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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWS9 (562) - 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....

   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?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
garthicus (2808) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle- Ontario Craft Brewers 6 pack at the LCBO. Very light malt aroma, very light malt flavour. Dark brown-red colour, small head. The End.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
markas101 (2027) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2007
33 cl bottle, Shelburne. Faint unoffedning aroma, sweet flavor, almost thick tasting. Nothing terrible but wouldn’t recommend (except that it came as part of the LCBO mixed six pack).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2007
341ml bottle, 5% a/v From the Ontario Craft Brewers 6 pack at the LCBO. Pours a deep red amber with a medium tan head. Metal, caramel, and almost lactic acid bitterness invade the nose, while the tongue detects malt flavour with little else. smooth on the finish. As the last two have now said, GLB makes fantastic seasonals, but this is just too incredibly average to be any good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
341ml bottle from my Ontario Craft brewers pack. Pours a dark amber colour with a large beige, almost pink head. The aroma is metallic, caramalts, and a touch of hops, with a hint of something sour? The taste is kind of bland, mostly just malts, but the finish and aftertaste is cool and refreshing. I’m never all that impressed with American dark lagers, and this is no exception. Yeah, it’s smooth and easy drinking, but would it kill them to add some sort of distinct flavour(s) at all? VeloVampire is right, the seasonal brews from Great Lakes are definitely something special respectively, but beers like this really are benign, run-of-the mill and unimpressive. Too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 341 ml bottle from the Ontario Craft Brewers Discovery Pack - pours a dark amber with a small white head. Fairly sweet, malty aroma, but a good amount of grain in there too. A lightly toasty quality as well. More toastiness in the mouth, with slightly less-than-average carbonation. Faint, dry finish, with some lingering alcohol. Ok, but where this brewery really shines is with their seasonal ales. Stick to those (and steer clear of the benign lagers) and you’re fine....

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomthompson89 (1934) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2007
amber color, slight head aroma is odd kinda sweet, decent summer downer.!!!...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 [442-20070726] Sample @ LCBO-Summerhill. Smells like dead fish cakes lightly sprinkled with urine. Clear, amber brown body with a quick bubbly white head. Light wheat flavour is mostly malty grain only with a hint of fish. Light-medium body. Aroma is unappealing. (3/3/4/2/8) 2.0

[619B-20070916] Sample @ Feast of Fields (Hillsburgh, ON). Sweet almost sickly grain aroma. Clear, amber red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Fruity malt and grainy wheat flavour with a bit of honey. Grainy medium body. Not bad, almost repeatable but for a weird sweetness. (5/3/6/2/11) 2.7

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robinvboyer (3568) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007
Another Dark Lager, how many lagers can one small brewery make!? two dark lagers, and one pale lager. Come on guys! you have made some great seasonals in the winter ale, the devils pale, and the orange peel ale. To be honest, i did a side by side with the black jack lager, and i dont see a difference.

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