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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager - Brick Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
71
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150 Ratings
THE BROS
60
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
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
Photo of biboergosum
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 07, 2012
Photo of Jason
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

nickfl, May 23, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
2.99/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brick Waterloo Dark Lager

LOOK: Pours a amber brown, with an off white cream foam. Leaves some lace, and the head has some staying power.

SMELL: Barley malt, cereal grains, some grassy hop. Malt forward aroma.

TASTE: The first few sip bring impressions of doughy malt and dark breads. There is a flash of lemony, grassy hops then the flavor is gone. Odd mineral twang and more grains to follow. Slightly nutty, like a macro dunkel lager.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp. A refreshing dark lager brew easy to drink.

OVERALL: A pretty decent product from the Canadian brewery, a good beer to either enjoy in mass quantities or with a hearty meal.

Stinkypuss, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of biegaman
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Quite thin bodied for its style. Not very refreshing either. Checks out ok in some categories, but lacks just as much in the others. Flavours are in check, but this beer just doesnt have any features that impress. Weak malt bill, no dimension of roast or depth. Aroma almost non-existent. A good effort, but not something that will ever stand out.

biegaman, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

liamt07, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Viggo
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich dark brown/red, big off white head and some lace. Smell is sweet malt, some roastiness and faint hops. The taste is not very present, a little malt and roast but pretty bland. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium carbonation and an easy drinker.

Viggo, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start, I must say that I didn't have much hope for this tasting, since I don't find the bottled version to be all that appealing. So here it goes...

Appearance: Very clear light brown colour with red highlights. It had a dense tan head composed of small bubbles and showed good retention and excellent stickage. So far so good.

Smell: Malty aroma with a bit of roasted chocolate and a light hop spiciness.

Taste: Malty and sweet with some nuttiness and chocolate. Light bitterness gave it a bit of balance, especially towards the end. The finish was of medium length and had some sharpness due to carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and a fairly smooth texture. Not bad.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good. Overall, there's nothing outstanding about this brew, but having it on-tap is much more pleasant than my experience with the bottled version. I'm glad that a friend basically bullied me into trying it again.

DrJay, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Derek
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-black, initially with some head. Unfortunately there's no head retention or lacing.

S: Very little smell, slightly malty.

T: Very little flavour, definitely not rich or complex. Faint hints of caramel, roasted nuts & bread from the malt. I wonder if most of the colour comes from Black Patent malt?

M: Light-to-moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Taste is quite bland and unoffensive, so it's easy to drink. Perhaps it'll win a few customers from the macro's?

Derek, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

spinrsx, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

tbeckett, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a dark brown nearly black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a light level of lacing and a rather persistent film.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with a lighter sweetness of caramel and some corn.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and a sweet caramel taste. As the taste advances it seems to sweeten even further as some sweet corn malt flavors get more pronounced. The flavor takes on an almost cola like flavor with the mix of sweet corn and roast. A very light coffee flavor comes to the tongue at the end of the taste and when combined with the rest leaves a rather odd mix of sweet and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the average to just below average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather average. While a darker brew, which is normally nicer with a creamier body, this beer actually seemed to do better with the thinner body and higher carbonation as it matched the more soda like flavor.

Overall – Well… it was a little too sweet and cola like in flavoring for me. Not bad if that is what you want from a beer, but not something that I personally really enjoyed.

Darkmagus82, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Brent
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
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -1%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

kwjd, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
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
Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -1%

Molson2000, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of rarbring
2.15/5  rDev -29%
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.

rarbring, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of DaPan
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of thekevlarkid
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at the Niagara Falls Beer Store. Poured out of the can a dark coca-cola color with some reddish hues that could be seen when held up to the light. Very thin head showed almost no retention and laced very poorly. Very sweet malt aromas. Flavors are a little too sweet as well, near cloying for me, sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, a little coffee and also a little off. Sort funky, need more hops to level it. Finish lingers.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
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