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Elora Grand Lager - Trafalgar Ales & Meads

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67
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trafalgar Ales & Meads visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
To meet the demand for a light colored but full flavored lager, Grand Lager is brewed in the Plisner style, at full strength, not watered down like domestic light beer. The use of Hllertau and Willamette hops compliments the Canadian 2-row malt. Grand Lager is enjoyed with lean meats, chicken (not fried) and fish.

(Beer added by: pootz on 12-30-2005)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.23/5  rDev +23.3%

Pours a vaguely hazy golden blonde colour, topped with a half-finger of short-lived, soapy white head. Some lacing. The cloudiness kind of intrigues me but otherwise nothing looks especially grand about this lager. The smell also provides no evidence that this beer deserves such a boastful adjective in its name - barley malt, maybe some lemony hops and honeyed sweetness. Decent, but not grand.

This is a fairly refreshing beer, but it's like they forgot to put the taste in. Pale grain malts with a twinge of grassy hop bitterness in the finish, which barely lingers for a second. There's some sweetness in the flavour profile but the bitterness is more prominent. Thin and watery, with heavy carbonation. Easy to throw back, and definitely tastier than most adjunct lagers.

It's hard to get excited about this stuff. I didn't pick up many adjunct notes, so I would at least rank this above your average macro lager. Drinkable and kinda refreshing, but not something I'm likely to get again. This one was in the OCB mix pack, and it seems like a pretty boring and questionable inclusion. Trafalgar isn't the most renowned brewery in craft circles but they definitely have more interesting, if not plainly better brews than their Grand Lager.

thehyperduck, Aug 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
2.03/5  rDev -22.5%

watery. Little hop, some malt, no color, sickly aroma. And this was fresh. Touch of lemon mid-sip, like lemon in a water glass. Some bitterness, not awful. Weak even for this brewery which produces a lot of mediocre choices.Had a couple of these at different times and they were metallic and tart.

Sammy, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.63/5  rDev -37.8%

Bottle: Poured a pale amber color beer with a medium bubbly head with some average retention. Aroma of unrefined grain is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some unrefined grain and medium sweetness. There is also a weird metallic taste which might be due to oxidation. It is too bad this beer wasn’t better because weather was perfect too enjoy such a beer.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

ThinkAgain, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +5%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SebD
2.68/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: It has a nice pale/golden slightly cloudy colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of grainy malts and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy and grassy taste to it with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light body.

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

SebD, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +14.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of funkengruven
2/5  rDev -23.7%

This would be the 8th of this unimpressive group of beers I picked up at the Brewery the other day. Seeing as this one is a lager, I thought this would have perhaps some hoppy character unlike the rest of their swill, was I wrong on that.

This poured a bright almost luminescent yellow with a fizzy head that subsided to a slight ring around the glass. Smell is musty, rather funky, not too good. This one showed some promise for about a fraction of a second with some hops, but what followed was somewhat nauseating, a raunchy metallic aroma and a yeasty bite.

Not what I expected, or desired. It's not the worst thing I've ever had but it's close. I'm beginning to wonder if anything this brewery makes is any good, because lately all I've had from them is rather nasty, except a couple of them which are not that bad. Anyway, avoid this one.

funkengruven, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of bryehn
2.75/5  rDev +5%

Branded as "Maple Leaf Lager" and issued right before Canada Day. Says Elora Grand Lager in small print. Sneaky, I thought I was getting a new beer. I reviewed this last fall on my blog and wasn't impressed.

Pours a pale golden color with a sizable soapy white head that burns off after a minute leaving minimal lace.

Smells like honey-sweetened wet, mossy wood. Smokey dirt, freshwater and a trace of hops.

Tastes better than it used to, but still not great at all. Wet grains and a buttery note accented by a dirtiness before an overly salty aftertaste kicks in.

Light-bodied with a medium carbonation. Starts dry but goes sour in the finish. Combined with the salty aftertaste it's rather unappealing.

I have enjoyed a few products from this brewery in the past, but Elora Grand Lager is not one of them. A thin body, dirty smell and salty aftertaste add up to a disappointing experience. Why this is their flagship beer or keeps ending up in OCB samplers is a mystery I'll never solve.

bryehn, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.18/5  rDev +21.4%

4% abv.; best before Jan 08.

