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Hopped Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using the dry-hopped process, our latest addition to our family of craft beers is fragrant and hoppy with a clean, crisp finish. It’s a brew worth celebrating.

Formerly 25th Anniversary Hopped Lager.

(Beer added by: OskarL on 04-20-2010)
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Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, haven't had an OK Springs offering in a while...

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves some volcanic rocky lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of pale, grainy malt, somewhat sour lemon, and weedy, bitter hops. The taste is soft biscuit malt, tart, but stale, lemon, and more bitter, somewhat floral, and musty hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body kind of thin, and astringently metallic. It finishes dry, a bit chalky, with the earthy, bitter hops still carrying the day.

One hoppy lager, that much is certain. However, bitterness without balancing aromas and flavours gets tiring fairly quickly. No anniversary lovin' here.

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wonder if their choice of name has given drinkers preconceived expectations? It is a little tough to categorize, but I think it's a great brew!

A: Clear, golden-bronze, with a huge white head, great retention and lacing. How can you ask for more?

S: Huge grassy & steelie hop aroma, hints of sulfur and bready malt. This is my kind of lager!

T: Very refined and balanced. Great noble hop flavour, light toffee and bread, good bitterness. A very good Euro pale lager.

M: Moderate body has a delicate residual sweetness with an off-dry finish. Not too fizzy.

D: A truly exceptional drinker.

While many breweries do huge, palet-bruising anniversary celebrations, this one really shows the brewer's art. Now if they dialed up the bitterness, I think they'd have a world-class Pils!

Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct 18 2010

A golden yellow with decent carbonation but no head to match

S sweet malts and some faint hops

T some grassy hops and dry cereal on top of what I smell and a little caramel

M plenty of bubbles and thick enough to please

D would work well with some Vernon sun but I doubt it will ever be my go to brew when in the OK

no problems with this one but nothing worth traveling for, I remember smelling this brewery from my moms house in Vernon and it will always have some home town support from me but that being said...meh

Photo of canucklehead
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like OK Springs wanted to build a better mousetrap for their 25th anniversary rather than create some extreme beer. This is a hoppier version of their 1516 lager and really it only slightly more hoppy. That being said this is a good lager that is among BC's best. Good noble hops on the nose and in the finish, this beer has a nice dryness to it that keeps you wanting more. Will buy this one again

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found these tasting notes on my BlackBerry from my trip to BC. The first time I tried this was on the beach in 30+ weather, and it was delicious... This time it was back at my brother's air conditioned home, thus a less biased environment.

A - Pours a nice light copper brown, nice thumb of light bubbly head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is light metallic hops and some bready malts, rather mild overall though.

T - The hops are noticeable, but still a little mild, bready malts are complemented by some caramel flavours. Slight citrus hop lingers, but dominated by biscuit malts on the palette.

M - light and bubbly, goes down smooth, but finishes a tad dry.

D - Not quite as refreshing as it was on the beach, but still a tasty offering and I was pleased by the mild hops that were present. They could easily amp this up a notch to make it top quality, but a worthy offering nonetheless. Easily sessionable and non-offensive, but not mind blowing.

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a bubbly clear golden, white head with large bubbles dissipated to many islands, not much lacing
S - some dank resin hop aroma, somewhat tinny metallic smell, but for the most part smells like a very run of the mill lager
T - there are very mild resiny hop flavours, light grainy malt, but again it leans more towards mainstream yellow suds, nothing special
M - highly carbonated, fairly thin and finishing dry
D - will drink easy like typical mass produced Canadian suds, but you always expect better from a 'craft brewer'. They didn't take any risks here, made more disappointing that its advertised as a 25 Anniversary. If I was married to this brewery and this was my 25th anniversary gift, OK Springs would be sleeping on the couch!

Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4th of four varieties in a sampler pack; my intention was to save what looked like the best for last, so hopefully I have not doomed myself to disappointment with a lame finale.

This beer pours a dark golden colour - the bottle describes it as 'brass' colored and I suppose that will suffice. Decent head with little retention; patchy lacing remains around the sides. Grassy hops dominate the odor but there are also lots of things underneath this; grain malts and fruity esters are detectable as well. Very nice.

Taste is earthy and hop-forward; there is also a faint cereal malt/toffee thing going on mid-sip, but this is erased by mild grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Very dry. Carbonation is fairly high, with a decent body and light-to-middling mouthfeel. This is a highly drinkable lager and I can't find much to complain about.

