Georgian Bay Dipper - Hockley Valley Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: GodOfBeer on 06-15-2008

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thought I'd give this a try - my cottage is on Georgian bay, just outside of Midland, so it's a name close to my heart.

Poured a deep golden, almost amber colour, leaving a thin foamy head. Lots of visible carbonation, as per the fizzy lager style. No real lacing to speak of, but I'm not surprised.

The smell isn't offensive: light malts, a bit of apple or grape, some light caramel. Not bad.

The taste is fine, nothing too exciting, but for an adjunct, I'm not disappointed. A bit too sweet of a lager for my tastes, and the finish is a bit tinny, but not bad. Light malts, not much in the way of hops, except a bit of citrus near the end. Bland, but inoffensive.

Thin, well-carbonated.

I'll have to try this one again in the summer. I'm still searching for good examples of that "I just want a beer" lager taste, and I'm not sure this one hits the mark. Certainly drinkable, however.

Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

serviceable lager for a warm day. Below avergae mouthfeel, and softer carbonation. Light colour, much bubble bath of foam. Neutral aroma, a bit floral. A pale malt job, even tending toward corn.Nothing special, though fresh made it drinkable. Cleaner taste than a macro.

Photo of DaveBar
3.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.75 for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in no time. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- A hint of smokiness to it. Good malt and hop base.

T- Has that smokiness taste but very little making it very palatable and enjoyable. Heavy hops for a north American beer style. Like it.

M- Creaminess. Other than that North American style of beer

O- Pretty good. Will buy again for a camping trip for sure

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... Fresh caught fish. Salt, pepper and dusted with flour and tasty good!


Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large foamy head with low retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of pure malt with some medium sweetness. Taste is also dominated by some pure malt taste with some light sweet and floral notes. Full body for the style with some good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. Not overly complex but very refreshing for those (very few) hot summer days.

Photo of irishkyle21
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head, some lacing and retention. Has a gold color.

The nose is rather bland. Pale malts, grassy hops (barely noticeable) and a bit metallic.

Nothing to keep the tongue occupied. Pale malts/grain thats about all I can pick out. Just your average laid back lager.

Photo of ssmack
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very slight haze in the light golden colour. One inch of fine white head. Streams of carbonation with some retention.

Mild hops aroma. Steely and floral.

Mild cky malt taste with mild grassy and floral hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation feel.

A generic mild ale. Drinkable but I will not buy it again.

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Skunk, bread, corn, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also a light breadiness and a some grassy notes. It ends with a bready/grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Bleh.. I should have known better when I saw 'Serve Ice Cold!' on the side of the can. A decent summer lawnmower beer, but just a notch above macro.

Photo of mrmanning
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can from the LCBO- Can states "Brewed for Midland Beer Works, by Hockley Valley Brewing Company". Pours a deep gold liquid and is topped by a frothy and short lived white foam, leaving some spotty lace. The nose is bready with pale malts and grains, leading to mild hops and a strange fruity component and some fusel alcohol. Tastes of sweet corn bread and fruity malts, again with fusel alcohols, leading to a mild hops bitterness that is not balancing thins out properly here. Creamy, sweet bready malt finish. Under attenuated and one dimensional.

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can (as pictured), Thanks bobsy, glad to get some more Ontario cans.
"A light hearted beer Brewed fresh for Fun loving People"
From the label: "Skinny Dip: A light hearted refreshing swim wearing only a smile. For over 100 years people of all ages have enjoyed the exhileration of a 'skinny dip' in the cool waters of Georgian Bat. Check out our Dipper. Please remember; Dip responsibly.
Brewed for Midland Beer Works by Hockley Valley.

Poured clear gold with a short white head. Not alot of carbonation or foam retention.
Smell is light, malty grains. Pretty decent flavor for an adjunct lager. Bready, slightly sweet, but no off flavors. Dry, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit flat, decent drinkability. Nothing fancy, but no complaints. A slightly above average beer. Did go well with my chipotle rubbed pork steak.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO. Now branded simply as 'Georgian Bay Beer', still brewed at Hockley for the Midland Beer Works in Tiny, ON. I had a can of this a few weeks ago and didn't mind it, so I picked up another to review. Served ice cold.

