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Big Rock Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager

Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewmasterís Edition:
Not Your Typical Fruit Beer
A little known fact about Brewmaster Paul is that he is fond of the Gin and Tonic and when heís not drinking a beer he might be seen enjoying one. So he pondered combining the spicy notes of juniper berries with a mild lager and the result is a wonderfully refreshing summer go to beer.

Little Known Fact
Fun Fact about Juniper Berries: They are actually considered a spice not a berry. We hope you enjoy it!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
simonblaine (571) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Well now, this isnít interesting at all. Special edition, apparently. Better than Coors or Molson Canadian I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bulldogops (1689) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Rating #1086 - May 18, 2014 - Can from trade with Big Rock rep. Aroma is grassy Big Rock malt. Palate is much the same, an unenchanting lager with nothing decidedly Junipery. Snooze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Foams out of the can rather quickly. Head dissipates leaving crisp amber. Light sweet malt scent, hard to pick out anything from the berry. A dry bitterness with an unsweetened berry taste. Drinkable enough but pedestrian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a medium sized dense head that leaves moderate lace(actually kinda impressed for a big rock). Aroma is esters, berries, mildly sweet and pale malts. Flavour is mildly bitter, grassy, berry esters and a crisp pale maltiness. Thereís nothing really wrong with it though I wouldnít go as far as to say itís fantastic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sulawang (986) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Visual: Part of a variety 12-pack, aluminum cans. Pours clear bright golden orange with a massive semi-lasting bubbly head, barely any lacing, several steady micro streams. Nose: mild honeyed malts, hints of muskiness. (lvl-3)-pungency Attack: biting crispness, incoming hops Mid-palate: medium bodied, (lvl-4)-semi-dry sweetness, (MAIN) sharp bitter pine hops, bitter grapefruit, light toffee malts Finish: underlying juniper berry, continued bitter hoppy malty finish. Summary: Mild juniper, hardly has any impact; The hops make the most impression. All four flavours in this 12-pack were mediocre. Try another brewery if you want something special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GregClow (3120) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Can. Clear and bright copper-gold with a large white head that recedes to nothing quite quickly - what is it with the lack of head retention in Big Rock beers? Aroma has that slightly dusty & fusty Big Rock yeast character, along with some light toffee-ish malt, and hints of lime leaf and juniper. Flavour starts with sweet malt - toffee and bread crust - and quickly moves to citrus-leaning hops and a slight herbal tone that I expect is the juniper trying to come through. Not a bad beer, but it lacks focus or direction, and ultimately doesnít exhibit enough of what the name and description promises.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014
Can. Pours like a lager, smells like a lager (but on the sweet side), and tastes like a lager with a touch of cookie dough. Doughy sweetness amplifies as I sip. Finish has a hint of herbal character, but not really recognizable as juniper. Inoffensive but strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RD400F (226) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
Can to glass, pour is a piss yellow with a white head that recedes to a shadow of what it used to be. Aroma carries grass, hay, cereal, sour apple, and slight fruitiness. Taste is similar to the aroma with sweet hay/cereal and noble hop grass notes...typical of a lager though juniper berries are present and so is the taste of booze. I think this is too sweet. Palate: thin mouthfeel, CO2 is medium, awkward bittersweet finish. Overall, another beer from a brewery I donít think Iím going to buy any more beer from. Passable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ljthiessen (1075) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Can. Golden pour with a white head. Sweet malt and light berries in the aroma, smells alright. Flavour is juniper berries and some herbal notes, lightly bitter finish. Not a bad idea for a crisp summer beer - itís definitely refreshing - but the flavours donít really work for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (18595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Golden color. It has a light aroma of vanilla cake. The flavor is mildly spicy, with a touch of vanilla and juniper, and relatively strong bitterness. Not offensive.

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