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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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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papillon (366) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2012
473 mL Can. Deep amber body with a thin but tenacious foamy white head leaving ample lace. Aroma of sweet light malts with grassy hops and a floral note. The flavor speaks of a light body; refreshing but without being short on taste. Light sweet malts with just the right amount of hops to make it a great session beer. The light sweet malts and soupçon of toasted malts linger off into a clean finish seeming to invite the beer drinker to take another sip. I’m taking some of this on my next fishing trip.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoR (491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
I really liked that beer. Interesting aroma with traces of wood. Better than Rickard’s Red. Amber colour. Drinked in bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
341ml bottle from the LCBO. note: black label bottle with red writing. I believe this beer has been improved since its inception. Reviewing the new bottle from 2011. Pours clear off-red with minimal white head. caramel and malt aroma. Simple sweet taste of caramel malt. highly drinkable but nothing exceptional.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gilvanblight (769) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sudomorph (511) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
473ml can from the brewery. Pours a crystal clear, dark caramel colour with a one finger, off-white head that thins fast. Mild ring lacing clings to the glass. Aroma has notes of bread and caramel, with hints of vanilla, laced with roasted malts. Taste is a balanced bitter with a bready caramel finish. Low-medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Crisp and fairly clean in the mouth. Highly drinkable and moderately refreshing. Overall not bad. Nothing offensive but nothing that blows me away. Definitely more malt forward but that isn’t a bad thing. I would probably buy again to switch it up from the IPAs. Could be a good well rounded brew to have around to offer to people that might not like a more crafted taste. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (5652) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2006
Bouteille de 341ml achetée à la LCBO (Barrie, ONT). Arôme: Légère odeur terreuse avec une pointe de pomme. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #708)

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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wnp22 (685) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8398) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
8oz draught sample at Toronto Festival of Beers August 5, 2010. Lovely bright and clear reddish-copper with an average off-white to tan head (4-). Slight caramel aroma, quite grassy and a little sweet - just light hints of roast and alcohol, once again no bitterness to speak of. Taste follows - simple, with light caramel roast, some grassiness, no alcohol, and some bitterness, initially a tad metallic. Average, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation, quick-finishing, just a slight lingering vague bitterness left behind - not bad.


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