Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On-tap at the brewpub, fresh batch. A little cheesy aroma in hops. Pale yellow body with carbonation bubbles and a little head on. Lacey. Served on the too cold sid, more complex as it warms. Average mouthfeel, maybe even a tad above that. Aggressive carbonation. Decent drinkability. The taste is a tad funky for a lager.
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yellow nearly headless body. Unappealing floral, not quite funky, cidery aroma. Wheaty grass like undertones. Cidery unpleasant flavour. Average to thin palate. Wow, I assumed that the earlier ratings were a bit harsh, but this was “fresh” from the brewery and still not up to par.
j12601 (6759) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Taps on Queens in Niagara Falls. Pours a clear golden amber with a slight orange tint to it. Light caramel and faint grain. A bit thin, very weak grain, and mostly no flavor really. Finishes with some graininess and a faint bitterness. Very watery and empty. Inoffensive, but really rather forgettable.
mabel (6673) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
[2449-20090814] Sample. Mild grainy straw aroma is more stunted than the premium. Clear, light yellow brown body with a quick foamy white head. Mild grainy hay yeast flavour has lots of petrol undertones. Light body is rough. Much like the Premium but with petrol.
(@ brewpub; Niagara Falls, ON)
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draught. At October 2005 Winking Judge BeerFest, Hamilton. Ugh - what a letdown after the much superior Taps Premium Lager. Poured clear oily pale yellow with no head. Funky honey aroma, sweet yet vaguely vegetal, all of which gives way to a weird medley of sweet fruit - cassis, raspberry, grape. Taste is of grains, raspberry jelly, with off-putting metallic harshness mixed in - some wheat as well. Palate is brackish and sickly sweet, as well as too thin. I didn’t like it at all, like a cheap lager thrown into a blender with a can of raspberry jam (and you forgot to open the can).
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft @ the brewpub in Canada, last night of the trip .. . pours a deep yellow .. medium foam .. . hay and fresh grain .. . light mouth .. quite darn refreshing
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robinvboyer (3260) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some nice grainy malts in the nose. Some pleasant malty cereals in the flavor. A great bready finish. A quality lager.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Malty nose, and olive/vinegar as well? Amber, small cream head. Tastes of junky candy, sticky and sweet. Poor.
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Taps, pale yellow gold color, with a ring of white head, light fruity, bubblegum yeastiness, with some faint peach, mango esters, with a faint honeyed pale, crystal malt accent, with a hint of cereal graininess in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp, fruity, crunchy honeyed pale, pilsener malt character with a peachy, pear, mango, mild flowery hop grassy accent upfront, leading towards a zesty, lemony, lingering hop leafy bittering finish.
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled at the Winking Judge Spring fest. My first experience with this brewery and while the folks representing it were friendly, this beer wasn’t very good. Sort of a dark yellow, copper colour, thin body, hardly any head. Taste was surprisingly sweet, but became very syrupy and terribly unbalanced as I made my though my mug full. I enjoyed their premium lager much more. The chap representing them said they were going for a more mainstream market with this one, but I encourage them to concentrate on their other product - it can still attract a mainstream market and stand up as a well crafted beer.