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1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 04-13-2003)
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light all malt beer. Seems styled on a light Dortmunder recipe...pours a light yellow, small white rocky head. Light malty nose over citrus-cidery notes. Light bodied malty lager with some nice cider and herbal hop tones, crisp finish...light malt after taste...a nice light all malt lager but really not all that distinct.Still it is light years ahead of the corn and rice swill from Mol-Coor-batt's

pootz, Jun 27, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

beerhunter13, Mar 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

chickenm, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Sammy, May 24, 2009
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

CWVegas, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

jcubz, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of vanrassel
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

vanrassel, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

elricorico, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of pelicula
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

pelicula, Jan 21, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

ChrisCage, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

ThinkAgain, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of evlu1441
3.4/5  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.

evlu1441, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 21, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DaveR514, Jan 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RedAleMan, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

sansho, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
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?

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +19%
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.

BigBry, Feb 21, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
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: 3.44, a decent B-.

thehyperduck, May 23, 2011
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 26, 2010
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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.