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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager - Brick Brewing Co.

Brick Waterloo Dark LagerBrick Waterloo Dark Lager

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135 Ratings

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 18.94%

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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Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked one tallboy can up from the LCBO and served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown color, poured 2 fingers of tan head that dissipated quite quickly. Just dark enough that the bubbly nature of the beer can't be seen.

Smell - Smells dark, but some light grassy notes and slightly metallic. Not much else there.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, not a lot there but nothing off putting. General "beer" taste.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated and medium bodied, but because of the lack of significant flavor doesn't give it any of the rich creamy feeling that other beers in the style may have.

Overall - Unremarkable, not likely to be purchased again. Would rather have something else.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 02:47:47 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber


3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473 mL can into a conical pint glass.

3-finger head (in this narrower glass) shows significant carbonation in this beer.
Very dark red-brown appearance, as the name tells. Head settled to half a finger
in about a minute or two.

Nice smell. Some breadiness, some bitter sweetness. Hints of some other fresh
scent that I can't quite name.

First sip has a nice taste, though with a slightly metallic finish. This blood-like
taste went away after a few more sips. Taste is a little roasty, turning into bitter
fruitiness. Almost coffee-like notes in the finish.

As hinted by the tall head, the mouth can feel a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. As far as dark goes, I prefer porters, but this is very
acceptable. I'd order it if I went to a bar or restaurant that had it.

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 05:33:39 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 18:52:51 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Watershed

Ontario (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473mL can into a pint glass. Held to the light, this looks pretty much exactly like Coke, with a slightly foamy lace of head instead of bubbles. It's appealing looking, actually -- pretty much exactly what a dunkel should look like. (I'd classify this as a dunkel rather than the "Euro Dark Lager" it's labelled as, because I'm pretty sure that's what they're attempting.) The smell isn't particularly impressive -- wet malts and brown sugar -- and these flavours continue in the taste, with the occasional odd sour note, which I think must be a yeast thing. Despite being pretty nondescript taste-wise, this does improve in the creamy mouthfeel, light chocolate with the slightest linger of herbal hops. (But there's that odd sour note again, too...).

I buy a can of this once every couple months because I like dunkels and it's one of the two widely available in Ontario (the other being the markedly superior King Dark Lager). So the fact that I'm even drinking this stuff is more a testament to the neglect of this underrated style than evidence of any real fondness for it. Still, until I can get the King more readily, or until another local craft brewery starts making a dunkel, I'll keep drinking this once in a while.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 01:46:17 | More by Watershed
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My store had a sale on the Waterloo Brewing Sample Pack, which offers two cans each of this, IPA and Amber. It was a great deal, and I've never had anything from this brewery, so I decided to give it a go.

It pours, as expected, very dark brown to the point of being black. I'm picking up some faint red wine aromas fro m the beer, although the smell itself is very mild for such a dark beer.

The taste was not what I was expecting from a can that said DARK on it; it tastes like a well made lager with some more heavy malty flavours, and a very clean finish. The body was quite light, it felt as if I was drinking a can of Canadian or something - it's just light and very bubbly without much flavour to it. Is it better than Canadian/Kokanee and the like? Yes. However, the flavour doesn't quite match the colour that the beer has.

These beers are tricky to find in Alberta, so I'm likely not going to search out this particular one out. Overall, it's okay; it is very drinkable, has no harsh aftertaste, and the nice dark colour can make it seem like you're drinking fancy beer if your friends are having Canadian. Still, i wouldn't have minded a little more caramel or vanilla flavour, and a heavier body.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 06:55:50 | More by Olek4374
Photo of MasterSki


2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from my father-in-law. Served in a pils glass.

A - A finger-plus of lightly tanned foam settles to a thin partial cap and collar and negligible lace. Transparent chestnut brown, with copious bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass and racing throughout the body.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a bit of corn. Gets worse as it warms, with a sharp metallic note in the periphery.

T - Taste is corn sweetness mixed with light toffee and nut notes, grain, and perhaps a hint of cocoa. Somewhat cloying and under-attenuated but largely devoid of off-flavors.

M - Harsh, aggressive carbonation, with a watery medium-light body. Finish is mostly clean, with a bit of roast to it.

D - Not terrible, but not very good either. I think I made it through 6oz before I gave up and moved on to something better. More flavorful than the fizzy yellow beer that is so popular in Ontario, but only marginally so. Would do in a pinch over Labatt or something, but not something I'd buy again.

