cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
My goal is to rate all the beer I’ve tried. That means rating the bad ones along with the good ones. This is one of the bad ones. Where I went to University, this beer had the raunchy nickname of "’Ol Vag___", but I was not informed of that until after trying it.
This is one of the old Carling O’Keefe products (Carling O’Keefe’s Ol’ Vienna Lager) that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s complete with television commercials. It pours a weak yellow colour with little head. The aroma was very skunky (every time I have tried this). The taste is rather skunky as well, not a friend to the mouth at all. Strong carbonation, and very little discernable maltiness. The more I thought about it, the less I liked it. After a couple, I was able to safely declare it among the worst Canadian beer I had ever tasted.
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Not an exceptional standout beer, but when you consider that THIS was a big brand about 20 years ago, it makes you think. More character than Canadian...not really hops or malts, just some kind of...taste. Finish is a little hoppy, again, more than Canadian or its nemesis Blue. This beer still moves well in the small towns and amongst old men’s slo-pitch leagues. Just not "cool" enough for an ad campaign anymore, I guess. They’ll bring it back at some point.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
NOt bad, but not really exceptional though. It was like a strong lager without the higher levels of alcohol. Apparently used to be an independent brewery. And it seems to be from Scottish roots.
robinvboyer (3568) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
meh, tastes like canadian, pretty much sums up all their "pale lagers", avoid.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had a can of this from a friend and for an everyday later in the night beer it is not bad. You could do better but not too bad!
Precept53 (147) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice malt and hop flavor with clean finish, much better than Canadian, can only seem to find in Canada though.
DuffMan (8043) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2006
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay, I actually had this alongside a Stella Artois. They look the same-- if anything, OV had a nicer looking head to it. However, the difference begins with the aroma: OV essentially has none, other than a bicarbonate tang that tickles your nose. As it warmed up, a sharp graininess became faintly evident. The Stella had more flavour, but not much more. Basically this endeavour illustrated the averageness of Stella more than anything!
MatKool (64) - CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 A past favorite. A light lager with a nice hops finish. Best from the bottle. Only comes out on very special occasions! Not sure why....hehe
jb (2539) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very light and inoffensive. Pale color, mild hops aroma, malt and corn palate and watery finish. Okay
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canned sample. Very pale yellow in colour with lots of carbonation. Very fizzy indeed. Little aroma, but perhaps there’s just a bit of corny-malt and alcohol. The body was painfully thin. Some light fruit (maybe apple) flavor was evident, as well as the slightest hint of some earthy hops. Slightly better than expected, and much better than theother option of malt liquor I was offered at my mother-in-law’s house.