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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager - Brick Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
71
okay

147 Ratings
THE BROS
60
poor

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Looks dark, tastes light. It's Ontario's favourite dark lager. A dark beer that is slowly brewed with Canadian grown malted barley, specialty coloured malts, imported hops and pure cultured brewers yeast.

Dark lagers are enjoyed all year long, and they're not as filling as ales. Waterloo Dark will cut some of the heaviness in sauce-based meat dishes. Waterloo Dark is an equally perfect beer to go with appetizers suitable for watching sports games, or used as an actual ingredient when preparing a meal.

Experience what this great dark "light tasting" lager has to offer and why it has won multiple awards at the World Cup of Beer, Canadian Brewing Awards, Ontario Brewing Awards and the Monde Selection International Institute For Quality Selections.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-02-2002)
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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

473 mL can purchased at the Niagara Falls The Beer Store.

Thin lacing, the head is lacking big time. Very dark color with shades of chestnut glowing in the light. Very sweet aroma, smells of caramel and nutella ... cloying at that. Medium body, slick crispness with a bit of smoothness. Wet thin maltiness, vaguely toasted and very sweet. Very little hop character, small bitterness that has a problem to keep balance. Sweetness is borderline cloying, caramel and sugary ... almost like unfermented wort. Obviously sweet in the finish.

A tad boring and not very drinkable. Bland comes to mind.

Jason, May 23, 2008
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ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smallish light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear dark red wine to amber colored beer.

Very thin nose, maybe a little dark roasted malts in the aroma.

A very light taste of dark roasted caramel malts, kind of reminds me of a watered down Amber Bock but in a good way almost. When one thinks of something watered down they almost always got to it getting a more negative taste, but this might work in this beers advantage given the situation.

A very light almost dryish aftertaste on this light to medium bodied beer.

This is another beer that to me would appeal to people that are trying to get away from the typical Bud Light type beer. This to me could be considered a gateway beer for future Rogue and Stone drinkers.

LXIXME, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +32%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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2.43/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can. After their amber lager, and against my better judgment, I present to you...

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish amber colour, with three fingers of thin puffy, foamy beige head, which leaves some broad porous rock face lace around the glass as it quickly (almost with perceptible guilt) fades away.

It smells of sour grain, a bit of stale bread, and dying, somewhat skanky grass. The taste is more sour, skunkiness, hard to tell if the grain or the hops are at fault - it's an opaque aluminum can, so who the hell knows. All I know is that I'm getting flavours that just don't mesh with what I'm looking at. Ok, so after settling down a wee bit, I do get some mild caramel notes, but this doesn't eliminate the aforementioned ugliness.

The bubbles are a tad frizzy and loose, but not really all that impactful, the body a lightweight, bordering on thin, and not smooth, a rising metallic edge taking care of that. It finishes off-dry, a mix between old bread and cooked veggies.

Urg. What is it with the stuff that Brick sends West? Both this and the Amber Lager taste like a buck-a-beer, with a stingy dose of caramel syrup stirred in. Not even up to Rickard's Red's oh so lofty standards. Uneven, and unappetizing.

biboergosum, Jun 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, sourish, true to its style but certainly not the best example of it. Quaffable but weak mouthfeel. Modest taste some chocolate malt.Spot of coffee and nuts, the latter like a brown. Even a hint of licorice. Reasonable carbonation. Malty but not cloying sweet.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2006
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traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange colour...dark-brown with blood-red where light shines through. It's really dark but clear at the same time. It looks like a glass of store-brand cola. A hard pour resulted in almost no head, what did appear fading to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

While the head is around it smells completely different then after it disappears. Head version: chicken salad, iron, astringent wheat, some roastyness. Weird smell. Glass of cola version: faint chocolaty malt. This is more like what the beer actually tastes like.

The taste is thankfully better than the look or smell would have you think, though only marginally. For a dark beer this is really lacking in flavour. It's not offensive, just quite thin tasting. Watered-down tastes of roasted malt and wheat with the faintest trace of molasses. Way too thin. Not particularly well-balanced, it's a little on the sweet side. No aftertaste, almost like you have to wonder if it was even in your mouth. It just disappears.

