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Muskoka Craft Lager - Muskoka Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bestuurder on 02-12-2007

Like the region it's from, our all-malt Muskoka Craft Lager is a getaway from the average. That's because it's carefully aged and handcrafted to be uniquely flavourful, yet remarkably easy-drinking. Made from North American hops and malt, and winner of Canadian Lager of the Year, this delicately balanced thirst quencher is the refreshing departure you've been waiting for.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a crappy lager to put in their above average variety pack. Really should be ashamed, especially that we were drinking keystone along with it and honestly we all (5 of us) liked the pissy pilsner cheap shit beer more! Very disappointed!

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours three to four fingers or large bubbled head. Vanishes quickly. Pale gold colour and clear.

The nose is subtle but there are a few nice things there. light malt notes, hay and fresh farm air - not funky just a bit earthy and grassy.

Taste is a touch of honey and light rye bread. Some yeast in the middle like the hint of a saison almost. Gives way to sweet malts again. Finishes with a touch of bitter.

Pretty good body and even a bit of creaminess on the tongue. Not as light as it looks.

Overall this is a solid lager with some complexity through the middle. Malts are subtle and more sweet. Ideally would like a bit more bread and bitter on the end. But very accessible and still rewarding for the more attentive drinker. My go to lager so far this summer.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For the style, this is a pretty good option. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Easy to drink. Typical pale lager appearance, not much of a nose to speak of, but with a little bit of hop and malt flavor to balance everything out. Better than I expected.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely an enjoyable lager. The malt is full of flavour that would lend itself nicely to crushing while floating around on the lake. In a world full of lager, this is a step above.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store for around $2.80 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" white head that is gone within a minute. Light to medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Metallic

T- Light and airy. Nothing special though. Malt back bone is good.

M- Fairly dry and creamy.

O- Pretty good. Will not seek it out but nice refreshing break

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with..... Scalloped potatoes.


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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.90 CDN. Served cold into a Sam Smith's pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden color with lots of expressive carbonation. Two fingers or so of frothy white head and good retention. Not really any lacing stays behind on the glass.

Smell - Grainy with some sweet corn like aromas. Not artificial smelling though a nice home grown natural smell.

Taste - Clean and crisp but a bit too much sweetness for my liking. Could some more hop profile to increase the bitterness just a bit. A bit of caramel malt shines through with a corn like flavor most strongly.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated easy drinking, medium-light body.

Overall - A good but unspectacular pale lager, the sweetness is a bit too much for me but otherwise this would be a tasty unobtrusive beer that you can pound one (or six) up at the cottage on a weekend or after some maintenance around the home.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Single 355 ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. A fairly hazy yellow-orange amber brew with a minimal spattering of white bubbles. Odd, almost no head on this. Aroma is thick and malty, honey nut corn flakes and cashews, caramel sauce, with a moderately assertive grassy/floral hop top note. Palate actually comes across like an Oktoberfest, sweet nutty malts (but not excessively sweet) that evoke a little brown sugar, light orange oil and fragrant hay, apple pomace. Full-bodied in ways that many other pale lagers are not, with carbonation on the moderate side. Malts carry through into the finish. Why does this garner a mere "okay" rating on this site? Perhaps this recipe has been improved of late, perhaps people are falling prey to some sort of anti-lager or non-IPA bias. Seriously, this is a solid brew if you like malts in the mid-range Vienna/Munich realm. Perhaps NOT truly a "pale lager" and maybe worthy of dinging for that reason, although this is an amorphous style in the first place. In any event, Muskoka continues to be my "malt-centric" Canadian craft brewery of choice and I am loathe to give Ontario this much credit.

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Photo of CRObighit2
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When I rate a beer, I go by my first instinct. I never seek out other reviews so as not to taint my first opinion. This is a good beer and I was surprised the rating wasn't higher on this site. Everyone has a different palate so that's alright.

A: Typical pale lager. medium carbonation and a head that stuck around for a less than a desirable amount of time.
S: Wow just fantastic. Very malty. Smells like the inside of a candy shop. Not much hops on the nose though.
T: Like the nose it is very malty. Sweet with a slight grainy taste. Aftertaste isn't great. It says on the can they brewed the beer using "North American" hops, I'm assuming that means Cascade or US Fuggle etc. I didn't taste any. This seems to be a strict malt only beer.
M: Easy drinking, very sessionable. Have a few if you want.
O: I liked it. it smells great, tastes great and has a low ABV. This will quench your thirst after an epic day on the bike.

