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Lager - Upper Canada Brewing Company

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81 Ratings

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 3
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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-17-1998)
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Photo of Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

10-05-2013 10:50:39 | More by Noelito76
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -30%

Bottle: Poured a strong yellow color lager with a medium head with OK retention. Aroma is quite bland with some malt and very little hops. Taste is refreshing and quite crisp and I would say has more flavour then your usual macro lager. I guess this as improve since the last couple of year I had it before but it is still not great.

07-25-2005 13:38:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

09-27-2012 11:14:35 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of traumaqueen

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

04-03-2012 04:59:33 | More by traumaqueen
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -26.2%

Draught in Toronto.
A: Bright yellow with a thin white head, and little lacing.
S: Aroma of malt and light citrus.
T: Taste of malt, black pepper and a hint of lemon. Not complex.
M: Weak body.
D: Unimpressive overall, and average lager that is pretty forgettable.

12-08-2009 00:39:01 | More by Travlr
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -25.7%

Got this at Massey Hall after seeing the Trans-Syberian Orchestra. Came a dark gold, autumn leaf colour with a sliver of a head. But the bartender poured it improperly. With the glass being a small size, I doubt she could have poured a decent head on it without it overflowing. Barley grain smell. A little sweet, a little weak. Kinda bland tasting. Sweet, chewy malt, odd aftertaste. It wasn't bitter, it was sour(?). Sour is the best word I could use to describe, and that isn't very close. Thin mouthfeel. The chewy malt adds a little texture to the brew. OVerall, it's okay. I've had better, I've also had worse. But next time I'm at Massey Hall, I'll order a Guinness, or maybe a Beck's if I haven't had it already.

12-17-2003 05:27:06 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -23.3%

Sampled off tap, a local dive bar just off campus at the University of Toronto. Pours a standard golden colour - no bubbles, no lace, very thin head that comes and goes. Aroma is almost non-present, which could be a good thing. Mouthfeel average, some creamy texture finishing on a lightly sour note. The little malt present in the taste stayed fairly clean. The drinkability is fairly good all things considered.
Not to attack the beer itself, but after looking around an entire junction of downtown Toronto, and this being the best beer I could find offered, is a very sad thing.

02-02-2007 22:31:36 | More by biegaman
Photo of thartman


2.63/5  rDev -23.3%

The appearance has a medium golden hue with zero head. This beer had a grainy-malty smell and had a corny-grainy-biscuity flavor, if that makes any sense. The beer has a medium body, and is quite filling

Overall, if you like traditional Canadian Beer, this is definitely worth a try.

10-23-2007 20:41:50 | More by thartman
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19%

I had a pint of this at dinner tonight, it looked ok when it came - a light amber color and small head. The smell was a little pungent, and quite strong. At first taste it was ok but as I went through the glass it got worse and worse. Had a strange chemical quality to it that was the most distinct flavour. It was a light bodied beer that was at least pretty drinkable.

01-28-2005 01:35:42 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%

A little darker than a macrobrew lager. Not much head, in fact it dissolved very quickly. A horrible burnt rubber smell greeted my nose almost immediately. This was verified by a beer drinking associate who said "ew". The beer tasted better than it smelled. I guess it would have to. Richer and maltier than a macrobrew lager. A little sweet for my taste but better than your average lager in my opinion. A little less fizz would improve the drinking experience.

03-05-2006 00:06:43 | More by shamus
Photo of happygnome


3/5  rDev -12.5%

a: bright golden color half inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: very grainy, clean crisp, hop presence faintly detectable
t: sweet start finished by a nice bitter bite
m: light bodied with a lof of carbonation

overall this is an average beer, nothing very exciting

04-16-2007 21:29:25 | More by happygnome
Photo of TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-16-2013 10:56:39 | More by TheBeeraholic
Photo of Redrover


3/5  rDev -12.5%

12 0z brown longneck, I did not see any freshnes dating.

The beer pours bright gold with minimal head and lacing. Kind of your average looking beer here.

The aroma was grainy and fresh. No off aromas.

The taste is a bit sweet initially. It is mild with very slight bitterness late. Not bad, but not great.

