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1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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77
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +6%

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 aquatonex
3.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

aquatonex, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.53/5  rDev +6%

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 Shadman
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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

Shadman, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of f355x3
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%

Had this beer for the first time on a run up to Canada. Was served on-tap and was a very popular beer at the bar. The color was pretty good, a nice amber. The smell and taste were also nice, what a straight beer should taste like in my opinion. Overall, a very nice beer to have while hanging out with some friends at the bar.

f355x3, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
2.93/5  rDev -12%

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.

canucklehead, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

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 pootz
3.43/5  rDev +3%

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
Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%

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
Photo of Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +18%

Okanagan Spring has recently redone all their labels and introduced two new beers, a Munich Dark, and a Helles. This, the 1516, tastes quite similar to the Helles, so we will see if they both continue to exist.

1516 is a typical, but healthy and attractive looking pale lager. Light browns and golden straw, light honey colours. The head is definitely better than average, however. It poured with a perfect amount of head, neither overdone nor underdone. Off-white, thick, but fairly ephemeral, as it dissipates to a thin layer, the lace leaving thin serpentine patches. On a sweltering day, the appearance screams "drink me." The aroma is grainy, lightly toasted, with subtle tart milkiness like so many German lagers. Hops are well balanced, with some delicate spiciness and grass. Again, very German aroma, fittingly enough. The taste is brisk, refreshing, and thirst quenching. Good caramel malt up front, with a definite hop burst on the finish, leaving the mouth with a balanced, not overly sweet or dry feel. The freshness of the toasted malt is superb in this beer, roasted to perfection, a true credit to barley. Light butterscotch and even subtle lemon in the taste. The mouthfeel is high carbonation, light to medium bodied, and invigoratingly quenching. The drinkability, being neither offensive, strong, or heavy, is very good: an ideal summer brew; not to indicate, however, that this has little taste--on the contrary it is very flavourful. This is one beer I buy quite consistently; if I go out to buy a "six-pack" for a hot summer day, this usually is the standard. A credit to its name, 1516 is a natural refreshing German-style lager.

Cwrw, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of canadianbarman
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

--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

canadianbarman, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

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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1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.