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Photo of decimator
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle poured into a Stella Artois chalice. ABV 4.8%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a thin head. Head vanishes to nothing. No lacing.

S - Grains and some hay. Overall pretty light.

T - Light sweetness, mild hop bitterness, slight metallic note in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, crisp finish.

O - Just above average but nothing memorable.

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Photo of korguy123
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can into tunbler.
Best before Nov 2012

A- Crystal clear yellow straw hued beer. Half finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving nothing on the glass.

S- Grains and sweet cereal, apple skins and a little sugar. Fairly bland, typical macro lager.

T- Typical lager, grains and cereal, apples and a bit of grape skins.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- I'm conflicted, I don't like macro lagers, but I like craft brewers, so when a craft brewer makes a macro lager how do I rate? I have to assume that there are no adjuncts in this so my head will thank them tomorrow. It tastes like every other lager I have had. I'm so confused! lol

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Photo of atr2605
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a straw color and semi hazy with small head retention
S-very subtle aroma, a bit of malt but very faint
T-a bit of sweet malt, almost no hop bitterness
M-light bodied decent carbonation
O-A very basic lager. Didn't hate it, could tolerate it again.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted relaxing and watching a flick

Appearance: pale straw; chill haze; head quickly fades to nothing

Aroma: very mild, somewhat lemony and a bit tart

Taste & Mouthfeel: touch of sweetness and something of a bitter kick at the end; there is a very mild buttery texture and taste; hint of lemon; metallic; medium-light carbonation and body

Overall: a very average lager, tasting just like one of the mass produced variety

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Photo of liamt07
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a 6-pack at the LCBO, something I keep around the house form time to time for typical macro drinkers. A few 341ml bottles into a pint glass.

Poured a clear pale gold, with a finger or so of white head that doesn't last for too long. A film retains and traces of some lace. Nose has some grains/cereals, a touch of apple flesh, light hops and a gentle sweet malt. Not much to this. Flavour doesn't redeem this too much, more apple juice, some faint graininess and general sweetness. A mild hop bitterness finishes off on the palate. Light feel and medium high carbonation. Not a bad beer, but completely uninteresting. An easy craft substitute for your usual macro sipper.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw yellow gold, with a thin white head, not much lacing, doesn't look too appealing.

Smells like the typical, bland lager it is, grains, sweet citrusy malts, nothing interesting here.

Tastes just like any other lager with a somewhat metallic aftertaste, a slight touch of hops.

Overall it's a decent refreshing lager, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-branded blue and silver tallboy can, best before Feb. 2012. I have tried several Muskoka brews in the past, but this is not one of them.

Pours a clear light-golden colour, with one finger of fizzy white head that is gone within a minute. A filmy cap and thin collar remain on the surface. Not a lot of bubbles - looks kind of flat for a pale lager. The aroma is rather nondescript but generally pleasant - mostly grainy malts with some lemongrass.

Decent malty backbone, lots of graininess but also a bit of a cracker/doughy bread feel. Some grassy hops with light spiciness in the tail end of the sip, maybe a touch of lemony citrus. Slight malty aftertaste, but generally a pretty clean finish. Light-bodied, supremely crisp and very refreshing. Decent carbonation; lighter than a macro but not flat like the appearance suggested.

A serviceable pale lager, maybe a bit better than average - it's got a bit going for it, but not enough to justify the craft price. Reminds me of Big Rock's Gopher Lager, another 'decent' all-malt lager that is too expensive to really catch on. Most people who enjoy this style of beer already have a (likely cheaper) favourite that will never be unseated by something like this.

[Update Sept. 15 2013]

I have no inclination to alter my score. This is a decent lager, but there's nothing special or even notable about it, and it's a little pricy for what you get. It's easy to drink, but so are imported pilseners, and those are either cheaper or tastier (if not both). Considering all these points, Muskoka Craft Lager isn't something I'm likely to return to frequently, though I'd certainly never turn one down.

Final Grade: 3.45, a B-.

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Photo of bryehn
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer formerly known as "Premium Lager" that came in white cans has been re-branded (likely by a marketing team) Craft Lager and put into 355 mL bottles.

Pours a pale straw-golden yellow with a smalll white head that burns off in seconds leaving but a thin ring. Lots of visible carbonation.

Very sweet aroma that smells like corn syrup and grains. Slight floral hop tone.

