This flavoured wheat beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill Ontario is yellowish orange in colour and pours with a large, soapy white head that hangs on as a thin collar without leaving much lace. Weiss O’ Lantern has a funky and outdoorsy, but very appealing smell. Staple yeast and bubble gum aromas from its hefeweizen base are joined by notes of fresh grains, mature pumpkin, lemongrass and spices.
The taste of Weiss O’ Lantern has banana and yeast overtones and a hefty dose of orange rind. The pumpkin purée flavour is mild and a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove imparts a nice dryness. The beer has a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a small burst of yeast on the tongue. The finish brings a honey sweetened malt flavour and the aftertaste has hints of the spices, along with a mild bitterness.
This flavoured American pale ale from Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington, Vermont pours a clear golden colour with an amber tinge and a moderate white head that remains as a persistent ring throughout the glass while leaving spotty lacing. Apricot dominates the nose of Magic Hat #9. The ale also has a fresh, floral tone with a syrupy, but light caramel backing and a slight vegetal note.
The apricot is more balanced in the taste of Magic Hat #9, imparting a mild dryness over a tropical citrus body. An earthy graininess serves as the backbone and a nectar-like quality builds as the ale warms. The ale is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation. There is a nice creaminess with a syrupy quality on the tongue. The finish has a mild, slightly dry grape character and the aftertaste is tart with syrup and apricot notes.
Muskoka Light Pilsner is a surprisingly flavourful beer from the Muskoka Cottage Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario; the heart of “Cottage Country”. This craft-brewed pilsner produces a very fresh, grainy and hoppy aroma when poured and a foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing on the glass.
Unlike most light beers, particularly domestic ones, Muskoka Light Pilsner actually tastes pretty good and if I was poured a glass without seeing the package, I never would have guessed it was a light beer. It has a bright hoppy start, an exceptionally crisp and clean mouth feel and a refreshingly dry finish.
An unfiltered lager with the appearance of iced tea, Kellerbier from the Creemore Springs Brewery in Ontario, Canada is a yearly limited-release beer with a very hoppy, almost sweet taste and a citrus aroma similar to popular “white” beers.
This German-style “cellar beer” gets its distinctive taste from having whole-leaf hops added late in the brewing process. The taste tends to linger on your tongue appetizingly between sips. Kellierbier is rich with sediment and has a rusty colour with a light beige head that dissipates quickly.