Tennent's Lager - Tennent Caledonian Breweries

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of RoyalT
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is orangish yellow in color and rather bland looking, not at all how I’d expect a good Lager to be. The head was small.

Smell – The full-on grain and orange syrup was another disappointment. This nose lacks that good Lagerish smoothness that you look for in the style.

Taste – This was sweet like rock candy. I couldn’t pick up a malt base or any good hopping.

Mouthfeel – This beer is light-bodied and left my palate nice and dry.

Drinkability – This boring effort at the style probably wasn’t as bad as I made it out to be, but I’m a real fan of the style so this was a let down. I finished it but would definitely not buy again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, this was an unobtrusive beer. Gold in color, medium head, tiny bit of lacing. It had a fresh, outdoorsy aroma. A bit of malt presence in the taste, with a hint of hops. Fairly refreshing, a true session beer. It goes well with a Reuben.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 11.16 US fluid oz bottle. Thistle flowers adorn the label and are raised in green on the bottle. Gold foil neck sheaf exclaims its import. Damn fine bottle, apart from being green.

Appearance: Very pale and extremely clear with a most amazing sticky froth with a lace that climbs the pint.

Smell: True lager aroma with an evident noble hop aroma and slight malt nose.

Taste: Very light lager with some malt and hop leafiness. Overall this tastes a bit thin with little carbonation. A spicy bitterness pulls through at the end with some sweetness.

Notes: A light yet refreshing lager. Still far superior compared to other light lagers, almost too drinkable as we could drink this all night long without complaint.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find this at my local store. I admit, I was expecting something a little stronger. Pours light in color with hardly any head. Taste is quite grainy, but surprisingly smooth. Very slight hop taste. Malt flavor was almost non-existant. A little fruitiness evident in the aftertaste. I would call this the "Budweiser Of Scotland" being a far cry from Mcewan's Scotch Ale. It doesn't even compare to the European macros. I can only hope it is better on tap. Glad to try it though!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thin little yellow lager, a little darker than its American mass produced counterpart. Smell, ooh, I dunno if beer is supposed to have that metallic smell when its not in a can.

Taste, a little surprise, mildly pleasant, even if it tastes like the malt backbone was lightened by some adjunct like corn or even rice. Minimal, but effectual hop presence. Prickly. Mouthfeel, not a lot, but enough and remains drinkable, a good hot weather session beer.

Photo of ADR
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color, little head that's just a skim in 20 seconds. Hoppy and slightly skunky aroma. Aroma adds to a slight skunk in the flavor, also hoppy with well-balanced but non-descript malts. This brew is very similar to many mass marketed Euro-lagers that end up getting imported to the US, but with a fuller mouthfeel and less overcarbonation. Middle of the road but drinkable in many instances.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale golden with a white frothing head very nice, solid even rings of lacing form with each sip. Aroma: Nice sweet maltier than your typical lager with a nice floral dosage of hops, not typical of lager in my mind I tasty session brew enjoyed at Piper's Pub. Taste: Sweet crisp slight bitterness in finishes very clean nice beer. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly syrupy in texture. Drinkability: Solid session ale to be enjoyed by the imperial pint.

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

They may makes some good ales in Scotland, but they sure as hell can't brew good lagers, really thin and watery and edgy aswell, tried this once and will never try again.

Photo of LXIXME
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Brenden
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having tried this on tap, I was interested enough to try it from the bottle as well. The real difference, as I expected, was an improved appearance.

This brew is very clear, pale amber in appearance with a pillowy two-finger white head that left a nice amount of lacing in patches. It's not as thin-seeming as I got from the tap. This is more along the lines of what I was expecting to see.
The aroma is simple but clean, though a bit light; earthy, herbal hops with a malt back and light grains on the nose.
A touch of hops and malt straight off with a biscuit / grains undertone. The taste is a little light, but well-balanced and complimented by a spice and a sweetness that are just distinguishable underneath.
It'snot as thin in mouthfeel, and while carbonation isn't especially lively, it's a bit more so than on tap.
It's not a fantastic brew, but it's a good brew and for something so light it's still got some flavor.
At 5% ABV, it's very sessionable and one you could certainly have a few pints of with friends.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like an unusually syrupy generic lager. Smells of malt and sugar, with a hint of skunk.

Taste, however, is something else. It starts off a rather pleasent sugary malt, but quickly degrades into terrible, skunked hop mess. I have suspicions that I've got a bad batch, but since there's no freshness date, and this bottle's looking pretty green, I'm guessing that the brewer might actually have been aiming for that trainwreck of a flavor.

Not really good, but I have a feeling that if you can find it on tap, it might be better.

