JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 341ml bottle from the beer store, and from a fresh 6-pack too! It’s a miracle! (my local is terrible for expired craft beer). Pours a nice slightly deep gold, with a medium sized white frothy head. Aroma is faint, ok malt character with some decent hop presence. Flavour is about 100 times better! MAN is this stuff good! Perfect malty character, very "olde style" pioneer like, which is something I love. Bready, worty, delicately balanced though with some very good hop presence, but the bitterness is very minor in comparison to the delicious malts. Moderate effervescence is a huge asset to this brew. Very well done, almost Munich Helles like, but enough new world touch to it to make it something distinctly Canadian (traditionally Canadian, that is). This is a cliche line, but this beer really is what Molson Canadian WISHES it was, actually it is literally what Molson’s marketing claims their beer is, the "true Canadian taste". Too bad I hate that slogan, but in regards to THIS beer it’s quite fitting and deserving. Similar to Gold Crown’s bready Germanic lagers, but different what with slightly more hop character. Really good stuff, I’m so glad I found it fresh.
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 4oz sample from Olde Stone Brewing Company. Arrived with a golden body, and a nice white head. Lots of yeast and grain in the aroma. Crisp taste, with a nice level of hops, and a fruity maltiness to compliment the grains. Light body and average carbonation for the style. Very refreshing, and a nice surprise.
robinvboyer (3529) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6 pack from the LCBO.
typical clear golden color.
Aroma is grainy, and bready, its making me hungry for some fresh bakery bread. Flavour, well.....imagine this, a pale lager with hops!? i can actually taste hops! wow.....nice fatertaste, one of the better pale lagers i’ve had.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml bottle, courtesy VeloVampire - pours clear gold with nice visible, but not ridiculous, carbonation. Pure white head on top. Aroma is bready and sweet, with an earthy, slightly musty character. Fruity. Flavour was a real surprise however, blending a good amount of earthy hops with sweet, fruity malt. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste as well. This is definitely one of the better Ontario lagers. Not hugely crisp, but very smooth and not at all watery. It’s real beer.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 341 ml bottle - pours a rich gold with a good sized white head, that leaves very nice lacing as it diminishes. Aroma lots of sweet malt and some light breadiness, and a tiny hint of green apple. Flavour light but with a nice malt and honey sweetness and a small amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Nice stuff. Not terribly complex, but highly drinkable and very smooth. Would make an excellent summer session. Not the best pale lager I’ve had (that honour goes to Neustadt’s Lager), but in the top 3 for sure.
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a feeling this would be a good beer to pick up for my day off work, when I knew it would be a hot one and I could sit on the deck and enjoy a cold beer with the first warm weather the summer has to offer. Pours golden, with a dissipating but not vanishing head...kind of nice lacing. The aroma is flowery and fruity, a touch of malt. The taste follows, though not as intense as the aroma led me to expect (which was actually welcome - I was hoping for something that would be smooth). Lots of malt in the nose, a tiny touch of corn, and more of that fruity-flowery sense. Malt dominates the aftertaste, slightly bitter. By far the best Pale Lager I’ve ever had. Very well made, and perfectly balanced, IMO. Great patio beer! I prefer ales, but if I see this on tap somewhere, i would go for it.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks about half-a-shade darker than your average gold lager. Full and rich nose of malt and sweet corn, and some synthetic cherry candy in there somewhere. Fairly rich palate for a lager. Flavour leans heavily towards the malty end of the scale, with some fruit and bitterness emerging towards the end. Not outstanding but better than the Canadian standard.
tomthompson89 (1933) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pale straw yellow colour, sorta sweet, decent lager some hops noted little malt backbone, not bad
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle: Blonde with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles making their way up to join a slight white head. Not very distinctive to say the least. Little aroma, little flavour, really very little going on at all. Tastes very watery and lacks body. Malty finish just makes the whole experience weird. Easy to drink, but its complete lack of character makes it very unrewarding.
KingofCastle (206) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 bottle. Disappointing, this lager has not enough taste even when nice & cold. When it warms, less body. Blonde with non-lasting head. Smells better than it tastes. Light body at best but not enough sweetness or flavour upfront like premium import pale lagers (Castle, Tiger, San MIguel). Has a very sweet malty taste which hits the back of your mouth but just too watery (reminds of watered down apple juice). Funny hops flavour in there which makes it really spicy (corriander seed?): almost tastes like a really watered down spice ale. This is an example of poor pale lager: very, very thin & the flavour is not sweet but spicy.