Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Premium Organic LagerNickel Brook Premium Organic Lager

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pootz on 07-22-2007

Our Lager is brewed using only premium, certified organic malts and hops. The result is a full flavoured lager, copper in colour, which is balanced with classic German hops.

Nickel Brook organic Lager is brewed to the standards of the Bavarian Beer Purity Act.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 24
Photo of badandy
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant light amber. Head dissipates quickly
S: Subtle malt, noble hops, in line with style.
M: Clean, well rounded with a bit of sweetness.
T: Just enough complexity to make it interesting. Enjoyable.
M: Light body, high carbonation. What I'd expect from a lager.

I'm not a particularly big lager drinker, but I really enjoyed this one! Very drinkable.

Photo of SebD
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden orange/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of grains, corn and light grassy hops. Not a whole lot going on here.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a macro like taste of corn and grains along with some grassy hops and some light bready and caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a somewhat watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of TerryW
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apricot orange under a spritzy, fizzy short-lived head. No lace. Like the colour, that's as nice as it gets appearance-wise.

Subtle grassy hop nose. Sweet to start, grainy and malty, but a little thin-bodied. Lingering tartness.

I have a hard time understanding why breweries flog organic brews, because it strikes me that, as a general rule, they're underwhelming (oh yeah -- that marketing thing). This one at least passes that low bar, but remains essentially an average brew.

Photo of korguy123
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Umm first of all, I thought this was the Apple Pilsener.
Second of all it expired over a month ago... (Both my fault)
Regardless...

A- Crystal clear orange color, VERY short lived fizzy white head. Lacing is non-existent.

S- Apples and pears with a typical biscuity lager aroma.

T- Apples and pears again with the same digestive cookie taste and lager flavors.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- It isn't bad, it isn't great.

Photo of ThomasWhytock
2/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Great orange/amber color but...
But the compliments end there.

The "Head" is more like the fizz of a soda
The flavour is bitter and hangs in your mouth in an unattractive way.
And please for the love of god, don't let it warm.
If you want a pale lager, Creemore has better offerings.

Photo of andrenaline
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another selection from the spring OCB mixer.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty cardboard, sweet corn, burnt sugar, and grassy hop notes on the finish.

T - Unique earthy flavour, muddled cardboard, burnt sugar, sour grassy and lemon citrus hop notes, and a bready sourdough flavour lingers.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A tasty pale lager, some hop presence which is nice, but I'm struggling to get over the musty coardboard flavour that's coming through.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up at the Fanshawe Park LCBO; best before Oct. 29th 2011 so this is a little past its prime.

Pours a lovely translucent golden-amber colour, with a nice frothing, puffy white head that dies down over a period of minutes. It leaves behind a soapy, uneven cap and plenty of lacing on the sides. Old or not, this is a very attractive lager. The aroma is agreeable I guess - and I say 'I guess' because it is so faint that I can't be entirely sure. It barely smells like anything, but at least the scant notes of odour are of barley and honey rather than corn husk and cardboard.

Fortunately for this beer, taste is a far more important consideration than aroma - because it actually tastes rather good. Grainy, bready barley malts and a touch of honey sweetness rounded off with some grassy hops and light lemony citrus. Slight apple-juice tang in the finish, but otherwise clean. Light-bodied, pretty watery, with low-ish carbonation that may or may not be due to the age.

This is probably the best beer I've tried from this brewery, other than their Headstock. Simple taste with no sign of adjuncts; just a nice, crisp, refreshing lager.

Final Grade: 3.52, a solid B on the letter grade scale. In my opinion one of the better Ontario-made pale lagers. Maybe it would be even better fresh? I'll probably find out some time.

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance – Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, honey/caramel, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a touch of honey/caramel sweetness and also some hay/straw (barnyard) notes. It finishes with a grainy and slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I had very low expectations for this beer but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Based on some of the reviews I’m seeing for this beer on this site perhaps they’ve changed the recipe? Anyways, it was really drinkable and I’d buy it again to have as a session beer on a summer night.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml can
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on August 6, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent golden red with a creamy white head. The aroma was bready malts, some yeast, and hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with ample carbonation. The flavour was malty up front with a bitter finish.

Photo of funkengruven
3.47/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This can poured into my large mug a cloudy orange with lots of foam to start, reducing to a thin white ring around the mug. Smell is a bit grassy, with some hops in there. Flavor is dominated by a sweet malt flavor with some hops in the finish. Carbonation is decent and pretty smooth going down.

