RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 2.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jt100 (1) - Farmington, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Bitter and watery. Not much else going on with it. Needs some malt backbone to balance the bitterness. Not really bad, but not really good either.

KyotoLefty (10808) - 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.

drowland (9184) - 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 doesn’t 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.

rondphoto (4508) - 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.

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Aroma of grassy citrus and dusty malts. Hazy orange and bubbly. Taste is soapy bitter dried out sweet. Smooth, plush body which doesn’t add much to the beer overall. Very basic stuff here that is noteworthy only in its blandness.

nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle pours Yellow as far as head so so. overcarbonated smells tastes of pine resin. Bitter dry. Pretty gross. Custom brew crafts sucks.

coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Thanks again to UDBeernut for kleeping the beer rating grounded and in perspective. Have any of the rest of you noticed that Canandaigua is pretty hard to type? I may be the most complex thing about this beer. while I did get a bit of skunk in the nose it evaporated quickly and left me with a thin bodied ale with a pine punch to the bland body slightly prior to a stale hop finish. A stepping stone brew for BMC drinkers? Never having been to the Lake, I would be hesitant to go there based upon this manifestation of "the perfect compliment to everything that defines Canandaigua Lake" I think I have some three year old cascade hops in my freezer that these guys can use.

UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from premier. Pours golden amber with white foam head that reduces to a thin cap. Decent amount o lacing. Nose is full of skunk, can not see much past it. Taste has light cracker instantly over whelmed by pine then skunk. Body is light, but not watery. Yikes. This is a stinker.

Brewbie (497) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2012
12oz bottle. cloudy gold, small white head. aroma of citrus. crisp taste, nice hops at first taste. lingering hops bitterness.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - 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.

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