Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Hints of caramel, nuts and toasted malt result in a fully flavoured, yet deceptively smooth lager. A well balanced body makes it a perfect year-round beer. Red Leaf is an ideal match with burgers, rubs, sandwiches and stews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hateball16 (105) - - MAY 12, 2013
Nice looking red lager with a thick pillowy beige head. Nose has biscuity malt aromas, some toffee, very understated aromas though. Palate opens up with spritzy carbonation, some raisins and plums in the middle and biscuity flavours, finishes quick and clean. Not bad, but lacking a depth of flavour of say a Smithwicks. Would be a good campfire beer as quite sessionable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
Canette 473ml. De couleur ambrée foncée et claire. Nez de grains de malt sucrés aux notes rôties, léger de caramel et de légumes bouillis sucrés avec des notes de houblon herbeux. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture légèrement huileuse. Léger goût de légumes bouillis sucrés lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains sucrés légèrement caramélisés et aux faibles notes rôtis ainsi que des traces de pain mouillé puis en finale l’on retrouve une très légère amertume de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées). Post-goût court-moyen, aux notes amères de houblon herbeux avec de faibles traces rôties.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniel0017 (430) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
slight copperish aroma. dark red body no visible carbonation and slight white head. nutty caramel flavor with toasted malt flavor with some hops and metallic aftertaste. slightly carby mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papillon (382) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
473 mL Can. Deep amber body with a thin but tenacious foamy white head leaving ample lace. Aroma of sweet light malts with grassy hops and a floral note. The flavor speaks of a light body; refreshing but without being short on taste. Light sweet malts with just the right amount of hops to make it a great session beer. The light sweet malts and soupçon of toasted malts linger off into a clean finish seeming to invite the beer drinker to take another sip. I’m taking some of this on my next fishing trip.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asheft (2778) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
[can] Chocolatey toast aroma that’s a bit labery and with medium, spicy hops and faint fruit notes. Dark amber topped by lasting, lacy off-white. Sweet, though weak, caramel flavour that ends dry and with some toastiness. Detectable hops. Very clean with medium carbonation and a light body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Habman (23) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
500 ml can from LCBO. Pours a red copper with medium carbonation. Aroma of bread and something I can’t quite identify but reminiscent of "sticky buns" or candy. On the tongue no hop bitterness to speak of, and a sticky mouthfeel. Finish is sweet, sticky, candy like. I don’t see it mentioned on the label, but it almost seems to have some sort of maple to it. All in all its not an objectionable beer but not one I would want more than one of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2012
473ml can. Pours a light ochre-brown body (Lovibond 17/18) with minuscule head. Very lacy. Barely any scent - some caramel and bready presence. The first time you take a swig, it's not the taste that leaves an impression but the watery, smooth palate. The taste is nicely balanced between an initial slightly bitter tone and the sweeter caramel aftertaste. Seems somewhat underwhelming - could have used a more buttery, cookie flavour in the mix. Seems lacking to me. It's an ok beer though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - MAY 1, 2012
I love Great Lake’s ales, but this lager wasn’t that good at all. I’ve bought it a few times because I’ve gotten it mixed up with Crazy Canuck, too... should stop going to the LCBO drunk. Tastes like liquid copper.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
Cannette 473 ml. 5%. Couleur rousse, mousse beige. Arôme de malt léger. En bouche, malt, caramel, comme les rousses commerciales mais un petit peu plus de goût. Finale sans histoire. Bonne.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kevinsenn (1597) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
Sampled at Great Lakes Brewery. Clear ruby colour. Sweet and metallic aroma, with a slightly creamy and metallic taste. Not really for me, but I don’t think I’m this beer’s target market.

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