1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canadianbarman on 04-13-2003

The decree states that only four ingredients can be used when making beer: barley, hops, yeast and water. The result is a lager with a crisp finish and a rich golden colour.
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Photo of souvenirs
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A bit better than generic lager.

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very solid choice when it comes to selecting a sessionable, tasty lager. It is light, crisp, and has just enough wheat/malt flavour to make it interesting. If I want to grab a sixer of beer for a social function, this is one of my "go to" beers. When Spring brewery first started, Spring Lager was a staple of my visits to Kelowna. I love the fact that they are still brewing quality beer.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Part of gift pack for birthday present.

Appearance - clear pale golden color with small half finger of foam. Minimal bubbles in the bottle and poor retention.

Smell - rich malts and a slight floral aspect. Not a lot else but there doesn't need to be.

Taste - bright and clear tasting, nice malt presence and a slight hop bitterness throughout. Pretty well constructed.

Mouthfeel - clean with moderate carbonation and a light body.

Overall - a good beer from this tasters pack, definitely the lone winner in my mind. A nice Canadian option of an under represented style.

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Not a review. Please ignore.)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

I thought this was pretty good. Nice refreshing. Nothing special but not offensive.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had yet to encounter this one on tap in this city, so figured I'd take the plunge and enjoy a 20 oz. pint. This style is a bit of a rarity when it comes to what western Canadian micros usually tackle and as an unabashed Lowenbrau fan I was intrigued. A pleasant goldenrod brassy color with a few white bubbles, this brew smells like good old prairie pilsener malt with a moderate dose of noble hop green spiciness. Popcorn and cracker malts and a little toast buttress some sour green fruit (gooseberry?) and crabapple notes, some cooked corn DMS flavor, and a little green vegetation from the hops. Not particularly assertive in the latter regard, however. Is that diacetyl as well? This one is quite sweet and sour in the finish, with a fair degree of carbonation. The final assessment? This actually reminds me a bit of a kolsch or even certain Czech pilseners in terms of the malt flavor profile and the presence of subtle fruit flavors that yield a rather cidery character. Still falls within style guidelines I suppose. I prefer the European examples I have tried.

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
2.49/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a snifter, at about 3 degrees Celsius.

A — Clear, golden pale lager appearance; a bit of retention; light lacing.

S — Malty, a bit sweet. Not much else.

T — Malty, light bitterness and some skunk at the end.

M — A bit too heavy and carbonated, but overall still fairly light and drinkable.

O — Generic commercial lager.

Photo of kitsgrad84
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have been drinking 1516 for a few years now , and really enjoy this lager. Crisp carbonation (could even use more ) medium hop, fresh clean taste slightly grainy and goes down smooth with very nice aftertaste. I like this brewery. Looks good in a 16 oz. glass and has nice remnants, as you watch it go down. As always, check your bottle best before dates as some retailers don't rotate like they need to if it doesn't sell quick enough. Sure there are better, but i am sold on this one.

A good beer in fairly true tradition to southern German lagers. I will continue to enjoy this beverage on a regular basis.

Cheers

Photo of iSip
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Okanagan Spring 1516: This brew pours with a clear golden color. Not much in the aroma department. The flavor is a very pleasant layer of malts and a clean finish. Overall, I rate this as a decent beer, refreshing. I discount that the tasting was done on a ski trip to Canada. A day of skiing great powder does make any beer taste good. Having factored in the positive environment, the Okanagan 1516 still does shine.

Photo of Serge
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Mild aroma offers a lightly herbal hop note over creamed corn like sweetness. Clear golden body is topped by a low, white, fine bubbled head that recedes to ring. Flavour is simple and sweet with some cornlike DMS. Light body is somewhat gassy with a texture that is a bit on the watery side. A mild butterscotch note of diacetyl appears as it warms.

Photo of sAws
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This starts out as a very average lager in terms of appearance and smell. Has a nice thin feel of a lager and a good crisp taste. Where the beer sets its self apart from most lagers is the nice smooth finish with little after taste. Its a great beer for a hot day and the quality ingredients of Reinheitsgebot make for a smooth delicious lager.

Photo of leaddog
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear straw gold with a finger width of bubbly white head. Lots of bubbles present.

Smell - Barley, yeast, apple/pear, sweet smelling.

