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Lager - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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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.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 31
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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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, another $2 special from the nearby LCBO, pretty convenient, seeing as getting out to Oakville isn't in my current southern Ontario itinerary.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of moderately foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some broad swathes of splotchy lace around the glass in its hasty exit from the building.

It smells of semi-sweet, rather biscuity grainy pale malt, tart green apple esters, and peppy earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more toasted biscuit pale grain, a touch of stale countertop butter, more understated green apple and unfermented white wine grape fruitiness, musty honey, and mild earthy, muddy hops.

The carbonation is a bit edgy, with heady frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, the bubbles the only challenge here. It finishes on the dry side, quite clean, with a softly biscuity graininess rounding things off.

A decent enough Euro-style lager, bordering egregiously on the Czechs' homeland offerings (I'm sure they get nervous at such an idea), what with all that sassy biscuit character. For a Canadian-made craft lager, this is more than alright, though perhaps a tad disjointed, but enjoyable enough for its earnestness.

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 Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste was off and may be daicetyl. Had it in the plant. Light but little in way of taste. Marginal beer, could sub for a national brand. I couldn't finish a glass, but your average beer drinker would likely drink it and simply not ask for another. Creamy head .Had 5 years later on tap at the brewery and it was improved.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Shiloh
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My compliments to Cameron's. This is a really nice micro.
A very full bodied pale lager with a thick crown that has an idea that it wants to stick around .
Carbonation is light.
Very smooth offering with a well balanced taste( a slight edge to the mallts.)
Grainy/grassy tease.
Definetley recomended....

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 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 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 funkengruven
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial review of this beer:

Awful experience with this one.

This poured a cloudy witbier yellow with a tinge of head that sat as a ring around the glass, ordinarily quite nice but this is supposed to be a lager not a witbier. Smell is sour, almost nauseating. This nauseating aroma is carried into the flavor as well, with some underlying malt hidden behind all that "funk". Nearly impossible to get past the mouth nevermind make it's way down to even attempt to be drinkable.

This has to be by far one of the worst beers I've ever had. I don't know if it is because of the way this beer is, or because it may have gone bad (brew date was 10/06 and it is now three months past that) however it was supposed to be refrigerated since I did buy it at The Beer Store.

A part of me wants to revisit this beer on a fresh note (direct from the brewer) but I'm almost afraid to since 9 bottles of this can get quite expensive. For now I'm going to say avoid this one.


Now the part of me that wanted to revisit this beer prevailed and I'll share a little story about what happened afterwards.

I contacted the brewer. I received a prompt response offering to come and pick up the bad case and replace it. Instead I visited the brewery and met with their staff and exchanged the bad batch for a good one. They were out of lager that day so they gave me some of their Auburn Ale, as well as another case of the Auburn Ale for my trouble, Which I thought was very considerate of them. I came back today and they had lager, so I got some. My initial instincts were correct, this is supposed to be a good beer, and when served fresh I found the following:

This poured a very clear medium yellow with a cloudy head that subsided to a ring around the glass and some lace, not bad. Smell is hoppy, with some malt characteristics there. This is reflected in the flavor as well, medium bodied barley malt aroma with a slight hop character that is not too bitter but balances out the flavor nicely. This is quite refreshing and extremely easy to drink.

Of all the Ontario Craft Beer I've had, this particular beer best emulates a German style Pilsener. I was actually quite impressed with it's simplicity and I think this would be an excellent "Starter Beer" for Macro drinkers.

This once again goes to show that the only way to get good craft beer in Ontario is to go straight to the brewers, and not rely on the incompetence of The Beer Store or the LCBO.

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 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 pootz
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

340ml standard twist top brown bottle. According to the box these 9 beer were bottled slightly less than 3 months ago, according to their site this is half life on the shelf...but this LCBO had them unchiiled as the box recommends keeping refigerated...could have something to do with my tasting results. Pours a pale slightly hazed gold lager, small white cap , some lacing. Nose is light malts, herbal hops and a funky sour smell like spoiled dairy. Has some bready malt presense, tangy hops sit back...finish is fast with a bit of a bread after taste...and that annoying sour taste (sulferous?) I think this lot may be spoiled...don’t know if they are but the LCBO should be more careful to refigerate beer that instructs them to do so...this is probably a standard lager...little weak on malt for my tastes but I can’t be sure as I suspect spoilage. Will rerate later.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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!

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