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Muskoka Craft Lager - Muskoka Brewery

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by Bestuurder:
Photo of Bestuurder
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light lager. In comparison to an American lager. Not what would be expected from a discount brand.

Serving was from a standard brown bottle. The colouration was a yellow colour; when poured resulted in a nice head, with little, but nice lacing. Try not to serve too cold (around 0 C), since this might reduce the lacing, but does increase the flavour rather than the standard 4-8C temperature.

The aroma was bitter-sweet, with noticeable hops. The overall taste was crisp, clean, and on the dry side, with minimal metallic bite.

The brew was slightly watery in my opinion, and verry easy to drink, as long as you keep it very cold. When this brew begins to warm up, I don;t think it would be in the glass long, suggest pouring it down the sink if you allow it to get above 12C.

All-in-all, an excellent beer for the cost conscious.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BGDrock
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at my hotel in Toronto - how very agreeably convenient.

This beer appears a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of creamy, but at the same time, thinly foamy, white head, which leaves a ring of soapy lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of biscuity sweet cereal grain, a bit of orchard apple fruitiness, and light musty, grassy hops. The taste is more crackery cereal grain, soft caramel apple, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a tad on the high side, the body fairly creamy, with a rounded smoothness. It finishes demi-sec, a bit too grainy on the children's breakfast repast side of things.

Not a bad micro lager - refreshing, flavourful, but one is enough after the failure of the hops to make a dent in my palate.

Photo of mintjellie
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We've all seen pale lagers before. This one looks the part. Maybe a little deeper in colour than most, but still golden. The finger of head disappears real quick, without so much as a speck of lace left in it's wake. It smells faintly of grain and noble hops. It tastes of sweet malt with a mild hint of grass. Very mild bitterness in the finish. It's really too sweet to call it crisp. It's a bit fizzy, but not overly so when compared to other beers of this style. It's light in body, but not watery. It's simple and inoffensive, something that would go over well in a big group of people.

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of rumble19
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +14%
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.


Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of WillAndSarah
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Hoagie
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Subliminal64
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SandS
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of liamt07
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of batmanbach
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ludachris
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Bryn
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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-.

Photo of atr2605
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Muskoka Craft Lager from Muskoka Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.