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At Pourhouse 50. Light yellow, lot of lace. A tad floral aroma.Some yeast taste, on the funky side,but otherwise another Europe light lager session ale.A bit of grassy hops, not all that quaffable. A bit of grain in a medium mouthfeel. Rather bland but passable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by this! I was expecting a thin and bland generic lager but found something that had more body, some hops, and was remotely interesting! It pours a deep golden body with a creamy bright white head that holds exceptionally well and leaves some nice lace throughout the pint. The bouquet, however, is only of the "generic beer" type with a light touch of hop thrown in. Still, it's way above average! The body is (surprisingly) firmly malty in the Scottish tradtition. Very well done! The flavor offers a rich and sweetish maltiness, a very mild fruitiness, and some hop flavor towards the finish which is semi-dry with a lingering malt characteristic. Quite the charmer! Worth trying if only to see what Scotland's best selling lager is like!

Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow color with a sticky white head that laces the glass. Nose is a nice malty lager aroma. Taste is all lager. Pretty straight forward and simple but not bad. Overall a decent brew for what it is but nothing I will be rushing out to get again.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is quite nice looking. It gas a nice golden color with a nice head and some rather impressive lacing.

The smell was of grains, some hop, and a little adjunct. Disappointing, but not horrible.

Thankfully the taste is better than the smell, but not by much. There is a little metalic element, but I attribute that to poor handling somewhere along the line.

The mouthfeel is nice/ The beer is light and refreshing with a decent, but not over-powering, amount of carbonation.

I would try this again, but only if it was either free or on-tap, preferrably in Scotland.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce slim grrr-een bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Has the euro-typical golden yellow in color, a creamy white head that dissolves into patchy lacing noticed throughout the course of this ale. Light hops and musty/earthy notes, some grains also indicated on the nose. The mouthfeel is a touch bitter, with some over-dominating grainy sweet malts, with lingering carbonation. The body is definitely light, but not in the flavor department. Above average for the style and worth a go!

Photo of morimech
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a thin white head that quickly disipates. Very little activity in the beer after the pour. The color is actually darker than most Euro lagers but the lack of vigorous head and "life" in the beer hurts the score which should of been higher.

The smell is sweet from malt and other grains. The "skunk" is apparent and almost overpowering right after the pour but eases after a few minutes.

Nothing really remarkable about the taste. Maybe a little sweeter than others and the hops are weak. It has a light body and finishes crisp but my bottle may have been a little flatter than most. A decent Euro lager but nothing I would go in search for.

Photo of Mandrake
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden yellow with a fairly large and thick pure white head that dissipates pretty slowly and leaves solid lacing. One of the nicest looking lagers I've seen in a while. Smell is pretty routine though, malts and grains with that lovely little green-bottle skunk aroma sitting in the background. Tastes is better though, with only the faintest hint of grain accompanying the spicy maltiness which is the dominant flavour, and a bit of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, not bad at all, and drinkability is good. Not a bad little lager.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served cold (as opposed to regular, per the bar maid) at The Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow, Scotland, April 20, 2009:

A: The beer appeared a very nice clear golden color with a very nice white head with active carbonation streaming to the top. A thin layer of the head was retained throughout the beer.

S: The beer gave off a nice sweet, grain aroma with a hint of bread or biscuit to it and a very light hop hint. Very well put together.

T: The taste is good and way better than anything that BMC could produce (and I am really starting to dig the lager again. Honestly, I don't think that it gets the credit it deserves). The taste has a nice grain/malt quality to it. You also get a little sweetness and a touch of the hops, but very much in the background.

M/D: The beer has a light body to it, but clean, crisp and very refreshing. The beer is very smooth and very easy to drink. I probably could have sat there for awhile and had a few more (but there was more of Glasgow to see and more pubs to hit) Overall, a good beer and one I would order again.

Photo of DaveBar
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
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 tone77
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is skunky. Taste is good, malts and grains, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall a pretty good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a basic macro-gold with a thin, sudsy white head that soon dissipated to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was extremely soft and almost non-detect. There was a slight skunkiness upon first opening.

S: basic maize and not much else.

T: sweet buttery grains with some corn syrup. There was a nice graininess but a buttery, metallic tang was found on the finish. Overall , sweet, buttery and stale grains making for a typical macro experience.

M: light, slick, softly carbonated with a sweet tangy graininess on the swallow.

D: One you could finish but is not saying much. Wouldn't recommend or try again.

Photo of BierFan
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 33cl green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big white head. Good carbonation. Golden yellow with a very slight haze to it.

Smell: Big skunky smell when I first cracked open the bottle. The skunkiness has faded after a minute and I can pick up a light malty sweetness.

Taste: It has a nice hoppy bitterness to it. Not enough to counteract the skunkiness, though. Unfortunately the carbonation didn't last long, the mouthfeel suffers because of it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a clear golden color lager with a nice medium white foamy head with great resistance. Aroma of crisp hops and light floral malt is quite pleasant. Taste is full of crisp hops with a fuller body then expected. Floral notes and light bitterness makes this quite enjoyable for the style. Also, I would suggest avoiding the bottle for this one since it doesn’t seems to do it justice.

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Tennent's Lager from Tennent Caledonian Breweries
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