they started pulling the cask of My Bitter Wife though) I hope they keep brewing this.

Get a pint if you see this on tap. This is truly a wheat beer for the IPA lover.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big props to my BA in crime, and the last guy to review this before me, for the beer shipment
A - a very hazy golden, big head that left all kinds of chunky lacing as it receded
S - a very fruity yeasty aroma, some breadiness, with strong grassy and piney notes, more like a Belgian IPA on the nose
T - an interesting mix of resiny and piney hops, grainy bready malt, with a touch of citrus rind and tropical fruits
M - big carbonation kick, mildly bready but the hop bitter is the key factor
O - an interesting style that is definitely more pale than wheat, although the later does compliment the brew, very flavourful and easy drinking, the label "wheat ale" is deceiving, but the categorization on BA is spot on

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Photo of bobsy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First bottle conditioned beer in Ontario (to the best of my knowledge), so this is quite the coup for Great Lakes. It was originally brewed for a Project X cask night that I missed, but fortunately they bottled some only last week. From what I've heard it was intended as the brewery's take on Gumballhead, so I'm expecting a hopped-up beast that transcends the style guidelines.

Hazy amber body with a creamy white head that puts down some good streaks of lace. Awesome nose - resinous and fruity with strong pine, mango, pineapple and tangerine notes. Really a great one to breathe into. Flavour is decent, but can't live up to the heights of the aroma. A slightly generic bitterness takes on a leafy nature, and the fruit drops out almost completely, though light pineapple flits in and out. Strong malt and wheat backbone provides support and substance. Medium body and carb.

Pretty decent, and a nice drinker, though it misses out on the top tier by struggling to deliver on the promise of the aroma. I like the direction these guys are heading though, and not many Ontario brewers are willing to up the bitterness as high as it is here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO. Glad to see this one finally made it to Sarnia; many other OCB offerings have not been so lucky.

Pours a dirty golden yellow colour, very cloudy with many particles of 'stuff' suspended in the liquid. Generates a solid two fingers of lofty, frothy white head that dies down over a period of minutes, leaving a foamy cap and collar with plenty of sticky lacing on the sides. Looks very good, especially for the style. The west coast hops are immediately noticeable on the nose; lots of juicy grapefruit and lemon citrus with plenty of piney goodness. The yeast and wheat malts are hard to pick up underneath this but they provide a mild, vaguely sweet background for the hops.

Bready wheat malts are the first flavor I pick up, but they are very quickly overpowered by the citrusy pacific hops in the second half of the sip. Lots of grapefruit, in addition to lemon zest and pineapple, and a resiny finish with some earthy, piney bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Light-bodied, leaning toward medium because of the yeasty chew. Moderate carbonation keeps it feeling fairly crisp, but it's still smooth and exceptionally easy to drink like I'd expect from the style.

Final Grade: 4.11, an A-. A very drinkable wheat ale that has more in common with the average APA than other members of its style. Traditional? Not particularly. Delicious? You're damn right. This is a wonderful session beer, but given the price I'll probably just stick with this brewery's Crazy Canuck when I want a hoppy session ale. Great stuff, a very tasty example of a style that I do not recall ever being terribly impressed with in the past.

[Updated Sept. 23 2013]
Picked up another bottle which wasn't especially fresh, but I still loved it. Didn't see any reason to change the score, as this is still the best example of this style I've ever had the pleasure of trying. Worth the price.

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Photo of pootz
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: I'm told this is bottle conditioned but I assume this is cask brew finished in the bottle rather than the a cask.

Pours a cloudy golden ale in the flute with a solid puffy cap...great lacing. Nice soft natural carbonation. Aroma is unique for a Weizen this has a pungent bouquet of fruity esters mingled with PNW hops; exotic fruits-banana-citrus...light biscuit aroma. Soft mouth feel... biscuity, citrus resinous hopping, dry citrusy finish. Bright flavors but not the fruit basket the aroma promised...lacking spice phenols.

I got a couple of these and I suspect as a bottle conditioned weiss it may take a couple more weeks to have all the flavors develop. I'll sample it again then.

