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

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thb (751) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
Respectable. Out of a bottle so I couldn’t judge the colour. It was red malty sweetness primarily - quite syrupy, but it tasted real! Bit of grassy bitterness followed, but not enough for any kind of balance.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
8oz draught sample at Toronto Festival of Beers August 5, 2010. Lovely bright and clear reddish-copper with an average off-white to tan head (4-). Slight caramel aroma, quite grassy and a little sweet - just light hints of roast and alcohol, once again no bitterness to speak of. Taste follows - simple, with light caramel roast, some grassiness, no alcohol, and some bitterness, initially a tad metallic. Average, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation, quick-finishing, just a slight lingering vague bitterness left behind - not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Amber clear and small cap. Simple aroma is brisk, dry and a hint fruity. Taste is also a bit of sweet fruit with some body and plays out feeling thin and drying.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle from LCBO. Nothing at all to get excited about here, and Great Lakes has many far superior beers. Pours amber with small white head. Mild malty with some caramel. A bit of a nasty aftertaste. Not seeing the premium quality in the taste.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
slightly hazy amber red, little head, some lacing. nose; sour dough, sharp musky odour, very disturbing, smells off. taste; hmmm, slightly sweet, very bland though, uninteresting, more mass market piss.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cfrancis (2699) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
Aroma of malt and caramel, taste is malt and some bitterness. Not terribly complex and little character. It’s not terrible but not memorable.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Listigovers (511) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
On tap, quite possibly one of the worst beers I have ever had, I tried to pawn this off on someone at the table, but they all found it too bad to finish. Drain pour, basically. Aroma is extremely strong and sweet, the beer basically tasted as if they brewed an extremely boring red beer and then poured some syrup in it. It looked GREAT when they poured it, and then it just all went to hell when I smelled and tasted it. Avoid like the plague

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with a dark white head. sweet aroma of malts, light caramel, and fruit. I didn’t mind this one at all. Nothing too interesting though.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2009
bottle, thanks Andrew for bringing this one down with you. Pours copper/amber with off white head. Aroma of floral hops, malty with faint notes of caramel. Taste is malty, hoppy with some fruit presence. Overall mouthfeel is watery with slight dry-bubbly-bitter caramel finish. Not horrible, but too one dimensional and boring.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle. More brown than red, with a light-brown body and dark brown around the edges. Aroma is pretty weak overall, with vague cherry and malt shyly making their presence known. Weak palate tips towards the offensive end of the scale. Macro-style watered-down flavour profile a real letdown, with inoffensive malt, slight fruit and very little length. Built like a buck-a-beer, but with a premium craft-brewed price tag.


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