Sunday, 16 March 2014

Muskoka Summer Weiss

According to the label, Muskoka Summer Weiss is an "intriguingly delicious summer what beer".  It comes from the good folks at the Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario. It's sold in 355mL bottles and contains a standard 5% alcohol.

M.S.W. pours an almost clear, sunny gold. It looks like a faintly hazy pale lager. It has very little head, but a decent amount of carbonation. Its lovely aroma is all wheat, yeast, and citrus. The flavour faithfully mimics the nose. Citrus and yeast represent the primary notes. There's also a delicate floral note in there somewhere. The finish is wheaty and brief.

Refreshing and fizzy, this stuff is a more than adequate cool down on a hot afternoon--a welcome addition to a backyard BBQ. For some reason, I was expecting tart citrus, rather than sweet, but the mix that they've landed on works well. I'd really have liked this stuff to have poured with a bit more head. The M.S.W. is not nearly as elite as Mad Tom IPA, an exceptional offering from Muskoka, but it is a really fine beer in its own right.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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