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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 thekevlarkid


2.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2008 22:21:24 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2008 17:22:58 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this on draft before and it was much better than this canned version. That's to be expected, but the discrepancy was too much to justify drinking this out of a can again. It seems to lack personality; no nose, little head and a timid flavour. It's really not awful and it does go down easy but it reminds me of a much watered-down Guinness. If you like a mild dark beer that's nice for porch drinking this could be your baby.

Serving type: can

07-13-2008 22:23:54 | More by shamus
Photo of Jason


2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-23-2008 03:25:25 | More by Jason
Photo of jackorain


1.73/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ruby brown color, clear. Head fell to a simple lttle ring aronf the glass before the bartender ould even get it to me.

S-A light sweetmalt aroma, but almost no odor at all.

T-Sweet malt no detectable hop flavor and certainly no bitterness. Also has funkiness to it. Odd

M-extremely thin body, watery and fizzy

D-yeah, right

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 17:57:24 | More by jackorain
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Been thinking about trying this for while and picked up a sixer from the lcbo.

Served from a 341 ml brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark cola in color with a red hue, small slightly tan head dimminishes quickly leaving a tiny layer of foam over the surface.

S- Smell is of burnt roasted malts, hops are scarce but noticed, aromas of coffee and some dark fruit. Alcohol is noticed.

T- Roasted malts up front with slight flavors of chocolate ,coffee, raisins, and a sour, faint hoppy finish.

M- soda-like carbonation is not enjoyable in this light bodied dark lager.

D- Sure why not.

Overall for a dark beer this fairly bland, a good introduction to the novice but not worth seeking out if your used to more complex darks. Its a hybrid. Worth a try,

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 22:40:10 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this with a pig's head bottle opener. Hadn't had this one in a while so I decided to give it another shot.

This poured nicely into my pint glass with a head that lasted only a short while. Smell is of slightly roasted barley malt. The barley malt aroma makes the flavor of this brew with a slight nuttyness. Not too bad, Unfortunately however the beer was a little flat and could use a bit (more like a lot) of carbonation.

Even with the lack of carbonation, it still was not an unpleasant experience, this beer isn't that bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:47:57 | More by funkengruven
Photo of headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some rough calculations indicate that, in the past three years, I've drank approximately a metric ass-ton of Waterloo Dark. It's our standard keg-beer (necessitated in part by our close proximity to Brick), and I often find myself drinking it in pubs, and even picking up the occasional case. I can't explain this behaviour for the life of me because there are so many better beers readily available in this area. But there's something comforting and familiar about it.

Nevertheless, along with a recent rebranding - they gussied up the labels, cases and caps - fellow BA pootz mentioned a tweak of the recipe late last year. So I thought that I'd take a second look.

Waterloo Dark pours a nice cola brown, perhaps a bit more reddish than I recall, with a nice two fingers of off-white cap that has just a bit more staying power than it used to; the head does die down relatively quickly, to about a half-finger, but it stays pretty well constant at that level for the rest of the drink. Moderate lacing, but nothing to write home about.

The smell is interesting, but time has dulled my impressions, and I can't tell if I'm smelling the same thing as I did before. An interesting combination of lager-y cereal grain and darker, roasted malts. Just a hint of coffee, nuts, and chocolate, though in sparse supply. An interesting, almost berry-like scent that I've never detected before - tangy - I think they may have notched up the hopping in this brew a bit. All in all, similar, but perhaps slightly improved; you don't have to strain so hard for those sweet malty notes.

The taste remains relatively constant; you can certainly notice the added hops, but the malt dominates here. However, it seems like the quality of the malt has improved a bit - cocoa, coffee, and nuts abound (insofar as any flavour note 'abounds' in such a straightforward beer). Some lighter malt sits under the surface, giving it enough lager-y character to earn the style distinction. A bit bitter at first, it mellows and sweetens, though it ultimately finishes just a bit dry. Quite nice, and pretty tasty for such a simple, straightforward brew.

Mouthfeel is still average - I don't think Brick has ever been able to get their carbonation levels perfect, but I can't complain, as this isn't quite as bad as others for that. It certainly lacks the ultra-effervescent of macro beers. Drinkability, however, also remains high. The light-ish body make this a beer that's virtually designed for mass consumption. And yet it's just barely erudite enough to be appreciated by a beer nerd. It may just be nostalgia, but Waterloo Dark will probably always get my recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:00:02 | More by headlessparrot
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

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

I tried this beer on July 11, 2007 at Jack Astor's Restaurant (Front/York) in Toronto. The beer poured a dark reddish-brown into the glass with little head, and constant effervescence. What head there was...was gone in the blink of an eye. The aroma was weak with malt. The mouthfeel was thick and full-bodied. The taste was bland for a dark beer, some malt flavour, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 03:25:22 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of Wintermute

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby notes when held up to the light. The light brown head lasted a few minutes and there was a little bit of lace on the glass.
Noticeable Pours a nice dark brown with ruby notes when held up to the light. The light brown head lasted a few minutes and there was a little bit of lace on the glass.
Noticeable lager smell. Some faint roasted malts. Slightest hint of sour fruitiness and some hops to go with it. Overall a very mild smell.
Again, very mild tasting. Not at all what one might expect from the colour, but then again, it’s a lager, not an ale. Somewhat sweet but not overly. Some mild roasted malts flavours. A little bit vinous if you look for it. You have to search for the hops too.
Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.
Overall this beer is quite mild and easy to drink. Looking at it I’d expect more punch from it. Easy beer to introduce macrobrew drinker to.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 21:23:06 | More by Wintermute
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

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

Aromas (faint) of coffee and cocoa.

Looks dark brown to black. Poor head retention, no lace.