The beer had very good carbonation, which canceled out the bit of thinness I detected. Easy enough drinker, but ultimately uninteresting.

03-02-2006 18:41:13 | More by Redrover
Photo of BEERchitect


3/5  rDev -12.5%

Interesting beer. Although a bit too sweet, the beer is nicely clean and well-brewed to style. The beer opens up with a strong straw (nearly golden) color, and with lacking head retention. The beer stops shy of fizzy. The aromas show strong pilsner malt aromas and a touch of cooked corn. The flavors are malty-sweet, bready, yeasty, and with a hop-eathiness. The beer is a bit heavier than prefered for the style, but is a testimate to the bold malt additions. Finishes sweet, and bit oily, and heavy which hurts drinkability. I'm not likely to turn down a free one, but won't be purchasing any time soon.

04-18-2007 13:46:45 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-15-2012 14:49:40 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of proc


3/5  rDev -12.5%

Not bad. A typical lager, but very drinkable. Pours out to a a darker-than-usual gold with a slight head. Taste is quite malty for a beer of this style and is somewhat sweet. It appears that Upper Canada Brewing has a distributor in Michigan, so their products will be sold here. Cheaper than the usual mass-produced stuff too ($6.99/12). Very reminiscent of a Pabst Blue Ribbon, but a titch maltier/sweeter.

01-11-2003 16:47:20 | More by proc
Photo of MTNboy


3.03/5  rDev -11.7%

straw hue. A small and rough head with very little lace and not much for bubbles either.

Smell- There was definitely a grain smell to this beer that was very pleasant and long lasting. A touch of hops bouquet.

Taste- Balanced for the most part but bland . There is a nice grain flavored finish.

Mouthfeel- Average.

Drinkability- An average beer but easy to drink.

09-04-2007 23:39:23 | More by MTNboy
Photo of kinger


3.08/5  rDev -10.2%

Surprise find at my local grocery store, last twelve pack of bottles on the shelf and at a price I couldn't refuse. Overall this is a decent lager slightly different than the more popular Canadian Lagers. The beer poured a dark golden color with a thick head that ultimately dwindled down. The aroma was crisp and fresh, malty with a slight grainy chaser. The mouthfeel is thin but this can be expected in your standard lager. The flavor is a pleasant surprise. Slightly malty with a very faint hint of sweet grain adjuncts. There is a small bittering finish that is also crisp to the palate. Nothing special but a nice and solid choice among many more popular brands.

07-31-2008 18:41:35 | More by kinger
Photo of changeup45


3.13/5  rDev -8.7%

Pretty good lager but nothing spectacular. Pours a golden color, some head but that fizzles away pretty quickly. Average aroma for a lager, there's not much there. This is pretty smooth and flavorful (for a lager), a little sweet and malty and a semi-sour finish. Aftertaste is pretty good.

08-24-2008 17:51:43 | More by changeup45
Photo of Puddleglum


3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

Have I been taking crazy pills? This lager had an altogether different label and certainly a different profile than any I see reviewed on here. Maybe they have dumbed this thing down for the Cincinnati market. The color was nice and the head tried but was quickly gone with little or no lacing. The smell was ever so slightly sweet and grainy as well as the the flavor with a malty and breadlike quality. It was well-balanced as long as you aren't expecting any hops. But I swear they are using rice in this thing. In a blind taste test with Busch I'd have a hard time picking this one out. Of course it is Summer and this is a good thirst quencher. The price is certainly right. Quaff away if you must.

06-01-2005 14:47:12 | More by Puddleglum
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

Decent lager, malt and bit of yeast taste. Malty sweet. Yellow straw color, lots of head initially that look like soapsuds and then dissapear. A toast crisp dry aftertatste. Inexpensive. Good Sleeman allowed this label to continue with above average runs.

05-30-2004 03:50:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

09-14-2013 21:37:09 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of harpus


3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-24-2012 14:06:15 | More by harpus
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-24-2014 22:49:58 | More by Latarnik
Photo of DarkForest

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-23-2013 02:52:56 | More by DarkForest
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Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.