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Lager - Upper Canada Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

81 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upper Canada Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The most popular of Upper Canada brews, this German style lager combines imported hops and yeast, spring water and malted barley for an exceptionally balanced, honey coloured lager.

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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

10-11-2013 01:44:32 | More by ZachT
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Some canuks canoeing on a wild river on a 12 oz. beer label. Sounds like a blast eh?

Appearance: Perfectly clear, yellow-straw in colour.

Smell: Imported lager smell, slight (very) hints of toasted malts.

Taste: Sweet with a mouthful of malt and chewieness. Clean bitterness that evolves into a crisp dryness.

Notes: A very serious serious beer, and a delicious lager. Too bad it is so hard to find this label in the States. (5% alc./vol.)

Serving type: bottle

02-17-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

10-26-2013 01:08:08 | More by MJ63
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

An amazing brew. Tried it for it's value price and found a great beer. Darker gold color with a short lived head. Medium strength carbonation with a wonderful complex flavor of hops barley and corn. Somewhat similar to PBR, but Upper Canada has an after taste that PBT can't compare with. Usually i don't care for beers to have much of an after taste, but with this brew it's all good. I would recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hand on it. Give it a try, and i think you'll really enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 21:54:23 | More by Frozensoul327
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RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Small Pilsner Glass

A remarkable beer by a remarkable brewer. I hear Sleeman produces this and they are fantastic Guelph, Ontario brewery whose mass production beers easily compete with craft brews from Ontario. This beer is no exception and gets great marks across the board...now to review...

T - Malty, Earthy, Full and Robust for the style. Fizzy and very lively carbonation (I like!)

M - Fizzy and balanced. Great.

A - Pure straw yellow with a nice head and good lace rentention in the glass.

S - It has this full earthy wheat characteristic about it that works great for it and is slightly indicative of the taste of this brew.

Overall, this is a must try Ontario, Canada beer!!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 07:18:43 | More by RyanBelle
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CharlyNovember

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very slightly hazy golden yellow, with a nice bubbly head, decent retention with little lacing.

S: Sweet and malty, a hint of floral hops.

T: Less sweet than it smells, which is good thing. Fairly malt heavy taste, which lingers for a delicious finish. More bitter than your average lager but not too much so, has just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Medium-heavy carbonation, soft and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

O: An excellent Canadian lager, will definitely be buying this again.

For the price this is has got to be one of the best values at the Beer Store, and I can confidently say that this is by far the best beer in it's price range, in my opinion. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're on a budget! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:06:10 | More by CharlyNovember
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: : It has a nice dark gold colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and has lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of malts with a bit of hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice malt character to it with the hops balancing it out. I also sense small citrucy notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice balance of malts and hops giving it a nice sweetness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall great Lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:29:59 | More by SebD
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled May 2012. Another Guelph brewery I've never heard of, despite having lived there for years - I should be ashamed.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head. It fizzles away rather quickly, but an even cap and some webby lacing are left in its wake. Decent aroma, but nothing complex - typical pale lager smells. Mostly grainy, with some light honey sweetness and grassy hop notes.

Despite my leniency when reviewing pale lagers, I am very rarely genuinely impressed with the style - which is why this one really surprised me. It's a great lager - straightforward to be sure, but I can't really ask for much more from this type of brew. There is not a single hint of adjunct here - nothing but tasty, bready malt flavours with some light hay-like hop bitterness. Usually I find these pale lagers to lean on the sweet side, but this one is nicely balanced, and much more quaffable for it. Light-bodied and watery, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation for an APL, but very drinkable and refreshing.

This brewery is actually a Sleeman operation - and their Upper Canada Lager has got to be the best pale lager this brewing behemoth has ever produced. And it's three dollars cheaper than a six pack of their flagship brands!