Taste - Barley and grains with a crisp apple tartness at the finish. Clean flavour kept simple, not overly complex.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and dry.

Overall - An easy drinking Bavarian Lager by Okanagan Spring. Clean, crisp, a very simple brew that doesn't try to over-complicate flavour. Could easily be a session brew.

Photo of Converge
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Big, billowy white head. Dark, but transparent yellow color. Good head retention, foamy white lacing.

S - Barley malt, light hops, marijuana, and a bit of strawberries. Pretty clean and inviting for the most part.

T - It just tastes great. Not really complex in any way, but very nice. Toasty barley malt, honey biscuit, slight fruitiness, and some weedy hops linger in the finish. Nothing special, bust tasty, clean and refreshing.

M - Crisp carbonation, light-to-medium body.

D - Excellent beer for a hot day. This a lager done the right way, with an actual hop presence to it. As a side note, not so great after it warms up. Really good overall though.

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/11/11

A clear straw yellow with just a few bubbles but produces a two finger bone white head that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S biscuit, with a little lemon with some grassy hops and hay

T a little grainy but still pretty nice, not as much noble hop flavor as the nose but still pretty decent

M crisp and clean, light and refreshing could use just a little more carbonation

O perhaps better suited for a hot summer day but I found this pretty east to drink and I'm sure I'll drink it again seeing how I can smell the brewery from moms house

I guess I liked this one more then the average BA, for style I thought it was pretty good, I consider this a macro at this point but its miles ahead of the other mass produced brews

Photo of ChrisCage
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This is a clean, clear looking golden color that appears to have plenty of carbonation, as it aggressively rises to the top. The head isn't spectacular at first, but I have to say that what is there retains very well, settling to a creamy looking foam layer overseeing the liquid underneath. Modest lacing clings to the side of the glass, and does slowly slip back into the beer itself. Overall, an above average looking brew.

S- I think the aromas are subdued in this one, as it is mainly comprised of weak malts and dry grain. There is a faint hop bitterness at the end. Although these are familiar characteristics of a macro, there is no adjunct present and it is definitely sweeter due to the malt....it just doesn't stand out aroma wise.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely, however, the bitterness is more astringent, and the grain profile is more prominent, providing a dryness that reminds me of the windblown, dusty prairie farms that our barley comes from...down to Earth flavor but alright I guess, with little to no aftertaste.

M- This beer is actually quite palate drying....it's too clean for the style in my opinion. The carbonation is brisk and helps scrub the palate very clean in preparation for the next swig.
Crisp and refreshing, this isn't bad at all....just not what I expected here.

O- I find this to be a nice drinkable beer....is there better out there....yes there is. With that said, this is another good brew that is suitable more for warm weather, although I think I'd quite enjoy this throughout an evening, due to the lite body this has. This isn't the best offering by Okanagan Spring, but I still think this is worthy of trying out, and is definitely better than an everyday macro.

Photo of evlu1441
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The lady at the store was trying to explain where 1516 comes from. She ended up saying it was a Canadian law #1516 that established the ingredients of beer. Not quite true, but I got it anyways.

It pours a medium golden colour, and has a nice foamy head that settles down to a nice film over the beer.

The aroma is predominately grainy, with some faint caramel sweetness in the background.

It has some some crisp maltiness that is sharply accented by the hops, which come through and lend a light aromatic and slightly bitter quality to the finish.

Overall, this is a better-than-average lager. It's Bavarian inspiration is apparent and pleasing.

Photo of Tford
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It’s another typical golden lager with a quick-to-dissipate white head, nothing special.

S: Smell? What smell? Oh, that, maybe a little grain? It’s hard to tell

T: Tastes like a slightly watered down hoppy beer. it Kind of reminds me of Carlsberg, but 1516 has a little more spice and is a little more watered down.

M: It has a medium body and could use more carbonation. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel, none the less.

O: Sub-par lager, probably a bit worse than Canadian macros. This really pissed me off (not the beers fault): the menu stated “This beer adheres to the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516, which states that no beer is to be made with preservatives or chemicals.” The lack of Preservatives is fine, but being a chemist I was a little angered at the notion that there were no chemicals in this beer, since, by definition, water and every other molecule in this beer are chemicals.... I know I’m just being prissy, but still.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A Canadian Munich Helles? Yes please! Haven't had any of these in a long time, and that was just Lowenbrau.

