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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coldbrewky (1411) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1229) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Clear dark yellow. Nicely carbonated with a minor haze. Slightly cloudy. Big puffy head. Good drizzle of lace. Smell is a well-balanced dry, bready malt. Really pleasant estery yeast. Hops are mild and a bit sweet. Smells like a real pub ale. Flavor is a nice sweet bready malt. Tiny hint of chlorine in the yeast, but doesn’t deter me from loving it. Hops are a tad grassy, but also sweet. Even more pleasant as it warms. Hit of sweet butterscotch/honey at the end. Feels a bit ashy but also smooth like honey. Dry yeast brings up the rear in the feel. I am diggin this one quite a bit overall. A really good and eminently drinkable English style ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottw86 (1067) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2007
A very interesting mix of malts and hops. A hoppy aroma and a medium gold color. Not bad.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Sampled at the Flour City Brewers’ Fest 2008. Custom Brewcrafters Canandaigua Lake Ale is solid and golden in appearance with a white film for a head. There isn’t much aroma besides a slight whiff of caramel. It is light bodied and feels a little metallic in the mouth. The finish is dry. It tastes a little sour and a little phenolic. Something seems a little off here.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AskForJenny (1014) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Keg in my brother’s garage - Nice froth, no lace. Tasted like an English beer, malty and hoppy, but didn’t have that fullness. That made it good for a Labor Day picnic, but I wouldn’t put it up against a proper English ale. It was pretty well balanced, and it will be well received by those who like a hoppy beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Haslinger (853) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2008
On tap at Empire brewfest in Syracuse. A nice malty aroma, this is a very solid summer sipping ale. It delivers just as the description says. I liked it a lot and would buy it again

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
McGarnigle (535) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
From a bottle. Congrats to the brewery for that (and to the TV commercial running on cable). Just barely hazy golden beer, good head (that would be the wheat). Light-ish body. Very faint hop aroma (Cascades I think), but not much hop flavor. There’s a certain taste that comes through on so many of their beers; is it the yeast? Hard to describe, sort of grassy. Biscuit malt body. Decent beer.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle pours Yellow as far as head so so. overcarbonated smells tastes of pine resin. Bitter dry. Pretty gross. Custom brew crafts sucks.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
12oz bottle. cloudy gold, small white head. aroma of citrus. crisp taste, nice hops at first taste. lingering hops bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Draft. Poured a dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma was malty and a touch sour. Malty flavor that was just a little sweet. Nothing to write home about.


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