Formerly brewed at Big Rock Brewery
Style: Premium Lager
Calgary, Canada
Serve in Lager glass


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
XO Lager is our recipe for a 165 year old pilsner beer style. It has a creamy head and a crisp clean finish. XO’s soft delicious balance is accomplished by using Saaz hops from the Czech Republic, one of the most ’noble’ hops in the world. The name XO signifies the extra time left to age in our lagering cellars.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, - JUL 7, 2007
(Bottle) Courtesy of Oakes. Pours a thin, white, dissipating head with a highly-carbonated golden body. I cannot mix words, this sucks. Pure creamed corn malt flavour with a grainy nose. Not to my liking. Not very good. Other seem to agree.

RhetoricalAns (939) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle. Another old Big rock rating. Yellow gold pour with a thin white bubbly head that soon dissipates. Light malt aroma. Taste has some light fruit notes and decent hopping. However its still overall rather thin and lackluster.

Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a clear pale straw color with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of soft sweet person malts, dme and a light bit of green apple. Taste is sweet pale malts and dme. Easy drinking lager.

reebtogi (6326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
341mL bottle poured clear pale golden color with white head diminishing quickly to virtually no lace. Aromas are muted grains. Taste is mildly sweet and bitter finish which is just off the mark. A little below average as far as lagers go.

JoeMcPhee (9451) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Hazy pale golden pour. White head. The aroma is fairly sweet with lots of DMS present up front. Fairly slick, almost greasy palate. I think that about says it all - down the drain with this beast.

gramity (1675) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Appearance is golden yellow with almost no head. Very little smell except for a hint of grain and fruits. Taste is very light with a hint of malt and a slight hint of fruit, nothing to interesting. Very little carbonation and no body. After taste is very watery and smooth, just like water. Overall, this beer is very bland offering nothing unique.

Metalchopz (3447) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
Bought this one at The Beer Store in a variety 12-pack. XO, giving the impression of aged (like cognac), but not really. Talks about this on back label but does not mention anything about how long (so not really important and credible). Small white head, not lasting long, with a few wet spots of lace. Golden colour with little carbonation. Smells like wet hay and pee. Wet mouthfeel, wishing it was at least crisp (for a lager). Nope. A little bit of grass is felt to save the day, in the taste. Other than that, not much else. Short finish and overly boring.

zeek (194) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
Straight from the can, no glass involved! Nice fresh hoppy aroma. Taste is ok, mild bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Very clean finish.

Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
341ml bottle from The Beer Store. Pours light yellow. No real aroma. Not a lot of flavour, but nothing innoffensive either. Should be caled "OK Lager".

Captainsask (5) - CANADA - MAR 7, 2010 does not count
I enjoy most of what Big Rock puts out, and even though I’m not a pilsner fan this one was surprisingly tasty and easy on the taste buds. Go Big Rock

Strangebrewer (1326) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
can. Poured clear straw coloured with a thin white head. Citrusy hop nose. Bready malt flavour with a lemon citrus undertone. Finish is crisp, a bit grainy, but not bad.

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