Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Pale Lager
Squamish, Canada


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Our lager is a version of the Dortmunder style. It is a pale golden lager, that is balanced between sweet malt and dry hop flavours. The lager has a clean, dry finish with some mild fruitiness delivered by the US version of German Hallertau hops and traditional Polish Lublin.

What is a Dortmunder Lager Style you say? In the mid-19th century, breweries in Dortmund, Germany began brewing a common style of lager that was slightly stronger in alcohol, and that sought a balance between classic German noble hops and the sweetness of pale malts. Where the classic pilsner offered a more pronounced hop aroma and character, the Dortmunder lager offered a firm and even dryness with a slightly alcoholic warmth. The export version of the Dortmunder lager was noticeably higher in alcohol content.

At 5.5% alc./vol. it is stronger than many lagers in the North American market. Compared to mainstream lagers, it is a more full-bodied and less gaseous edition of the lager style. We think itís delicious - we hope you do too.

Food Pairing
This pale golden lager pairs very well with fish, chicken, burgers and salads. A good choice to take along to a summer barbecue or a camping adventure.

Our Can
Lined to prevent any metallic contamination and designed to be durable and stackable, our can is made from #2 HDPE recyclable materials, a great alternative for the environment. The can toppers themselves have also been especially created with the safety of the local wildlife in mind.

18 IBU
13 Plato
Canadian Brewing Awards 2013: Kellerbier, Bronze award

Hooker's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, - FEB 25, 2012
Clear amber colour with lasting beige head. Tart pilsen hop nose. Bread and yeast taste with yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2612) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
This is just a well made lager. Nothing spectacular, nothing mindblowing. Just a here drink this and donít think too much about it beer. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3359) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2015
Wow! A pale lager that actually has some hop aroma and flavour! Grassy, and subtle, with some super solid cereals. The mouth feel is a little fuller than I expected, but the flavour is there. The ultimate lawn mower beer. A great pale lager. This should be in ever bar to convert macro drinkers.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
OldHoppy (1) - - MAR 4, 2015 does not count
To call this lager bland would be overly generous, overwhelming aftertaste of sugar stuck on the palate

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Sweet, bland, pale stuff. I guess they sell it but I canít imagine why. Itís certainly nothing close to a dortmunder - not even a bad one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Iím a lager fancier and Dortmund helles is one of my favorite quaffs (when I find it relatively fresh), Lager is not as simple as popular myth has it - itís actually a very delicate brew with decent malt complexity and itís easy to screw up with poor mashing and sparging technique - anyway this sample is fairly well done...it has been age filtered and has a delicate nose to it, big malt delivery with fair hop balance, medium body and long doughy finish with light bready sweetness in the finish, A good Dortmunder rendition, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deepeary (237) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
355 ml can from LCBO. Clear deep yellow with white head. Smells of euro hops, grain, some fruit. Same notes for the taste. Full flavoured german-style lager. Would be a go-to if the price per can came down a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
355ml can. Hazy gold pour. Very large and sticky white cap with lots of thick lacing. Nose has grain and bread, mild grass. Taste has bready malts, light caramel. Grassy aftertaste with mild bitterness. Surprisingly good premium lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Deep golden pour with a thick white head. The nose is nicely malty. Clean and lightly honeyed with some soft herbal/floral hop aroma and flavour. A little bit of sweetness and some soft caramelly flavour. They call it a Dortmunder - but it isnít.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkQ (83) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
Pretty "ballsy for a lager... it has a true manly taste to it compared to the usual commercial crap. Nice overall taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1426) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014 Pours a pale gold with a nice frothy & lacey white head. Aroma of sweet pale malts, bready malts and sweet fruity esters. Taste is biscuit, sweet crisp fruits and bready malts. Finish is crisp and clean and very refreshing, excellent lager.

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