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Top Shelf Classic Lager - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thehyperduck on 10-18-2013)
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Photo of AugustusRex
1/5  rDev -68.8%

AugustusRex, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of deonreds
1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

deonreds, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of ghisty
2/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

ghisty, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of Orionigel
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Orionigel, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a light golden color lager with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light sweet notes with very subtle cereal notes. Taste is quite bland with light sweet notes and some very subtle notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Bland tasting lager which might appeal to their target audience.

Phyl21ca, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of JasonThaler
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of MayonakaStout
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

MayonakaStout, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of SebD
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

SebD, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of MJ63
3/5  rDev -6.5%

MJ63, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
3/5  rDev -6.5%

ThinkAgain, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -6.5%

CurtisD, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -6.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ToddMopps
3/5  rDev -6.5%

ToddMopps, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Pmicdee, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of CRObighit2
3/5  rDev -6.5%

CRObighit2, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright gold under a moderate head that settles to a splotchy film. Surrenders some fairly good lace.

Grassy hops on the nose. Malty and crisp. No off flavours or funk of any kind, not excessively corny, so not bad for a cheap beer.

This is a very ordinary brew. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing great about it either. Very basic, clean drinking.

TerryW, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%

kjyost, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of WCW
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%

WCW, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of the_rick0524
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

the_rick0524, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear amber/yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Bread/grains, corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and caramel/toffee. There is also a light grassiness and some fruity notes.

Overall - Not a bad beer. A step up from basic macros for sure.. Kind of like a basic lager with a little more caramel malt tossed in. Refreshing and quite drinkable.. but forgettable.

spinrsx, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

RedAleMan, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of TheHammer
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that did not lace but did retain decently. The body is a generic yellow lager with slow carbonation.

Smell: Fairly standard stuff, straw, grain, and bread malt with a slight grassy hop note. As it warms a sweet corn smell becomes more dominant. Nothing to write home about but quite good.

Taste: Sweet as the starting malt has an almost shortbread like quality to it which eases into a slightly more grainy experiences with a light dust of hops. Just a fairly well done Lager

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit thin which I don't like, but the transitioning is decent and the sweet straw malt aftertaste is good, but starts to cloy a bit near the end.

Drinkability: No issues going down, although I've had smoother Lagers and this is a little bit too sweet and has a slight acidic note after it's gone down.

Final Thoughts: All in all, not a bad Lager and stands out decently despite it's flaws. Not a lot wrong here, so I would recommend it yes.

TheHammer, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

DenisKolkin, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev +9%

liamt07, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Brody1714
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Brody1714, Mar 13, 2014
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Top Shelf Classic Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.