I would say it's slightly better than your average lager, and for Organic lager produced in Ontario it's the best priced one. Not something I'd hunt high and low for but for what it is it isn't bad.

Photo of eat
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear and golden honey-coloured, this beer pours a light covering of off-white head. No lacing. Pouring in the bottom of the can seems to add some suspended solids, as the beer turns translucent. Decent appearance.

Smells clean and fresh. Wheat, lemon, light hops and honey, a little astringency. Not bad but nothing special.

The flavour is a bit of a let down. Pretty average and macro-like. Wheaty, light malt, some general hop bitterness, a little musty. Fairly good balance but quite uninspired. Dry finish shows a touch of alcohol. There's not much to describe.

Solid medium body and a medium-high carbonation. The feel itself is refreshing but the finish leaves your mouth so dry it feels as if you just ate some dust. Not a particularly enjoyable quality.

This isn't a bad beer, it's just not one I'm going to remember. To be honest, I was expecting worse after reading some of the reviews. I had to downgrade my original drinkability score due to the extremely dry finish. It's the right style of beer to be refreshing on a hot day but leaves your mouth feeling parched; these two don't match up too well.

Photo of kjyost
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange red with a frothy white bonnet atop it which disappeared quickly and left light lacing. An interesting smell on this one, with some sweetness and malt with a bit of spice, almost reminiscent of a Belgian or a wheat ale.

The beer itself had a prickly & spicy feel that stuck in the back of your throat and atop the tongue. Initially this beer was rating itself around a 3.5, better than average, but as you drink it it leaves an odd lingering flavour, and has knocked itself back to below average. Drinkability is affected by the prickly mouthfeel and odd aftertaste.

Photo of TheHammer
3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the OCB Discovery Pack #3, the first of six for me.

Appearance: A solid two fingers of head after a modest pour that both retained and laced admirably. The body makes it clear that the Lager is unfiltered, as it possesses a murky brass color, with some good carbonation.

Smell: Interesting, as malt an apple and grape notes seem apparent on a backing of fairly grainy malt that comes off a bit rough. There is also a light dusting of hops mixed with a musty scent as well.

Taste: Starts with a light malt with a touch of apple that shifts to a more bread like taste, which has an almost vegetable like flavor to it, that then ends with a light dust of earthy and grass hops. I'd give it 2.75 if I could, but it just does enough to hit the higher end of things.

Mouthfeel: Well the beer isn't the most diverse beer, but then again it is a lager so no fault on transitioning. However it leaves an almost sawdust like texture in your mouth after it finishes. Thankfully the fruitier elements save the aftertaste from a disaster.

Drinkability: Went down easy enough and very light bodied, but the mouthfeel would stop me from drinking it all night. Refreshing, as to be expected from a lager which leaves it a little bit better then average.

Final Thoughts: My experience with Nickel Brook is that they tend to brew, slightly better then average beers and this is no exception. I guess if I was on the organic warpath, I'd get this but really there just isn't enough bang to get me to buy it again. All around a fairly well made lager, that is worth a try but not a repeat buy, at least for me.

Photo of cratez
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered version from the OCB Discover Pack #3. 473ml can poured into a shaker.

Dark golden body with amber hues and a thick ring of head. Somewhat murky with drapes of lace down the glass. Smell is a strange beast, earthy and dusty hops, some apples, and sweet malt. Taste is very similar, pale malts, a bit of wheat/cereal, Granny Smith apples, lots of must/dust/earth (the 'off' taste that others have described), and citrus/lemon/grass flavours from the Tettnang hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly tangy, good bite from the hops with a semi-chalky finish. Not much aftertaste.

Overall, I can see where this beer is trying to go but it doesn't quite get there. Creemore Lager and Grand River Galt Knife are much better renditions of the pale lager style. This beer needs more hop flavours, less musty/dusty elements, and more spice than it currently offers. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

Photo of mintjellie
2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2nd review. I really let this one off easy the first time around.

Pale copper body topped by a thin cap of rapidly disappearing head. Not a speck of lace is left behind. Smells primarily of cooked vegetables with some freshly mown grass. The cooked vegetables really are less noticeable to the palate than they are to the nose, but they're still there. Caramel, biscuit; and a firm, grassy, straw bitterness would all be pleasant without that off-flavour (and even worse off-scent). Light bodied with medium carbonation. It feels refreshing and quenching, but doesn't taste like something you'd want to quench your thirst and refresh yourself with.

