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1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

1516 Bavarian Lager1516 Bavarian Lager

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%


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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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 21:43:07 | More by mrmanning
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AnHeroicHippo

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:29:14 | More by AnHeroicHippo
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:34:58 | More by kjyost
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 05:07:54 | More by Sammy
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 05:10:42 | More by Serge
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Tford

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 08:12:56 | More by Tford
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer you will find everywhere in vancouver; restaurants, bars etc. It scares no one and also challenges no one. The beer pours yellow gold with a nice head. The nose is pretty well non-existent. The taste is fairly crisp lager with a slightly sweet finish. It has one hand in the Old World but still tastes a bit like Molson Canadian. Not bad but order the pale ale instead if Ok Springs is the only choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2005 04:58:26 | More by canucklehead
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 03:32:18 | More by Noxious26
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:41:19 | More by ChrisCage
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 17:31:57 | More by canadianbarman
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 17:43:57 | More by Derek
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sAws


3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 16:32:21 | More by sAws
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bavarian beer in the Okanogan..cool!

Good looking Helles Lager, that pale urine yellow color and a nice head and good lacing. Smells of malt and an almost vegetal smell.
Nice crisp smooth balance between the malts and the slight spicy/ slightly citrus hops. Carbonation felt just about right IMO.
Thinking this beer might make a nice introductory Helles Lager for my friends who still reside in Macro-lagerland

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 21:20:05 | More by Shadman
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:05:54 | More by evlu1441
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 00:49:15 | More by pootz
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aquatonex

New York

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 21:14:07 | More by aquatonex
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev +3%
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-.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:24:03 | More by thehyperduck
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 07:36:12 | More by marty21
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 04:41:14 | More by CalgaryFMC
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iSip

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 15:28:52 | More by iSip
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 23:47:03 | More by Dawkfan
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 21:56:20 | More by vanrassel
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:47:35 | More by biboergosum
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:19:15 | More by CrazyMike
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 07:17:56 | More by Converge
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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.