A: Clear, golden-bronze; vigorous poor yeilds a decent white head but there's no retention and only a hint of lace.

S: Not much aroma, grainy biscuits, slightly grassy & metallic (subdued saaz presence).

T: Grainy biscuits, pleasant metallic spicyness, slightly grassy, nice bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, very little carbonation (almost flat).

D: Decent flavour & light alcohol could make this a summer sessional.

Derek, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Fraser44
3.33/5  rDev +27.1%

Grabbed this beer at the LCBO the other day. Served in 650ml bottle, 4% ABV.

A: Clear, golden colour. Only a vigorous pour produced a minimal amount of head, which didn't stick around for long

S: Not much here in terms of aroma, but does have a nice sourness to it that makes it pleasant

T: Has a pleasant bitterness, nothing too overpowering. There definitely is a hint of a metallic taste, but it isn't overly unpleasant.

M: Very light body, pleasantly bubbly

D: Nice flavour, would buy again, but it is definitely a patio beer for a hot day.

Fraser44, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of demcorhip
1.98/5  rDev -24.4%

A pale amber lager. Half finger white head quickly dissipates to a very thin ring. Very mildly carbonated. Leaves fine and intricate lacings inside the glass.

Plastic and cheese, bready malts with some honey and caramel sweetness, and a touch of something that might be hops.

At least the plastic and cheese arent as noticeable when tasting this brew. Bready malts with a light toasted character, some honey sweetness, caramel, then the weirdness of plasticy cheese comes into play obscuring the hint of grassy noble hops.

Would benefit from more carbonation and a touch more hops, and no cheesy polymer flavours. Light bodied with a slightly slick yet sticky feel.

Not particularly drinkable thanks to its notes of plastic and cheese. Its gonna take some work to finish this bomber...

demcorhip, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of andrenaline
3.25/5  rDev +24%

Unimpressed by their Cherry offering, I was looking for Trafalgar to make redemption with this offering. Continuation of my Ontario trip BlackBerry tasting notes, and a part of OCB's summer mixer pack.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a copper hue, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts hit you off the top with a nicely balanced throwback of grassy and leafy hops.

T - Bready malts, slightly nutty, with a sweet caramel finish and some fine grassy hops. The caramel lingers on the tongue. Could've used a bit more hops to balance it out, but a decent attempt.

M - Nice and easy going down, perfectly carbonated, and the slightest dry and bitter finish. By no means a turn-off though, and nice feel overall.

D - A step up from the last offering of Trafalgar that I tried, but by no means mind blowing. Could use a bit more on the flavour siade to amp it up a bit.

andrenaline, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of pootz
2.55/5  rDev -2.7%

650 ml bomber...poured a sickly pale color with gigantic soft drink bubbles..virtually no head from a hard pour. Light aromas of sour cider and a mustiness like mildew. Virtually no body.. slight cidey taste with an unsavory smutty yeast taste.... finish is fast and uneventful. This just may be a beer that copies the flavor profile of grand river water.

pootz, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of MattyV
2.3/5  rDev -12.2%

To be honest, not really sure why I picked this up... just really wanted to give the brewery another chance at redemption

Pours a deep straw yellow with a fizzy white head and poor retention.
Aroma is not much of anything, faint hint of sour grains and grassy hops.
Taste is quite grainy, corn, slightly metallic and a tad bitter in the finish.
Thin and highly carbonated, this is highly reminiscent of many a macro lager.

MattyV, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.6/5  rDev -0.8%

So in my review of Trafalgar's smoked stout I said I wouldn't buy any more beer from the brewery. The OCB summer sampler just went on sale so I bought it for the other beers and I'm pretending this one was free. So my expectations are low going in.

Pours a bright yellow colour with thick head. Lots of lacing. I'm feeling hopeful about this. Not much for smell or taste though. A hint if grassy hops, with a mild off flavour. Pretty bland. Carbonation is good at least.

kwjd, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev +11.8%

Experience tells me that anything poorly made - not just beer, but clothes, furniture, pretty much everything - tends to look it, if not right away than sooner rather than later. Sure enough, it didn't take long for this thing's ratty head to dissipate nor for me to note that its filmy, unsettled complexion was not the result of an overly vigorous pour.

