Cains Finest Export Lager - Robert Cain & Company Limited
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3.05/5 rDev +3.4%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Well, if it's the finest export lager, I guess I've gotta give it a go, eh? This stuff pours a clear pale brass topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry biscuit, sweetgrass, light hard water, and a twinge of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with more biscuit, more hard water, and a bit of what seems like wild rice. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty boring and understandably unassuming beer, one that I'm not sure deserves the title of "finest".
09-08-2013 07:14:23 | More by TMoney2591
2.89/5 rDev -2%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out with some sweetness from flavors of honey, adjuncts and thin malt character. There’s some mild lager yeast and malt breadiness. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily since there isn’t much to the beer, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better alternatives in the style.
06-14-2013 02:09:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.01/5 rDev +2%
Poured from 440mL can into a dimpled mug.
Appearance: golden hue with a light haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which doesn't have much in the way of retention.
Smell: sweet malt with a distinct fruitiness. It's almost got that over-sweet character I usually associate with Euro strong lagers. It's not gross, but it's mildly off-putting.
Taste: the general sweet malt character works better in the flavor than in the aroma, but it's nothing to write home about. Hops and bitterness are basically nonexistent.
Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. There's not enough carbonation here to get a big creaminess (going for "real ale" character, maybe?), but I guess that's stylistically OK.
Overall: this is an OK lager; it's better than most macros, but its sweetness and lack of flavor balance just kind of leave it in "meh" territory.
05-31-2013 00:01:18 | More by flagmantho
4.4/5 rDev +49.2%
A: Orange gold with a slightly cloudy body. Moderate amount of fine bubbles, 2 fingers of creamy white head.
S: Bananas, grass, caramel, floral, crisp with dull British hops.
T: Bready, yeasty, dull bitter British hops are mild, caramel, crisp, dry, a sort of dank farmyard. Slightly sweet.
M: Medium bready body. Medium low carbonation.
O: Like this one a lot. Far exceeded my expectations and I hope I will be able to get my hands on some again. Really complex and flavourful compared to what I thought based on reading others ratings. Great by itself, would go well with pub fries.
05-03-2013 14:36:39 | More by patre_tim
2.3/5 rDev -22%
A - Clear golden brew with a small wispy eggshell head.
S - Caramel malt. Carrot cake....oddly enough.
T - This is quite malty... especially for the style. Almost bock-ish IMO. Some grassy hops are there too. Some cooked vegetable "off" flavors really detract from this one.
M - Medium bodied and chewy/dextriny. Feels thick and sugary like a malt-liquor.
Not good. Stick with their 'Bitter' and 'Mild' brews. This tastes like Euro-trash malt liquor. Smells a lot better than it tastes.
12-07-2012 17:35:11 | More by pmcadamis
2.93/5 rDev -0.7%
This represents my not-so-finest moment of The CANQuest (TM) as I bought a number of Cain's CANs for trade and nearly traded all of these away, not having reviewed it first! I am not sure how I caught my error, but one quickly got set aside and today being New CANned Beer Sunday, it got the nod.
The Crack & Glug was marvelous, creating a bunch of foam that began to cascade to form a liquid beneath. I backed off briefly to allow for some settling, then hit it again, finally ending up with a finger-and-a-half of French Vanilla-colored head with nice retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and King Midas and Croesus were both seen drooling, as was I. Nose had a pleasant, grainy malty sweetness which beat smelling yet another AAL six ways to Sunday, with today being Sunday. Hard to beat, just like a boiled egg. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, slightly metallic taste on the tongue. Finish had it all - a lager-like honey sweetness, a dry grassiness and still a bit of metallic tang. It really was not all that bad, but neither would I want a whole bunch of it. I have had numerous Cain's CANs and I would recommend them over this one. Oh well, CAN't win 'em all.
08-05-2012 16:29:42 | More by woodychandler
3.53/5 rDev +19.7%
A thank you goes out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, maybe a touch of corn. Taste is malty, slightly sweet, bready, some grains. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking lager.
