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Premium Export Lager - Whistler Brewing Company

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 49
Avg: 2.91
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 08-02-2006

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 49
Photo of mrmanning
1.56/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from the LCBO- A deep golden pour topped with a frothy and long lived white cap. Nose of cooked vegetables, butter, some pale malts. Tastes of vegetables with sweet butter, some rancid stale pale malts. Not good at all. Awful. One of the worst of the year for me.

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Photo of Voonder
1.84/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold in colour, very clear with small head. Smell is mostly malts, bread and toasted almost burnt sugar. Taste is the same with kinda sweet unpleasant aftertaste. Medium bodied a bit over carbonated. It's kinda drinkable, but really, I don't think it's a good lager. Next one please.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.86/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows hay, sweet cereal-like malt and corn. Not bad but not what you'd call nice either.
Similarly sweet flavours, more hay and cooked vegetables. Pretty much no bitterness. Cloying.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of froghop
2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a pale yellow with a small white head, and a little lacing.

smell is faint, grain, and some corn.

taste is watery, metallic, grain, and malt.

overall a very bland brew, not that great of a pale lager, actually very typical of pale lagers.

missing on all cylinders.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.1/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Irondjin: Poured a deep golden color lager with a big pure white bubbly head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with no adjunct detected. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with no noticeable hops which could have increase the profile of this beer. Body is average for the style with some good carbonation. Overall, not a bad attempt but lacking some element to makes this truly interesting.

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Photo of beertwisted
2.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just picked up this beer today and all I have to say (that will confer with the other reviewer) is in... oh sh.., clear bottles. The taste is otherwise not noteworthy except for the refreshing water that was used to produce the beer. The mouth feel seems a bit heavier then a typical lager should be.

Clean with no discernable aftertaste but a slight coaxing that another few tastes might allow the beer to become more discernable. A light hop presence is noted before the malt balances the tone. On a final note, this beer is one to be had when there aren't many other choices out there.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.44/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright golden color with 2cm of head that is slowly fading, but lacing the glass. Doesn't have much aroma, a little spicy and a little yeasty. Tastes very clean, a little yeast (to go with the aroma) and not much else. No hop flavor or bitterness, no malt that I can taste. Mouthfeel is watery and flat. Overall, it's a very good attempt at a bland macro by a microbrewery.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.51/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I share the trepidition of everyone else regarding the clear bottles, but let's see how she holds up as a result... Pours out a deep clear golden, lots of carbonation, and capped by a high foamy white head with decent retention. Sharp grains on the nose at first, but they soften up a bit. Also a bit of grassy hops. Mostly light grainy malt in the flavour, and somewhat watery at that, one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is light and watery as well.

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Photo of biegaman
2.57/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer looks better in my glass than it did in the clear bottle. Its sandy, light copper colour insinuates there will be some flavour (and its faint haze reassures us of it). Although its head could use some bulking up it's at least strong enough to clench itself to the beer's trim and stay grappled onto the glass even after the liquid beneath it has sunk.

The aroma is wrenching enough to turn one's stomach. Something must have gone wrong at some point because I can't understand how hops or malt or yeast could come to be so gruesome, so revolting. It's so distasteful and vulgar that I fail to be able to describe it. To steal a line: It's like Satan's urine after a healthy dose of asparagus.

I was apprehensive to taste it but I'm glad I did; there's no need to waste any more time smelling it. It seems to have a crisp, lightly toasted maltiness that would be infinitely more enjoyable if not for a thick on-set case of diacetyl which, for those unfamiliar, is an undesirable by-product of fermentation that results in an astringent butterscotch flavour.

Apart from that cloying taste, the diacetyl also imparts a pretty sleek, buttery mouthfeel. While I appreciate that it adds a little more body, the texture that comes with it is less than desirable and, besides that, a lager like this should be crisp and clean. I can't see neither aficionados nor casual drinkers finding this particularly appealing...

