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


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7216) - 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

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (6075) - 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!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7627) - 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

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle brought from Kingston and shared by Robbie. The aroma from this bottle was so bad, I passed it around the room to receive commentary: compost, canned beans, dog food. It smells appalling. Looks harmless enough, and tastes bland, but the smell is astounding. Wow.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalchopz (3076) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
Originally rated September 2008. Written "Smooth red lager" on the front label. And it is. Pours a brown-red colour with a decent looking creamy off-white head. This one unfortunately does not stay long, and lacing is left to a bare minimum. The nose is quick to disappear, with a malty aroma. Smooth mouthfeel for sure and carbonation is pretty normal for a swill like this one. Not much flavours. A bit of caramel malt at first ending in a little bread aftertaste. Might be a little better than Rickard’s Red, but just an average summer red lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
probstblueribbon (3718) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
341 ml bottle in the LCBO singles basket, served cool in a tulip glass. 28OC10.

App.: Clear copper with a decent light tan froth. Aroma: Grains/cereals, some light fruity malts, a touch of caramel, a touch of skanky funk, maybe a touch of leafy hops. Palate: Medium body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: A little better than the nose, some caramel, light fruitiness, a touch of brown sugar, a slight brightness, a wee spicy hint; dry with a touch of bitterness and a bread/biscuit malt finish.

Neither offensive nor memorable.

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