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HogsBack Vintage Lager - HogsBack Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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SlyBrew

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-15-2014 00:45:22 | More by SlyBrew
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-11-2014 22:46:28 | More by hunterjames
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-03-2014 20:25:17 | More by CRObighit2
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

06-01-2014 17:23:46 | More by cam477
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-01-2014 15:23:55 | More by Socialiste
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tabhill

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-28-2014 03:27:29 | More by tabhill
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hogsback Brewing Company is a relatively new venture, bringing its first beer to market in April 2010. Hogsback has chosen to start out as a contract venture, with its production performed by Cool Brewery in Toronto. Bucky picked up a 473 ml can of Hogsback's Vintage Lager ("Vintage") from his local LCBO for $2.60. Vintage was 5.2% alcohol by volume, and the can was stamped with a production date of June 4, 2012.

Vintage poured a slightly hazy amber/golden colour which become much deeper when backlit, with some slow rising carbonation bubbles visible through the haze. Pouring produced about 1/2" of compact white head that disappeared within three minutes, retreating to a thin collar and film that left a small amount of spotting down the glass. The aroma from the can was of rich, sweet malts with a touch of hops, the aroma being much more subdued when poured into my glass. Its taste was certainly dominated by the malts, beginning with a sweetness that reminded me a bit of brown sugar, and finishing with a mild hop bitterness. There is a good balance here...the hops kicking in just in time to moderate the sweetness of the malts, but not lingering too long. Vintage's mouth feel is clean and crisp, with a level of carbonation appropriate to the style. Overall, a solid but pretty straightforward brew...certainly a cut above mass produced beers but nothing to knock your socks off. Its price is middle of the road...not overly expensive, but no bargain either.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 22:19:12 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.3%

02-04-2014 02:36:24 | More by Pmicdee
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BeerClubNiagara

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-19-2014 18:42:55 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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Belittle

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

01-10-2014 18:56:45 | More by Belittle
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seand

California

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a straw yellow amber with a fair amount of light white head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Sweet, grainy, and lightly hoppy.

T: Lightly sweet, light grain, and light malt. Pretty mild overall, though not a bad mix.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent but kind of mediocre.

Serving type: can

12-31-2013 23:41:48 | More by seand
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 21:03:09 | More by ppoitras
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

10-28-2013 01:22:51 | More by KrisDLSmith
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can picked up from LCBO and poured into a pint glass. Intrigued by the label, which led to a purchase.

Appearance - Nice rich golden color, very transparent. 1 finger of head is yielded and quickly dissipates with low retention and no lacing.

Smell - Slightly maltier than many other lagers, only real detectable thing otherwise are some faint grassy notes. Not unpleasant, but not a ton going on here.

Taste - Very little that is discernible, standard lager fare, but a certain richness and fullness of the flavor, means this is one you want to be going back for. Just the faintest hint of smoke is there, which is where it differentiates from others.

Mouthfeel - Nice, smooth, I could see myself throwing a few of these back no problem. Lowish carbonation, but still enough so that there is nothing wrong with the beer. Dry finish.

Overall - While it's definitely not the best beer I've had, it's certainly tasting and thirst-quenching and avoids any unusual or unpleasant flavors, which is why it's one of my new favorites in the style.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 20:02:55 | More by DenisKolkin
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vinty

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

10-01-2013 18:30:42 | More by vinty
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-17-2013 20:25:51 | More by WillAndSarah
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

07-05-2013 20:58:11 | More by Bf_89
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Will12

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-29-2013 20:19:57 | More by Will12
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 473ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, darker golden colour, with finger of lacy head which fades into what looks like soap.

Smell - A surprising amount of toasty malt character in the nose, with some light cereal grains

Taste - Sweet caramel and toffee malt flavour, with some grains and grass thrown in for good measure. Theres some light bitterness, not too much, but enough to keep my attention. Exceptionally well balanced lager.

Mouthfeel - Very silky texture on the tongue, pretty low carbonation for the style. Still has a crisp, satisfying finish tho.

Overall - 3.75/5

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 00:57:05 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

06-02-2013 01:56:53 | More by HATS4BATS
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-20-2013 02:03:59 | More by GoHabsGo
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fiftyorbust

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.3%

04-04-2013 22:44:07 | More by fiftyorbust
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Natureguy12

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

03-24-2013 21:49:25 | More by Natureguy12
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Although lagers aren't my preference, believe this to be a decently brewed example, missing the corn or high fructose corn syrup tang associated with most macro versions.

Can pours a clear gold colour like apple-juice, with minimal white head that dissipates quickly. Although slightly oily, the beer maintains enough carbonation to have a reasonable mouthfeel. Bready and biscuity aroma typical of the German style, with a sweet initial taste that offers a mild bitterness before the end. A lager that ends cleanly, without a lingering finish.

Would stand up well against many German examples, and although not what I'd personally choose, a decent transition beer that may win over some macro drinkers.

Serving type: can

02-17-2013 21:43:58 | More by hopsolutely
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Yoozeo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10%

01-03-2013 19:52:20 | More by Yoozeo
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HogsBack Vintage Lager from HogsBack Brewing Company
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