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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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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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DerWeg (1524) - 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 (2499) - 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 (366) - 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 (6895) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
Burnt Sienna colour with a very light soapy head. Smokey warm and slighly nutty scent. Watery at first but then a nice malty rise. Thick flavourful finish. Rahter nice. I could see drinking this all night. The more I have the more I like it. Wish this was avaliable locally all the time.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barnabus (52) - Niagara, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle from the OCB pack. Good mouth-feel is the best I can say. The aroma is lightly sweet with no hops. A pronounced caramel flavour. Strangely though, I enjoyed it overall.


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