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Tennent's Lager - Tennent Caledonian Breweries

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Tennent's Lager
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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tennent Caledonian Breweries visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 164
Photo of Markymk3
1.88/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Often described in Scotland as "dirty water" drink responsibly.

Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.50 for a 500ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a good high white head that is gone in seconds. Light gold color and filtered clear

S- Decent hops and malt but light. Metallic unfortunately

T- A touch metallic. Can tell this is a standard mass produced beer. Little flavor and bite but acceptable.

M- Ok at best

O- Pretty good beer but will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with..... Bangers and mash. Traditional grub for a traditional brew

Enjoy

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is either new to the market here or so poorly distributed as to be irrelevant and overlookable. its an interesting euro lager though, quite frothy in creamy in both look and feel, and has a nice wheat sheaf sort of body to it, different in its grain base for sure, bigger, not adjuncty at all to me. its a little sweet throughout, but its nicely carbonated and the finish is pretty quick, so i dont mind that. its just a lot more beer than some of its peers, and i definitely can get behind that. its sort of a cream ale meets a lager in a lot of ways, pretty boldly flavored, but fresh, not macro tasting, not tinny, not oxidized or anything, and its actually a pretty passable beer for something i have never even heard of. i could drink a ton of this, mindless beer, and you sometimes need that. good for sporting events and the like, dont think about it just drink it kind of stuff. one of the better of those types i have encountered in awhile. maybe this will do well here? the creaminess makes it.

Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -6%

Kind of boring, not unpleasant.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some malt sweetness follows. The hops presence is very mild but provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, considering the style this beer is pretty solid but overall it’s mediocre at best.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(on tap at Victoria Freehouse - served in a 20 oz proper pint)

A: pale gold color, nearly perfectly clear... open-structured white foam on the pour, quietly settles out to barely an outer ring, little lacing...

S: not much to excite... flowery notes, final mash runnings... water from an old, rusted (iron) faucet... perhaps a touch of dinner roll crust... maybe it's the glass, but I can hardly smell a thing

T: foundation of mild, fresh pale malt flavors - I wouldn't be able to suggest any complexity to the malt flavors other than to say it tastes like dried-out pils malt - no "bready" or "biscuity" or other qualities of the like... perhaps a slight earthy hop presence... mild mineral and hop bitterness to balance... doesn't taste watery or watered-down, doesn't have any discernible fruity character - but the overall intensity of flavor, even as it warms, is very mild

M: around light-medium bodied - on the lighter end between thin and medium, slight roundness... crisp, clean, without any fizzy bite or malty roll

O: had this last about 5 years ago in the UK - that was the "velvet" lager (nitro?) draft offering... this isn't all that bad, it's serviceable - thankfully has some malt flavor, to provide a modicum of interest

Photo of rangerred
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived a clear medium bold with a smallish white head but with excellent lacing.

Aroma of straw, hay, and some bread. Pretty typical of a Euro pale lager.

The flavor is much like the aroma with bread and grassy noble hops. Bitterness is higher than many Euro lagers or AAL's but it tends to get a little harsh and doesn't meld well with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall, a good thirst quencher but that's about it. Decent flavor but nothing really special.

Photo of TheHammer
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Near textbook Lager, two fingers of head, ample lacing, good retention, moderate carbonation and a gold, not yellow hue. The only downside, there seems to be some almost dusty looking particles in the body, and before you ask, yes I made sure the glass was clean.

Smell: There is straw the dominates the nose, but it's closely followed but a robust touch of peat that makes it a bit more interesting. Nothing too fancy here though.

Taste: Basic and clean straw malt that turns to a rougher peaty taste that ends with a kick of earthy hops. Not too complicated, but not very exciting either.

Mouthfeel: The hops and peat linger in the aftertaste, leaving an almost muddy sensation on your tongue. The carbonation helps out the beer but the transitioning needs a bit of work.

Drinkability: A little bit heavier bodied then expected and it starts to wear on you a little over the half way point. Still it's refreshing to drink and certainly packs a bit more punch then macro lager.