1516 pours a light golden-straw colour with a thin head that doesn't last particularly long. An island of patchy foam in the center is fed by a stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Smell is a little muted but pleasant; barley and grass. This is what a lager is supposed to look and smell like.

Very refreshing taste. Some sweet barley malt flavour and a slight banana note is followed up by gentle Saaz hoppiness. Leafy and floral with a bitter, yeasty finish that lingers for a few seconds after swallowing. There's a lot going on, but none of it is especially unique - I hate to say that though because it's very well-made, all things said. Carbonation prickles the tongue and gives the beer an appropriately crisp, clean taste; rather light bodied.

Above average almost across the board, with no real weaknesses but no particular strengths either. If you are a fan of Munich Helles, or if you just want to try a pale lager that tastes the way pale lagers are supposed to taste, this is worth a try.

[Updated Nov. 8 2013]

I had another two bottles of this last night, courtesy of a brewery sampler. It's a decent homage to classic German lagers and is every bit as easy to session as a Munich lager is supposed to be, but coming back to it years later I find myself slightly less enamoured. A respectable selection, but both Spaten and Lowenbrau are available everywhere, dirt cheap, and significantly to slightly better.

Final Grade: 3.45, a decent B-.

Photo of marty21
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at 4Play sports bar in downtown Winnipeg

A: A golden colour with a small white head. Settles to a nice cap and left quite a bit of lacing.

S: Malt and grain make up the aroma.

T: Just like the aroma it's a little sweet malt and grains.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

D: Not much to say about this one. Better then a macro but nothing special. It gets the job done. Wouldn't say no if I was offered it.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden appearance with thick head. The Smell is light, but picked up malt with a small amount of hops.

The taste is sweet and malty, has a medicinal touch to it. Light bodied with nice carbonation, easy to drink but not to watery. Aftertaste is dry and a bit bitter.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer, would be good for in the summer. Would recommend this.

Photo of kjyost
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a 'Craft' mixed pack by the brewery

Pours very pale straw yellow, almost pilsner-like in its lightness. White head, not lasting nor lacing. Aromas are grassy without any major hop. Body of the beer is light and fairly crisp with light flavours of cooked vegetables and malt. At times I felt like I could have been drinking a Bud. That is not a compliment.

Photo of Noxious26
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml brown twist-off bottle poured in a pint glass. Came in a 12-pack sampler.

Pale gold and clear. Bright white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin cap. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

Biscuity malt on the nose. Somewhat sweet with a hint of bananas. Noble hop undertones.

Light, sweet malt off the start and joined by a bit of a banana flavour. Blends smoothly into a noble hop finish. A little noble hop aftertaste, but not too strong and doesn't hang around.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Perhaps a little thin.

An interesting take on the style. The banana notes remind me of a hefeweizen, but this definitely isn't a hefe. Almost like they tried to make a bavarian lager with hefe yeast, but didn't bottle condition it.

All-in-all not a bad beer. Nothing to write home about, but considering Okanagan Springs was purchased by Sleeman's and isn't really a true craft brewery anymore, this is pretty decent.

Photo of Dawkfan
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an extremly clear light golden yellow with 1 finger of white head that settles rather quickly. Good lacing and a noticeable amount of carbonation.

S- Not a lot in the nose except for some grassy/floral hops and light malt.

T- A little more malt in the taste than in the nose, mild hops in the end.

M- Light bodied, above average carbonation. A crisp, clean finish.

D- Although this isn't the most flavorful beer, I'd reach for this before any macro beer any day. It's a refreshing lager and it has it's place. Let's be honest, sometimes you just feel like pounding a couple of beers back and this one does the trick nicely.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - straw-yellow beer with fast disappearing head. Surface bubbles only.

Smell - pretty fresh, creamy barley malt with a very thin amount of hops present.

Taste - pretty crisp barley flavour with a good hop punch. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth with a slightly peppery feel toward the end. Dry. Interesting.

Drinkability - goes down fairly well. Not a bad beer for a variety of occasions.

Photo of pelicula
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth stands out. Bright. Distinct hop flavour to it. Medium carbonation. Nice, easy drinking lager beer. Crisp and clean. Aroma smells a little bit like wet rain smell on your clothes. Golden in colour. Very little aroma. It is held to the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516, which states that no beer is to be made with preservatives or chemicals.

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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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