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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: 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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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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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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
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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...

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

New York

3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

05-31-2005 22:29:24 | More by WesWes
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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
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plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-04-2007 01:33:14 | More by plaid75
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-24-2014 22:49:58 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

08-29-2004 22:34:55 | More by DrJay
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-24-2012 14:06:15 | More by harpus
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Brent

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-03-2004 19:55:08 | More by Brent
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

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!

03-25-2009 13:33:50 | More by bobsy
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-15-2012 14:49:40 | More by oldp0rt
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +19%

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.)

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

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-11-2005 00:39:21 | More by ADR
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Redrover

Illinois

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
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

06-04-2005 22:13:43 | More by TastyTaste
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2012 22:33:25 | More by animal69
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-02-2003 23:41:47 | More by pootz
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

12-04-2004 22:27:45 | More by granger10
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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!

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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

Germany

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
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Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.