Cheers to Beer: Reviews & Muskoka Tasting Notes

Say hello to Bo, our new beer aficionado. Bo loves beer so much he’s “sacrificing” his svelte body for our benefit, tasting craft beer throughout Summer 2021 to offer us his thoughts, impressions, and ratings. Bo’s tasting notes will appear weekly in MuskokaStyle. Scroll down for Bo’s entries.

Big Rig Brewery’s Reunion Dortmunder Lager

Tim Riopelle
Image created by Tim Riopelle

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special announcement from Big Rig! Introducing their new project: The Limited Edition One-Off Bottle Series. This beer is the second offering in a program that promises experimental and delicious brews from the brewery known for flavourful selections.

The first edition of Big Rig’s “One-Off” series is Reunion Dortmunder. It is a darker and smoother version of their staple dark IPA, Release The Hounds. This offering, however, is something entirely new. Reunion Dortmunder is the brainchild of Big Rig’s brewmaster and his long-time friend “Dr. Malt” (a really good super-hero name). Reunion Dortmunder was created as a celebration of friendship, craft beer, and laughter, so enjoy it while sharing good times with good friends.

Bo’s Impressions

This golden lager starts with an excellent clean malt followed by a relaxed hop finish, giving you a beer that’s hoppier than a Helles and less bitter than a Pilsner. You can taste the influence of each style, which makes this beer richer, sweeter and more complex than the average lager.

Bo’s Tasting Notes

🖍 Clear gold colour with a thin foamy head that evaporates quickly and leaves no lace.

💪 5.5%

👄 Light-to-medium body with light carbonation and an almost oily mouthfeel.

👅 Malty and hoppy mild corn and honey flavour with warm sweetness and faint bitterness.

🏁 Malty & faintly bitter finish with warm sweetness sticking to your throat.

Where to Buy & Try

Find this limited edition lager at a Big Rig brewery or on their site for $5.50/650mL.

Pair Big Rig’s Reunion Dortmunder with game and red meats or BBQ!

*Beer images created by Tim Riopelle. Find more of Bo’s beer reviews below & here.

Muskoka Brewery’s Hazed & Confused IPA

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If you’re looking for a juicy, citrusy, hoppy beer for the summer months, Muskoka’s India Pale Ale will leave you the opposite of Dazed and Confused; it will leave you wanting more.

Hazed & Confused won gold medals at the 2018 Ontario Brewing Awards and the 2019 World Beer Awards!It’s brewed with Cara-red and 2-Row Pale malts, wheat and oats, along with Mandarina, Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic hops, which altogether give it a great smoothness and depth of flavour.

Bo’s Impressions

This rich and delicious IPA has a sweet, malty profile that brings a soft and silky mouthfeel while the hops give it a juicy citrus kick. No matter what you are looking for in an India Pale Ale, Hazed & Confused has it. It’s juicy, hoppy, malty, lightly bitter and sweet, as well as citrusy and flavourful!

Bo’s Tasting Notes

💪 6.5%

🖍 Hazy orange colour with a thick foamy head that leaves a lasting lace.

👄 Full-bodied with subtle carbonation and a soft and creamy mouthfeel.

👅 Malty base with a mild sweetness, juicy hoppiness and soft tangerine flavour.

🏁 Soft citrusy finish.

Where to Buy & Try

Find Muskoka’s Hazed & Confused IPA at Muskoka Brewery, The Beer Store, LCBO and select grocery stores.
Buy it for $3.55/cans, $18.95/6 cans, $36.95/12 cans or $70.95/24 cans.
Pair Muskoka’s Hazed & Confused IPA with a spinach salad topped with mandarins and goat cheese.

*Beer images created by Loopeh. Find more of Bo’s beer reviews below & here.

Muskoka Brewery’s Craft Lager

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Muskoka Brewery carefully aged and hand-crafted their uniquely flavourful yet remarkably easy-drinking lager using a pure, natural and unfiltered brewing process with no preservatives. It’s clear that they intended to make it as fresh and refreshing as possible, and succeeded!

Bo’s Impressions:

Muskoka Craft checks all the boxes of a great lager:

  • flavourful yet light
  • malty yet crisp
  • no unpleasant aftertaste
  • an extra or interesting flavour note (malt sweetness)

It really is a deliciously balanced, light and refreshing lager!

Bo’s Tasting Notes:

💪 4.8%

🖍 Slightly hazy gold colour with a small frothy head that evaporates slowly.

👄 Crisp, effervescent and finely carbonated medium body with a slightly silky mouthfeel.

👅 Flavours of cereal, wildflower, honey and a light hop bitterness with a light grain character and malt sweetness.

🏁 Slightly drying clean finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Where to Buy & Try

Find Muskoka’s Craft Lager at The Beer Store, LCBO, Loblaws, Metro, No Frills, Freshco, Food Basics, Sobeys and Walmart.

Buy it for $3.30/can or $34.95/12 cans.

Pair Muskoka’s Craft Lager with summer salads, grilled chicken, or chicken fajitas!

*Craft Lager image created by Jen at Hoot Design Studio.

About the Reviewer: Being Croatian means loving beer, so each day Bo makes sure to honour his heritage. MuskokaStyle enjoys the results of his research. Find more of Bo’s beer reviews here.

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