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Duggan's #5 Sorachi Lager - Cool Beer Brewing Co.

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Duggan's #5 Sorachi LagerDuggan's #5 Sorachi Lager

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 20
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cool Beer Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 08-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Now produced here:  http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/38011/ 
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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 20
Photo of DaveBar
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 3.0- Not so good. Nothing but a light gold. Some head

S- 3.75- Like the almost gluten free hints. You know what that is.... LOL

T- 3.5- Light. Very light. Not so flavorful but there is some

M- 4.0- Nice carbonation. Super light feel. Nice light one.

O- 3.72- This is what I feel is best. This is not a 3.5 but a 3.72.

Food Pairing

This wonderful light beer went well with..... Picking at the table this weekend's BBQ.

Enjoy (506 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (359 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (459 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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) (546 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

275ml Bottle

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. (651 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,828 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (721 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (663 characters)

Photo of fostachild
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (311 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,095 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (817 characters)

Duggan's #5 Sorachi Lager from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.