1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Lager - Cameron's Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
LagerLager

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

64 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-19-2003

Cameron’s Lager is pale golden in colour, this European lager is brewed with “noble hops”, the term noble hop refers to traditional varieties that have low bitterness and high aroma that have been grown for hundreds of years. Only the finest two row malted barley is used. Never rushed, this lager is fermented cold and long, to create a crisp, fresh and great for easy drinking occasions.
View: Beers (14) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 31
Photo of Tacticalreload
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I thought it was a good honest lager.

Photo of Bunman3
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This a respectable lager! It starts off a bit flat - minimal head, a steady stream of happy bubbles, pretty much what you would expect from this style. The nose is grassy with a bit of yeast and bisquick. The taste of this brew is actually quite nice. The expected flavours are there, but there is a delightful pepper sensation to the finish, along with a bit of pils hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but again, not unusual for this style of beer. Overall, this is a solid Canadian lager!

Photo of Sercoli
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

One of the best lagers I've had. Rich flavor. A bit of depth. Nice.

Photo of EvanHarper
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from LCBO, into pint glass. No expiry date, but it says "NA ZDRAVIE" under the cap. Does that mean it's a Slovak Pilsner?

Medium straw color with bubbly, short-lived head. Lots of carbonation visible.

Good lager aroma, malty with strong undertones of sulfur and mineral water.

Hey, this is a proper pilsner! Light but flavorful, with crackery pils malt to start and a moderate kick of spicy, herbaceous noble hops on the back end. Sulfur and mineral notes are present subtly and add complexity. Very dry and refreshing.

Thin body with lively carbonation.

Great "fancy lawnmower beer" (sorry, St. Arnold) to my tastes; clean and refreshing without being bland. Could go a little easier on the carbonation.

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

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden colour. Looks like your typical euro-style lager, but maybe a bit darker. It poured with a finger of fluffy white head which disappeared pretty quickly, leaving behind a faint amount of lacing.

Smell - Lot's of grass and grains and bread. Pretty standard fare. There might be some light spicy notes in there as well.

Taste - Very bready - reminiscent of a good pilsner. Other than that, there's some grassy and spicy notes, mostly towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body. Almost heavy for the style tho? Carbonation is pretty high, makes for a crisp and satisfying finish. Yum.

Overall - 3.5/5

Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw in colour, topped by a finger of pale white head. Head is lacy but poorly retained. Mild cereal aroma, simple but with no apparent flaws. It tastes extremely clean, which I suppose is an appropriate yardstick to measure this style of beer by. No buttery or vegetal character. None of the green apple skin that mars many industrial lagers like Carling or Canadian. This just has a simple and delicate grainy flavour with the barest hint of hop bitterness, and an almost non-existent finish.

Light-bodied with pretty low carbonation for the style, a pleasant change from the prickly feel common to many industrial lagers. This wont excite the average Beer Advocate, and that's ok. This isn't meant for them. It's clean, simple, light, and meant to be all things to all people - or in other words, it's meant to be nothing to anyone. I think it succeeds.

Photo of SebD
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy pale straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of sweet bready and grainy malts with some grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet bready malt character to it with light grain and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a thin and slightly watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly chill hazed golden color. It doesn't have much of a head unfortunately, starting off with a thin fizzy layer, quickly settling into a thin skiff of foam. There is an average amount of carbonation rising to the top and the lacing is minimal too...looks like a standard lager with more coloration....nothing special.

S- The aromas are of malted barley and not much else, which is a definite positive for this style. Perhaps there are whiffs of yeasty bread but I don't find them dominant or anything. The finish contains some mellow hop bitterness, but the story here in terms of smell is the lack of adjunct.

T- The flavors are very nice, and this tastes like a lager should....clean and crisp with good grain and honeyed malt taste. Some biscuit flavor shows through and the finish is slightly bitter, but nothing much.

M- Like I mentioned before, this is clean, crisp and has more body than a standard lager. The carbonation scrubs the palate well, but helps the flavors to explode nicely. It's somewhere in between lite and medium.

O- This is a premium lager that anyone who enjoys the style would enjoy....I'd put this along the level of PBR and the likes in terms of similarity. Fine on it's own, this would also be good with barbecued meats too. I find this highly drinkable and would have no problem enjoying several of these in a sitting, but can't due to the lack of availability in my area. I recommend this one...good job!

Photo of thehyperduck
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle taken from a sampler pack of four. Packaged on November 8th of this year - so this is about as fresh as sampler pack beer from the LCBO gets, I imagine.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of white head that is in a hurry to go somewhere else. Other than some wisps on the surface and a very thin collar, it leaves almost no remnants. Looks like a glass of apple juice from concentrate... and honestly the aroma isn't far off from that either as there are some definite tart green apple notes on the nose. Kind of reminds me of white wine. There are some boring grainy malt notes underneath this as well, but it smells quite fruity for a pale lager. I like it.

Up front the taste is pale malts, a bit grainy but mostly bready in nature. Tangy floral hops and honey with more green apple/white wine notes coming forward in the finish, and a lightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't linger. Only a bit of dryness to balance the sweetness. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation that makes this brew much more smooth than many pale lagers; almost creamy. Very easy to drink.