Pours a bright golden-yellow hue, topped with one half-finger of foamy white head that quickly dies down into a soapy cap and narrow collar. Kind of flat and dull-looking, with a subdued aroma of bready palt malts, cereal grains, honey and a light wisp of floral hops and apple juice. Appropriate for the style, but not a bouquet that really gets my hopes up.

Straightforward, relatively clean taste - pale grains, bready malts and corn flakes give way to a tinny, grassy note from the hops. The finish is a little vegetal/corny for my liking, but otherwise fairly dry. Corny aftertaste that disappears in a flash. Light-bodied, but not thin or watery; moderate carbonation for the style. Smooth, refreshing, and quite drinkable.

Final Grade: 3.33, a B-. Georgian Bay Beer is probably one of the better 'no frills' pale lagers/blonde ales I've tried over the last few months, easily beating out stuff like Rock Cut Lager, as well as this brewery's Hockley 100. It's a simple, almost bland offering that I could easily drink all night while seated next to a campfire by the lake. This is slightly better than macro equivalents like Canadian or Blue, but it's also slightly more expensive. Personally, I think it's worth the upgrade - I enjoyed this glass and it really hit the spot tonight - but your mileage may vary, as this is totally not the type of beer that is going to stoke the interest of most BAs.

Photo of hopdog
2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can acquired in trade with Sammy.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averagee sized white head. Aromas of grains and I was getting some cardboard. Tastes of honey/malty sweetness and lighter graininess. Thin body and overall forgettable.

Photo of funkengruven
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at Waterdown LCBO, never had it before but thought I'd give it a shot. This poured a bright yellow with a thin white ring floating on top. Smell is sweet, some malt and some corn in the nose. Taste is a little weak, corn dominates the aftertaste however the body is thin. Served cold, it's definitely refreshing enough and on a hot day this would certainly hit the spot, however it's the beginning of March and hot days are at least two months away.

Honestly, this reminds me a bit of a cleaner less headache inducing version of Canadian. For what it is it's not bad, however with so much more out there this is not one I would actively seek out again in the future.

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this one, though I'd say it's an American Blond Ale. Does Hockley even have lagering facilities?

A: Clear, golden-bronze with a frothy white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Delicate floral, spicy & fruity aroma.

T: Very unoffensive, which is more than I can say for a lot of macros. Delicate flora & spicy hops with hints of citrus. Slight fruitiness, hints of malt sweetness & a little corn. Modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body with a clean finish.

D: Quite drinkable. I could really see sessioning this on a summer day (though I had while raking leaves).

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.65 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Decently rich golden color, with few bubbles apparent. Capped by a finger of white head which doesn't last too long. Crystal clear.

Smell - Some grains and floral notes. A touch of a metallic twang. Pretty good for the style.

Taste - Some grain to start things of before a sweet creamed corn blast mid sip. After that relents its back to grain. Inoffensive, but clear use of adjuncts and the creamed corn is unusual mid-sip.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and quite creamy, lower than average carbonation and mild finish.

Overall - Decent lager that's a step up from the macro brands, but not spectacular. If you really like creamed corn though, you may rather enjoy this since there's a healthy dose of that in the flavor.

Photo of GodOfBeer
2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep yellow with a nice head that quickly diminishes. So far I was expecting alot.

Not much on the smell, almost like a typical macro lager - Canadian maybe? There is definately some corn in here.

I was not impressed with the taste, watery, grainy taste like any typical lager, although It did have a nice grassy finish which is it's only positive.

It is easy drinking and made for hot summer days and to get drunk, although I would never buy this for that reason, that is why there is PBR.

Photo of ericj551
3.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Georgian Bay Dipper pours a crystal clear light gold with a thin head that doesn't linger. The aroma is grainy with hints of herbal hops and not too much else. The flavor is grainy upfront with a nice sweet maltiness that comes through nicely. It's nothing special, but it sure is nice to cool me down on this hot evening.

Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


light gold pour. smallish white cap, decent lacing.

Fresh cereal aromas with some apple tones and grassiness.

Lightly malty up front with some nondescript mild hop balance, thin mouth feel with a fast clean finish.

I realize this is a squid beer for the masses but I expected more from this brewer

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold color, just a touch darker than your average BMC product. The head quickly recedes to a ring and leaves just a smattering of lace on the glass. The aroma is of honeyish malts and some light passion fruit. Hops arent really noticeable. The flavor is pretty standard fair for a macro lager, lightly malty, some grassy flavor and a bit of vegetal imperfection. The finish is not very bitter at all, rather sweet.

