Muskoka Summer Weiss

Reviewed by on August 12, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Muskoka Brewery

  • Origin: Bracebridge, ON, CA

  • Rated On: August 11, 2014

  • Best Before: October 20, 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hefeweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Muskoka Brewery is located in the heart of the lake-strewn Muskoka district of central Ontario, which is summer cottage country for the population centers to the south.  They have been making this German-style wheat beer for 3 or 4 years now, first in strange double 750ml packaging, and more recently in the more familiar 6-pack format.

This 355ml bottle 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 chain mail 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 certainly 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.

Brady White

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