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Photo of mick303
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this had a moderate white head, goes down to a thin film. Lots of visible carbonation colour is a bright gold, a bit of haziness and suspended sediment. Some lacing sticks around but would have liked more. 3.5

S – immediate hop aromas, juicy lemon and grapefruit, with some minerality, some sweet toffee notes and some mild nuttiness. Some estery fruit profile, a fairly clean hoppy aroma with lots of aromatic florals, and dry gf citrus, crisp biscuit malt with a slight creaminess as well. It is both really light and hoppy. 3.75

T – a fruity start, apples, citrus and a subtle pine undertone, lots of leafy and floral hops, with a creamy base balanced with a pronounced dryness. Some malty complexities and dry floral hops, these are mild and some of the hoppy oils struggle to get through past the raging carbonation. Really dries out at the end, mild grassy and citrus notes. Good mineral flavor initially, then heads into dryness with a bit of a herbal note. 4

M – lots of carbonation, very fizzy. Light bodied, almost aggressively so. Found this detracted some of the creamy body and let the dryness come to dominate a bit. Has a decent hopped up flavor ontop of this, but after one of these I think I would be reaching for something a little bodied. Very refreshing on a summer day though, much nicer after the carbonation edged off a bit. 3.25

Not my favourite style, but this takes a chance to shake it up a bit with a hop-infusion. This definitely got better as it got warmer, giving the aggressive carbonation a chance to mellow and the wheat to come out a bit more, after that it was a fairly enjoyable beer and showed off some more complex notes, still not all that balanced and maybe in need of a bit of tweaking, this was a pretty enjoyable beer and would be a good buy for someone into this style. 4

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: cloudy gold with a three finger head that sticks around for quite a while.

S: wheat, pine, citrus and spice

T: follows the smell, wheat and grapefruit are up front, with spice and pine following.

M: medium to light carbonation and medium body.

O: a nice flavorful beer, makes a nice refreshing drink on a summer day. Wheat less prominent than I expected, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stunning amount of "west coast" hop flavour in this 4.5% ABV pint.

Enjoyed this first from a cask at the brewery last year and on draught several times since, including this afternoon at BeerBistro, after purchasing the first bottles I've ever seen at the brewery.

A clear golden, rusty amber with white foam and decent carbonation. Aroma is pure "c" hop, as is the flavour. Some caramelized malts in the taste as well, with its pleasantly crisp and bitter finish.

Although this is a wheat beer, I am delightfully surprised by how little wheat evidence I can taste. Realize this style is both traditional and popular, but just not to my personal taste. Great Lakes has created the perfect summer beer for anyone who shares my indifference to wheat and love of hoppy ales!

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Photo of kjyost
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

660 mL bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint at around 5C. Thank TheSevenDuffs!

A: Clear straw yellow with a nice white head that laces very strongly.
S: An incredibly hoppy nose. Fruity hops... Grapefruit, tropical fruits... A hint of apple juice later comes out.
T/M: The hop flavours aren't there. I think this bottle is about 2 months old so I don't know how much they've fallen off, but the real issue here is that the body has a metallic bitterness that is overpowering and lingers in a nasty fashion. Some wheat notes are hidden in the body.
O: Not having realized this was a hoppy ale, I was so pleasantly surprised by the nose. The nose was better than Gumballhead's but the body just didn't live up to nose... I wanted to love the beer. I'll try it again fresh, but it had better have a different body next time.

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent re-release. Purchased at the brewery.
This new batch will not be hitting the LCBO shelves.

A- Hazy gold colour. Dense, sticky snow white two finger head. Lacing is remarkable.

S- Right up front you get tropical fruit (grapefruit, mango, mandarin and some pineapple) than you get a nice refreshing dose of wheat. Very juicy smelling.

T- You first get slammed with tropical fruits and a touch of pine than the beer lightens and goes into pale wheat ale mode. The overall experience of this beer is excellent.

M- Light bodied, very refreshing, short lived bitter finish.

O- This is another one of those "I thought I reviewed this" I'm glad the brewery re-released this, and I'm glad I was in that area this week (I never am) I have another one in the fridge for later :D

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

A- This pours a very yeast hazy dark golden, almost light brown color! The head upon the initial pour didn't seem like it was going to amount to much, but actually reversed itself and became a smallish, yet dense and well retained, cloud of foam! There is many columns of fine looking carbonation rising to the top and the lacing is probably the weakest point of the appearance, really only sliding back into the liquid immediately. Decent looking overall!

S- There is a rich blend between sweet malts, bittering hops, and citrus fruits in the mix. The sweetness is comprised of caramel and/or molasses, while the Pacific Northwest hops used produce a fresh piney aroma. There is a citrus quality that is of fresh orange and pink grapefruit. It is long lasting overall and lingers in it's immediate airspace.

T- This follows the aroma profile closely, with a very well balanced palate. There is a subtle astringency at the back of the palate, that counters the sweet malt flavors. Again, I am detecting citric notes that cut through the heavy leafy hop flavors. There is also a yeasty smoothness that reminds me of sourdough bread....just a slight tang.

M/D- A very smooth drinking beer with a solid medium body, this would make a nice summer refresher, yet can hold itself against a medley of foods, and especially spicier fare. Its a nice melding between two of my preferred styles and I think has been done quite nicely. I would pick this up again and recommend it to all!

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3.94 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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