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

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hammy78 (732) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
Can purchased at the LCBO in Dundas Ontario. Pour is a clear brown with a reddish hue. Initial huge white head that recedes to nothing but a small ring, leaves a splatter of lacing. Aroma is grainy, almost corn and a little yeast. Tastes clean, crisp and light. Not tasting much, a little grain and bitterness. Not their best brew, thats for sure.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeanF (1687) - Nunavut, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
Wow, a gold medal winner! Forgive me if I’m suspicious of competition winners... there are just too many competitions around to "award" medals for any kind of real incentive to care aboot them. But this one pours with a copper-brown body, some modest carbonation and a well-behaved head on top. Very soft malt aroma. Flavour is a lot of malt and little else - no complexity. Very drinkable though, in a forgettable kind of way. Tasted at 6.8 celsius, but even if warmed up you wouldn’t find any complexity. An average beer for a boring day.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rodenbach99 (3127) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
Canette de 473ml. Bière ambrée de belle facture, malheureusement ma vue n’a pas eu le temps de voir la mousse tellement elle avait disparue rapidement. Le nez est peu expressif, commercial, tout comme la bouche de cette bière sans envergure, une sorte de Rickard’s red.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
473 mL can. Dark for a lager - deep bronze. Thin head. The aroma is spicy-sweet malt, but not as appealing as that sounds. Taste is pleasant without being particularly interesting. Thin caramel. Decent body. Better than any mainstream lagers.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6007) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Can (473ml). Pours a deep, bubbly orange-copper with an average size lasting fluffy white head. Mild aroma of grain, lightly toasted caramel malt, light vegetal notes and a hint of hops. Flavour follows the aroma with lightly toasted malt, grain, light hops and adds some nuts. Average bodied. It’s a decent Lager but it’s not my thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
from can, thin and uninspiring but the fact that it comes from a smaller brewery raises it up in my mind above some of the other rubbish that gets sold in Canada

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 Rerate. Light amber pour with a thick white head. The aroma has a little bit of sweet toffee and a bit of toasted grain. A fairly bready mouthfeel and a bit of light herbal spiciness on the back. A fairly simple, but tasty brew - seems much better than I gave it credit for the last time. Great balance. Deep amber-brown pour with a thick tight tan head. The aroma has a little bit of light toffee along with a touch of oddly metallic character as well. A fairly dirty DMS sort of aroma over a thin malt base. There is a touch of dark malt character but it tastes like it’s from roasted malt for colour - not really from any sort of character malt at all. There is a little bit of earthiness but it’s not really from either hops or malt - it’s just kind of there. Moderately astringent and not really all that good. 5 4 4 2 9

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
341ml bottle from the LCBO. note: black label bottle with red writing. I believe this beer has been improved since its inception. Reviewing the new bottle from 2011. Pours clear off-red with minimal white head. caramel and malt aroma. Simple sweet taste of caramel malt. highly drinkable but nothing exceptional.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
I have this a Great Lakes Red Leaf Smooth Red Lager, and the label is completely different, so I hop I am rating the correct beer. Red, as you might expect, but also kinda brown. Actually more brown than red. Smells like brown sugar, caramel and just a little bit of smoke. Flavor is grassy, caramel, and maybe a little bit of cola. Simple, maybe just a little bit on the bland side. Thanks to jerc for the trade!

2.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (3831) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2011
What can you expect from a beer that markets itself on nationality? Something along the lines of Molson? Anyway, the taste starts to get a touch foul after a while. Smell is indeed bad, like Duffman says and the taste has nothing notable besides a hint of maple... maybe that’s the misplaced nationalism trying to assert itself


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