Final Grade: 3.95, a respectable B+. I am thoroughly impressed with this beer, and at 9 bucks a sixer will almost definitely get it again some time. It's obviously not complex - and given the style categorization, bothering to mention that seems mostly redundant - but it is still a supremely refreshing, well-made lager. Hands down one of the best-value beers available in Ontario: with this around, there is no real excuse to ever purchase the Lakeports, Boxers and James Readies of the world.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:46:49 | More by thehyperduck
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deejaydan

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight chill haze in this, otherwise a very nice looking beer. a quickly settling head that leaves lacing. Light orange color. Aroma is of crystal malt. Odd, not hops, but malt up front in the nose. A slight mineral taste to it, like hard water minerals. Mouthfeel is full, adequately carbonated. Not bad, one of the better American Lagers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 01:50:44 | More by deejaydan
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pilsener glass. Purchased from an LCBO in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

Golden yellow and clear. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Lots of lines of lacing all along the edges.

Smells a little like a German lager with noble hops with a little sweet grains and malt in the background.

Taste echos the aroma. Reminds me of a euro lager leaning towards a german pilsener. Noble hops, crisp and clean. Grains and light malt.

Light bodied with steady, but not too heavy, carbonation.

I rather enjoyed this. Paired well with the Mad Dog IPA I chose as my other beer. Alternate the two to get a nice effect of citrus hop blast then crisp clean lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:30:25 | More by Noxious26
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a twelve pack, for a celebration for the conclusion of exams! Anyway, pours out a nice deep yellow color, looks real inviting. The smell was not to bad i docked it .5 because it had an odd cardboard smell to it, but nice floral hops and malt. Smells pretty good. THis is one tasty lager, nice and smooth with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Quite satisfied. Mouthfeel was nice and full, smooth and carbonated. Nice. High drinkability in this one, when its nice and cold it really does go down good. I really enjoyed this one! Highly recommended! Good Job Sleeman!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 18:31:50 | More by steeler
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chill hazed pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of lager malts and not much else. It is slightly sweet and breadlike. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that is sweet with pale/lager malts and a slightly dry, breadlike finish. It is well balanced and highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable lager. It is full of malt flavor and a clean finish; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 22:29:24 | More by WesWes
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matt7215

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle from TBS

pours golden with a average white head and nice lacings.

aroma are of pale lager malts and minimal floral hops.

flaours are clean and crisp with malts and hops playing off each other in order to make a good pale lager.

very drinkable and one of the better macro pale lager out there IMO.

id drink this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 04:25:38 | More by matt7215
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John

New York

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full flavored lager that's crisp when cold and pleasantly malty when it warms. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2001 15:18:53 | More by John
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I truly enjoyed this Canadian Lager. This beer is well done. The first yellow straw-colored beer that I have spoken highly of in quite some time. The nose is okay with hints of biscuity malt. The head thins quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is quite good. I am impressed at the overall complexity of this lager. Nice malt profile, with fruity hints. Hops are very subdued, but fit the style well.

And you can't beat $13 for a case (or should I say two-four).

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 01:05:52 | More by Maestro
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO. I'm on a mission to find the Great Summer Lager - at under 9 bucks a sixer, will this one fit the bill?

Poured into a nonic. Golden, clear, lager-like in every sense of my made-up word. Leaves a decent sized head of foam that dissolves into a thin but persistent head.

Nose had some sweet malt to it, usual malt suspects.

Huh. An inexpensive lager with some flavour to it. This is really something. Opens with sweet bready malt, and finishes with decent hop bitterness. Crisp and refreshing. Thin bodied, good carbonation.

My long search is over. This brew has some flavor, it's not pricey, and tastes great on the patio. If you're looking for a cheap summer brew, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 17:11:11 | More by JohnnyBarman
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a modest head and no lacing. The aroma is of herbal hops, green grass and multi grain crackers. The taste is well balanced with a tightly structured maltiness mingling with noble hop flavors. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery and prickly with carbonation. The finish is bitter and shortlived.

