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CANOE Brewpub

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 53
Beer Avg: 3.57

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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 8.94%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

450 Swift St
Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1S3
phone: (250) 361-1940

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Reviews by Voonder:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

It's a very nice place. Kinda odd location - lots of homeless people around, but building is nice, both outside and inside and it was really busy on tuesday night. Service was really good, our server was very promt and helpfull. We just had an appetizer there - calamary, it was different, but pretty good. The pub fare on menu looked regular.
Beer was good too, hefeweisen was outstanding. Brown ale was pretty good, but I found it beeing more stout than ale.
Overall - really nice place, we'll be back for more beer

08-14-2008 07:32:14 | More by Voonder
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$

Bottom line: come for the atmosphere, not the beer.

Huge sunny deck to enjoy sunny days, fun post/beam rooms inside if it's not so sunny. It's a cool place to hang out that's for sure. And the service is friendly and attentive. If only the beers were good it would be so much better. I tried the 6 beer taster and didn't like any. Especially disappointing was the Saison which was didn't resemble any Saison I've tried: it was like a sour pilsner. Too bad. As a matter of fact, all the beers tasted "green" and disjointed.

Second time here and I felt the same way both times.

07-19-2014 17:25:14 | More by EspressoGuy
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-20-2014 03:05:18 | More by Beervana
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-14-2014 02:28:52 | More by Anyportinastorm
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-13-2014 00:54:04 | More by KStark
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$

An interesting place. Atmosphere was really nice, I would describe it as an upscale pub environment. The food was quite good as well. But the beer was fairly bland, which is even more disappionting when compared to the quality of other Victoria locals. Only 4 regulars plus one sesonal were pouring.

Service was quick and friendly. Prices were good as well.

Overall, I would say that if not for the good atmosphere and the food, this is not worth even visiting as the beer doesn't hold up to the local competition.

03-20-2013 18:54:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

Nice spot on the harbor. Big wide open space, bistro/gastopub feel. Exposed beams, wide open serving room, stools and high tables. Was there for lunch during the week so it was comfortably quiet and laid back just as I like it. Just their 4 regular offerings on tap with their one seasonal, $6.30 for a pint which is within the range of reasonable in Canada. Beers range from so-so to really good (get their seasonal offering!). Food was a step above good, has one of their pizzas which was quite nice. I'm sure in the evening it caters to more of an upscale clientele but a nice spot for lunch. Nice place but not a must stop.

10-21-2010 21:42:48 | More by ritzkiss
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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Nice spot on the water in Victoria. Has an upscale brewpub atmosphere with posh looking lighting and nice tables. Definitely seemed like one of the "places to be" as there were a fair amount of people dressed to hit the clubs. Bar area is a little thin on space, fitting 25-30 people but as with most places eventually you'll be able to grab a spot.

Service was great, I asked for a beer list but the bartender just told me the list from memory with a very short description of each.

The beers were good and featured all in-house brews. The selection was ok, typical styles including a wheat, pale ale and brown ale. The brown was flavorful. The standout was the Honey Wheat seasonal they had. Despite the name it was very flavorful with an awesome mouth feel and a bit of a bite. The citrus and honey flavors came through loud and clear.

At $7 for a proper pint I'm unsure about the value. The beers were good but not outstanding.

08-26-2010 17:31:06 | More by TheStove
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$

As a couple other reviewers mentioned, I also tried Canoe in a tour of Victoria's three brewpubs, the others being Spinnakers and Swans.

Canoe was my first stop and gave me a good impression from the start. It's set in a very cool old building that has been tastefully updated. I liked how the pub didn't have as crowded as a feel as many other places I have visited. The tables weren't so close together that you felt like you were intruding on your neighbor's date night.

I tried Canoe's ESB and brown ale. (Which I will note, also make an appearance on the other two brewpubs. It seems like they stick to their British brewing roots.) Both were quite good. In fact, while neither style is one that I usually go out of my way to order, they both were among the best of their styles I have tried. The brown was very malty, roasty and rich, bordering on a Porter. The ESB was expertly balanced with really nice caramel malts and citric, grassy hops.

I believe Canoe only had five of their beers on tap, kind of disappointingly low. I'd love more selection, but I'm glad that at least it seems they are getting the ones they are brewing right.

The food I tried was pretty good. I split a London broil daily special and crispy dry ribs appetizers with my wife. While I wouldn't order the ribs again, I tried them more out of the curiosity because I've never seen them yet they seemed common on menus in Victoria. The place was only about half full on a weekday evening, and our server kept up with us just fine.

Prices were comparable to the other places I visited. Better if you make it there for their appy hour, which seemed one of the better ones in town. However, all prices, including the "appy" hour were quite a bit more than I'm used to Portland Oregon prices, especially the extremely good happy hour deals to be found around here.

All in all, a solid place to visit in Victoria. Don't miss this one if you are in town.

09-17-2009 00:11:32 | More by josiahschlender
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$

The location down by the water is great. On a sunny day you can sit on one of the patios and look across the upper harbour to Esquimalt. It's an old red brick building with wooden beams in the roof and big medallion panels. The inside is spacious and airy but with a crowd inside it gets pretty noisy. During a summer's day the guets are mostly tourists and, in the afternoon, afterworkers. Most of them were drinking lagers or the seasonal wheatbeer with a lemon twist. The bartenders I spoke to were perhaps not as proficient in the brewing process as I had expected. But they were professional enough to offer samples before I ordered. I tried two of their speciality beers: Rock River Bitter and Beaver Brown Ale. They were both fresh and good but perhaps a bit muscled on the taste notes.

08-19-2007 05:28:59 | More by JanM
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CANOE Brewpub in Victoria, BC, Canada
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.