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Galt Knife Old Style Lager - Grand River Brewing

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Galt Knife Old Style LagerGalt Knife Old Style Lager

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This lager was named after our beautiful building that once was the home of the Galt Knife Company. This deep gold lager is brewed in the style reminiscent of pre-prohibition beers that were brewed with full bodied malts yet retained a strong hop character in the finish. The pale malt forward beer presents a full bodied creamy taste at the beginning and finish with a complex and enjoyable hop bite.

Like all our beers, you will notice a strong, pronounced head on the beer after pouring it into your glass. The foam allows the beer to retain its freshness in the glass and provide a great amount of mouth feel that adds to the overall enjoyment and provides an added benefit to the beer you're enjoying after a hard day’s work.

(Beer added by: crwills on 09-15-2007)
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Reviews by Ralphus:
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally some grand river beer! Got this on a trade with icemachine. Thanks!

When I first poured this I was struck by just how dark it was for a lager. It's a mid to light brown in color. The white head quickly dissipated to a small ring of foam.

The smell is light. I pick up very little except for trace hoppiness. My wife gets fruit, specifically peaches.

The taste is initially sweet.. full of caramel malts, honey and some grain. It transitions well to a lightly hoppy finish. Very enjoyable - and drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 20:58:47 | More by Ralphus
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ToddMopps


3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-22-2014 21:34:46 | More by ToddMopps
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last bottle from Bucky's Grand River inventory was their Galt Knife Old Style Lager. The by now familiar 500 ml brown bottle was filled on December 12, 2013 and was 4.4% alcohol by volume.

Galt Knife poured a hazy golden amber colour, topped by 1.5” of lumpy off-white head. The head had very good retention and left plenty of lacing down the far side of the glass as it slowly faded to an uneven cap. Its aroma was of sweet malts, grass and earth. The taste began with a sweet malty flavor which quickly transitioned to grassy and earthy hops, while the finish was bitter with a hint of citrus to it. The bitterness, along with the beer's grassy and earthy elements lingered for quite some time as an aftertaste. For my personal taste the beer was a touch under-carbonated, but I understand that this may well be the norm for a “pre-prohibition style lager.” I would say that the beer was fairly light bodied with a smooth mouth feel from the ever-present foam cap. Not my favourite beer from Grand River…I could do without the long-lived aftertaste…but still a respectable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:52:09 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Galt knife old style
A really large rocky white head with great retention and lace, colour is a hazy blonde gold. 4

S- an interesting lemon and yeasty character, full bready malts. Sort of tart fruits. 3.75

T- grainy minerality, crisp malt, some lemon salts and a tart overall profile. Some light spiciness and yeasty sourness, interesting. 3.75

M- a moderate light session beer with moderate carbonation and a light lemony saline feel. 3.75

A kind of sour malt profile with a grainy mineral feel, easy session beer but it was interesting but not really my thing. Rustic and a lemony sour aspect with a solid malt profile, sorta bready sortof mineral, worth trying. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 18:29:33 | More by mick303
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44%

09-27-2013 17:45:26 | More by Pmicdee
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

09-05-2013 03:22:47 | More by irishkyle21
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-16-2013 13:53:57 | More by TheBeeraholic
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BigGruntyThirst

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-28-2013 00:36:08 | More by BigGruntyThirst
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timiskin

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-11-2013 16:42:30 | More by timiskin
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An (all too rare) lager with flavour! Although I'm a huge fan of the Grand River Brewery, have never purchased before solely because of the style - but this is a perfect "Sunday afternoon" beer that I'll now keep in stock.

Pours a beautiful dark golden colour with very limited white head. Aroma is very mild, a slight bready graininess that I have to concentrate to identify. However the taste is robust and well balanced, with enough complexity to be interesting but not too much to require effort. An initial bread-forward malt sweetness becomes a lightly bitter body, with a finish that is crisp but lingers for a respectable length of time.

Well done, Grand River. Although a lager would never be my personal first choice, this is one I'm enjoying!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 21:41:03 | More by hopsolutely
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

02-13-2013 04:04:17 | More by DaPan
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12%

02-11-2013 21:04:31 | More by yancot
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%

01-27-2013 03:49:34 | More by bigox420
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. Bottled 10/23/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head is quickly down to a bubbly skim, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet and adjuncty.

Taste starts sweet, goes tart in the middle, continues into a bitter/sour close. Mouthfeel is a bit rocky, with somewhat limited drinkability. Might well be representative of a pre-prohibition lager, but I'm not that wild about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 19:50:46 | More by ppoitras
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16%

11-06-2012 18:01:57 | More by cfalovo97
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kinguy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%

11-03-2012 21:16:46 | More by kinguy
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12%

10-18-2012 23:30:00 | More by RedAleMan
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +19%

09-11-2012 00:09:28 | More by Molson2000
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-07-2012 01:18:01 | More by MattPS
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-06-2012 01:29:39 | More by Wordslinger
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled March 22, drank May 1.

A: A handsome beer. It's dark golden with an off-white head. The head retention is perfect and the lacing is super pretty. As with all beer's I've had from Grand River, it looks just like someone poured this pint from a cask. The head retention is always amazing on their beers.

S: It has a lager (yeast) smell, tempered with a stronger than expected biscuit smell with a little sweetness. Some light citrus-lemon notes.

T: It opens with a little biscuit malt which quickly gives way to a very clean and refreshing body. A little hint of green apple kind of flavour - really crisp in the middle. There is a nice bitter bite at the end, which is slightly metallic and coppery.

M: Smooth at the outset, just like a cask ale - in a lager! It gets a bit watery near the end, which is kinda expected from a 4.4% beer.

O: This is a really tasty lager which - if it were available in 6-packs or even in stock in more LCBOs - would make for a great session beer. Its got that nice smooth lager taste with enough of a balance of opening sweetness and finishing bitterness to make it interesting. Another great beer from Grand River Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:06:35 | More by Groulxsome
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice semi cloudy orange/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready and biscuity malts, sweet fruity notes and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has nice bready and biscuity malt character to it with nice grassy hops giving it a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:43:37 | More by SebD
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-11-2012 06:10:20 | More by WeissBoy
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traumaqueen


3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-03-2012 07:07:43 | More by traumaqueen
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 24th, 2012

A- Darker than normal yellow pour with a two finger soapy white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Sweet biscuits, slight earthy hops, there is the slightest adjunct smell to this. There is a touch of fruit but I can't really put my fingers on what. This really reminds me of a "steam" beer.

T- Straight up grains, little rye and a little bit of adjunct. There is a sweet biscuit like the aroma and a lingering floral hop finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, and slightly chewy.

O- I actually hated this beer when I first tried it last year. I'm really enjoying it this time around. I'm glad I actually gave it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:42:29 | More by korguy123
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Galt Knife Old Style Lager from Grand River Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.