JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, 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.
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.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Different but grows on you quickly. Sweet aroma, pale golden color, smooth creamy texture, slightly fruity flavour.
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.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at al dente in brantford ON. severed in a niagara falls brewing 20oz glass. i can tell my beer sat at the bar waiting for delivery for a few minutes because the head had decreased to a white ring that sat atop a lovely golden body but my beer was a finger short. what do you expect from a wine bar. the aroma was hard to pick out. the brew was served very cold and at first a got nothing from it. after warming some bready lager malts came through. no hops to be found in the aroma. the flavour of this is the thing that sets it apart. great sweet wortiness. the breadiness is also there from the aroma and some hops come in at the end to balance it all out. better the i was expecting and i great find on tap at a wine bar.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good local lager on par or better than Creemore....except NFB millstone is uniquely different so comparisons are moot. Just got back from the falls and pulled one from the saddlebag cooler on the bike....poured a clear light gold with a 2 finger frothy white head that stayed as a 2cm cap the rest of the drink (good malts lots of protein in this froth). Aromas of sweet malt and apricot or pear..nice nose to it. Started clean then a nice whack of sweet malt hits you balanced off with the fruity undertones of the hops...the finish is nice...mellow with malt/fruit after tastes...deee-lishh-us. I like this lager and think it’s one of the best cottage brewed lagers in Ontario (for my tastes anyway)
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium yellow, frothy medium white head. Fresh malt with slight hops in aroma. Taste is that of a nice lightly hopped lager - very fresh and very refreshing! Decent thin to medium body. One of the better Ontario micro lagers I have had, nothing outstanding, just a solid effort.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear slightly bubbly yellow-gold with a spare diminishing white head. Fresh and sweet aroma of malt, grain and a touch of hops. Flavour of sweet caramel malt, honey, grain, light hops. Body is smooth and refreshing. If I had to nitpick I would say that it’s a little too mild. Surprisingly, this is one of the best lagers I’ve ever had -- no fooling.
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml brown bottle. Poured golden, white head composed of very fine bubbles, very smooth. Somewhat fruity aroma with some citrus and malt. Nice flavour with a bit of grainy, bready malt, light hops in the finish. Mild carbonation, light body, very drinkable.
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good solid pale lager indeed. Pours sparkling gold, foamy white head that floats around for a while. Aromas are unique, lemon-lime, hops, sugary. Taste is citrus, hops bitterness, grainy and yeast. Nice, Finish is citrus bitter aftertaste, and there’s a nice bite in the mouth. Good lager!