Muskoka Craft Lager - Muskoka Brewery

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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: 86 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by decimator:
Photo of decimator
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BGDrock
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -11.3%
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 -13%
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 DaveBar
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +1.4%
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 spinrsx
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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 liamt07
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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 ludachris
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 SebD
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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%
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 -15.9%
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.

Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up half jokingly because it is the cheapest beer The Beer Store sells. The joke was on me. This is quite a good beer. Unpasteurized, No Adjuncts. Decent Color, Fresh Smell, some head retention there. Flavor is clean, finishing aroma is malty with some hops there. Flavor is very reminiscent of Creemore Springs lager, at half the price.

A good beer, and for $25.95 for a 24, it's practically a steal. I honestly couldn't believe a beer this cheap could taste this good. If you have a chance to get it, pick some up you won't be disappointed.

Photo of bryehn
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd say this is more of a Euro lager with the nobel hopping... boardering on a German Helles.

A: Clear golden-yellow with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Great nobel hop aroma, plenty of floral, herbal & peppery spicing. Some underlying breadyness.

T: Floral, herbal & spicy hops, some bready malt, hints of light caramel, slight hint of lager yeast character (sulphur), balanced bitterness. Pleasantly surprised.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth, with an off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of matt7215
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle from the beer store.

Pours golden with a nice white head that is gone to quickly. Activly carbonated and spritzy in the glass.

The aromas is pale malt driven with hey and barley showing this most. Some noble hops are there as well but are not the prodominate aspect.

The taste is clean and refreshing. More flavour then typical pale lagers and the progression from the malt body to hop finish is appreciated.

Medium bodied with slightly to much carbonation in the mouth.

This is a quality brew and for the price is almost unbeatable in the Ontario market.

Photo of nokes
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking these for a while...was my budget brand of choice this summer. Time for a review...

Poured into a pint glass...two fingers of frothy white foam with reasonable retention. Died back to a persistent film that stayed around to the last, leaving traces of lacing on the glass. Yellow with a little more depth than average, fizzy, crystal clear.

Smells sweet-malty, maybe some caramel, grasses.

Tastes good...reasonably complex. Sweet malt countered by citrus (lemony almost) and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is reasonably full, just a trace of thinness around the edges, and nice carbonation.

This is a refreshing beer. Easy drinking and flavourful with a simple clean finish.

When this was buck-a-beer, I LOVED it. It's a little more now, but still worth drinking, no question. I got in on sale, so it was still quite reasonable, and far more enjoyable than anything else I've tried on the Beer Store's "discount brands" list. Totally a go-to spring/summer/fall beer.

Photo of Viggo
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buck at beer at the Beer Store.

Pours a clear golden, thin white head forms, settles to a thin ring, leaves some lace spots, looks pretty standard. Smell is very malty, sweet, some honey and caramel, no adjuncts, floral hops, not bad. Taste is sweet and malty up front, dry grain, some wheat, honey, floral, bit of citrus, nice balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Easily the best buck a beer you can get in Ontario. Nice flavours, no adjuncts, refreshing in the heat.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle fresh from the brewery.

Pour puts a clear deep golden lager in the glass with a decent 2 finger frothy white cap,
Bready malts and woody Nobel hops in the aroma...light whiff of sulphery lager yeast.

Sturdy malt spine, firm body, bready-woody character.

Nice chew of fresh bready malts in the front..nobels show to balance, decent middle with some sweetness, citrus, herbals tones tapering out to the thick finish which is slightly malt accented.

Fresh and bready tasting with just enough hopping to keep the sweetness at bay...the quintessential crafted all-malt lager..a deal at less than a buck a bottle and when fresh.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a fantastic Thai restaurant called Linda's in Don Mills Toronto.

Served in Muskoka tumbler pint glass, revealing a gold liquid with a crackly white head. Not the pallid straw color I expected, more like a Bohemian Pilsner. The aroma is sweet and grainy with a bit of leafy hop aroma and hints of cooked veggies. the taste is too sweet and lacking in malt girth. Some coarse hop bitterness counters the sweetness a bit, just managing to steer this beer out of cloying territory. The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. The finish is shortlived and light on bitterness.

A decent enough pale lager, though a little on the bland side.

Photo of korguy123
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice lager, nice to have something with lighter taste and finish for a warm summer evening.

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Muskoka Craft Lager from Muskoka Brewery
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