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Original review :

B- / 3.3
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5
rDev: +4.5%

Pours into the pilsner glass withl 2+ fingers of foamy white head over a copper-amber body. Head settles to a one finger cap, leaving little lace behind.

Sweet malt aroma. Baking bread. A little bit of apple. Cooked veggies. A hint of grassy hops in the background.

Sweet bread up front with some musty hops in the finish. Finishes dry. Bitterness is mild with nice length. Cooked veggies are less noticeable on the palate than on the nose.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Refreshing and thirst quenching. I could drink a few, but there's better lager to be had in Ontario...

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an orangy amber, slightly cloudy with not a lot of head and as things died down it looked flat.

It smells like someone dropped a Werther's original in a Strongbow.

The taste is a sweet bready butterscotch with a sting of hops with just an off-dry finish. The hops are odd, minty and metallic almost, or maybe it's the butteryness that's throwing me off, or the appleyness. It's not entirely unpleasant but it's not exactly what I want in a beer.

This beer just isn't happening for me. Not horrible. Drinkable enough. But really odd.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.41/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep gold color with a very small head that quickly recedes to a ring. Just an occasional smattering of lace sticks on the glass. The aroma is grainy and malty with mineral notes. The taste is on the sweet side with fruity notes spent grains and corn husk notes. There's a distinctive butterscotch/diacetly flavor that detracts from this beer. Hops are light and herbal. Bitterness is minimal all the way to the finish. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated for the style.

An OK American lager, but the off flavors greatly diminish drinkability.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - pours a copper colour with a quickly reduced head. A little bit of haziness in the colour, and a sudsy foam on the top.

Smell - fresh malty scent and a sweet smell. A kind of piney scent in there as well.

Taste - pretty smooth overall but there is this sudden chlorophyll-esque flavour burst and then a fast dry ending. Definitely a little different.

Mouthfeel - something with the up front feel of this should coat the mouth a little, which this does not. It's a bit thin and therefore lacks crispness.

Drinkability - as the beer progresses, I'm not enjoying it that much. I had higher expectations and it really has come up short. I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper-gold with a nice frothy head.

Smells grassy, biscuit and a very strange hop aroma, some citrus also.

If you like dust, you'll like this beer. Not sure if I like this, it's very dry, almost tastes sandy or dusty(no joke), it must be the hops they use, or possibly the organic malts, very strange. Some citrus, breadiness.

Dry, carbonated mouthfeel, a very interesting beer nonetheless.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a large frothy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of crisp hops with some lightly sweet malt. Taste is also interesting with some grassy hops and nice malt balance. Vegetable finish is bit weird but not too strong to mess this beer. Body si quite full with good carbonation. Well done.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly hazed gold with a big billowy, porous head of rocky foam that drops quickly.

S - Smells like musty apple.

T/M - Again some apple, but with some metallic and earthy notes. Together with a light bitterness, brings on the impression of apple skins. Medium-dry, with a medium body and low carbonation. Gives the impression of bottle conditioning, although very mild.

D - Overall though, I'm not a fan. Too apple-y I think.

Photo of Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery. Initially cheesey aroma, that is more malty with a tad of hops once it settles. A bit of orange tinge to the yellow colour. Decent head and significant lace. Some hops. Taste is Ok and its a cut above a macro, but it had a harsh impact on my palate.

Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at C'est What? Festival of Small Brewers.

Pours a clear amber orange, thick white head, leaves some decent lacing, nice layer. Smell is caramel, floral/citrus hops, bread, decent malts, good balance. Taste is wheat, bread, citrus, caramel, grassy hops, not too bad. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, half decent lager. Nothing special but decently well made.

Photo of pootz
3.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the K-W beerfest. Apparently they have been making this Organic beer for a while for draft accounts.

Tapped a clear deep shimmering gold, tight, sticky 2 finger white cap lasts well and laces the glass.

Aroma" some graininess but mostly sweet malt..bready, with light grassy tones.

Decent malt delivery up front firm biscuity malts are balanced with some spicey herbal hopping..clean finish, biscuit aftertaste.
Fairly 2 dimensional lager but with bright malt and hop flavor good balance and drinkability.

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Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.