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HogsBack Vintage Lager - HogsBack Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
HogsBack Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our inaugural and flagship style is a European-inspired lager with superior flavour derived from using only premium ingredients combining three malt types (2-Row, Munich and Vienna), unique Saaz hops and German lager yeast. The result is a crisp, flavourful lager experience.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: Viggo on 04-05-2010)
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a yeast hazed golden color with a nice white soapy head that just sits there, retaining well. The lacing is excellent with a mountainous looking shadow drawing clinging to the glass. Also, there is some slow moving carbonation rising to the top....a nice looking brew!

S- A well rounded mixture of yeasty bread, malt, brown sugar and perhaps some caramel. I find the hop quotient to be very muted as well....overall a sweet, rich smelling beer.

T- Again, well rounded flavors make up this beer, but with the added goodness of some hop bitterness. The caramel and roasted malt sweetness show nicely, while the brown sugar and yeast qualities move more into the background. The aftertaste left behind is of some mild bitterness.

M- This is definitely a medium-full bodied lager....very creamy and mild carbonation. The richness of the malt shines through brilliantly!

O- This is a very good lager, and I'd be happy to enjoy this as a session beer. Well rounded flavor and a fullness not felt in most brews of this style, I'd be happy to recommend this one and hope it becomes available in my area sometime!

ChrisCage, Apr 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -12%

cam477, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of BGDrock
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight chill haze; orange/amber like a bourbon; head fades quick

Aroma: bready malt; sweet fruit (strawberry), caramel; minimal scent

Taste: great caramel/toffee malt all the way through, with some buttery fattiness at the end which lends some balance to taste and texture; malt flavours are much more pronounced than the average lager and even offer some complexity; earthy/woodsy hints, maybe maple syrup have a subtle presence; just a tinge of metallic flavour

Overall: not usually a fan of lagers, but this has great character and balance, and is way too easy to drink - however it still has that lager sweetness that can get tiring

BGDrock, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

djcreepshow, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in colour with a good amount of off-white head. Mediocre retention and patchy lace. Light bread and nut aroma with herbal undertones. Very inviting. Toasted bread and nut flavour, gentle leafiness and light hop bitterness in the short finish. Light bodied and dry, and lacking a little in carbonation. A decent and quaffable session lager.

mintjellie, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

vinty, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large foamy head with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with some clean cereal notes. Taste is quite refreshing with great notes of cereal with some lightly sweet undertones. Body is quite full for taste with great carbonation. Great drinkable lager and a whole lot better then expected.

Phyl21ca, Feb 19, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

ThinkAgain, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

WillAndSarah, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

tabhill, May 28, 2014
Photo of Natureguy12
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Natureguy12, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/copper colour with an above average size frothy/fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, toffee, hops, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it has a slightly creamy feel to it. I can taste breads/grains, malts, and a fair amount of toffee flavour. I can also pick up on some hops and a bit of a grassiness. It shifts from a malty/toffee flavour to a slightly bitter hoppy dry aftertaste.

Drink - I'm pleasantly surprised with this one. I had low expectations but it turned out to be a decent brew. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm happy I tried it. It could possibly work well as a session beer.

spinrsx, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

RedAleMan, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass. G1612 dating, thus a July 16, 2012 canning date.

Golden orange with a finger and change of white head. Light lace and modest retention. Cereal and grainy nose, pronounced leafy/herbal Noble hopping as well. Lager yeast character comes through, very mild sweetness. More malt on the palate, grainy and bready. Lighter Noble hopping than the nose suggested, but it's still there. Hint of metal and mild bitterness in the finish. Light body, medium carbonation. Not hard to drink, but that might be due more to the fact that it's pretty dang hot outside.

liamt07, Sep 06, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sedate to the point of non-existent.

Taste starts a bit adjunct-sweet, peek of citrus in the middle, lightly bitter through the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is easy. Approachable, easy drinking, but kind of boring.

ppoitras, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Yoozeo
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Yoozeo, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged in April 2012. I've never heard of this brewery so I'm not sure what to expect from this one.

Pours a clear golden colour with a twinge of amber - rather honey-like in hue, and topped with two fingers of frothy white head. It dissipates slowly over a period of minutes, leaving behind a soapy film while simultaneously smearing the glass in a ring of lacing. The aroma is mild with few distinguishing features - grainy, slightly toasted bready malts, with maybe a faint smattering of caramel. The faint grassy, herbal noble hop presence is certainly appreciated, though.

