Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Pale Lager
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
markas101 (1980) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
341 ml bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via coop. Very pale yellow. Mild carbonation visible. Faint citrus aroma. Some sweet malt. Lemon pepper flavour, sharp citrus finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerAndPonies (109) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
Single 341 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in a footed lager glass. Apparently someone else besides me thinks "Strange Brew" was a underrated classic movie; ergo, the brew’s name. While the low-tech craft label is very nice, I wish it had resembled the "Old Style Pilsner" design of the movie’s prop bottles. Oh, well, let’s see if this beer gives me an urge to don black body armor and fight it out in a hockey rink. Pours a bright golden yellow with light, constant carbonation and a pearly white head that shrinks quickly but leaves a lace ring or two behind. Aroma features cereals, grassy hops, and an unfortunate buttery, creamed corniness. Flavor features a more pleasant palette, with malts and earthy hops, no corn, and with an acceptable bit of astringency in the otherwise clean finish. Thin and a little slick. If Phillips could get rid of the corn aroma - or add some mind-controlling chemicals so drinkers wouldn’t notice it - this would be a very good pale lager. Even so, what’s presented here is beauty, eh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
blackmetal (175) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
Notes of corn and grass. Not a bad pale lager but certainly not above and beyond in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljthiessen (652) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Clear, pale straw-yellow colour with virtually no head. Grains, corn and a touch of yeast and apple cider in the aroma, mostly classic lager but thankfully no skunky or off notes. Flavour is much the same, classic lager but surprisingly full flavoured and clean. Kind of impressive for a lager, no cheap adjunct flavours and nicely balanced, finishing neat and tidy with a touch of sweetness and a whisper of hops. Would recommend to any lager-loving friend as a step up from nearly any other lager out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (160) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear straw colour. Aroma is of malt with a slight fruitiness from the yeast. Taste is pretty balanced malt and hoppiness. Pretty easy going beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (448) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a clear amber, with just the slightest head and a little lace. Has some grassines, cereal with citrus backbone. Not grassy enough as say, a Samuel Smith, but I’d have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SteveLikesBeer (63) - - NOV 27, 2014
It pours with a nice wihite head that dissipates quickly. It’s cloudy gold with lots of bubbles, five-per cent alcohol and has a slightly grassy aroma. There’s a slight maltiness and a hint of bitterness. The finish is fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (732) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
Pale yellow pour, minimal head with little lacing. Some grassy citrus notes, also has an off kind of metallic notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (8737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
355mL bottle, pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head. Nose brings out grassy notes and light skunked vegetal notes. Flavour is similar, bringing out some light spiciness, grass and light skunked vegetal notes. Fairly clean and drinkable. Pretty much as good as a pale lager can be, though that’s not saying much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2564) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
Part of the BC Craft Brewers Guild Natural Selections 6 pack (2014). Pours a clean light golden-yellow colour with a frothy white head, decent retention and lacing. Soapy aromas with some citrus sourness. This blends in to a nice grassy hop nose. Light taste with not much malt and just a little more hops. Lightly dry and pretty refreshing for a summer brew.

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