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Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
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:
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

(Beer added by: pootz on 07-22-2007)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +14%
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: 3.58, 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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 06:33:44 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

10-26-2013 00:47:34 | More by MJ63
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

12-26-2012 15:25:44 | More by HATS4BATS
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-06-2012 15:56:04 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 21:33:13 | More by badandy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

09-19-2012 23:05:32 | More by Molson2000
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 19:12:06 | More by SebD
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +27.4%

07-22-2012 14:09:44 | More by Coastal_Brew
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 16:16:37 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
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)

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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 23:02:20 | More by korguy123
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

06-01-2012 05:45:31 | More by WeissBoy
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Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 19:48:38 | More by ThomasWhytock
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 20:20:18 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

02-08-2012 01:29:58 | More by ThinkAgain
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-01-2011 00:13:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +27.4%

11-21-2011 21:10:41 | More by ElGallo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

11-21-2011 02:41:25 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 18:42:06 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 00:47:59 | More by cyrenaica
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 02:53:22 | More by funkengruven
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Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2010 05:49:07 | More by eat
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2010 23:27:03 | More by kjyost
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-23-2010 02:41:58 | More by TheHammer
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

11-18-2009 17:38:17 | More by cratez
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Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.