1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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Ratings: 105
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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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. I used to drink a lot of this back in the 90s, so it's always interesting to revisit an old standby on this site now.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which settles at a lazy, even pace, leaving some decent bonsai tree profile lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, lightly biscuity pale malt, a certain soup cracker character hard to shake, with a bit of hard water minerality, and very subtle earthy, leafy noble hops. The flavour starts with a decent bit of floral hop bite, before soon becoming awash in a bready, crackery, and yeasty pale malt graininess; a few more earthy, weedy hops play pile-on nearly after the fact.

The carbonation is moderate for the most part, if a tad fizzy here and there, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the varied bready malt carrying through, with a surprisingly peppy, edgy dry floral hoppiness along for the ride.

A fairly pleasant, if a little tame, example of the style. I do now recall tiring of its one-dimensionality when sessioning it all those years ago, post-university, but overall it's a decent enough go-to, when you just want a well-made lager of Canadian provenance.

Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at C'est's What Spring Festival. Light yellow body with noticeble white foam, and lace. Lagerish mouthfeel. Skunkish, and in the taste. Sourness in finsish and sugary.Grassy hops, fairly weak helles.Surprisingly drinkable at all for what it is.

Photo of vanrassel
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a few of these on April 23, in recognition of the day in 1516 the Reinheitsgebot took effect.

With that little bit of geekery taken care of, on to the beer: clear gold with a towering, three-finger white head. The head had good retention and left plenty of lace.

The aroma was an understated mix of bready malt, sweet honey and clover and spicy hops. A bit sulphurous, too, which isn't unusual and not enough to be unpleasant. The taste was well balanced between bready malt and bitter hops. Light-bodied, but a bit sticky with a malty aftertaste left on the palate.

Overall, this is an easy-drinking lager that's a step above macros.

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 elricorico
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear pale golden colour with a three finger head from an aggressive pour. The head receded fairly quickly, but left some sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell is grassy and grainy. Not a whole bunch to say about it. It isn't strong, but it is notable.

Taste is light but nice, with a grainy, bready flavour up front, and a crisp, faintly bitter finish. Aftertaste is a touch grassy. Put together it makes a good impression.

Mouthfeel is light in body and smooth in carbonation.

As far as lagers go, this is a good one. Easy drinking and the flavour has a freshness to it. A bunch of these in a cooler on a hot summer day, and you wouldn't hear me complaining.

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.

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 Mlkluther
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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

I scoffed at this lager when it first came out, mostly due to the heavy-breathing-down-your-neck marketing campaign that endorsed it at every beer store I frequented. Plus I have issues with that 'ole purity law of 1516, so a beer marketed around it was enough of a garlic wreath to keep me away.

However it's been a very hot August, yes, even up here in the frozen Great White North, and it is lager season after all. Picked up a cold case of this to tide me over while the warm bottles of Belgians I bought along with it had time to chill. And it's not bad stuff.

Enough of the personal essay, let's get down to business. This 1516 poured out of it's 341 ml brown bottle a refreshing clear golden hue, but the erruption of bubbles I mistook for a head fell back immediately. Has a crisp hay/malt smell to it, light flowery hops rounding it off. Flavour is the light average of a crisp lager, a decent balance and it goes down smooth. However not much else going on to make it stand out either. This is a decent enough lager, I'd buy it again for another patio/barbecuing session, especially in mixed company (macro drinkers, non-beer drinkers, and beer snobs alike) but I'd reserve it for hot weather refreshment, by no means would I make it a standard of mine. Still, I'd buy this hands down over any macro on the market.

Photo of mrmanning
2.06/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Player's Athletic Lager Co. in London, ON- A deep golden pour topped with a frothy white cap. Nice lace and retention. Nose of creamed corn, butter, burnt sugar, yuck. Tastes of sweet churned butter, corn, vegetal hops. Buttery finish. Whet the hell is this?

Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard 341 ml brown bottle, name obviously referring to the German Purity Law of 1516 (back label panel explains this. Pours clear golden hue, lots of carbonation. Malty smell, with grass or hay and light hops aroma that is kind of flowery. Nice maltiness and slight hoppy finish. Crisp lager taste, light and smooth, goes down easy. Well balanced, nothing special but my favorite session beer.

2015 - Tried on-tap while in Vancouver. Refreshing, good tasting lager. Still no complaints

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 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 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 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 Derek
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, golden-yellow, white head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Floral hops with a light breadyness.

T: Nice hopping: herbal, lemon grass, light spiciness; slightly bready with a modest bitterness. It's got the flavours of the true Munich Helles, but they're fairly subtle.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation; smooth.

D: A decent drinker.

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 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 aquatonex
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Helles in Calgary? Alright...

Pours a good golden color with a foamy head. Some lacing as well. A bit light in the nose, snappy hops and a little maltiness. Taste follows with light flavors (light bready malt and a little bit o hops), would have appreciated a bit more pronounced flavors but that's OK. The balance is pretty decent, keeps it pretty drinkable. Another easy drinker.

Photo of canadianbarman
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--regular brown bottle, no freshness date to be found.
--Poured a very thin, clear golden color. Had a nice head that stuck around. Good lacing and bubbles.
--Smell was a slightly sweet smell, with hints of a mild malt.
This was an interesting beer. I was expecting a watered down taste based on the color of the beer but was surprised as it had a nice crisp taste. I would consider it again.
Thx

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 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 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.

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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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