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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
What could be better? You know life around the Lake is absolutely wonderful and unique. Whether its a year-round lifestyle or a summer interlude, everything about the experience is top-flight. Now, why settle for an average beer? Custom BrewCrafters of Honeoye Falls has built a strong reputation for developing special, hand-crafted beers for unique restaurants and taverns throughout Western New York . Canandaigua Lake Ale is the first to marry a unique locale to its own unique beer. The Finger Lakes region is known for its fine local wines. Is there any doubt that a fine local craft-beer is a perfect complement to everything that defines Canandaigua Lake ? Canandaigua Lake Ale is a crisp, refreshing beer with a malty flavor and soft hop aroma. This beautiful golden ale is a complex blend of the finest European malts and American wheat used to produce loads of flavor and a thick, creamy head that will linger in the glass long after the beer is gone. Brewed with Pale, Wheat, Crystal and Caravienne Malts with Willamette and Cascade Hops. 4.75 %ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2006
(draft @ 2006 Autumn Festival of Ales - Honeoye Falls, NY) Light gold in color with not much carbonation. Aroma is bitter and lemony with some dry hops. Flavor is bitter and dry with hops and malt. Kind of tastes like your regular run of the mill beer. Nothing special really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3616) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2015 Had this at the Flour City Brew Fest. This was a refreshing brew, somewhat simular to a Golden Ale I would say. Much better than that Hoppy beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
bottle... hazy ugly medium gold lots of dirty copper, ugly off white egg head, ok cap, no lace... godawful aroma of plastic and pine resin... overcarbonated from the start, chemical harsh bitter, one nice hop note middle through, but just bad overall

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2966) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Had at the Rohrbach’s summer brew festival. Per the servers, this is a golden ale. Had hops flowers aroma, hoppy palate with a watery finish. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 19, 2009
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Light orange, no visible carbonation with a small frothy off white head. Aroma: Grassy (gah!) indeed some slight hops, not a lot, but slight. There’s some soapiness to it too. Flavour: Bitter, but not nice bitter, like rice water with a twist of lemon detergent. Drain pour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Pour is an oddly hazy dark gold with a decent white foamy head. Aromas are heavy with silo dust and sweetness. Flavor is pretty miserable. Lots of honey buns, grain dust and meh.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
UDBeernut (2696) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from premier. Pours golden amber with white foam head that reduces to a thin cap. Decent amount o lacing. Nose is full of skunk, can not see much past it. Taste has light cracker instantly over whelmed by pine then skunk. Body is light, but not watery. Yikes. This is a stinker.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Light grassiness - some cotton candy/bubblegum. Cotton candy/gum continue into flavor. A bit of dusty malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Golden color with little head. Aroma includes just a touch of light hop presence. Flavors aren’t overly sweet, and there is enough hop presence to be clean and refreshing. A nice "lawnmower beer" that does it’s job.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coldbrewky (1704) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Thanks again to UDBeernut for kleeping the beer rating grounded and in perspective. Have any of the rest of you noticed that Canandaigua is pretty hard to type? I may be the most complex thing about this beer. while I did get a bit of skunk in the nose it evaporated quickly and left me with a thin bodied ale with a pine punch to the bland body slightly prior to a stale hop finish. A stepping stone brew for BMC drinkers? Never having been to the Lake, I would be hesitant to go there based upon this manifestation of "the perfect compliment to everything that defines Canandaigua Lake" I think I have some three year old cascade hops in my freezer that these guys can use.

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