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Lager - Upper Canada Brewing Company

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79
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79 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%


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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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:45:19 | More by mick303
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atr2605

New York

3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 18:55:40 | More by atr2605
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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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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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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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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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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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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a Pours a clear golden colour that has a relatively long lasting head.

s-smells chiefly of malts some bready notes and some hoppy bitterness.

t-Nice and flavourful. Malts balanced against the hops but nothing over bearing.

m-average for the the alc percentage.

o-Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:51:21 | More by Mit
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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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grac1970

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer in anticipation of guests dropping by. I hope they enjoy it as a nice change from our usual as much as I did.

A = dark golden yellow in colour. Not much of a head when poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Carb bubbles were plentiful. Despite the rich colour for some reason the beer seemed to look "watery" in the glass - probably due to the lack of head which made it look flat early on.

S = not much there, a bit of a hopsy smell.

T = a bit of citrus; hopsy; I detected a taste that reminded me of a somewhat tart apple; otherwise not a very overwhelming taste - quite nice

M = not watery despite initial appearance; the carbonation became apparent in the mouth; a bit of a tart/dryness left in the mouth with a slight bitterness to it

D = this went down very smooth and easy; I quite liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 00:24:06 | More by grac1970
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow, decent head. Average carbo.

S- Pretty much all bready malts. Couldn't make out much more.

T- Bready malts, subtle smooth hops. A little bit of citrus as well.

M- Smooth with a mid/high carbonation feel.

D- Pretty quenching. Good balance as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 19:52:41 | More by BBP
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of white soapy head, which leaves a small ring of head as it dissipates. It smells of light biscuit malt, and slightly skunky green hops. The taste is somewhat acrid white grain, and grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body mildly creamy and decently weighted, and it finishes dry and grainy.

An overall decent and drinkable lager, a definite step up from the native macros of Ontari-ari-ari-o...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 05:22:46 | More by biboergosum
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won this in a bet with a colleague when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last year. It's been in my fridge since.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.. fizzy pale yellow with tan head.. emphasis on the fizzy.

Smell is somewhat skunky and sour.

Taste is sweet, caramel malts. Not really hoppy but very nice malt presence for something I was expecting to be watered down and boring. Fizzy mouthfeel but pretty thick for a pale lager like this. Nothing to complain about as far as drinkability.

This is a beer I had lying around without drinking due to lack of excitement, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. This is a pretty decent pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:41:42 | More by webmanspidey
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured it into something approximating a kolsch glass, and my, does it look like a beauty. Very classical lager appearance - a clear light gold liquid topped with a solid white head. Great retention and some nice lace. Subdued grainy malt aroma, but clean. Bready flavour, lots of pale malts and some honey. Slight citric bitterness and sourness in the finish. Medium-light mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Aye... its not a bad beer for a hot day. Too bad its still March!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 13:33:50 | More by bobsy
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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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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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changeup45

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 17:51:43 | More by changeup45
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kinger

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 18:41:35 | More by kinger
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MTNboy

Germany

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 23:39:23 | More by MTNboy
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this before Sleemans bought them. After Sleemans bought them, I tried it again.

This is a golden beer with a light head that is bubbly. The aroma is earthy with hints of grass and malt. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly carbonated. The flavour is fuller than a lot of Canadian lagers and a full-bodied with hints of malt, grass, and yeast. A good beer experience. It tastes best when VERY cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 04:19:23 | More by cyrenaica
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 13:46:45 | More by BEERchitect
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happygnome

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 21:29:25 | More by happygnome
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 00:06:43 | More by shamus
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Redrover

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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