07-03-2012 21:45:59 | More by tone77
3.75/5 rDev +27.1%
the haters of this beer either don't like lager or live in manchester. picked it up at binny's in chicago, a nice clean lager, excellent ice cold with my neighbour's outstanding home made curry. get a life haters. this may not have as much as bite as a pilsner urquell but it's a well made straightforward lager which is easy to enjoy...
06-17-2012 21:25:20 | More by sohony
3.43/5 rDev +16.3%
one of the most overlapping beer styles on BA. not noble grassy hopping but english orange blossom bitter hints and a sun tea malty back. sterling golden may have been used. golden pour with a nice fresh had. dry feel light a distinctly english bitter bittering. a bit biscuity in the finish. lagers are different everywhere you go. this one happens to have english distinction. down to the poor carbonation. a week point as a lager. don't think this beer matters to the average BA'er. anyone into pre prohibition still lagers would really enjoy this. make sure its fresh though. great for bangers and mash too.
06-11-2012 08:57:04 | More by rtepiak
3.9/5 rDev +32.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dull orangish-yellow color, kind of hazy. A foamy white head sits on top and slowly dissipates to a frothy film. Nice sticky lacing. The beer smells slightly sweet and kind of sticky with buttery overtones. The beer tastes Sweet and buttery up front. Caramel and dry biscuit come in later, it tastes like a marzen almost. There's a faint bitter hop finish, but it's dulled by all of the malts. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and goes down smooth.
Overall, this is way better than I expected. It's very malty, sweet, and drinkable. Not bad for a "euro export lager."
05-08-2012 23:23:04 | More by JuicesFlowing
1.6/5 rDev -45.8%
Had this as a sampler pack with 12 international brews. This was probably my least favorite.
The beer has a dark and alchoholy smell that is not characteristic of most lagers, and its taste of candied fruit did not sit well with me.
The beer is overly heavy and it seems like it tries to compensate by adding more sweetness. Bad combo, would not recommend.
03-02-2012 09:58:37 | More by vipworld
United Kingdom (England)
3.35/5 rDev +13.6%
Tasted during a German and lager evening last week, did OK against some well known Pilsners and Exports.
Brown 500ml bottle, best before May 2012.
Typical lager/pilsner/export golden body, clear and clean looking.
Fairly sweet in the nose and taste, not unpleasant, but certainly not as dry tasting as the German Exports also being reviewed at the time.
Mid-strength in body depth and flavour, an OK brew and just above average for it's style (on BA).
08-09-2011 13:10:30 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
2.55/5 rDev -13.6%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Features a metallic label with the Cains logo writ large - I've always liked their branding.
Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden colour with light carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with good stability; remains for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma is close to non-existant - a faint hint of light malt and stewed corn. None too enticing.
Tastes of very light malt with an unpleasant aftertaste of faint stewed leaves and hints of solvent. Notes of overcooked corn. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry with little carbonation. Aftertaste is nasty - an artificial chemical bitterness.
Bad - not a well made beer by any standard. What little flavour there is crosses into unpleasant territory, whereas most lagers are merely bland. The subtle off-notes make for a poor drinking experience - one to avoid.
07-19-2011 23:14:30 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.1/5 rDev -28.8%
500ml bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland, and served in a Grolsch pint glass. Reviewed from notes. Label reads "Cains prize-winning finest export lager". If you have to include that many self indulgent adjectives just in your title, then something's amiss.
A: Four finger head without cream, but of nice thickness and retention. Clear dark yellow colour.
Sm: Slight cream and malted barley. A scent of light strength.
T: Medium cream and light barley body. Simple but refreshing. Balanced well, but built only average at best for the style (which is outright wrong on beeradvocate; this is not a Euro pale lager). I'd like more complexity, particularly involving hops. That is to say, I'd like to taste some hops.
Mf: Creamy smooth wet refreshing feel. Complements the simple body.
Dr: Prize winning me arse. It's cheap enough in Ireland - probably because it has to be, but it's of decidedly poor quality.
06-01-2011 14:57:50 | More by kojevergas
Cains Finest Export Lager from Robert Cain & Company Limited
73 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.