Serving type: can

01-04-2013 05:28:15 | More by MasterSki
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For a dark beer, this one is somewhat simple. Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A tanned foamy head which disolved quite quickly

Colour was clear and dark cola like.

Nose was this with slight hint of hops.

Mouthfeel was edgy, not rounded.

No distinct flavours, not even malt, yet there is a subtle bitters finish

A OK beer.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 00:23:57 | More by jaz58
Photo of JamesMN


2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Translucent dark mahogany. Thin light brown head.

Aroma: Chemical. Some strange mix of malts making it a little off-putting.

Taste: Just like in the nose, it's got a chemical quality to it. Like the taste of a cleaning solution or something. There is a moment in the finish when you taste some redeeming qualities of roasted malt but it is just an odd flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium bodied with average carbonation. The jury's out on drinkability since I'm probably going to drain pour this one.

Final Thoughts: This one has me at a crossroads. On the one hand it has a strange flavor to it that is putting me off and on the other hand there really isn't anything outright bad about it. Would I drink it again? No, I'm probably not even going to finish the one I'm drinking now.

Serving type: can

10-15-2012 03:19:34 | More by JamesMN
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a dark mahogany with a 1cm cream head. Head reduced to surface bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts, hint of pine.

T - Some caramel sweetness, hint of toast, a bit of sourness in the middle, metallic notes, very mild bitterness in the finish. The flavour comes and goes pretty quick.

M - Average carbonation, medium-light body, drying finish.

O - There's some sour & metallic notes that make this one miss the mark in the flavour department. The flavour is just light overall making this one is quite easy to drink. This isn't something I'll seek out.

Serving type: can

09-09-2012 20:33:50 | More by decimator
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, lager like notes with a note of caramel roast. In the taste, a caramel like roast in the beginning and the end, but in the center of it all is a basic lager. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small roasty lager like aftertaste. Well, it is a basic dark lager.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 16:24:25 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a dark brown (almost cola) with a finger width of bubbly head that fades quickly.

Smell-plum, tad roasted malts. Not much else to the aromas. Very off putting.

Taste- There is a little bit of the roasted malts and not much else perhaps some sweetness. Very peculiar flavours.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Thin and watery.

Overall- A sub par Euro Dark Lager (if this is what its trying to be). Unpleasant aromas and bizzare flavours make this almost a drain pour. Disappointed and hoping to try a better representation of the style in the future.

Serving type: can

08-15-2012 03:56:28 | More by leaddog
Photo of EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: practically opaque dark cola.
S: simple, pine, yeastiness. Simple lager smell.
T: Not much maltiness. Close your eyes and you couldn't tell it has a speck of dark malt. Clean, simple. Not much there. Noticeable bitterness and maybe even some sourness in the finish.
M: fine.
O: Bias declaration: I just don't see the point of dark lagers. Either buy a lager or buy an ale. A dark lager tries to be both and ends up being nothing. Last time I try one.

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 02:24:05 | More by EspressoGuy
Photo of rarbring


2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clear dark brown beer with red hues, a pale tan head that leaves little lacing and has small curtains.

The smell is bread, metallic acidity and some grass.

Starting very sweet, brown bread, raisins, more coke than beer.

Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, sticky but watery, a slight dry finish.

Actually like any boring mass produced dark lager.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 19:48:29 | More by rarbring
Photo of karait95


3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color with some reddish hues, light body it looks translucent when against light, head is not impressive and dissipates somehow fast not leaving many traces behind on the glass, carbonation is medium to poor and does not form any layer on top of the beer.

S: Just a faint toasted malts aroma, nothing elaborated or something to remember.

T: The flavor is very align to the aroma, nothing more than some toasted barleys and maybe some hops can be sensed also.

M: The sensation is not bad, refreshing as a good lager and with a lasting ending, again nothing important going on here, not smooth changes between sweetness and bitterness or in between...

Serving type: can

01-31-2012 04:40:26 | More by karait95
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark ruby red colour with strong carbonation. Bright. Creamy beige head at one finger. A bit of lacing and a good cap of half finger head.

S - Slightly roasted malt, cola, a little light coffee and chocolate. Fairly mild.

T - Roasted and/or dark malt. Cola, slight chocolate. Grainy? Some burnt sugar.

M - I'd like a little less carbonation, medium to full body seems a little odd for a lager. Sweet, nutty finish.