Final Thoughts: All in all it's a Lager whose defining characteristic is the peaty taste to it. I'm not sure if that is what you are looking for in your Lager, but for me it was a good one off, but that's about it.

Photo of LXIXME
3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized white head falls into a thinning ;lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

A light skunky aroma with a lot of sour citrusy lemon coming through.

The taste of this beer is dominated by the sour citrusy with mostly the lemon that leaves no room to taste anything else that might be present.

This light bodied beer has a light dry sour lemony citrus aftertaste.

For as many of these beers are out there, are there really that many people that love this style of beer compared to such beers as IPA, Oktoberfest, Porter, Stout, Red, Barley Wine, etc. Really puzzles me.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Robbie Burns Pub, Edinburgh

A: Golden with a half finger head that dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Citrus, malty, biscuit-y.

T: Smooth, citrus, slightly bitter finish.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

O: Sessionable, but not overwhelming. A standard in Scotland, but I much prefer Innis and Gunn.

Photo of bryehn
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden colour with a medium-sized, soapy white head that leaves some spotty lacing and hangs around as a collar.

Smell is dominated by sweet grains and corn. Some mild floral and soapy hop aromas as well as an acidic, fruit-like one.

Taste is rather sweet with a fairly strong earthy or mineral tone. Toasted grains, bread and a mild apple juice note.

Medium-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and syrupy on the tongue with a mild oiliness. The finish is dry and carries a nice, if not soft bitter bite. The aftertaste has a slightly sweet tone and a lingering syrupy sensation.

Better than most of the canned Euro lagers readily available, but nothing really stands out. Not sure what I was expecting, but with it being Scottish I expected something a bit more robust than this.

Photo of Dave1999
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an old favourite having lived in Edinburgh most of my life. This is the cheapest larger available in most pubs in Scotland.

Pours yellow in colour with a foamy white head.

Tastes mostly of malts maybe a little bit bitters. Tastes OK without having too much going on.

This beer is well carbonated, quite refreshing.

Overall considering how cheap this beer is, it isn't that bad. It's good value if your having a good old fashioned drinking session down the pub.

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can. While in Scotland a few years back, this was the usual lager option, when presented with the standard bar-facing answer to 'Whaddya got?' - 'Lager, bitter, or ale, sir?'.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a multitude of glistening puffy, foamy white head, which bleeds away at an even pace, rendering some chunky splotches of lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp grainy malt, fairly metallic, with some equally strident grassy, weedy hops. The taste is rather straightforward corporate lager - bland, although somewhat bready malt, with underwhelming earthy, grassy hops, which thankfully stay out of skunky, off-flavour territory, other than that of a subtle flinty undertone.

The carbonation is mostly quite fine, with just a simmering edginess, the body a struggling medium weight, and a bit too tacky to be considered all that smooth. It finishes with a slight flat citrus fruitiness that livens the morose malt and hibernating hops up just a wee bit.

Nothing offensive to the senses, though nothing all that interesting, either. I imagine this as an acceptable stadium beer, one that won't make you wish you were somewhere else, just for the beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can from the LCBO

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Bread, grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation an I can taste bread/grains mixed with corn and malts. There is also some light hops and a bit of a sweet apple or pear flavour. It ends with a crisp slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I expected more from this one.. all I got was just another boring euro beer. It's not offensive and it is very drinkable, it's just plain and unremarkable. There are too many better options available out there - I wouldn't buy this one again.

Photo of peensteen
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colour, just over one finger of white head, lots of lace on the glass. Smell is lightly grassy and floral, but everything else suggests malt sandwich, grainy with some graham cracker as well, some earthy hops as well. Taste is fruity and malty, a little on the sweet side, light lingering bitterness in the finish, biscuity and grainy aftertaste but slightly bland. Medium to high carbonation, light-med body, OK feel. This is a little better than some examples of style but nothing impressive here to say the least.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tennent's Lager looks it's part as a Euro Pale lager with it's pale yellow appearance. A decent white head does build and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Not much on the aroma arena but fresh bready malts with perhaps a light lemony scent.