Oddly enough, there's actually something I like about the feel but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's thin-bodied and oddly carbonated, feeling artificial. Maybe there's nothing here to experience but the bubbles tickling my tongue and so I'm left to enjoy only that.

Yeah, this is drinkable but not a beer I'll ever be buying again. It goes down alright and tastes like a macro. Easy drinking but no reason to be drinking it other than if you didn't know any better. I bought this one because it called itself a craft beer on the can. Too bad it doesn't taste like it is.

Also, where does it say this is a dunkel? The can I have only says premium dark, nothing else.

eat, Dec 23, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cola brown, and started with a nice large tan head. However, by the time I had taken a few smells of the beer, the head was gone.

Smells like root beer. Maybe just a hint of coffee and nuts in there.

Flavours are fairly light. Bit of that nuttiness and coffee, but neither is powerful. A little bit sweet. Inoffensive all the way through.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not too thin, with a mild carbonation. Comfortable. The beer goes down easy due its light flavour, body and carbonation.

I was expecting to be very disappointed by this beer, as it was given to me by a friend who really didn't like it. After trying it though, I wouldn't mind having it again.

elricorico, Dec 01, 2004
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2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - dark - hint of deep cherry - 2 finger head that disappeared quickly - the only appearance of carbonation in the experience - no laciness

S - burnt malt and sweet - nothing too complex

T - Straight up malt and molasses - too sweet for me - not entirely bad though for the price - something artificial about the taste - a wee bite on the end but little in the way of hops - unbalanced

M - not much to say here - little carbonation - light body - dry on the end

O - I prefer this when I have no money and grab this over other buck a beers but it is a somewhat weak facsimile of a dark beer (lager) - glad I live close to Grand River Brewery and not the Brick

Stocean1, May 20, 2011
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2.55/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear above average brown color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet malt note. Definitely too thin for the style with some average carbonation. Refreshing but a bit thin and lacing some flavour.

Phyl21ca, Jul 22, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pour a dark reddish brown, forming a small head that rapidly falls into a thin ring around the edges. No lacing.
S-Thick, sweet chocolate and caramel w/slightly roasted malt and no apparent hop presence. Smells cloying.
T-Flavors of light caramel and sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Light clean mineral and faint salt before finish.
M-Slightly cloying and on the sweet side w/residual sugar. Carbonation is modest and adequate, remaining through the midpalate but fading before the finish. Lack of rounded bitterness leaves it unbalanced. Finish is cleaner at lower temperatures, but the brew gets more cloying and heavier as it gets warmer.
D-Not impressive, but decent enough to finish.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 27, 2008
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2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -1%

buschbeer, Jul 18, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As the last reviewer noted, I'm not sure this is a dark ale - seemed much more like a dark lager. I checked the brewery's website, and they did not identify which branch of the beer family tree this is from. A pleasant dark beer, whatever it is. Mild roasted malt with a touch of grainy sweetness. Firm bittering at the finish. Quite mild, overall.

Brent, Jan 01, 2003
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2.05/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmmm, this would be the 3rd sample from Brick that I've tried (first review though), and I've come to the conclusion that from my experience their beers seem to be very lacking in flavour and body. I do however love the stubbies though.

This dark lager poured out of its stubbie a clear mahogany colour, reddish highlights when held up to the light. No real head to speak of. Aroma is practically non-existant, I'm picking up nothing on the radar. There, I went and blew my nose. Now I get the faintest of sweet malt on the first whiff, but the longer I smell I lose the scent after that first whiff. Looks like I've spent my whiff now, all the aroma is gone. I've seemingly smelled all of the aroma right out of the beer. But what I did catch was sweet toasted malt.

The flavour at first sip is nearly cloyingly sweet, but then gets up on two wheels, spins out and heads in the opposite direction with a more husky grain finish. Right there in the middle, that's when it happens, you can see the blue smoke and the skid marks even. Still, flavour is lacking. I'd like to say the mouthfeel is watery, but it does possess a bit of body to it. However the flavour is quite watery, and that's what throws me off.

I can't say I could recommend this to anyone else at all, not in good conscience at least, it is very mediocre and not worth your hard earned money (especially what I paid for it here in Alberta). I do like the stubbie bottles though.

IronDjinn, Jun 11, 2004
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3/5  rDev -1%

CurtisD, Aug 18, 2012
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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.