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


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Sampled at Beer Bistro Golden Tap Awards. Red body, small white head. Sweet dark lager taste, thin and uninspiring, but pretty darn drinkable. Not for the first time at this little well run fest, I was pleasantly surprised - some of these "average" rated Ontario microís do taste better from a fresh keg for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
Red amber hue with thin wispy head... sarbonated aroma slight apple cider. good body slightly weak though.... nothing special though...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1446) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Cheap alternative to Rickards Red on tap. Not much going on, it has more flavour than a normal lager and a much nicer colour, but still fairly bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2004
Bottle- Pours a dark amber colour with just a hint of rouge in it. Not as red as I would have thought. head is frothy, and off white. Aroma is sour, minimal hops. Taste is slightly sour, earthy, with some malt hints. Watery on the finish. Decent enough to drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Pretty decent. Very red looking with a normal amber ale flavour. A little thin on the palate side
Earlier Rating: 6/20/2004 Total Score: 2.2
red colour. no head. taste is lacking a bit. a little fizzy. thin and watery. boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
Why does the T.O. Festival of Beer have to have so many sucky beers? Creamy, frothy pour and a maple syrup colour to it, some cookie and toffee notes and a sticky body. As it warms, however, it begins to fall apart, with a cheap homebrew taste to it. Had potential but went nowhere.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pootzboy (1677) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Judging by the varied reviews this beer must vary lot to lot...that seems to explain it to me. Sampled twice at the goodbeer festival. Poured a copper color (whereís the "red" here?) slight head that disappeared fast. No real nose to it... wisps of caramelized malt where barely detected. Has a weak mouthfeel...light body some sweet malt tastes...hops subdued...quick clean finish with no aftertaste. I tried it again after sampling other beers but I got the same impression...this is as mainstream as they come...I didnít bother with their golden horseshoe lager as I suspect it would be similarly mainstream and at this stage of the game Iím lagered out where commonplace commercial tasting extract beers are concerned. This isnít bad but itís not good and has no distinctive qualities...we need another mainstream bland extract beer alike another tax hike.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
I think they have strengthened the formula from previous years. This brewery concentrates on sweet things and is brewing cake with beer, ice cream with beer. Thatís its target niche. This brew is carmelized malt. Thereís good carbonization here.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
GregClow (3038) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Light amber with a small biege head. Stale, soapy aroma. Mouthfeel starts creamy, but finishes watery. Flavour is quite non-deScript and vaguely unpleasant. Not good...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
Clear dark red-brown. Off-white head w/ huge bubbles. Aroma of cook corn & wet cardboard. Thin, watery body. Bland carbonated water flavour w/ some licorice & fuel notes.

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