JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 341ml bottle. Pours a nice gold with a medium white head. The aroma is not like a pilsner, but it is nice, with some delicious bready malts, sweet grains, characteristic of this brewery, and a touch of citrus hops. The flavour is initially nice malts, very tasty, then comes a wave of citrus hops, finishing off with some earthy tones and bready malts. The aftertaste is a nice blend of it all, with a fuller but medium mouthfeel. This is a solid beer, debatable if it’s a pils or a pale, or w/e, but its incredibly fresh tasting and the price is ridiculously good. The more you have this beer the more you notice the pils elements; at the very least it’s inbetween pils and pale, therefore a premium. The people who added these beers in the first place were incorrect, and perhaps a bit snobbish. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
341ml bottle from the brewery, via Jay. Live rated sitting in front of my BBQ (this is why I moved to Waterloo). Light yellow, a few streaming bubbles, small white head. Aroma is nice - rich sweet light malt with some faint but present pils like hops. Taste is good - light malt body with crisp hops and a sweetness in the finish. For the price, this is excellent value, as it is one of the better made Ontario pils’ that I have had. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle from the brewery- Pours into the snifter, a gold sparkling body. Head is frothy but short lived, leaving little lace. The aroma is quite grassy, and full of lemon zest, with subtle malts and hay. This is very fresh and full of lemon and biscuit malt flavours, with malty sweetness with a good hop bite towards the finish. Spritzy, assertive bubles. A very good pale lager bordering on pils territory. If I were a local, i’d be all over this one all the time. Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 Clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is grainy, fruity and sweet. Flavour has a noticeable citrus tinge (oranges). Very clean tasting and easy to drink. Short, grainy finish with a little orange peel. A good session lager on its own merits, the low price makes it an exceptional one. pootzboy (1784) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottled: Unpasturized and fresh from the brewery.
Pour puts a standard looking commercial Pils in the glass..pale gold crystal clear...but this one has a rocky cap and this reduces to a nice lace and surface film.
Aroma is not Pls..missing the floral bouquet...we get biscuit malt, lemon-cider and some grass on this ...like a helles.
Moderate malts, medium-light body, peppery mouth feel, bready-cidery character.
Starts with decent enough biscuity pils malts then some modest saaz hopping joins to balance givng a cidery effect mid palate...finish is crisp, clean and dry with a light biscuity after taste.
A standard all malt pilsner with decent taste when fresh it can;t be beat and at the price at least as good a deal as Steam Whistle or Stone hammer pils.
barncatmatt (2287) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2012 341 ml bottle. pours golden yellow with a big pure white head. lots of tiny bubbles stream off the sides of the glass to keep that white head with you as you drink. aromas are crisp citris and a tiny bit of chewy breadish malt. taste is a little bakery sweetness with citris and some grassyness. medium body, very refreshing and drinkable. would be great with spicy dishes////////////////////////////quality at Gold Crown has really gone downhill in the last few years. the beer is still a serviceable pale lager when in good form, but some batches are simply god aweful. its a shame because back in 07/08 the beer pretty much defined what a craft north american pilsner could be Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle from matt7215. Thank you Matt! Slightly hazy yellow pour with a medium fizzy head. Pour retention and lacing. Slightly bitter grassy aroma. Taste is grass, grain and a sour fruitiness, not quite citrus. Medium body. Definitely flavor for a pale lager! GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle from the brewery. Light golden with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Body is slightly hazy - unfiltered, maybe? Seems unlikely, but you never know. Aroma is odd - there’s an ale-like fruitiness there, and some yeasty qualities, along with bready malt and very faint hops. Flavour is also fruity off the top - apricot and grape juice, really weird! - before becoming typically lager-like in the middle. Hops are a bit more prominent in the finish than suggested by the aroma, but still too weak for a true pils. Such a strange beer - certainly not great or on style for a pils, but I still ended up liking it a fair bit. Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Sweet aroma caramel like, with fairly thick white head. Sweet, slightly grassy, malty lager. Not bad creamy mouthfeel. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2002
pale yellow with decent head. sweet fruity malt, but not quite as much hops as I'd like in a pilsner. still quite quaffable.