Finally, a non-import pale lager with some personality. This definitely has some hop kick, but not the same magnitude you'd find in an American IPA. If you are a hophead looking for something sessionable that will not ruin your palate quickly, this is a solid choice. Recommended.

Photo of leaddog
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear gold straw colour with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Slight hops, grains, malts, a tad skunky.

Taste - Mild on the hops spectrum. Follows up with nice malt and grain flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a bit of crispness to it.

Overall - A flavourful lager by Okanagan. I was a little turned off by the initial aroma (a little too skunky for my liking), but pleasantly surprised by the crisp flavours.

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of EskimoDave
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the box its brass coloured. According to me it has a nice tight head with some decent lacing. Aromas of grass, grains, light general maltiness, and hints of earthiness fill the glass. Overall a pleasant noble hop aroma. A big, smooth caramel body, that has been lent a slight earthiness from the hops, leads to the slightest of bitter finishes. A surprisingly flavourful lager from a brewery I usually ignore.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't believe that this is a one time brew, as I've seen it in the mixed packs for at a year or so, and the labeling states that it has been brewed since 2010...

A- This pours a clear, medium golden hued color and has ample ginger ale style carbonation...lots of it! The head is very impressive, starting out about two fingers thick, and being creamy snow white in color. It retains very well, down to about one finger in thickness and just like whipped cream in density. The lacing is also very good, with there being a decent amount of soapy film clinging to the side of the glass.

S- I find this to have a well balanced aroma profile overall. Right upfront my nose picked up plenty of fresh hop cones. Once I let the beer settle for a minute or so, I smelled it again and noticed that there is a great malty sweetness to counter the bitterness.

T- The flavors follow closely, with a malt sweetness immediately upfront, which is short lived, only to be overtaken with a pile of fresh hop bitterness. Beyond the main flavors, there are underlying hints of citrus zest and perhaps even a bit of yeasty bread, however mild it may be, I do taste it.

M- This is a clean, crisp lager, that remains consistent throughout the experience of the sample. It doesn't leave any real aftertastes, the carbonation remains plentiful and zippy, and the alcohol isn't noticeable in this lite bodied brew.

O- I've stated before that I'm not a hop-head, as I generally find these types of beer too strong in one flavor characteristic. With that said, I don't mind this one at all, and find that the more I have of it, the smoother and more balanced it becomes! While I think this is better suited to be a hot weather thirst quencher, it does the job even during the winter. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, but won't shy away from the mix pack because of it either....give this one a try!

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow appearance with lots of foamy white head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of malt, hops, grain and some sweetness. Nothing powerful, but good clean.

Taste, as the title indicates, is dominated by hops. Picked up grass, grains, toffee and some malt as well. Fairly balanced and refreshing despite the hops. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter, spicy taste.

Overall, this is a decent pale ale. It is easy to drink but with a kick. If you’re a fan of hops, pick up a 6 pack of this.

Photo of artemh
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of evlu1441
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up as part of a mixed 12-pack. I've never seen it in stores in Alberta before, so I'm excited to see how it is. Not to mention that I love hoppy lagers as much as the next guy.

It pours a slightly golden pale lager colour. It's a nicer colour than the typical straw colour of many pale lagers. The head is nice and foamy, settling down over the beer in a nice layer.

The aroma is definitely hoppy, and slightly grainy. It's fairly standard on both counts though.

The flavour is very hoppy, to be sure! It starts out with some slightly tart hoppy aroma, and the malt character develops a little, finishing with some nice hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice departure from conventional pale lagers, but the hops don't really take it too far away from being average.

Photo of marty21
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep golden with two fingers worth of white head. Settles to a solid cap and leaves lots of lacing.

S: A nice hoppy aroma with some grains and malt.

T: A decent amount of hops in the taste with some grainy malt.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: This was a great find at a bar that didn't have much to offer for choices.

Photo of MylesMac
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - light gold appearance with thin but dense layer of hoppy foam to make a small head. Thicker toward the edges with a wide lace ring.

Smell - very light hop aroma mostly over a subtle sweet bready malt smell.

Taste - well-balanced malt flavours with a decent hop flavoured finish. Fairly crisp with little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - this beer is smooth, no question about it, with a very even effect even with the hoppy finish. Nice balance.

Drinkability - easy to put away a few of these in a night, refreshing and flavourful. A nice beer.

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Hopped Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.