O/D - Meh. Underwhelming. I was expecting more of an English Brown Ale. Not worth seeking out IMO. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff going on.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 23:59:25 | More by tbeckett
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/brown colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and no lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of grains and a sweet maltiness but not much else.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy and roasty malt feel with faint notes of caramel. Bearly no hop presence.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with not so good of a balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with pretty bland flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 18:33:18 | More by SebD
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Reddish brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dark fruits, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate and some dark fruits. The beer comes across as feeling a little bit thin and watery. It finishes with slightly sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall – The beer was quite drinkable, but also not very exciting. There is nothing about it that would want to make me purchase it again.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 17:31:35 | More by spinrsx
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown apperance with litte head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of caramel and malt, fairly light.

Taste is sweet with a hint of bread, roasted caramel and some nuts. Taste is fairly light overall. Creamy and light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering toffee taste.

Not a bad dark lager, very light tasting with no strong features, but it is refreshing and creamy. Good summer beer.

Serving type: can

06-01-2011 23:42:09 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of nickfl


3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of light brown foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Light, malty notes on the aroma with some caramel malt and a bit of molasses.

T - Sweet, dark bread up front with some toasted malt notes. Carmel and light molasses in the middle as the beer transitions to a malty finish with notes of cola, brown sugar, and light hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, reasonably pleasant and quite drinkable. There is plenty of malt character and while it is certainly nothing I would trade for or go out of my way to find, there is nothing off putting about it. It is, if nothing else, quite a bit better than the one other beer from this brewery that I had a chance to try.

Serving type: can

05-23-2011 04:20:25 | More by nickfl
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 00:35:47 | More by Stocean1
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cold beer store special, tall can out of a bucket of ice. Good amber brown, clear with a soft creamy light tan head. Loads of brown sugar and caramel notes on the nose with a little spice. The taste is honey lager and medium roasted malts. The mouthfeel is slightly dry with a light body and a miner bitter finish. Over all, not bad for a Lager. Quite refreshing and an easy drinker but a perhaps a tad too sweet.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 01:26:55 | More by LazyL
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from the Beer Store, 473ml into a pint glass. Canned March 7, 2011.

Pours a dark brown, with some mahogany highlights. Creamy beige head that's fairly persistent. Leaves no lacing. Nose has some grain, very generic lager notes if that means anything. Extremely mild chocolate and some faint grassiness. Taste is some mild chocolate, metallic, some general creaminess (in the mouthfeel too) and a bit of caramel. Highly carbonated but too watery in the mouthfeel to leave any impression. Metallic in the finish again, and not a really pleasant drink to be had overall. A couple of redeeming qualities however.

Serving type: can

04-19-2011 16:02:27 | More by liamt07
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some friends swear by this beer, figured I'd give it a shot and check another off my Ontario Craft Brewers list.

Poured with a large tan-coloured head that survives as a collar about 15 minutes later. There was no lacing at all.

I rather like the colour, it's a ruby-burgundy-cherrywood colour when held up to the light, a nice contrast to the head.

The aroma is quite sweet, like roasted malt and molasses, with a certain nuttiness to it. Falls a bit flat, but it does smell fresh.

I get a rich and sweet taste, like chocolate toffee. There's a bit of a tang in there, but no real dry or bitter balance to it. Again, a bit flat.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, even for an Ontario dark beer. There's a fair amount of carbonation in there and I get a sort of toasted resin aftertaste.

Really easy to drink and accessible to people that may not like "dark" beers, but too thin and overly sweet to be a regular in my rotation.

Serving type: can

01-27-2011 19:27:03 | More by bryehn
Photo of camzela

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious example of an accessible dark beer for the average palate. While it will not be a favourite of the most hard-core fans of dark lagers, it is of admirable quality! Much more interesting than the average Brick beer. The rich brown colour and creamy head is appealing, its smell nutty (though not overpowering), and its taste leaves little to be desired. Feels a little thin in your mouth, but goes down like a dream come true!

Serving type: can

11-26-2010 03:56:18 | More by camzela
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour with thick tan head that dissipates to leave a nice ring. Some rings of lacing. Smells quite nutty, with typical macro lager smell. Flavour is much nicer than a typical lager, but still pretty muted. Smooth mouthfeel. I used to drink this a lot when I went to university in Waterloo, I seem to remember it being better then, but I also hadn't tried too many beers at the time.

Serving type: can

11-09-2010 23:41:23 | More by kwjd
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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.