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 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 (1653) - Hawgville, 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 (where’s 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 didn’t bother with their golden horseshoe lager as I suspect it would be similarly mainstream and at this stage of the game I’m lagered out where commonplace commercial tasting extract beers are concerned. This isn’t bad but it’s 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 (9693) - 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. That’s its target niche. This brew is carmelized malt. There’s good carbonization here.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
GregClow (2992) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Radek Kliber (6710) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2003
Light, sweet aroma . Slightly earthy , low on hop . One sided , plain beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
reddish brown, off white head. scant aroma of caramel and malt. the flavour starts out toasty malt and goes a little bitter, but then disappears in a whirlwind of water and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
Tasted at TFOB. Dark colour, I see the style here is American dark. Over carbonated composition. Light malty taste, little or no apparent hop flavour.

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