Brewed by Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Hints of caramel, nuts and toasted malt result in a fully flavoured, yet deceptively smooth lager. A well balanced body makes it a perfect year-round beer. Red Leaf is an ideal match with burgers, rubs, sandwiches and stews.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeanF (2418) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
Wow, a gold medal winner! Forgive me if Im suspicious of competition winners... there are just too many competitions around to "award" medals for any kind of real incentive to care aboot them. But this one pours with a copper-brown body, some modest carbonation and a well-behaved head on top. Very soft malt aroma. Flavour is a lot of malt and little else - no complexity. Very drinkable though, in a forgettable kind of way. Tasted at 6.8 celsius, but even if warmed up you wouldnt find any complexity. An average beer for a boring day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rodenbach99 (4547) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
Canette de 473ml. Bire ambre de belle facture, malheureusement ma vue na pas eu le temps de voir la mousse tellement elle avait disparue rapidement. Le nez est peu expressif, commercial, tout comme la bouche de cette bire sans envergure, une sorte de Rickards red.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
473 mL can. Dark for a lager - deep bronze. Thin head. The aroma is spicy-sweet malt, but not as appealing as that sounds. Taste is pleasant without being particularly interesting. Thin caramel. Decent body. Better than any mainstream lagers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Can (473ml). Pours a deep, bubbly orange-copper with an average size lasting fluffy white head. Mild aroma of grain, lightly toasted caramel malt, light vegetal notes and a hint of hops. Flavour follows the aroma with lightly toasted malt, grain, light hops and adds some nuts. Average bodied. Its a decent Lager but its not my thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
from can, thin and uninspiring but the fact that it comes from a smaller brewery raises it up in my mind above some of the other rubbish that gets sold in Canada

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 Rerate. Light amber pour with a thick white head. The aroma has a little bit of sweet toffee and a bit of toasted grain. A fairly bready mouthfeel and a bit of light herbal spiciness on the back. A fairly simple, but tasty brew - seems much better than I gave it credit for the last time. Great balance. Deep amber-brown pour with a thick tight tan head. The aroma has a little bit of light toffee along with a touch of oddly metallic character as well. A fairly dirty DMS sort of aroma over a thin malt base. There is a touch of dark malt character but it tastes like its from roasted malt for colour - not really from any sort of character malt at all. There is a little bit of earthiness but its not really from either hops or malt - its just kind of there. Moderately astringent and not really all that good. 5 4 4 2 9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
341ml bottle from the LCBO. note: black label bottle with red writing. I believe this beer has been improved since its inception. Reviewing the new bottle from 2011. Pours clear off-red with minimal white head. caramel and malt aroma. Simple sweet taste of caramel malt. highly drinkable but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (6325) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
I have this a Great Lakes Red Leaf Smooth Red Lager, and the label is completely different, so I hop I am rating the correct beer. Red, as you might expect, but also kinda brown. Actually more brown than red. Smells like brown sugar, caramel and just a little bit of smoke. Flavor is grassy, caramel, and maybe a little bit of cola. Simple, maybe just a little bit on the bland side. Thanks to jerc for the trade!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (8638) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2011
What can you expect from a beer that markets itself on nationality? Something along the lines of Molson? Anyway, the taste starts to get a touch foul after a while. Smell is indeed bad, like Duffman says and the taste has nothing notable besides a hint of maple... maybe thats the misplaced nationalism trying to assert itself

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
DuffMan (10139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle brought from Kingston and shared by Robbie. The aroma from this bottle was so bad, I passed it around the room to receive commentary: compost, canned beans, dog food. It smells appalling. Looks harmless enough, and tastes bland, but the smell is astounding. Wow.

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