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Great Lakes Red Leaf Smooth Red Lager - Great Lakes Brewery

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74
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hints of caramel, nuts and toasted malt result in a fully flavoured yet deceptively smooth lager. A well balanced body makes it a perfect year-round beer. Red Leaf is an ideal match with burgers, stews, sandwiches and similar selections. 5% alcohol by volume.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-23-2004)
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

05-18-2013 17:05:48 | More by wizo
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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esto

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

10-07-2013 22:12:01 | More by esto
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Another can from my last LCBO trip, This one poured a dark brown/ruby with some slight white head which I suppose makes sense since it is a "Red" lager. Smell is very faintly of sweet malt, not a whole lot in the nose here. Taste is very light with a hint of sweetness in the finish but the hop profile is a little weak. Mouthfeel is nice and clean, this would go well with food s the flavor isn't overpowering, would also serve as a good "Lawnmower" beer on a hot day.

Overall it isn't bad. I'd get it again if it were on sale.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 18:32:24 | More by funkengruven
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

07-20-2013 01:29:49 | More by jmkoscie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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Russian Federation

3/5  rDev -3.5%

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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.5%

11-06-2012 18:12:13 | More by cfalovo97
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted and grainy malts, caramel and a light nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramel, roasted and grainy malts, some nuts and a faint fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

10-30-2012 20:09:18 | More by SebD
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

10-03-2012 02:05:42 | More by Kristin87
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Ontario (Canada)

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07-19-2012 03:52:52 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It'd be only too easy, given its name and branding, to describe Red Leaf Lager in a 'red and white' Canadiana theme. Alas that is not possible. For one, all traces of white head vanish. For two, it's not at all red but rather a smoky, brownish clay color that in places appears so dark as to be almost opaque (though in fact it is not).

The aroma smells of spent grain and has little other flavour. It's so grainy that it hardly smells 'malty'; the scent is dry as last year's hay and offers very little (if any) of the redeeming caramel qualities one should hope for. It's as if the beer were brewed from second runnings (grain that had already been used once to make separate beer).

The flavour profile, like the bouquet, is also characterized by a lot of spent grain but little other flavour. The ultimate impression is that of an unfinished beer: where there is any malty flavour it's that of wort (the sweet liquid extracted from the grains before it is fermented and bittered with hops). The resulting taste is like that of cheap honey.

Much as using the same tea bag two or more times will result in an increasingly weak, flavourless tea, at the risk of repeating myself, this beer's grainy, dry, thin, faintly sweet profile tastes as though it were made of second runnings. Hops as well as bubbles are completely absent, giving the beer neither bite nor texture and thus no refreshment.

Great Lakes Brewery has undergone a considerable revamping in recent years that has led to bolder, better and more confident offerings. This recipe, however, is still far more indicative of the old Great Lakes Brewery; it's too safe and, frankly, flawed to even be considered agreeable. They make a lot of great beers, but Red Leaf is nothing like them.

Serving type: can

07-01-2012 22:20:01 | More by biegaman
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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Great Lakes Red Leaf Smooth Red Lager from Great Lakes Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.