Not half bad in the flavor area, though hops are practically non-existent. Bitterness is also very low but it is not overly sweet so that helps, still a bit sweeter than I care for in a pale beer. Overall the flavor is just pale malts with just a touch of graininess.

Mouthfeel surprisingly is close to medium and just a touch creamy.

Overall not bad for a pale lager.

Photo of Irishniall21
4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this product... I real treat when we can find it. Had this in scotland some years back along with some of there other beers... I see that the folks from Magners just bought it and they will be brining it back to the USA.
This is very traditional euro lager but taste and aroma docent seem to have the hein/Becks smell or taste... It certainly got more to it than the others

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap in Southampton, England.

A: Served a golden color with a small head and no real lacing.

S: mild aroma of malt and some sweetness.

T: Mild malt sweetness and light bitterness with a clean finish. Taste is quite subdued.

F: Light body, crisp a somewhat refreshing.

O: Standard pub beer. Good for a couple. Nice change form all of Bitter I have consumed on this trip.

Photo of Knapp85
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tennent's was ok, The pour reminded me of something similar to a Miller Lite. The head was basically no where in sight. The aroma was grainy and had a little something else in there I'm not quite sure of. The taste was kind of on the sweet side. Not really the best mouthfeel here. This beer was nearly water when it comes to that. The beer isn't the best Scottish beer out there. It was nice to try but I've never thought about going back for more.

Photo of flyingpig
1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looked decent enough

Hardly much of a smell although nothing to put you off

Chemical like & grainy in taste. Mildly bitter/unpleasant aftertaste.

Medium body & smooth. Rather easy to drink

Pretty poor lager that I try to (and frequently fail to) avoid.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Tennent's pint glass.

A: Terribly clear with an anaemic head. However, the gold-amber colour is rather nice. Some lacing in the beginning.

S: Grain and beer. Subdued, but nothing unpleasant aside from the memories it provides of American macrolagers.

T: A classic lager with hints of adjunct grains. Bitter, grainy, with an aftertaste that is mildly unpleasant. Still, the main taste is substantial and much less watery than expected. The grain flavours fade in prominence as I drink, leaving a neutral sort of taste.

M: Decent malting gives this beer body and avoids wateriness.

D: Not very *good*, but not bad. It's on the right side of undrinkability. Still not recommended.

Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a decent white head that dissipated pretty quickly. No head retention or lacings. Light malty aroma with hints of biscuit and a light floral, fruity hop character. Medium bodied, a bit of a buttery feel, with refershing carbonation. Sweet malty flavor with hints of bread/biscuit and a fruity apple and pear hop finish. Very easy to drink.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very light, clear yellow color with a fairly large foamy, bubbly white head with average retention but almost no lacing left. Fairly typical for the style.

S - Decent for the style. Sweet, pale malt with a mixture of grain and bread aroma. Decent amount of hops compared to others in the style with some floral and grassy hops.

T - Average tasting Euro Pale Lager with some sweet malts providing a good base with a touch of hops coming in and out. All together it is fairly average and just kind of covers what a Euro Pale Lager is.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp, light, and refreshing.

D - Pretty drinkable. Light, crisp, and refreshing with enough hops to provide something of a kick. A beer that is really probably be made to be easy to drink, and more or less succeeds at this.

Notes: Interesting story about how I came about trying this, and it hit the spot as a really needed an easy to drink beer (or any beer). All together, this is an easy to drink lager. Nothing that will blow you away, but it isn't a horrible Euro Pale Lager.

Photo of dstc
3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a huge white head. Head falls fairly slow leaving decent lace.

Lagery smell. Bit of earthy grains and maybe a little skunked?

Nice flavor really for a mass Euro lager. Malts seem decent and there is a buttery quality to it. Ends with a mild hop bitterness.

Thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Bit smooth.

Decent enough lager. Nothing to write home about but easy to put down.

Photo of Minkybut
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a pretty blond with a nice big white fluffy head. The smell smelled like a skunk which I knew because for some reason that is what beer in a green bottle smells like. Green taste also, kinda sweet tasting. I will not buy this beer again.

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Tennent's Lager from Tennent Caledonian Breweries
74 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.