Probably one of the more interesting Ontario craft 'pale lagers' I have had, but still not really anything to write home about. This is not an especially well-balanced brew, but it manages to be tasty and refreshing nonetheless, which is really all I can ask from the style. If you're in the mood for a pale lager, you could certainly do much worse.

[Updated July 27 2014]

Another 341 mL bottle from another sampler. I've had this one on multiple occasions over the past few years, and I have to say that as far as Ontario 'craft lagers' go it's probably one of the better examples. Very clean-tasting with an enjoyable pale, grainy malt sweetness; sort of like a Euro lager that hasn't experienced the abuse of being shipped across an ocean. Not bad, but there are plenty of cheap pilseners available these days so I don't see myself selecting this particularly often.

Final Grade: 3.56, a B.

Photo of Stocean1
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a half finger head with little retention - no lacing - clear yellow

S - hops and bready malt

T - bready, sweet, some grassy hops

M - light body, stale bitterness, dry and decent carbonation

O - drinkable lager but nothing to write home about

Photo of karait95
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Yellow pale color, seems bright and medium carbonation, a permanent thin layer is always present after the big head dissipates a little too fast, the color is withe and the bubbles are compact and small.

S: Not too bad, there is a bread and malty smell with some sweetness inside it, not really intense but present and very simple not to complicated.

T: Is more the smell than the flavor, this one is a little thin nothing to incredible but not as plain as other lagers.

M: Also nothing to incredible, not a very good ending it is more a short ending in the mouth not in the back and with plain sensation more than bitter or sweet.

Photo of tbeckett
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The third from my Cameron's mixed pack.

A - Pours a golden colour with strong carbonation. Bright. Half finger soapy white head. Some OK lacing and a filmy head.

S - Floral, honey, noble hop. Some crackers too. Kinda mild.

T - Slightly more hop than the last Cameron's offering. Noble hop, floral, and some honey.

M - Good carbonation where a lager should be. Light to medium body with a creamy sorta feel and a sweet finish.

O/D - Not bad. Not good by any means. I wouldn't reach for it unless it was the last option, but it's not bad. Again, too much honey. Progress though.

Photo of shamus
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugh, I really wasn't expecting this to taste like chicken soup broth. Horrible. Is their salt in this beer? The can says it was a gold medal winner at the "US Open Beer Championships". Well I have no faith in that competition because there are so many better lagers out there. What a major disappointment. I was cheering for it to be good as it's brewed in Ontario, but I'm sorry Cameron's lager, you are all marketing and no content.

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, grass, hay/straw, apples and pears

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a basic adjunct lager feel. I can taste breads and grains mixed with a bit of a grassiness.. also some hat/straw notes. The beer has a bit of a sweetness to it as well, perhaps apples or pears. It finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste. I also picked up on a bit of a medicine like flavour in the aftertaste.

Overall – At first I found the beer to be really unbalanced but the taste did grow on me as I progressed through the beer. It's still not something that I would pick up again however.

Photo of bryehn
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice golden, almost amber colour with a lean foamy head that gets retained as a collar. Little to no lacing.

The smell is of honey sweetened barley malts, with a very fresh and grainy hop character. Has a sort of earthy undertone as well. Very pleasant.

Very clean taste, dry and bitter, but with a decent bread-like maltiness on the tongue. Hops poke through before the finish, well-balanced and quite a refresher.

Gives a somewhat creamy, yeasty impression on the tongue. Low carbonation and finishes dry.

Very refreshing, easy to drink and great with salad. Would be great at a barbecue.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasing pale golden colour with a thin head of foam that laces nicely.

The aroma is lightly fruity and bready with a mild aura of grassy hops and a tinge of the metallic.

My initial impression of a too-cold pour suggests this is a bit appley sweet for a lager. Luckily that doesn't get out of hand as it warms. There's a cereal/breadiness in the middle with a very light grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall a decent tasting beer but in a boring way...at least for reviewing purposes. There's nothing much to say about this in either extreme although it could use a good dose more hops to dial down the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin. Weak finish.

This is entirely middling in flavour, and yet somehow highly drinkable. Cameron's entire roster of beers is clearly brewed with the intention of making easily approachable and unchallenging yet enjoyable beers and that's exactly what this is.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw with a wimpy head.

S - Hint of malt and some lemoniness in the nose.

T/M - A shade heftier than your average macro. A bit of tartness up front and a sharp, spritzy middle. Some breadiness and mild finish.

D - It's OK. Nothing special, but no defects either.

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear yellow gold in colour. Short-lived moderate head that quickly zeroes out. Some lace, but not much. An average looking brew.

And average pretty much sums stuff up the rest of the way. Some graininess, some grassiness, but not a brew that distinguishes itself in any way. Nothing offensive, but nothing of particular not either.

I really like Cameron's Auburn Ale, but this offering just doesn't do anything for me. Average, better than most macros. That's it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second of my Cameron's four pack. The last time I had this was at the KW Craft beer festival, and I remember that it came immediately after a dark ale, so the transition wasn't great. Let's see how it does on its own.

