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.

Shock Top Belgian White: Shockingly Decent

This mass-market witbier from Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville, New York pours with a huge frothy white head that burns off within a few minutes on top of a typically cloudy and slightly rusty, iced tea-coloured brew. The smell of Shock Top Belgian White is mild, with banana taking the forefront, accented by bubblegum and a hint of spice.

Shock Top Belgian White
This is Possibly the Best Beer Anheuser-Busch Makes

Shock Top Belgian White has a rather mild, but crisp and refreshing taste. An orange-lemon-lime peel blend used in the brewing process is noticeable without being overpowering and coriander comes through on the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite thin and watery for a witbier, with very little carbonation after the head burns off. This is definitely a macro-brewed “BL Lime” take on the style that I can best describe as “semi-filtered”. An orange flavour lingers on the back of the tongue between sips.

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.

Muskoka Summer Weiss: Let the Sun Shine In

This seasonal offering from the Muskoka Cottage Brewery in beautiful Bracebridge, Ontario pours a nice and hazy amber-orange peel colour with a medium-sized, tight head that falls to a collar after a few minutes. Muskoka Summer Weiss smells extraordinarily fresh and bright. Citrus dominates the aroma and is accompanied by a fatty, buttery banana-like smell, coriander spiciness and honey sweetness.

Muskoka Summer Weiss
This Wheat Beer has Excellent Balance

The taste of Muskoka Summer Weiss is just as fresh as the smell. Sweet, toasty and bready malts and citrus are followed by a good dry bite. In a word, it’s outstanding. The beer is very crisp, with a prickly carbonation on the tongue and a smooth, creamy and slightly syrupy aftertaste.