Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Location: Bracebridge, Ontario
Available at: LCBO
In the past we brought you a review on Muskoka's winter hit, their incredibly delicious double chocolate cranberry stout: Winter Beard. Today we're going to have a look at something a little different, their other winter release: a dunkelweiss named Winterweiss.
This dunkel pours a chestnut brown with hints of auburn, sporting a thick and frothy tan head with decent retention but leaving little lacing.
The aroma is sweet with strong notes of allspice, banana and cloves. I get some hints of roasted barley, chocolate, and cinnamon undernearth everything, too. That sweetness upfront can be offputting for some, I would think, although I quite enjoy it.
As the beer coats the tongue, I get a lot of caramel (which I had a hard time placing in the nose, but that's definitely where the sweetness was coming from.) This lingers on the middle of the tongue, as everything else starts to shine through: banana, spice, chocolate, and roasted earthy wheat. A certain bitterness starts to become apparent as everything else fades away, too.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine, fizzy carbonation with a light drying sensation that keeps you coming back for more.
Overall, this beer is well balanced, offering up an interesting blend of caramel, roasted barley, banana, and spices. I'm not sure I'd really equate this to being a winter beer, as I would drink it anytime, but I can definitely say this is another solid offering from our friends down in Bracebridge.
Cheers, beer lovers!