Duggan's #5 Sorachi Lager - Cool Beer Brewing Co.
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3.03/5 rDev -5%
A - Light pale straw yellow. Small amount of white head that receded to a ring around the glass.
S - Very weak nose. Some grainy aromas and a very light citrus that I likely wouldn't have detected without expecting it.
T - Slight bitterness up front with a grainy malt presence and a touch of lemon in the finish.
M - Light body with moderate carbonation.
06-01-2012 00:16:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5 rDev -1.9%
Bottle: Poured a light yellow color lager with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrusy and floral grassy notes from the hops with light clean cereal notes. Taste is a mix between some grassy floral hops with good notes of refreshing clean cereal notes with some light sweet notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though a bigger hops punch could have provided further enjoyment of this one.
05-11-2012 19:20:38 | More by Phyl21ca
3.2/5 rDev +0.3%
Gladly found one in the singles basket at the LCBO or I probably wouldn't have ever bought this.
Tiny bottle into pint glass.
A- Super light, crystal clear straw yellow pour with zero head. Vey lively carbonation with no lacing to be found.
S- Sweet corn, grass with a touch of earthy hops. Fairly bland smelling.
T- Corn, grassy, slight wood in the finish. Earthy hops. Slightly watery. Lingering dry finish.
M- Super thin, light carbonation.
O- Very little going on, probably would have beer better colder than how I poured it (warm/cool)
03-21-2012 23:46:43 | More by korguy123
3.03/5 rDev -5%
Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a minute or two.
Smell - Corn, malts, hops, grass
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grains, malts and light hops. There is also some corn mixed with some floral notes. It finishes with a floral corn/malt aftertaste.
Overall – Pretty decent for a light beer.. There is enough flavour going on to keep it interesting. For the price and size of the bottles however, there are better options.
01-16-2012 18:36:57 | More by spinrsx
3.05/5 rDev -4.4%
Hmm...I didn't expect to review this right after Sapporo, but after all that mexican food, I thought something lighter might be in order.
Appearance: Awfully pale crystal clear gold body, but given it's a rice Lager I'm willing to let it slide. Ample carbonation in the body and a half finger of head that just won't quit. Producing some decent lacing as well, thumbs up here.
Smell: I got nothing, maybe some lighter hops and rice but that's it. Warming doesn't help it out either, so this category is pretty much a bust. Nothing bad though.
Taste: Well, there's definitely rice in there. The starting malt is very mild and kinda dull as the rice doesn't really add a lot of flavour. Pretty much then it's just a quite drag out until a bit of a unique hop hit makes itself known. I know at 4.0% it probably should be gauged more like a light lager, but even by those standards, it's just lacking. There's nothing bad about the taste, it's just that there's just not enough there.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation does wonders for this beer and keeps it afloat. If it wasn't there this would be a very lame beer. Transitioning is good and a light rice aftertaste while boring, doesn't hurt it's case. Also very smooth due to the rice.
Drinkability: The rice and the lighter aspects of the beer make this incredibly easy to put down. However the carbonation leaves a bit of gas for you to deal with. Refreshing during the summer I bet, although not sure for the price I'd switch to it over some other lights.
Final Thoughts: Pretty much this beer tastes like a bowl of plain white rice. On it's own, it's boring and can't stand on by itself. That being said, plain white rice paired with say curry or stir fry makes a great combo and that sums up this beer. This beer needs either a meal to go with it or an unquenchable thirst.
12-03-2011 23:54:24 | More by TheHammer
3.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin, soapy head that lasts for a couple of minutes, leaving a small collar. There is a good amount of visible carbonation.
Fresh grains, cooked rice and a sweet floral tone can be found in the aroma, along with a slight diacetyl note.
Really tastes of sweetened grains with a bit of a salty character. There's a decent bitterness on the tongue, but the finish also has a mild buttery flavour to it.
Light-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. The aftertaste has a lemony tartness and a sort of fattiness to it.
A nice light beer with a decent flavour and a great refreshment factor. Worked well with soup and bread. May pick this up from time to time.
12-03-2011 03:34:20 | More by bryehn
3.03/5 rDev -5%
A new addition to my LCBO. Baby bottle.
A - Pours macro lager apple juice in colour. Bright. Half finger of white head gone fast. Mild carbonation. No lace and just a ring of retention.
S - A little spicy hop and apple or pear with some sweet grain.
T - An unappealing sweet grain note dominates with a little of that apple note. A slight lemon and spicy hop component is there as well.
M - Medium carbonation and a light body, but not thin. Sweet finish.
O/D - Disapointing but not irritating. The Sorachi note definately doesn't dominate in any way. Branding is misleading. Not an overly tasty beer. Complex for its ABV, yet not in a great way. Forgetful.
11-17-2011 01:18:00 | More by tbeckett
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
a nice clear, very light yellow/golden colour. good amount of foamy white head which leaves a nice film soon after pouring.
smell is grainy, has some malt and maybe slight citrus in there too.
taste is also grainy, crisp, malty. well carbonated, good drinkability - overall wasn't outstanding but nice to try.
09-19-2011 22:08:53 | More by fostachild
3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
275mL bottle from a six-pack at the LCBO. Surprised to see a) a beer from Duggans outside of Toronto and b) something that isn't the number nine IPA. A handsome bottle, despite its size, sporting a stylized Japanese number 5 (kanji) in a Duggan's "D."
Poured into a stange. Looks a great deal like a well-made pale lager or even a kristalweizen: pale light golden, very slight murk, fluffy head descending into a fine ring, and lots of visible carbonation bubbles.
Nose is soft grains, a bit of citrus and peach or some other fleshy fruit. Like a pale lager, but without any strange adjuncty smell or the like.
Nice and refreshing, light and with decent flavor, Duggan's #5 is a light beer /rice lager I can get behind. Though it is most certainly quite thin, the malt and fermented rice provide their own flavors: lemon zest, peach, lychee. Fresh, assertive carbonation, thin bodied. Granted, there still is a "light-beer" taste in the perjorative sense here, but it is one of the most palatable I've come across of the style. No offensive aftertaste either.
Decent brew, well worth a try!
09-01-2011 00:55:11 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.8/5 rDev +19.1%
Bottled and brewed at Cool as Duggan's #5 Sorachi Lager.
And bottled in a puny 275 ml format at that. Duggan may have extended the concept of microbrewing too far into the production cycle of his beers. I'm just saying. Anyway.
Pours a clear pale straw colour topped by a big, bubbly head that slowly dies down and retains decently. Spots of lace remain.
Aroma reminiscent of a macro lager. Pale malts and grassy, lemony hops.
The taste is similar to a really good macro lager (I mean this as a compliment). Grainy and cerealy, with a lemony zing. Finishes dry with just a touch of lingering spice.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
I had this on tap at the now defunct brewpub and remember it being much better. That said, it certainly by far the best lager in this style I have had. Pretty satisfying for a 4%er.
08-18-2011 00:29:40 | More by MeisterBurger
Duggan's #5 Sorachi Lager from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.