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Brewed by Gold Crown Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Waterloo, Canada

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.5
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 341ml bottle. Pours a nice golden colour with a large white head, and it looks very heavily carbonated. The aroma is nice, malty, straw, and hay (smells like mash). The taste is all of the above with a small citrusy hop bite, and a sweet metallic finish, and malty after taste. Not quite as good as the Premium Lager, in fact it almost seems like a milder version of it with less grains and malts, but still a fresh, clean, well-brewed lager at an amazing price. The label on the bottle of the lion is also very nice and cool-looking.

3.4
Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle, pours a nice pale colour, the taste is pretty smooth and it has a good solid body, it is really quite nice

3.2
DocKozzak99 (143) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Not too bad. Not enough authority. just somewhat boring but above average...

3.2
pootzboy (1802) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2010
UPDATE: I felt it time to re re-rate this boilerplate all malt lager as I have been sipping happily away on it for the past two years. There are three things that have to be stated about this brew which most reviews miss. (A) the lager is in the Dortmunder Helles style, the lemony-bready snap at the end is the give away. That makes it to my knowledge the only example of this style in the Ontario market (B) The brightness of the malt flavor is because this beer is always fresh...bottled every Friday. (C) It’s an all gristed malt beer... For the price this is a far better a lager than any of the weak mouthed extract beers coming from Brick these days. Poured a clear amber-gold with a 1 finger white cap which does not last too long...modest lace. Very subtle aroma....just a light musty malty sweetness, some cider tones, hop grassiness and some lager yeast sulphiides. Medium-light bodied.... moderate malt spine. firm mouthfeel. Grainy/bready up front then this is balanced by a peppery-citrusy-herbal discernment from the hops and bit of cidery tartness from lager yeast sulphides. Finish is clean with light lemony bittering and a decent biscuity snap A good enough standard all malt helles lager...drinkable....clean and grainy but nothing over the top to distinguish it.

3
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle from the brewery- Pours a deeper shade of gold, with a medium sized white cap. No real retention to speak of but nice lacing.The aroma is grainy upfront, but there is some lemony citrus notes with bread and grass. The flavour profile is similar to the kings with the lemon and hay/grass notes, but this is heavier on sweet malt, and the finish is thicker, and it finishes justa touch grainy and maybe a little cloying. Still better than anything the macros are throwing at us.

3
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
341 ml bottle from the brewery. Meh, its a pale lager. Not a bad beer but I see no reason to go back and buy it again.

3
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2009
341ml bottle from the brewery. Medium yellow, small white head. Grainy aroma with hints of citrus. Good taste - fresh crisp malt (lots of malt for the style) and some subtle citrus hops in the background. Quite dent actually. I’ll take the on tap version (if it is the same beer or not) but this is just fine and well worth it for the low price.

3
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle from the brewery. Light gold with a small white head. Aroma is malt-forward, a bit bready, with some fruit/citrus hints and a bit of straw. Crisp body. Flavour is fine, quite sweet and malty up front, with mild lemony hops in the not-too-short, not-too-long finish. As most of noted, this is a clean and agreeable pale lager - nothing exciting, but it does the job.

3
Chas_manian (5) - CANADA - SEP 26, 2016 does not count
I’m partial to this local brewery, which offers a variety of affordable brews in bottles or growlers. The Lion Lager is an easy drinking lager that always satisfies.


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