Clean-tasting, but not very interesting. Lots of grainy malt sweetness, weak caramel/toffee notes and some toasted bread. Some grassy, slightly noble bitterness dries out the finish, but doesn't linger on the palate for long. Pretty straightforward stuff, but at least it's not off-putting. Light-bodied, with a fizzy mouthfeel that gradually softens as the drink goes on. Smooth, fairly crisp and quite refreshing.

Hogsback Vintage Lager is a decent brew, but doesn't strike me as much of a Vienna-style lager. As far as domestic pale lagers go it's certainly above average, but it's still far from memorable. Wouldn't mind trying this one on tap, but it's not the sort of thing I'd buy regularly.

[Updated April 3 2014]

Another can - since this beer is now classified as an EPL rather than a Vienna lager, I figured it deserved a quick update. Hogsback has constructed a pretty tasty little session lager here, which is considerably more malt-forward than the majority of pale lagers - likely due to the employment of Vienna malts in the recipe. The noble hops do an admirable job of countering the malt bill, finishing with a light, grassy bitterness. This is not an exciting beer, but it is eminently drinkable, and I really can't ask for much more from a Euro-style pale lager. Good stuff; all lager fans should give this one a shot.

Final Grade: 3.54, a solid B.

thehyperduck, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw color with visible effervescence and a thin off-white soapy head.

Aroma: Very light on the nose. Some sweetness, I'm assuming from the malt, and a touch of earthy/citrusy hop character. A little yeasty.

Taste: A nice clean malt bill and overall flavor to this one. Pilsen/Crystal malts and a touch of something more in the amber category. The hops deliver a brightness to the palate and impart a crisp lager bitterness that is never more than moderate and slowly fades in the aftertaste. Really good balance of flavors in this one. Nicely robust for 5.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation and good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: From the name 'Vintage Lager' I assumed they would have skipped the adjuncts when brewing this one and I was right. A nice 'classic' lager taste that approaches thirst quenching range. Would I drink it again? Sure, would be great while watching a sporting event and having pizza.

JamesMN, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -70.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Catalysts
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Bought it because it said European style Lager. Brought it to my British boyfriend and he gave it a stamp of approval, so that says something. I liked it as well :)

Catalysts, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Antikythera
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a bit darker and brassier than the average lager. Very pretty colour. Thin but tenacious head.

S: pleasantly wheaty. There's something I can't identify that's almost grassy? If I drink this in the winter it might be like summer in a can.

T: toasty and light, no bitterness.

M: refreshing, a bit fizzy.

O: I don't usually buy lagers but I might buy this one again. It's just interesting enough to be above a lot of the other offerings in the category.

Antikythera, Aug 07, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't normally seek out lagers as they're typically not my favorite style, however this one was a new one I hadn't seen before and felt it was worth giving a try, and I'm glad I did.

This poured a yellow amber with some foamy head, Smell is of hops and malt, pleasant. Taste is really good, this has a strong malty base with slightly aggressive hop flavor, with a clean finish. Mouthfeel is thicker than a typical lager but finishes clean.

I rather liked this one, and would be likely to fill my fridge with a few more of these moving forward.

funkengruven, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of bryehn
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found a six pack at my local LCBO here in Ottawa.

Poured into a lager glass, I found a nice clear golden colour with a decent white head that stuck around as a collar.

Has a relatively hoppy and surprisingly "boozy" aroma. Also has that Ontario craft beer smell to it, which is to say dank and Earthy when it's first poured. These "moldy" traits thankfully dissipate as the beer warms a bit.

I find the mouthfeel quite bubbly, this European-inspired lager has a medium carbonation.

Taste is more bitter than I'd expect up front, but carries a malty sweetness as well towards the end thanks to a three-malt blend. Halfway through my first sample I'm not really getting any accents of note; maybe a bit of wood in the aftertaste.

Hogsback Vintage Lager is easily the best beer I've had that's produced in my adopted home town of Ottawa. It has the familiarity of mass-market lagers with accented bitter and sweetness on either end of the spectrum.

After Trying other local beers I didn't expect much, but found a satisfactory beer I could serve to my casual beer-drinking friends.

bryehn, Dec 13, 2010
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HogsBack Vintage Lager from HogsBack Brewing Company
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