Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, courtesy of matt7215 (thanks!). Looks ok - medium yellow, small but thick white head, lots of streaming bubbles. Grainy aroma, maybe some light fruity notes (hops?). Taste - standard stuff but clean: grainy, a weird sort of fruity finish (not really hops though). Medium body for the style. Decent enough, might enjoy it in the summer or something after some work outside, but not really enough else here to come back otherwise.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 pack from the LCBO. Consumed in one evening. This beer is yet another great example of how buck-a-beers can actually be pretty damn tasty. Mediocre malt body, bland and standard, no adjuncts, but the hops really shine in this one. Really nice dryness, bitterness, and lemony aspect to the whole experience (all more or less at the same time). Makes a great party beer, or just a great casual sitting around, not-wanting-to-drink-an-Imperial-Stout beer. Giver a try. Ontario’s new slogan should be: "Ontario, land of buck-a-beers, which are actually pretty decent!"
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I can see why this beer is $4 less per 6 pack than any other beer.
Proof that a "craft" brewer can make swill.
A chemical bitterness and a bit of maltiness. Pass.
probstblueribbon (3717) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
341 ml bottle in a six-pack from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear golden with a frail white foam.
Aroma: Grains, cereals, light grassy hops, a touch of old apple juice,
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly soft carbonation, smooth and surprisingly substantial. Reminiscent of a Pilsner in a way.
Flav.: Much like the nose, mainly grain/cereal, with a bit of grassy hops and some light non-descript fruitiness; lightly off-dry with a wee hint of bitterness (quite wee) and a very light caramel apple finish.
Didnít realize I was buying a discount beer until I paid. Not bad, all things considered.
Tessic (1036) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
This lager poured a light yellow colour with next to no head, even after a vigourous pour.l To the nose there are scents of corn, hopps and a little ripe fruit. First taste was smooth but a little watery. Not much of an aftertaste. Flavours of corn, sweet malt and spice??? Finish is nothing. a faint beer flavour plus corn. Flavour just seems to disappear. Not too bad but lifeless.
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (341ml). Via trade with matt7215. Clear light gold, huge diminishing frothy white head - nice lacing. The aroma is not bad - a hint of pvc up front, but plenty of real cereal grain malt and - gasp! - actual light weedy hops. The taste is pretty run-of-the-mill - follows the aroma, but does seem a tad harsh - clean, but harsh. Slightly weak body, a bit chewy, mild carbonation, and a slightly bitter aftertaste - the finish is fairly quick. Decent deck beer if youíre sitting in a .... muskoka chair.
robinvboyer (4138) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
6 pack from my local LCBO. Slightly malty nose, not much hops. Slight evegetal flavour and aroma. All in all for a buck a beer, itís one of the better ones iíve had. For a basic barebones boring lager, its decent.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 341 ml bottle. pours golden with a small white head. aromas are of sweet pale malt and nobel hop. flavours are an awesome blend of the aromas. this is the best discount lager available in ontario. a fantastic effort from this cottage brewer/////the current canned version isnt nearly as good as the old buck a beer bottles.
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
golden color, grassy grainy nose good dry crisp mouth feel some biscuty maltyness, no real hops to talk about
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Bottle fresh from the brewery.
Pour puts a clear deep golden lager in the glass with a decent 2 finger frothy white cap,
Bready malts and woody Nobel hops in the aroma...light whiff of sulphery lager yeast.
Sturdy malt spine, firm body, bready-woody character.
Nice chew of fresh bready malts in the front..nobels show to balance, decent middle with some sweetness, citrus, herbals tones tapering out to the thick finish which is slightly malt accented.
Fresh and bready tasting with just enough hopping to keep the sweetness at bay...the quintessential crafted all-malt lager..a deal at less than a buck a bottle and when fresh.