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Lager - Upper Canada Brewing Company

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59 Reviews

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 86
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-17-1998

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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 86
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain with a touch of balancing hops.

The taste was well balanced and suprisingly malty considering the set up. Doughy finish with streaks of honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and slightly creamy.

Overall a suprisingly well balanced lager with some decent body. The rare joy of an all-malt lager.

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Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, straw yellow topped by a thin lace of white foam. Noble hop aroma with a bit of malt sweetness present. Malt carries over into the flavour, providing some sweetness. Noticeable hop flavour to start followed by light bitterness at the finish. Moderately dry at the end. High carbonation and smooth texture adds to the initial perception of body, but this thins out towards the end.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +17%
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.)

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Photo of Brent
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strikes me as a quintessential example of a Canadian lager. Substantial body and no fear of malt - could pass for an ale when held up to a U.S. big-brewer lager. Hopping has a lightly fruity aspect and, as in some other Canadian beers, I get a faint but distinct grape soda note (I seem to be the only one who does). Very solidly made, and drinkable.

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Photo of bobsy
3.44/5  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!

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Photo of Redrover
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely clear lighter gold color, flat white head to start but only about 50 seconds of staying power. Practically no lace in a pint glass. Grassy aroma, distinct sweetened citron qualities. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is medium but not excessive. Sweet start, very lightly maple malt flavors but with OK impact and a bright finish to the beer, almost kicks up with a Sweet Tart candy impression. Not a ton of things going on here, but its not at all offensive with an off aftertaste or with a lot of gassiness in the swallow. Its pretty drinkable Lager in my book.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second or third time I sampled UCB's lager the other times it was on tap but the low carbonation of this bottled offereing puts it in that catagory for smoothness.

This is a very good representation of a premium quality Canadian lager. The fact it hasn't the mega brew carbonation scores extra with me. Is it head and shoulders above Molson's, Labatt's lagers? Well, yes....it is better than their national brands.....it is on par and better than many of their local brands.

At any rate this beer is easy to take with big lager characteristics and a good process that makes it repeatably good. It isn't overly distinct in my mind but it is a good quality lager every lager drinker should sample. I'll never turn one of these down and I'll buy it over national brands when I'm at a pub.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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: 3.88, 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.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really surprised by the quality of this beer. It really reminds me of high life with its cheap prices and solid lager taste. There's definitely a good amount of adjuncts in here but there's also a lot of sweet malt flavor. Nice medium body with a sweet biscuit flavor. Grainy flavor mixes in with the sweetness. Finish is a little nonexistent but leaves me with a sweet flavor. Definitely a good choice when the money is low.

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Photo of mick303
3.49/5  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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +17%
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!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice lager that looks good and carries a nice flavor through to the drinker. The look is of a golden body and a small white head. Lacing is light and unimpressive. The malty aroma is joined by a decent graininess. The flavor is a full breadiness that does not impress of adjunct grains. The feel is light with a nice crisp ending. Good drinkability.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.