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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

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.31%
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 DaveBar
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium head that is gone in 30sec. Medium to darkish gold color. Filtered clear

S- Decent hops and malt. Nothing to write home about

T- Has a good malt backbone but nothing special or anything that will stick out at you. Touch sweet

M- Dry but a bit of creaminess. Typical lager

O- Pretty good but will not buy again. Typical lager really. North American mass produced beer. At least there is no metallic smell or taste.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Fish and chips!

Enjoy

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%

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Top Shelf Classic Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.