Amsterdam Oranje Weisse: Spice it Up

Oranje Weisse from Amsterdam Brewing Company Limited in Toronto, Ontario pours a uniformly hazy, orange juice-like yellow colour with a medium-large white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent lace and collar. This wheat beer uses two types of orange peel, coriander and anise to create a spicy and sharp aroma, but also has a honey and banana softness that takes the edge off.

Amsterdam Oranje Weisse
Rolling the Bottle Distributes the Sediment Evenly

The taste of Oranje Weisse is quite coriander-forward, maybe too much so. There is a decent malty sweetness to it and added anise gives it a certain pine-like flavour, but the coriander really dominates and creates a distinct dryness. The mouthfeel is relatively thin, but has a real creamy quality to it as well. Very easy to drink, has a prickly carbonation as it passes the tongue and an earthy, mushroom-like, almost peppery finish.

Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer: One for the Patio

Lemon Tea Beer from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is cloudy in appearance and golden-amber in colour. It doesn’t pour with much of a head, but what’s there stays as a collar. This unique hybrid of wheat beer, two teas and lemon puree has a predominantly sweet, honey-like aroma, with fresh grainy tones and a slight maltiness.

Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer
This Flavoured Wheat Beer is Perfect for Sunny Days

The sourness of the lemon purée comes through in the taste of Lemon Tea Beer right away. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery for a wheat ale, but carries a decent-feeling carbonation. The bitterness of orange pekoe and earl grey teas really balance things out, resulting in a very clean aftertaste and overall refreshment quality.

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale: Too Much Fruit for Its Own Good

This flavoured wheat beer pours an amber-tinged golden colour with a soapy white head that settles as a collar. St-Ambroise Apricot Ale from McAuslan Brewing Inc. in Montreal Quebec carries a surprisingly natural-smelling ripe apricot aroma with a sweet malt backing.

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
This One Tastes More Like a Wine Cooler than Beer

The taste of St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale is also dominated by the apricot flavour and it has a very dry, wine cooler-like backing with a subtle chemical note. There is a malty sweetness and a slight earthy hop tone, but both fail to stand out from the apricot flavour. To me it tastes more like a cider or cooler than a beer with added flavour.

Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale: Ripe for the Picking

Orange Peel Ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario is another great example of seasonal flavoured beer done right. It Pours a clear golden colour with a big soapy head that leaves a fair amount of lace before it settles as a film and collar.

Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale
Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?

This beer definitely has the aroma of orange peels, though it invokes grapefruit and/or lemon at times as well. A week or two after arriving in stores, this beer smells extremely fresh, crisp and clean. There is a warm, sweet honey backing that comes out as the beer warms reminiscent of a Creamsicle.

Pump House Blueberry Ale: It’s Terrible

This flavoured beer has a cloudy, almost orange appearance when poured and creates a thin white collar of head. Pump House Blueberry Ale from The Pump House Brewery in Moncton, New Brunswick has an aroma that is somewhat blueberry-like, but it also smells like apple juice and the water from a can of vegetables.

Pump House Blueberry Ale
I Have Nothing Positive to Say About This Beer

Though the packaging cites natural flavours, there is nothing natural about the way Pump House Blueberry Ale tastes. The beer carries a strong, chemically bitterness similar to a wine cooler or unripened grapes, however there is no sweetness to balance it out. The fake-tasting flavours smother any taste the ale itself may have.