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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What could be better? You know life around the Lake is absolutely wonderful and unique. Whether its a year-round lifestyle or a summer interlude, everything about the experience is top-flight. Now, why settle for an average beer? Custom BrewCrafters of Honeoye Falls has built a strong reputation for developing special, hand-crafted beers for unique restaurants and taverns throughout Western New York . Canandaigua Lake Ale is the first to marry a unique locale to its own unique beer. The Finger Lakes region is known for its fine local wines. Is there any doubt that a fine local craft-beer is a perfect complement to everything that defines Canandaigua Lake ? Canandaigua Lake Ale is a crisp, refreshing beer with a malty flavor and soft hop aroma. This beautiful golden ale is a complex blend of the finest European malts and American wheat used to produce loads of flavor and a thick, creamy head that will linger in the glass long after the beer is gone. Brewed with Pale, Wheat, Crystal and Caravienne Malts with Willamette and Cascade Hops. 4.75 %ABV.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (19494) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours unclear amber with a creamy, small and off-white head. Strong, earthy hop aroma with prominent grapefruit and pine. Mild flavor, with light sweetness but more earthy, dirty hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes bitter with some lingering grass. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9634) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 30, 2014
Draught at the brewpub. Pale golden color, lacy. Grassy, citrus hop nose. Flavors of biscuit malt, decent hops, lemon, grass, nicely balanced. A nice drinking beer, very fresh and clean. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (8511) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Draft at Buffalo Brewfest. Pours gold with a white head. Butterscothy, caramel aroma. Smooth body. Sweet caramel flavor, with toast and a hint of fruit. Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
1/6/14. 12oz bottle thanks to JBVatkeens. Lightly hazed golden orange pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring and doesnt lace. Mild dank hop aroma, soft wheat, some pale maltiness, not much else. Bland flavor, sort of an off metallic tinge, husky pale malts, earthy mild hoppiness. Meh.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blankboy (7395) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a large frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of grain, straw, some fruit and very light hops. Flavours a bit sour, with caramel malt and light hops. Light to average bodied. Just O.K. at best, its quite dull.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: amber with slight haze , frothy white thin mid top . 2+
Nose: sweet , fruity character , bit funky with leafy citrusy hops.
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied , caramel malt based , quiet sweet with mix of various hops. Some sourness with funk on side . Was that intended? Beer with some potential if done right.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7161) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
My wife brought this one back from a trip to Rochester. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright apricot color with a large sudsy orange-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was bread, honey and candied golden fruits. The flavor was sweet bread, honey, pineapple and peach. The beer turned a bit dry on the long finish. Medium body but overcarbonated. Solid.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle ( 12oz ). Shared with blankboy and garthicus. Slightly hazy light copper-gold, average lasting fronthy white head. Fairly nasty vegetal aroma, vaguely herbal. Dry, sour, somewhat harsh aroma - bleh. Light body, decent carbonation, not much malt to it ... lame stuff.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DiarmaidBHK (4429) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Pours light brown from bottle with a thin white head that doesnt leave much lacing. Im not getting much aroma from this one. The taste is bitter without much corresponding hop flavor. Weird mouthfeel as though it hasnt fully fermented. Finish is watery.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4227) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2013
I can only guess after reading all the previous reviews, that those who received fresh bottles liked this brew (as did I), and those who got skunky bottles drank a brew that had warmed and turned stale. Clear medium amber with a full head that reduces to a nice cover, mottled walls of lace. Taste is a typical ale: caramel malt that is taken by clean hops, which allow the malt to share in the finish. Quite easy to drink, good for any outdoor cooking, overall solid without being splashy. I purchased a six-pack while in Rochester NY, and have enjoyed it immensely. Recommended for light drinking.


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