If Whistler Brewing was going for a conventional, mindless drinking lager that appeals to mainstream drinkers I think they've failed. If they were brewing with more refined palates in mind and aimed for something slightly more flavourful with more substance, then again they've failed. The bottle is finally done and to sum it up: Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The clear bottle has me concerned, but let's check this bad boy out anyway since my son lugged back the sample pack from Seattle.

Pours a clean and filtered golden yellow into the Bitburger pilsner glass, well carbonated white head springs to life and hangs around for a bit. Bits of sticky lace on the way down.

Nice malty aroma, but the quaff is a letdown as only a hint of malt is present, and some cabbage notes really pull it down another step or two. Not something I would normally drink, even as a lawnmower brew. Better drink it cold.

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Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

LCBO. Not bad for this normally mediocre beer style. Wafted cheese smell on the pour. Very yellow body with some lace. Bit thin mouthfeel. The yeast brings out a maltiness on the sugar side, with a tad of a Saaz-like salty hop. The glacier water is suited to it, so that it is in fact Pilsner-like. Drying finish.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a golden color with nill head and lace. Smell of lightly sweet grains and slight malt. Taste has a spicey earthy sweetness from the malt, with the hops ending in a cloying bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. A different twist on a lager, one I probably wouldn't go for again.

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Photo of TerryW
2.66/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very plain beer. Pours a clear golden colour with a decent looking head that settles to a ring. A bit of lace.

Pretty much undistinguished in any other way. Lightweight malt aroma and a somewhat malty taste. Slightly spritzy with a bit of a bite to finish.

Nothing ugly, but nothing to get excited about either.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - good straw-coloured beer with a 1/4-inch white head. Decent lacing as the glass was drained.

Smell - some sour malt notes for sure, not promising. Reminds me of some cheap buck-a-beer offerings from the late-90s.

Taste - round malt flavour but too heavy on the veggie flavour and tinny-sour aftertaste. Just not on the mark.

Mouthfeel - fairly active up front but then dies to a creamy sensation. Unexpected and has a mediocre effect.

Drinkability - not what I hoped for or expected. Certainly looked sharp before I opened the bottle.

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Photo of Shadman
2.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear bottle has my skunk alert on high alert.

Whew! Must be a fresh case as not a whiff of skunk. Nice golden yellow with a nice 2 fingered head, slight fizzy, and loads of lacing.

Aroma is mostly husky grain. Certainly no hint of hop or sitrus as mentioned on their website.

Taste is pure grainy malt @ first, followed by a weak sweetness. Certainly no hop bitterness @ all until well after this beer has been swallowed. Leaves a dry citrus-like aftertaste. As one reviewer mentioned, very one dimensional.

Fairly light bodied and quite watery.

Pretty sure this brewery and beer is looking towards the 2010 Olympics as an opportunity to make some $$$ on unsuspecting vistors ( this beer was served in the Canada Pavilion in Beijiing 2008). Mediocre @ best I'm afraid.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml poured into pint glass jan4 2009

A clear light gold with with a two finger head after an angry pour, two finger head quickly falls to a 1/4 inch film leaving a fair bit of lace

S quite sweet with some mild hops and and a little grass

T has that cooked veggies taste that hurts its cause and has a bad aftertaste that's a little sour

M thin but enough carbonation to keep it average

D bad taste is never a good thing, I will avoid this one in the future

hey at least it wasn't skunked with the clear bottle. not worth trying much worse then it looked

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Photo of BigBry
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a cold, snowy day - perfect for catching up on some reviews from my notes.

341 ml clear bottle (as pictured above) from a mixed Whistler case.
"Naturall brewed and carefully aged without preservatives or additives. A pure and truly refreshing lager. Brewed exclusively with Whistler Glacier Water. Born in the pristine icefields, naturally filtered by the mountains themselves. Whistler Glacier Water is brought directly to the Whistler Brewing Company to create a pure and truly refreshing brew."

This beer is clear, bright yellow color. Hard pour coaxed out half an inch of fizzy, white head. No retention or lace. It smells of sweet corn syrup, and sour grain malt.
The taste has the similar sweetish start and sour finish. Slightly skunk-like hops (hate the clear bottles, regardless of the brewer). The carbonation is on the fizzy side, the body is thin and light. Average at best, but I will give it another go.

