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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.