Poured into a Creemore becker glass. Solid golden hue, some carbonation bubbles, an inch of head that recedes into a substantial ring. Some lacing. Not bad.

Nothing artificial here, which is nice, just a strong cereal grain nose with a slight hoppy kick to it.

Drinkable, to be sure, grainy and light, hops are very mild. Nothing really exciting, but nothing offensive whatsoever. This is exactly what it sets out to do, which is fine. I could drink buckets of this. Of course, it's still exceptionally boring, but it tastes authentic and without a trace of corn or rice.

Creamy, a bit thicker than most pale lagers. Potent carbonation.

A pale lager is tough for me to rate to scale, because there's so little separating members of the same style. This has a nice grainy flavor and tastes like it was made with real ingredients, so I'm marking accordingly. Far better than their cream ale. Is it bland and run of the mill? Sure is. Is it good for what it is and easy to drink? You bet.

Photo of paxkey
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours golden. big white head. some lacing

some nice citrus on nose. lemon zest a bit artificial smelling, like an air freshener spritz. but not that bad.

very creamy beer but with loads of carbonation.

thin unimpressive finish.

just too much carbonation, its not terrible, kinda tastes good but too fizzy.

Photo of kwjd
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with bubbly white head. Head dissipates without much lacing. Smell is of toasted bread and if I keep smelling I can almost make out some hops. Very clean flavours, nothing off about this, just nothing too exciting either. Carbonation isn't over-the-top as the macro lagers, which was nice. Easy to drink pitchers of this outside on a warm day, I was was doing.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Par deux of the Cameron's 4 pack sampler.

A pure white head on top of a pale golden body, medium levels of carbonation support ok retention.

Grainy malt aromas, corn some slight grassiness nothing overly exciting or offensive here.

Basic pale malt flavours not much bitterness slight sweetness.
The body is nice an creamy very easy drinking.

A ho hum lager but I suppose they need to brew this to appeal to the masses.

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

341ml bottle from the Cameron's Mixer Pack, purchased at the Lawrence & Avenue LCBO. Yellowish gold in colour with a thin ring of bright white head and sheets of lacing on the lager mug. Smell and taste are sweet and grainy malts, funk, slight floral, yeast, a bit grassy, green apple, trace of metal, mild soapy bitterness, some must in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, quenching, well carbonated, good spiciness, fleeting aftertaste. Substantially better than the Dark 266, and one of the top APLs in Ontario.

Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple lager like this should look antiseptically clean; Cameron's Lager indeed has a bleached white head and sparkling, pristine yellow body. Despite its luster, however, the bubbles look lackadaisical and appear dangerously low in numbers. That notwithstanding, I'll tell ya, you could sell just about anything if it had this kind of brilliance and shine.

The aroma is about as exciting as picking beans with grandma, but it's important to note that these kinds of lagers are not measured with the same yardstick as other, more expressly aromatic styles. And besides, it doesn't have to be exciting to be good; this faintly sweet cereal maltiness is fair and reasonable for the style, if not pleasant.

The plight of lagers is corn and cheap fillers. They make the beers cloying, artificial, shallow and, in many cases, unpalatable. Fortunately, Cameron's has enough self-respect and appreciation for their craft not to resort to such tricks. Their beer may not taste like much but most importantly it doesn't taste like cheap, industrial adjuncts.

This has the kind of clean, quenching, neutral character you'd expect from the world's most expensive bottled water. Its carbonation is rather subdued, a welcome change of pace from the nippy, aggressive temper of artificially carbonated macro lagers. The beer has an overall neutral, moderate disposition that makes it terrifically agreeable.

When a brewery sets out to make something they hope will be widely liked, something satisfactory yet ordinary, something respectable and tolerable but undistinguished, it's only fair not too expect too much from it. Cameron's Lager may not excite many aficionados but it should appeal to just about any average beer drinker out there.

Photo of TheHammer
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep golden body with orange highlight that seems to exhibit a great deal of carbonation. Poured with a finger and a half of head that didn't stick around but did manage to produce some lacing.

Smell: It's dominated by a mixed vegetable smell, like you just walked into the farmers market. Notes of corn, carrots and turnip to a grassy malt backing. Strong enough, a bit odd but nothing really to complain or compliment on.

Taste: For the most part, an decent Lager. Starts with a bit of fairly grassy malt with a bit of a vegetable undertone which shifts to a bit of a drier more earthy taste ending with a pinch of earthy hops followed by a bit of an odd sour note.

Mouthfeel: Head retention could certainly be better and the carbonation surprisingly doesn't make much of a presence leaving it a bit watery near the end. However the subdued aftertaste earns it some points back.

Drinkability: Clearly a summer beer, as it is exceptionally refreshing and very light bodied. No difficulties getting this down and nice on the stomach. Truthfully, it is only hamstrung by it's flavor, which is still decent but nothing to write home about.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much and all around good summer Lager that you should offer your Macro drinking friends as an alternative. No complaints with this offer, it's just a simple and easy to drink beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

to view more.
Lager from Cameron's Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.