This is a mediocre beer. Very watery and plain.

Photo of biegaman
3.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bright and sunny beer looks most appropriate for a hot summer day by the lake. Its shiny tone jumps out the glass and casts golden rays a few inches far. The beer appears filtered although it's retained a trace of its natural haze. There's a plethora of bubbles and yet no head amounts. Where do all the bubbles go?

The aroma is far, far from foul but it's really no closer to being appetizing. There is a dominant grainy scent that far more resembles corn than any of the other cereal grains. It is largely featureless which provokes me to suggest that a tiny inkling of tangy or sassy hops could easily have been squeezed in to give the beer a little more character.

That is assuming character was desired, which, chances are, it wasn't. If this is to appeal to mainstream drinkers and turn a profit then it really not need be distinct. (If anything, the more it resembles popular lagers the better.) That said, it does distinguish itself from macro lagers in one way: there is a total lack of unpleasant adjunct taste. This may not taste like much but at least it doesn't taste like corn or chemicals!

And it really not need taste like much anyhow, provided it's clean and refreshing; the Dipper scores considerably better in those two categories. The brewery calls it 'light-hearted', I'd call it 'light-bodied'. It lends itself to big gulps taken in quick repetitions and, as mentioned, there are no off-putting adjuncts to note. Any macro drinker should love this.

The beer may not be as exhilarating as a midnight skinny dip ( I assume...) but beers like this rarely are and they're not really suppose to be anyhow. The problem is that so few qualify as drinkable, much less refreshing. If you're able to find a clean, well brewed offering with no short cuts taken then consider yourself lucky. The Georgian Bay Dipper is one of the few that I've come across, particularly of those locally produced.

Photo of shamus
1.66/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Having grown into a man along the shores of Georgian Bay, it was there that I first tasted beer. Since those long ago days many a malt beverage has passed over my lips. The good, the bad and the vomit-inducing.

I wanted this beer to be brilliant as it does carry the name of a region I grew up in. However it plain and simply was one of the worst beers I've ever had. It smelled like it was brewed with swimming pool water after a kids pool party (don't ask me how I know, but we were all young once). Perhaps the Dipper in the name refers to the brewing method. In which case it is one of the most accurate labels for a product I have yet to come across.

Photo of benito
3.09/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Picked this up at the LCBO when in Ontario.

A: Clear gold with little head. There's a foreboding lack of any visible carbonation.

S: Light malt aromas, with a touch of graininess. This is fairly enticing.

T: Nice flavors for an American/Canadian lager. Light breadiness and a faint sweetness up front. Dry, smooth finish.

M: Here's where this loses points. Slick and undercarbonated. It feels almost greasy on the tongue and too heavy for the style. Give this a lot more spritz!

D: The undercarbonation takes away from this beer's best selling point, though the flavor makes up for it some.

With more carbonation, this would be a very tasty Canadian lager.

Photo of regspeir
2.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a generous trade with korguy123 . Can into a standard pint glass. Pours a pale gold with little head and no lacing. Nose is pale malts, floral and grain. Taste is grain, breadiness and malt with not much distinctive flavor. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit slick. Almost no carbonation is felt or observed. Not the worst beer I have ever had but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of cyrenaica
2/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 11, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a pale gold colour with a small white cap. The aroma was skunky malt and vomit. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was graint malt, and acidic hops...not enjoyable at all.

Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold with a foamy white head, which looks good, but doesn't hang around. Very subtle, sweet smell... a bit like a generic lager (so I guess that fits the category!). Slightly sweet, smooth grainy taste, which is more predominant in the finish than in the main thrust of the sip. The flavour is almost a bit watery to be honest. Light body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, but not something you would reach for again. A step up from a bad macro, but not much of one. Inoffensive and bland, but considering its in the American Macro Lager category I have to give it good marks for what it it.

Photo of TerryW
1.39/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is actually a pretty good looking beer. Clear gold colour with a slightly creamy looking full head that settles to a heavy film.

After that this is pretty much a disaster. No aroma to speak of. A cottony, stuffy, overfull mouthfeel. Nasty doughy sweet taste. I don't pour out a lot of 'em, but this is one of them. Avoid this, spend your money on something else.


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Georgian Bay Dipper from Hockley Valley Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.