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Lager - Cameron's Brewing Co.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-19-2003)
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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -8.5%

beerhunter13, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Atramentous
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Atramentous, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

biboergosum, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

mintjellie, May 12, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

Sammy, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.15/5  rDev -4%

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.

Reinheitsgebot71, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of WeizenMike
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

WeizenMike, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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!

ChrisCage, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Stocean1, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of paxkey
3.05/5  rDev -7%

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.

paxkey, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of WillAndSarah
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

WillAndSarah, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

irishkyle21, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

spinrsx, Jun 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

RedAleMan, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of tomdavistoronto
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

tomdavistoronto, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Shiloh
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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....

Shiloh, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of SebD
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

SebD, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%

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: 3.54, a B.

thehyperduck, Nov 17, 2011
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2/5  rDev -39%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

AussieAbroad, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of karait95
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

karait95, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of funkengruven
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

funkengruven, Jan 20, 2007
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Lager from Cameron's Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.