This is a nice lager. Its no King Pilsner, but it has a lot more balance than most Canadian lagers, also more flavor in general.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 04:50:49 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing as an Amaerican Macro Lager. Pours a nice golden straw color with a medium head. Ok lace.
Smells of sweet malt. Nice malty taste, not much rice or corn flavors here. Finishes dry and is very drinkable. I suppose that if I had to pick a beer to always keep on hand that everyone could enjoy, this would be in the running. Not a great beer but decent enough to keep both the BA people and the AB people happy. Pick up a twelve if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 22:21:11 | More by sabrills70
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-10-2012 04:47:34 | More by RedAleMan
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epicd3

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-14-2012 20:13:12 | More by epicd3
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Ellbert

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer looked really good. It was a light straw golden color with a large white head that faded fairly quickly. The head left a beautiful lace on the glass.

Smell: The smell is pretty sweet with a small amount of hop character. There is a corn sweetness that is present.

Taste: The taste is pretty good. It starts pretty sweet but is balanced with some decent hop character. It is pretty light but fairly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very good. Not too much carbonation and it finishes pretty dry.

Overall a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 02:20:51 | More by Ellbert
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright gold color, slight head after a conservative pour. Smell is grainy and malty, with a doughiness about it. Flavor is a pretty bold lager, although just a set up from a standard macro. Grassy and grainy, not bad for $7.99 a 12'er. Solid mouthfeel, well carbonated, sessionable. Above average.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 22:13:43 | More by TastyTaste
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

--regular brown bottle, no freshness date found
--poured a nice dark gold in color. Started with a nice head that slimmed but stayed. Average to below average lacing.
--Slight sweet smell, average.

I liked this beer. I expecting an average offering similar to other large comany lagers. This was crisp, and I felt there was less carbonation. I would drink this one again adn I wish it were available Western Canada.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 17:05:09 | More by canadianbarman
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a pure golden colour with a slight bit of head. wisps of lace are left as i sip this canadian lager....nice malty aroma with a bit of adjunct mixed in. tastes pretty good...a bit of maltiness and a course graininess make most of the flavour profile...with a grassy bitter hoppiness that just shows itself enough to be noticed. this is a relatively full bodied lager...smooth and unassuming but yet filling and satisfying. the distinction lies in the mouthfeel, where it comes off as full and rounded. a nice simple lager. filling, nice tasting and full bodied. nothing spectacular, but rather nice. very nice after a hards day work and an accompianment to a meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 00:52:54 | More by budgood1
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headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thinking the other day that in my rush to discover all that beer has to offer, I've been somewhat ignoring the 'lager' category - understandable, I guess, after my less-than-pleasant first beer experiences with Coors Light and Canadian. But, to broaden horizons, I grabbed a case of Upper Canada Lager (in part because I was a fan of their Maple Brown Ale) and sat down to try it.

The fact that Upper Canada Brewing Co. is owned by Sleeman should not necessarily be a knock against them (after all, if I have to drink any macro, I'd take a Sleeman over any other brand, without a doubt). So I went in with an open mind, trying to ignore what my experiences with Coors and its ilk had made me feel about lager.

The beer pours out a clear golden straw, with approximately a finger of head that dissapears within seconds, and virtually no lacing whatsoever. Not a particularly good start.

Smell is grainy, with hops and malts - if I didnt' know that this was an all-malt lager, I'd swear I could smell the adjunct - and a ever so slight cabbage odour. Bold, perhaps, but not particularly impressive, either.

Taste is actually quite surprising. Not particularly distinct or overly flavourful, but definitely not as bad as the odour and appearance would indicate. Initially ever-so-slightly malty, but a very strong hop presence in the middle and finish, with a slightly bready aftertaste. Can't say that this is my favourite, but is rather pleasant, especially as a shift from the overt maltiness of some of the beers I generally drink more often.

Mouthfeel is also quite good. Carbonation levels are exponentially better than the typical Canadian macro lager (though still slightly high). This brew is very refreshing on the mouth and palate. I could see myself having a few of these guys on the front porch with my roommates this summer, shooting the breeze and kicking back with a few brews - in other words, very drinkable.

There's nothing that makes Upper Canada Lager particularly special, aside, I suppose, from the good times that it might be a catalyst in. It doesn't really change my general hesitance towards American lagers, but it's still a good brew, and I can't knock it for that.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 05:50:11 | More by headlessparrot
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Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.