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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
douglas88 (5837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Bottle thanks to matt7215. Pours a hazy red with a small white head. The aroma is mostly a caramel malt. The taste is dominated by a somewhat spicy caramel flavored malt. Initially it is a quite fizzy and a spicy malt that is followed by a soft sludge of sweet and not pleasant finish. Not bad, but needs something, especially in the finish.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Pours a deep amber red with no head. Very light sweet malty aroma. Flavour is incredibly docile, mostly just really light malty sweetness, caramel, and carbonation. Pretty boring.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
pintbypint (2559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
341ml brown bottle. Medium brown shade, thin tan head which vanishes instantly. Very light but sweet malt and caramel aroma. Flavour has a dash of malt, some brown sugar, caramel. Ends dry with some graininess. Drinkable, yet unexciting.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ILduce (205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle: Rusty with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Subdued flavours of fruit and cookie dough. Thin body with a slight off-dry taste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
341ml bottle from HogtownHarry; Nose was a nice caramelly malt with a slight vanilla note in the background; Clear rusty brown with a medium beige head; flavor is a little watery but pleasant with light caramel, sweetness, and a little pepperiness. Not that bad for a lager!

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2008
341ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on February 14, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto. The beer poured a beautiful translucent dark red colour with a very thin white head. The aroma was very weak with a slight malt smell. The mouthfeel was light, dry, with low carbonation. The flavour was slightly malty, and slightly sour. Not an enjoyable beer, and very similar to Alexander Keith’s Red.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
matt7215 (2161) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
341 ml bottle. pours reddish brown with a small head. some malty aromas but not that nice. bland flavours. drinkable but thats it. wont buy again.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GRM (2932) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
Brown bottle, 341 ml, Ontario Craft Brewers Discovery Pack purchased at the LCBO, savoured on January 8 2008; eye: dark copper, clear, no effervescence, beige head that falls rather rapidly, no lacing; nose: malt, corn, light hops, diluted caramel; mouth: malt, a bit of cardboard, a bit of "itchiness" on the tip of the tongue, malty finale with hops more present than expected, slightly grainy texture but mainly watery, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, light-medium body, rather carboanted; overall: so? FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 341 ml, ensemble cadeau Ontario Craft Brewers Discovery Pack acheté au LCBO, savourée le 8 janvier 2008; œil : cuivre foncée, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse beige qui tombe plutôt rapidement, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, maïs, grain, léger houblon, caramel dilué; bouche : malt, un peu cartonné, un petit piquant su’l’bout d’la langue, finale maltée avec un houblon plus présent que mes attentes, texture légèrement rugueuse mais pas mal aqueuse, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, corps léger-moyen, plutôt carbonatée; en résumé : bof

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWS9 (472) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
341 mL bottle as part of the Ontario discovery pack. Light malty nose. A malt taste is certainly there, but the beer is disappointingly thin. The effort to make the bottle labeling look old is noted....

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
341ml Bottle: Provided fresh from the brewer at the Mobile Monday event in Toronto. I see the OCB decided this was one of Ontario’s finest, deserving placement in the new Discovery Pack. Really. The aroma is caramel sweet and the flavour is bland, delivering hints of that sweetness and some form of sourness, but little else. Now that these guys are proving they can brew with their seasonals perhaps it’s time to go back and reformulate these a bit?


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