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Photo of ericj551
2.87/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Whistler Export Lager pours a clear light gold with a beautiful fluffy head that lingers into a nice lacing. Sulfur is the first thing that I smell, followed by crisp caramel sweetness. The skunky characters hits upfront in the flavor followed by the light crystal malt sweetness. Some buttery diacetyl comes across in the finish, with a light hop bite. Unfortunately, what could be a smooth, easy drinking yet flavorful lager is really ruined by the skunky flavors. The clear glass bottle hurts what could otherwise be a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a mixed-six of Whistler brews at a grocery store. I think it was about $6. Cool looking old school bottle, made of clear glass. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale color and is clear. Fizzy, slightly creamy, white head dissipates quickly, but still leaves a little lace behind. It looks mildly carbonated, with a few streams of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is faint, but a sharp dairy aroma, like sour milk, maybe with some herbal notes.

The taste is of grains, rice and wheat maybe, with a pine bitterness along side. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, thin of body and dry.

A drinkable brew, it is neither good or bad in any respect. The bottle may be the best part of this one. I can;t see myself having it again.

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Photo of beertunes
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear pale gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention but no lacing.

The slight skunk aroma was sort of a pleasant surprise, coming in a clear bottle I expected a skunk-bomb. Otherwise the aroma was a benign blend of grain and gentle hops. The flavor was unremarkable as well, some grains, very light hops.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, this is just an average yellow beer, there are better examples, and worse.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow hue, with a half finger of fizzy off-white head, which does as expected and drops out of sight in an instant, leaving nothing but a low ring of clingy lace around the shoreline. It smells of sweet corn and sour grainy malt, a subtle whiff of mild mountain sulfur, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more sweet sour bready malt, a stronger metallic sulfur character than I was lead on about, and some moderately skunky, weedy hops. The carbonation is average, and a little zippy, the body light, but not thin, and a little sugary. It finishes off-dry, the matchstick tainted malt still keeping dryness at bay.

I can't seem to actually outright dislike this offering - it's plain, sure, with some off-flavours, that just aren't really that off-putting. Or maybe I just really want a not-too-dumbed-down cabin beer right now...

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Photo of soju6
3.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice golden color with a big head that faded to some lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit on the mild side with some citrus, malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste is has a mild malt sweetness, bit of citrus and fresh grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: This is a much better beer that I expected. Enjoyable beer that goes down very easy

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Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a good sized dirty white head. OK macro lager aromas, cardboard and sourdough..no its not that bad! Taste seems to have a little more going on, there seems to be a nice biscuity maltiness, and a tangible bitterness..I take that is from the hops? Not bad on the palate,just above average for style. Overall not a bad little lager.

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Photo of MAB
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Export lager? Go right ahead- export it.

This is a mainstream beer, to be served to your dad who is too set in his ways to drink an ale.

Slightly above the taste and quality of a big-brewery, fizzy, corn-sugar lager, I would support this only to see money go away from a mega-corp, brewing its swill for the masses.

Color- nice. Yellow, with a hint o' orange. Nice head.
Smell- Eh! Lager smell. Nothing special.
Taste- a bit of malt, a bit of hops. A lager yeast. Not too bad, actually.
Mouthfeel- feels like lager. That's a good thing.
Drinkability- Sure, if there's nothing else. Better than a Coors lite or a Molson Canadian, that's for sure.

NOTE: Is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that the spell checker used on this website always flags "Mouthfeel" and "Drinkability" as incorrectly spelled words?
I can't decide if I'm amused or annoyed when it happens. Amused, I suppose.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 finger foamy white head and leaves nice sticky lacing,smells skunky right off the bat,it did come in a clear bottle,stale corn,wheat and wet grass.Taste is corn and grass with wheat coming through,finish is dry and stale and does leave a funny aftertaste,medium carbs,very bubbly,this is a different kinda tasting lager than most,not really that bad but not something i'll have on a regular basis.

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Premium Export Lager from Whistler Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.