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Brick Red Baron - Brick Brewing Co.

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70
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 25.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
One way to make a great beer is to listen to the people who love drinking them. The result...a multi-award gold winning Premium Blonde Lager. This clear glassed beauty is brewed to deliver a well-balanced, clean, crisp finish that is smooth and in a class of its own.

Red Baron Premium Blonde Lager is brewed using only the finest, hand-selected hops and barley. The result: it looks great, and tastes even better.

As a blonde lager, Red Baron goes with just about any type of spicy food such as chili, Samosa's, Bobotie's, jalapeno peppers or a nice Thai or Szechuan dish. This blonde will definitely help to tame the fire.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-16-2001)
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2.5/5  rDev -12%

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Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm still on the hunt for a decent, inexpensive brew I can pick up in mass quantities. I love beer hunting and all, but every once in a while, you just need something cheap and poundbackable. Picked up a case of this when it went on sale. Clear bottles (eep)

Poured a very pale straw colour, decent head and retention. Visible carbonation.

Nose is grain, honey, mild hops.

Compared to some of the other cheap-o brands at the Beer Store, this one went down fairly well. A bit sweet, but generally inoffensive. Honey, grains, lemon, barely-present hops. The kind of beer I could drink several of in an afternoon. Still a bit funky, but better than average.

Slightly over-carbonated, but a decent body. Pound-backable.

Those looking for a high-quality Ontario lager should look elsewhere. Those looking for a cheap brew that won't offend, Red Baron will work. Better in bottles, as long as the light doesn't get to it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear piss-yellow colour, with tons of resilient puffy, rocky, chunky thin white head, which leaves specks of lace as it recedes. It smells of white grain, and slightly spicy, earthy, peppery hops. The taste is cloyingly sweet white grain, and earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body on the light side of medium weight and ethereally clammy, and it finishes off-dry, with the typical white grain sweetness, and mildly skunky, nail polish edginess.

Despite its potential, this beer finds its own ways to disappoint. The off-flavours counteract any worthwhile maltiness/hop interplay.

Photo of Sammy
2.13/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can of this rather plain lager. Pours foamy bubbly white on yellow. Cheesy aroma. Lower than average mouthfeel. Dry and not very drinkable, almost no flavour. Poured out almost all.Not horrible, so useable for tenderizing meat.A cut above Molson and labatt.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an oh-so pale straw. Plenty of fizz and a thick white bubbly head that quickly disapears.

Doesn't smell great. A faint grain aroma, not very pleasant and a little dustiness.

Tastes like it looks. Near invisible grainy malt and some dusty, very lightly floral hops. Really isn't too much more to say. This is an entirely unremarkable beer in every single way.

Red Baron makes Labatt Blue look like the most flavourful beer in the country. A session drink (I wouldn't go so far as calling it a beer).

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.7/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can: Poured a clear bright golden color lager with a medium foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of adjunct with some residual sugar at the end. Taste is also a less then enjoyable mix between some adjunct and some crude sugar. Body is average with some good carbonation. Not to my liking and not something I wish to try again.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pulled this from the fridge at a friend's house and did not have a glass, so I'm going on the assumption that it was a red. Pretty good, with a moderate body and enough hops to carry the malt. Slightly astringent finish.

Photo of the42ndtourist
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

curiously, Red Baron isn't actually a red beer, despite the name. It's actually a pale blonde lager. The appearance is, well, pale blonde in colour, with the meagre, dissipating head typical of the style. the taste is light with few distractions from the essence of the beer. abv is 5%. Brick claims the use of "Formosa Spring" water is responsible for this clean taste.
In any case, a well sorted drinking beer, without any glaring faults, but also lacking anything defining it as superiour to the rest of the pack.

Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and the bubbles are quite large. There isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains, malts and some cooked corn. There is also a little bit of a fruity sweetness - perhaps apples or pears. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – The beer is quite drinkable, but there's nothing about it that makes it noteworthy. It also would benefit from a lower level of carbonation. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Photo of liamt07
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the Beer Store, 473ml into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, with a small fluffy white head that falls quickly to a thin layer of head. Quite a bit of carbonation is visible; head leaves some decent lacing. Nose of sweet caramel, light graininess, a touch of bread, some red delicious apple. Taste still has the malt characteristics, touch of diacetyl, grain, graham cracker and some mild hop character. High carbonation, but still relatively smooth. Overall, not a bad beer and decent for the style.

Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer and a joy to consume.
It pours a medium golden hue with limited head
The body itself is medium, a tad murky with light carbonation and has a slight grassy nose.
The taste is evenly balanced with no residual winner.
Clean, crisp and of short duration....A new session beer has been found...Yahoo!!!

Photo of mrmanning
1.95/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle- Yellow body, bit of sparkle to it, with a white froth. Some lace. Grainy and malt aroma with some mild stale hop presence. Sweet and grainy flavours with a watery malt finish. Highly carbonated. I'm beginning to see a pattern with this brewery. Sweet lord...

Photo of thehyperduck
2.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at TBS. As someone who has spent much of the last decade living as a broke post-secondary student, I'm a little surprised I've never gotten around to trying this. I've seen it almost everywhere in this province, but as far as value-brand beers go I usually just stick with one of several 'trusted brands' rather than taking a risk with unknowns. Served ice cold.

Pours a pale straw yellow colour, topped with one finger of frothy, somewhat dense, white-coloured head that fizzles away over the next few minutes. It leaves behind a thin, foamy cap at the surface, as well as some smears of lacing on the sides. A reasonably attractive pale lager. The aroma is comprised primarily of grainy pale malts and honey, with a distinct, somewhat off-putting adjunct vibe. At least it isn't skunked - the clear bottle had me worried but I guess the light-sealed sixer containers do the job.