Taste was ok, nothing special though. I would expect more roasty flavours from it's appearance though. There are some malty sweet flavours, not much though. Little bit of roasted nut flavour.

Mouthfeel is ok. Carbonation could be less aggressive. Light bodied.

Overall, its ok. I'll probably drink it again, but I won't go hunt it down.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 00:56:57 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Offered by a friend.

Appearance: Pours a cola like body with a foamy tanned head. Retention is poor, nothing but a thin lace ring hangs around.

Aroma: Despite other reviews, I found this to be surprisingly hoppy. However, the malts were most dominiate. Small hints of coffee and an awful lot of alcohol.

Taste: Not overly poor when it comes to balance, hints of coffee and some alcohol. Moderate bitterness in the finish with a tad bit of nuts.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, but decently bodied. I felt it was over carbonated. Quaffable if you really felt like it.

Final Statement: If offered, drink up. It's not that bad of brew. I certainly will never buy more than a single of this, if ever. Another mediocre beer I've had from Brick.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 16:12:07 | More by MMansfield
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark but clear color, like coca cola, but without a head. The nose smelled of old dust, a musty room, seltzer. The taste had maybe, at best, some mild malt notes to it. The mouthfeel was crisp, clean. A very drinkable beer, but why would you?

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2007 20:02:29 | More by dherling
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 03:35:36 | More by biegaman
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re evaluating this beer after hearing it was recently reformulated.

The pour produced a decent dark cola colored lager with a rocky-sticky 2 finger cap that lasts well and laces the glass.

Aromas are subtle: some cocoa and sweet bready tones light musty earthy yones.

Medium bodied, fair malt spine, silken mouthfeel, and a more rounded toasy malt character than before.

Up front the toasted dark Munich malts depart some cocoa sweetness that is quickly balanced by light pearl hop presence..mid palate there is more substance in the body with some dried fruit and nut notes and some light souring ...finish is clean and lightly drying with lingering bready aftertastes.

This transition seems to have given Waterloo dark some dunkel characteristics as the hops have been slightly attenuated and the malts beefed up...a pleasant change.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 22:47:55 | More by pootz
Photo of ThirdCoast


4.38/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: A 341 mL bottle poured into a glass.

A: Dark dark dark dark, with a red tint if held to the light. Nice.

S: Hints of malts, chocolate, sweet, dark fruits.

T: Very smooth, chocolates, coffee, goes down smooth without an aftertaste.

M: Stings the tounge a bit, but goes down very nice with a nice aftertaste.

D: This is by far my favorite from Brick. This will allow the non dark beer drinkers to sample a dark beer, but still please the dark beer lovers alike.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 21:36:47 | More by ThirdCoast
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a turbid dark brown with a quick fading head and a small amount of meandering lace. The aroma is overly sweet with a little grainyness and coarse hop leaf. The taste is cloyingly sweet with some nuttiness and herbal hops. Petrol like off flavors make it all the more unpleasant. The mouthfeel is slick and sugary. The finish is sweet and bland.

Not a very good beer. It really needs more body and malt and hop flavors. I keep thinking of poorly brewed extract homebrew when I drink this.

Note: I know this isnt a bad bottle, Ive had this beer several times before.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 02:58:15 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Cola-like in appearance. Beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour receding to a thin ring around the edge.

Weak aroma is roasted malt and some sweetness with an undefined background scent that isn't appealing.

Roasted malt at the start is nice, but the flavour fades rapidly. In the middle that same unappealing undefinited aspect comes out. It's kind of an off-bitter astringent quality. Bland finish with weak malt aftertaste.

Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Kind of like drinking pop that's almost flat.

Well, this was a big let down. Found this at a local specialty store where they bring in products you can't get anywhere else. It's not terrible, but not really good either. If the roasted malt at the start continued through to the finish, and if the mouthfeel was sturdier, then it would be decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 13:49:23 | More by Noxious26
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 03:43:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of tfinn


3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

inky brown with dissipating head, although it could be the rinse/chill all glasses get at this particular bar.

smell is almost nonexistant; with close concentration I could make out some dark malt (chocolate) scents, but nothing else. no hops, to be sure.

taste is very smooth; very well-integrated. it's familiar to me in some way, and I can't help but wonder if they're using the harrington/klages malt blend which is so prevalent in the pacific northwest. the chocolate character comes out with some sweetness but never gets astringent at all.

mouthfeel is on the thin side, although it is bolstered some by the chocolate malts.

all of this is completely appropriate for a dark eurolager, but it doesn't fit with the munich dunkel style. this is on the path to schwartzbier as far as smoothness and chocolate goes, and if I get a chance to do the brewery tour, I'll certainly mention this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2006 03:56:27 | More by tfinn
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is not very good at all, the appearance is the high point at average, and the sample goes down from there.
The aroma is lacking character, maybe a thin element of nuttiness but little else.
The taste again is very thin and that is mostly cardboard.
The colour is dark brown, almost black with medium carbonation and thin crown leading to a pleasent glass ring and thin island lace.
The taste also leaves you dry and lacking, lacking for something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 18:53:53 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 18:58:20 | More by Derek
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 17:29:58 | More by Viggo
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brand that Brick has put in stubbies. The beer pours a a dark brown / mahogony color with a short tan colored head. Too bad the foam is gone in less than a minute. A little bit of sweet malt smell, but not much else. I was expecting a full flavored, full bodied brew, but wasn't there. There is some malt flavor, and I found it quite sweet. Overall it is quite thin and watery, yet still very smooth. That fact does make it easy to drink, especially is people are a bit tentative because of the dark color. Still a bit pricey for a slightly above average lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 13:36:51 | More by BigBry
Photo of DrJay


3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2005 18:31:21 | More by DrJay
Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
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