Lager - Upper Canada Brewing Company

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.57%
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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of EvanHarper
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle into pint glass, no decipherable date code.

Medium straw color with a very short-lived head. Fairly fizzy.

Light to moderate aroma, mostly cereal grain and sulfur with faint corny DMS and the barest hint of hops.

Taste is slightly towards the bitter side, with a bit of sulfur and mineral notes and a fair amount of sweetness that is masked at first but comes out after multiple sips. Peppery hops linger on the palate.

Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Slightly "sticky."

A good, basic pilsner. Much like their dark ale, it's unpretentious, more or less to-style, and reccomendable as much for the very low price as for the quality. Heads and tails above the regrettable alternatives in its price range, and preferable in my opinion to most non-craft "premium" lagers, which cost at least 50% more in Ontario.

Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A full light golden colour with a good initial head, some light lacing and plenty of carbonation. Smell is light, with grassy, malt, and slight nutty notes. Taste has a fuller malt body than mass lagers, with a bit of a caramel note, bready, light citrus edge and some mineralality. Not amazingly exciting or an outstanding lager, but it did exceed by (admittedly low) expectations. A rather balanced body with a smooth carbonation, if the flavour was ramped up a bit this could be a regular buy.

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of DarkForest
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of atr2605
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow straw color with a white head with average retention
S-hint of malt and spiciness
T-slightly sweet and spicy, nice bit of malt in the finish
M-medium-light bodied but very smooth.
O-really solid beer and caught me by surprise. Most canadian beers I have had don't really hit the styles they shoot for, well done and very drinkable

Photo of epicd3
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Noxious26
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Screwball
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.