Nice crisp bite to the taste at first. Wet grains, corn, a touch of honey and a fairly strong earthy note. Decent dry finish.

Rather high in carbonation with a medium body. Bubbly sensation on the tongue gives way to a syrupy, slightly dirt-like aftertaste.

This is probably the worst beer Muskoka Brewery makes. It's tolerable (when cold at least), but too sweet and reminiscent of a certain popular macro lager for my tastes. Innoffensive enough to serve casual beer drinking friends and makes a decent meal washer, but at $13 a 6er I won't be going back for more.

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Photo of Mit
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pours a light straw colour with minimal head.

s bready notes with some light malt character coming through. Very faint hops...

t-malty....the bready notes again present. Very slight hops...as suggested in the smell.

m-good mouthfeel for the abv.

o overall this is a decent beer. Not too controversial.

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Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear pale yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, hops and a slight graininess.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet bready malt taste to it with hints of caramel and a nice hop bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-branded bottle labelled Muskoka Craft Lager from The Beer Store.

A - Pours a light golden colour with a half finger white head. Lot's of carbonation. Bright. No lacing, and a film of head retention.

S - Toasted malt, honey, floral.

T - Grassy hops, toasted/crackery malts. Not overly complex but smooth and a little tasty.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body. Crisp finish is good and to style.

O/D - A quality session lager. No one element comes out to grab you but it seems to be what it wants to be - an easy drinking, inoffensive lager. The fact that it is subdued in flavour compared to other, sweeter lagers isn't necessarily a bad thing in my books.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear Gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn’t much lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/bread, corn, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste bread/grains mixed with light hops and corn. There is also a bit of a honey and apple sweetness. The beer finishes with a grainy and sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Well its pretty much just a basic lager with a little bit of a honey sweetness. The sweetness adds a nice flavour to the beer, but it gets tiresome after a while. I wouldn’t buy this beer again.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Alright, I finally finished my Lakes of Muskoka mix pack.

Appearance: Produced a half finger of head that did not sustain or lace, which is a bit of a disappointment. The body however makes up for it and a beautiful dark gold, almost bronze color and ample carbonation arising from it.

Smell: Nothing too complex but still interesting. Refreshing light hop smell with notes of sweet ginger, bready malt and a hint of cantaloupe. Didn't need a lot of warming up to come out either.

Taste: Starts out with a touch of sweet n spicy malt, ginger and pepper that seems to die out an produce a bit of a boring straw and bread taste which thankfully the hops end quite abruptly on a slight yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Well points get deducted for the lack of head, and it seems to shift quickly and oddly without a lot of rhyme or reason. However, the aftertaste is a very nice blend of flavour without any one taste being dominant. That and the carbonation helps out the whole beer.

Drinkability: It's not quite as thirst quenching as many other lagers, but it does the job. Easy to get down, medium-light body so you could probably pack it away well enough. Not as simple as I'd expect it to be, but still fit for cottage drinking.

Final Thoughts: A better then average lager, and certainly a welcome alternative to macros. Really my biggest complaint is the lack of head, as it tends to hold the beer back. Slightly better then their cream ale, but not by much.

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Photo of seand
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light amber with a foamy white head, which dissipates very quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Sweet, lightly bready and some caramel notes.

T: Light, and slightly sweet but with some reasonable depth. Simple, but not bad.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks quite easily.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light bright golden color lager with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of crisp light hops and lightly floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a nice enough balanced mix between some lightly sweet malt with floral notes and light dry crisp hops. Easily quaffable with no brewing flaws. A bit more hops would have been great but still very good overall. This brewer is really improving and providing easily drinkable beers.

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Photo of ludachris
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, crisp, and bright shade of gold with one and a half fingers of fizzy white had that displays a decent amount of retention and leaves minimal lace.

The smell is floral, a bit of grass, fresh bread, sweet buttery malt, and a touch of spice.

Floral hops with a good bready malt backbone that makes itself apparent throughout. A sweet spicy and doughy character is also detectible.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean. A very easy quaffer and perfectly balanced.

A simple, refreshing, and tasty lager. Decently priced, and perfect if you're in the mood for something light.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from LCBO. A serviceable lager, more for a warm day. Light yellow with a large dissapearing white head. Neutral aroma. A tad below average mouthfeel. A mild bitterness, just keeping the sweetness at bay. Decently balanced, presuming a minimal use of ingredients. Drying finish. This style is close to what the macrobrewers produce.

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Muskoka Craft Lager from Muskoka Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.