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Premium Export Lager - Whistler Brewing Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 49
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BDTyre on 08-02-2006

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Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.1/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
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... (888 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (1,784 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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 (562 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.86/5  rDev -35.9%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -11%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of BigBry
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.51/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. At least an inch of head. Color was light honey and light golden. Light lacing with lots of uneven film on the sides of the glass.

Smelled slightly skunky, also a bit malty and buttery/creamy.

A host of flavors with some skunk still in there. I tasted grain, breads, bitterness and some butter/cream. Somehow it all worked for me.

A fairly smooth beer with that butter/cream reigning supreme. Average carbonation.

Not a bad beer, which I thought it would be after the bad reviews. This is the second time I’ve had a bottle and both times I came away with the same feeling. (622 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Having tasted Whistler glacier water right at the source and having sampled the original black tusk brews made with it, I have to say this carries on in that tradition of brewing with super soft water.. The water gives a unique softness to the overall palate and mouth feel. It also accents the hops and gives the malts their clean breadyness.

Tasty, soft on the tongue decently hopped, unique and definately 'premium". An unexpected surprise seeing how the beer has been panned by the hop free-baser cult. (517 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.16/5  rDev +9%
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 (402 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear straw with an inch or so of white foam. Not too brittle and with some oomph to it, and leaves nice rings of lace. Nose is sharp pine edge and a light husky grain. Interesting. Flavour also has the hint of pine, a bit of bready malt, some grass and a mild bitterness in the finish. Light body, but not overly so, and not too heavy carbonation. Quite good, and surprisingly so despite my expectation. Refreshing, clean, but with a solid flavour and mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Not as full flavoured as a extreme beer, or even a good IPA of course, but for what it is, I'm very impressed. (590 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken in May.

Uh oh...a lager in a clear bottle! This is actually okay. It looks okay, but is a little too dark and yellow. Smells malty, very little hops. Not skunky, and no grassy smell. I can’t tell if there are any adjuncts or not. Tastes not too sweet, not to bitter. Malt, and I think I can definitely taste an adjunct in there. Hops hardly present. Carbonation is good, quite drinkable but best served cold. (429 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.03/5  rDev -30%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
2.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I have been on pause drinking beer I figure it is time to return to my passion.

Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees:

Appearance: A two finger white head that is foamy white and had a little retention. The colore of the beer is a pale straw color. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. The head left a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice wheat aroma with citrus, yeast and floral. There is a subtle sweetness in the back ground of the beer and hint of corn.

Taste: A very nice wheat flavor with a touch of citrus, floral, and a hint of corn.

Overall: The body of the beer is light. The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated but flated and kinda solventy. The finish on the beer is light. This is overall a good Pale wheat beer it has a light flavor and a clean and crisp finish. (855 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.48/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Format: an embossed 330mL clear bottle with a stylish Canadian label.

Appearance: a nice light amber colour with a great creamy head that dissipates a little too quickly.

Aroma: an interesting pine, wood, resin and molasses aroma. Hopefully a portent of things to come.

Taste: some caramel and that molasses along with definite pine and resin. Works quite well.

Aftertaste: lingers for quite a while - mainly the pine and resin bitterness without the caramel malts.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a medium carbonation that brings the flavours through nicely.

Overall: definitely worthwhile having again. Comes across as more of an American Pale Ale rather than a lager, just with a higher than usual caramel and molasses malt profile. Quite nice and interesting flavours. A bit dear at AU$70 a case, but I'll take a 6-pack or whatever. (842 characters)

Photo of ericj551
2.87/5  rDev -1%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Shadman
2.74/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
1.56/5  rDev -46.2%
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. (270 characters)

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Premium Export Lager from Whistler Brewing Company
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