Muskoka Winter Weiss
Reviewed by Brady White on November 20, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
- Origin: Bracebridge, ON, CA
- Rated On: November 19, 2014
- Best Before: March 22, 2015
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Dunkelweizen
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange brick brown colour, with one finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse streaky and dotted lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet roasted wheat grain, dried banana chips, a bit of bruised apple and pear, slightly phenolic yeast, day-old coffee, and a leafy, earthy bitterness. The taste is toasted caramel malt, wheat crackers, banana peel, musty yeast, applesauce, a hint of citric tartness, ethereal cafe-au-lait notes, a hint of wet char, and weak leafy, weedy hops. The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plain, sort of fizzy manner, the body an average weight for the style, and perhaps more than a tad thin in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, just, as the roasted wheat and malty graininess slough off most of the yeastiness, to come out of this cleaner than one might have initially expected.
An agreeable enough version of the style, though the idea of calling something ‘winter’, just because it is a darkened version of one of your bread and butter summer staples, seems kind of tangential at best. Anyways, if you like your dunkelweizens flavourful, but on the light side, this one’s for you.