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Top Shelf Classic Lager - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Top Shelf Classic LagerTop Shelf Classic Lager

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BA SCORE
76
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thehyperduck on 10-18-2013

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tapir163
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have read a few good and a few bad reviews of this beer. I would have to say it's not a bad beer at all, actually better than I originally expected. It's simple, just a lager without the adjunct taste. Light, malty and a decent amount of carbonation. Has an odd taste, a tad metallic but maybe that's just the tall can. I don't know what people want out of a lager, but for my simple taste, it does a commendable job.

Photo of DaveSutula
4.83/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A much nicer lager than I expected. I would call it a Helles, although it might be just a tad dark for that. There's a malty sweetness that holds up brilliantly in the can even though my sample is over 5 months old...

Photo of DaPan
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ghisty
2/5  rDev -38.5%

appearance: yellow. clear. without head at all.
smell: straight up honey. all I'm getting is an over powering honey scent.
mouth: slick, not really carbbed , just heavy and only slightly better than water.
taste: tastes like adjunct. pretty basic, with a slightly oiley after taste, sort of distant bitterness and a bit of vegetable in there on the finish.
overall: it could be worse, I knew it wasnt going to be great, it was on sale for $2.80
for a tall can, so I knew it was swill basically. the honey nose is over powering and probably the only interesting thing about this lager. If they wanted to make a lager, as the can advertises, they should have given it at least 5% abv. and not so.. adjunct..and watery.. its hardly a lager. its hardly and ale. its hardly worth my time.

Photo of WCW
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of bluebombers
3.76/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JasonThaler
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of qpaladeau
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Orionigel
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of MayonakaStout
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CRObighit2
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kvadiat
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ToddMopps
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.45 CDN. Served cold into a Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - crystal clear rich gold color. Thin half finger of fizzy white head is poured but dissipates almost instantly. A few effervescent bubbles rise to the top.

Smell - big doughy aroma and a few mildly sweet malt aromas. A sweetened molasses aroma blended with some sort of dried fruits, maybe dates or figs. Rather sweet smelling but aromatics are good here.

Taste - pretty much like the nose with a little less of the figs and dates and a little more of the bready flavour. Some honey seems to be melded into this brew too.

Mouthfeel - fairly soft feel, medium carbonation gives it a nice light yet refreshing and satisfying feel.

OverLl - really pleasantly surprised by this, a bit on the sweet side, but solid flavour and great blend of aromas and use of carbonation.

Photo of the_rick0524
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can, with a name that could have two, equally flattering meanings here in the hockey nirvana otherwise known as Canada.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat caked bone-white head, which leaves some sparse tree branch lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of crackery, doughy pale and caramel malt, black pepper, a soft lemon rind sourness, a hint of dry honey, and tame earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, slightly yeasty and doughy pale malt, a touch of honeyed caramel sweetness, subtle and muddled citrus notes, and more earthy, sort of weedy, and grassy hay-like hops.

The carbonation is moderate in strength, and mostly just cheekily frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and pretty smooth, no real interlopers to be found here. It finishes somewhat off-dry, the doughy malt persisting, alongside a fading fruitiness, and weakening earthy, floral hoppiness.

An enjoyable enough, well-made lager, nothing screams out adjuncts or any other cut corners. Maybe a tad sweet overall, but that's due more to the waning hops, than to any issue with the maltiness. Drinkable, and even recommendable - the NHL Alumni Association could do a hell of lot worse in choosing their official beer.

Photo of SebD
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a clear straw yellow color to it. It has an off-white head that dies down fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, light honey and a faint grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts, slight breadiness, honey and faint grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by bland flavors and aromas.

Photo of AugustusRex
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of Brody1714
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Top Shelf Classic Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.