If we were to use our imaginations to liken this aroma to a living quarters, it would look something like a bare, rundown, one bedroom apartment in the seedy part of town. There's no decor and it needs a lot of fixing up. The simple scent of (stale) grains is made almost unpleasant by an off-putting twang. An unintended feature of the fermentation process?

Fortunately, its taste is fair. While I understand that 'Elora "Fair" Lager' wouldn't look as impressive on the label, I still think calling this 'Grand' is a little dishonest, or a disillusioned embellishment at least. Frankly, I see nothing wrong with 'fair' lagers - what's not to like about a lightly sweet, biscuity all-grain malt flavour and a brush of bitterness on the finish? That said, there's nothing romantic about it so why bother with the exaltation?

And speaking of overemphasizing things, if Trafalgar really wanted us to know this thing was dry-hopped they'd of done better to increase the hop dosage rather than print it in bold, capital letters across the top of the can. As mentioned, the beer has a suitable, considerably bitter finish - which alone makes it that much more refreshing and pleasing - but again, it's not enough that they aught to be boasting about it.

Elora Grand Lager is likable enough, but it's a beer that only its mother could truly love. By any definition it is pedestrian and plain, but by the same token easily tolerable. Bottom line: If you're the type who likes the music they play in the dentist's office, avoid wearing patterns and bright colours or take your toast without butter, then this is your kind of beer.

biegaman, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of shamus
2.28/5  rDev -13%

Elora is a place I have been to and I know they can do better than this. The can (I know a can) plays the micro brew game with "Dry Hopped" and "Craft Brew" prominent on it's cheaply designed label. it then has a difficult to read "OCB" emblem that on closer inspection stands for Ontario Craft Brew. Does that mean anything? To me it means pretentious crap. They then claim this is filling a gap as a "refreshing lager for those who would like some flavour with their beer."
No it's not. it's not refreshing and it's no more flavourful than a puddle on the lawn. And it's not actually from Elora. it's brewed in Oakville Ontario, which is about a 100km drive away from Elora.

They should just call this lousy lieing packaging lager and be done with it. i know I am.

Addendum; Apparently I reviewed this beer in a bottle 3 years ago and gave it a 'B'. Well neither time nor dumping it a can has it improved it a mote.

shamus, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
1.83/5  rDev -30.2%

Part of the OCB Summer Sampler of cans. Heard nothing good about this brewery so this should be interesting. Can reads "dry-hopped" and claims to be "a refreshing lager for those who would like some flavour with their beer." Here goes!

A - Hard poiur into a nonick pint glass created an extremely fizzy 2 finger head that turns into a soapy-ish half finger. Grainy yellow with tons of noticable carbonation. Points for the head at least not disappearing.

S - Stinky from far away. Not in a good way. Closer it has just about nothing going on somehow. Maybe some corny/grainy notes and possibly a little bit of noble hop but that's after digging around.

T - Not pleasant. Like a failed macro lager. Corn or grains of some sort and hops are there again but there's an unpleasant flavour as well. Really sweet but the finish is not clean or crisp like a lager of this sort should try to be.

M - Light and fizzy. Doesn't go down easy and it's not pleasant to keep in your mouth.

D - I suppose this could be high if you're into bad lagers. Weak effort.

This beer claims to be something that will turn your attention away from mainstream macro lagers with buzzwords like 'dry-hopped.' I'd rather have something watery and flavourless than something that tastes bad.

tbeckett, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Wordslinger
2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
Photo of sstackho
2.63/5  rDev +0.4%

650mL bottle. Alcohol is listed as 4%, and not the 5% in the stats here. Pours a nice cloudy light straw with quite a bit of head. Aroma is tart. The initial taste is rather tart - almost metallic in nature. In the end, it settles down to being quite lemony. The taste stays relatively sour throughout. The aftertaste is not particularly pleasing. This isn't really my cup of tea, errr, beer, but at least it wasn't the bland lager I was fearing it might be.

sstackho, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of kjyost
2.75/5  rDev +5%

kjyost, Jul 18, 2014
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Elora Grand Lager from Trafalgar Ales & Meads
67 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.