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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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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-10-2012 04:47:34 | More by RedAleMan
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16%

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!

11-07-2011 03:06:10 | More by CharlyNovember
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RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +16.6%

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!!

04-20-2011 07:18:43 | More by RyanBelle
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

12-13-2008 18:31:50 | More by steeler
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matt7215

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

12-03-2008 04:25:38 | More by matt7215
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changeup45

Florida

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
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kinger

Ohio

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
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thartman

Pennsylvania

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
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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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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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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +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.

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

Minnesota

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
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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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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
Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
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