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


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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5632) - 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 (5661) - 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 (8152) - 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 (2664) - 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 (3350) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fullers (268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle OCB Sampler Pack LCBO. Pours dark amber with virtually no head(and this very rapidly disappears). Pungent tangy aroma with fruit notes. Medium bodied well carbonated. Fruit notes in flavour finished sweetly. Not yer usual lager beer. I quite liked it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
Not a bad beer, but I don’t really remember much of it due to how uneventful it was. It’s the flavour you already know and love (or not) of most lagers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
decent lager, easy to drink, pours clean head and not bad for what it is. I would taste this again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SlovakSniper (4038) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
Le liquide a une couleur très singulière, à la limite de l’étrange, entre deux tons et deux mondes incertains. Mais quelle est cette teinte? Franchement, je ne sais pas. Le nez est une bouffée faible de grains doux et légèrement, très légèrement grillés. Le goût est tout aussi ventilé avec un corps malté faible de caractère et de tenue. En finale, quelques notes amères désorganisées qui paradent derrière la langue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Spab (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
341 ml bottle from brewery. Pours a clear dark orange-brown with thin white head. Aroma of light caramel and a hint of roastiness. Taste of caramel malt, slightly roasty with a very light grassy bitterness in the finish. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, body is light-medium. Ok but doesn’t hold a candle to most of the stuff these folks brew.

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