Tastes ok, but I'm not exactly regretting passing it up all these years. The flavour is light and grainy, with some pale barley malt flavours mingling with corn syrup and honey, resulting in a flavour profile that leans a little too heavily toward the saccharine side. Some apple skin notes, with a (thankfully) dry finish that cuts through the sweetness. Light-bodied and watery, with typically high carbonation levels for the style. Easy to drink quickly, and not good for much else.

A pretty run-of-the-mill pale lager. Nothing especially offensive about it, but it's still a flawed beer with a few annoying traits - mostly the adjunct vibes and sweetness. If I were grading this as a regular adjunct lager it might fare a little better, but I expect a cleaner taste from APLs. As with most value lagers, the only thing this really has going for it is its sessionability.

Final Grade: 2.79, a mediocre C. Brick's Red Baron Premium Blonde Lager is nothing special, but a shrewd beer shopper can probably determine that just from reading the name - there is a good chance that any pale lager calling itself 'premium' is compensating for something. As far as value brands go, this is slightly better than average, but overall it's a very forgettable lager. I'd take this over garbage like Lucky or Old Milwaukee, but even if I limited myself to the 'cheap beer' category, I can think of various preferable alternatives (e.g. Upper Canada, or even the James Ready line). The 'lime' version, which I reviewed last summer, is marginally better, if only because the lime distracts you from the various brewing faults. Something to skip unless you're an extremely frugal lager drinker.

Photo of cfrancis
2.23/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden colour with minimal head and lacing. Smell is somewhat unpleasant with grain and malt undertones. Taste is tarte and crisp. This lager is better than most of the macros, but that really isn't saying much as most of them are pretty crappy. But this isn't a great lager either. It's below the standards and lacks character that I would expect from Brick.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Aleks_Ross
5/5  rDev +76.1%

Photo of RyanBelle
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is very light in taste and very little hop presence. Not bad at all on a hot summer day. As far as the colour, it is a very pale straw-like yellow like others may have suggested, although in my opinion, very appealing. Smells like a standard Canadian macro-brew. The can I bought was actually 4.8 percent alcohol in a 473 mL black and gold striped can. Aftertaste is quite dry, but not necessarily the dehydrating kind...more like the kind that makes you want another! It has a nice malty corn taste but has no real "bite" to it, except for it's extremely high carbonation which is a nice touch (something different). So to wrap up, easy on the eyes, nose, stomach, and at under 2 bucks a can (1.85 to be exact before deposit) I have no complaints about this beer and will gladly buy more of this good alternative to the macro-lagers.

Photo of bmacaskill
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reader's Digest version: pale blonde Canadian lager. Good beer, good value, but not particularly remarkable.

The essence:

Head disappeared quickly. Very pale yellow. Very active bubbles.

Slightly sweet nose, though unusually scentless, followed by slightly sweet but crisp taste. A little too doughy, yet ciderish. Not very hoppy. Dry finish. Odd (but not unpleasant) gingersnap aftertaste. The second seems better than the first.

Certainly a head above (heh) the usual blonde. (Later: gets cloudy if left alone. I guess that means you should drink it sooner rather than later ;-)

Very easy drinker. Definitely a repeater, and worth a taste.

Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of pdgreen
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Small amount of lace. Pours pale staw yellow colour with a decent head.

S- Mild sweet and fruity smell

T- Mild maltyness with small fruity hints

M: Light body with strong carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but thats all it has going for it. Enjoyed it but not as good as I hoped.

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Viggo
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml can from the LCBO, can lists it as 4.8%.

Pours insanely light, haven't seen a beer this light in colour for a while, straw yellow, kind of like corn, unpleasant looking, but does sport a pretty healthy and thick white head, few spots of lace on the glass, settles to a thin ring. Smell is very sweet, sugary, honey, some light toast, lemons, some light floral, I don't really smell any adjuncts but this isn't very exciting. Taste is similar, just sweet and not very exciting, some sugars, bit of bready malt, light touch of floral and nothing else, but it goes down easy. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. As much as the smell and flavour sucks, I drank a pint of this in 5 minutes so it has to have some redeeming qualities.

Photo of pieman25
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was about to go to a friend's place to do some hanging out after a long week of 10-page essays, exams, making ukuleles, and working. He told me to bring some of my own, no problem as the beer store is on my way to his place. Seeing as I only had ten bucks, I checked the price list for some of the cheaper stuff - this was the first thing I saw that I hadn't tried yet - so I got a sixer for about nine bucks, not bad.

It comes in a clear bottle, so don't let it sit in the sun too much. It poured a really nice golden yellow colour, like a blonde. It had some moderate head that retained itself surprisingly well.

It smelt of grains, as well as a sweet, syrupy (is that a word?) smell. Again, a pleasant experience in my opinion.

Being a frequenter of the "budget" branded beers, I can say that this is among the best budget beers out there. It was started somewhat sweet, with a little graininess, then to this flavour that can really only be described as "buttery", with a clean, crisp, slightly bitter finish. If you like hops, this is not for you as the final hint of bitterness is all I've found.

Mouthfeel needs some improvement, it was carbonated a little heavily, and a bit on the light side. Pretty decent though.

This certainly isn't the best stuff out there, but it is certainly decent. It would be more suitable to warmer weather, maybe while you're grilling, or out fishing/camping with friends, as opposed to say, the beginning of November.

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Brick Red Baron from Brick Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.