Brewed by Howe Sound Brewing
Style: Pale Lager
Squamish, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our lager is a version of the Dortmunder style. It is a pale golden lager, that is balanced between sweet malt and dry hop flavours. The lager has a clean, dry finish with some mild fruitiness delivered by the US version of German Hallertau hops and traditional Polish Lublin.

What is a Dortmunder Lager Style you say? In the mid-19th century, breweries in Dortmund, Germany began brewing a common style of lager that was slightly stronger in alcohol, and that sought a balance between classic German noble hops and the sweetness of pale malts. Where the classic pilsner offered a more pronounced hop aroma and character, the Dortmunder lager offered a firm and even dryness with a slightly alcoholic warmth. The export version of the Dortmunder lager was noticeably higher in alcohol content.

At 5.5% alc./vol. it is stronger than many lagers in the North American market. Compared to mainstream lagers, it is a more full-bodied and less gaseous edition of the lager style. We think it’s delicious - we hope you do too.

Food Pairing
This pale golden lager pairs very well with fish, chicken, burgers and salads. A good choice to take along to a summer barbecue or a camping adventure.

Our Can
Lined to prevent any metallic contamination and designed to be durable and stackable, our can is made from #2 HDPE recyclable materials, a great alternative for the environment. The can toppers themselves have also been especially created with the safety of the local wildlife in mind.

18 IBU
13 Plato
Canadian Brewing Awards 2013: Kellerbier, Bronze award

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DerWeg's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DerWeg (1750) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 14, 2013
Can @ Only Cafe poured a semi hazy gold, worryingly stable dense white head. Aroma of sweet field grass and prickle of yeasty lager edge. Taste seems to be flawed with evident peanut and/or dried peas DMS. Yet has pale fruit, bready pale malt/caramel sweetness and some grainy flavors, grassy hop palate and sweet-dry finish. Firmly mediocre and boring whatever style you call it.

pamaral148 (21) - CANADA - OCT 6, 2017
Aromas of hay, citrus, and even some mild bubblegum. Deep gold in colour with minimal head. Taste is round and balanced, certainly not very bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. This beer is interesting because each characteristic is so well-defined and pronounced.

stantheman (1104) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2017
From a 6pk of cans bought at BCL SOLO store near Brentwood in Burnaby. A pale amber beer with generous white head and a faint nose resembling..beer. Overly sweet, as is usually the case with pale lagers, but a bit more hop punch than usual, and a bit more malted grain flavor. 3.2

cattaneopapa (445) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
355ml can from LCBO. Pours a clear deep gold colour with one finger of head. Refreshing citrus and bread on the nose. Taste starts off as your typical North American lager but without any specific after-taste. Hoppy flavours lead to a well balanced finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not bad.

tmalaher (309) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
Cloudy orange, foamed like crazy out of the can. Not getting much of any hops or malt. Meh.

Kobold (41) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
Appearance: A lightly benighted field of straw.... Aroma : weed tangled earthiness and long wet hair whipping you in the nose. A former sour dough bread package flits by on the breeze of old cut flowers entering the fragrant stage of decomposition. Dirty yeast motes ping in the background radiance. An occasional waft of dead breath reminds one of ordinary mortality..... Taste: citrus infused dough becoming biscuits with a dash of dried orange peel fragments. On the side rest shy, muted candies. The imbibing ends in a big, lingering uncarbonated orange crush kiss.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
355 ml can from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Cloudy amber with a tight, off-white meringue. Aroma: Slightly sweet bread crust maltiness, a little bit of non-specific fruitiness, floral/woodsy hops, a touch of green herbal/grassiness, may be a touch spicy (phenolic...?), Palate: Medium body, sloppy carbonation. Flav.: Quite fruity, apples/cider for sure, quite malty, limited floral/woodsy/slightly grassy hops, quite a lot going on for a lager; almost dry with low bitterness and a quite malty and somewhat fruity finish.

This resembles a moderate home brew interpretation of a Dort. Not as good as expected from these guys.

tmoreau (4745) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Shared 355ml. can poured to a snifter showing a cloudy, orangey gold color, with modest, soft white head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was light grain/soft malt, with subtle esters as peach/apricot. Light bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma, nearly watery texture, and lightly dry finish. Fair hydrator/session brew.

adamnowek (3518) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2015
Clean and slightly sweet lager. A hint of warming booziness that you don’t see in other Canadian lagers. Lower carbonation, which makes this hysterically easy to drink.

Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
Draft - Sweet grains. Clear gold with a decent white head. Pale malts and grains with a nice sweetness. Sweet, harmless and light.

mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
On tap at Howe Sound, pours a clear pale golden yellow with a small white head. Nose brings out notes of corn, light grass and crisp crackery malt. Flavour is very clean and refreshing, with notes of grassy notes, corn, and crisp biscuity malt. Seems more like a pils than regular pale lager. Clean and refreshing. Very nice.

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