Loyalist Lager | Barley Days Brewery

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Loyalist LagerLoyalist Lager

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Barley Days Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crisp and clean, this refreshing Pilsner-style lager is nicely balanced, with a malty-sweet start and slightly bitter finish. Brewed in Prince Edward County, using only malted barley, hops, yeast and water.

Added by Viggo on 11-27-2008

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of ChrisCage
3.98/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pillowy soft off white head that is a couple fingers thick to start and is a medley of assorted bubbles that sing as they burst...excellent retention, leaving behind a lacing that is second to none! The beer itself is quite hazy when served ice cold....carbonation is tough to see but that's ok....this is one good lookin' brew!

S- Highly malty with brown sugar and caramel sweetness....hints of apricot and/or peach fruit as well in the nostrils. There is an ovaltine powder darkness hidden in the background and the finish is slightly dry....not necessarily bitter.

T- Slight chocolate sweetness and heavy on the caramel/toffee malt sweetness! I detect a well balanced presence of raw grains such as barley and perhaps some wheat.....a dry finish....slightly hopped bitterness.

M/O- Champagne like carbonation and a light/medium body....a certainly refreshing beer....good on a hot day or just on it's own....I could drink this all night....its highly drinkable! A very very decent lager!

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Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the LCBO. First release I think of this beer.

Pours a nice clean golden hue, good sturdy head of foam.

Nose is simple, but pleasant. A bit of mild hops, some cereal grains, bread. Good malty presence to this brew, and nothing in the way of artificial.

I enjoyed Loyalist a great deal. Very smooth, tasty brew, that offers a bit more than your standard lager fare. Finishes with a good raw grain quality. Hop is mild.

A bit watery, but carbonation is about right for the style.

Good sturdy lager, that while not a hit out of the park, satisfies the golden lager craving nicely. I think this year's batch is certainly an improvement over last.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.44/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearnace: Poured with three fingers of head, although my pour might have been a little too aggressive, so I'll let it slide. The body displays a very high amount of thin carbonation in it's clear golden colour. Some lace was produced and it retained well enough as well.

Smell: A mixed grain smell, reminiscent of whole grain bread as various roasted grains seem to come out, with a slight scent of sunflower seeds and honey. That being said, it's not quite as strong as I'd like it to be and warming doesn't help matters.

Taste: There's an odd slightly swampy taste to the entire beer that I could do without, but apart from that it's pretty good. It starts with some roasted, unsweetened grain taste with an odd mild smoothness that has me wondering if they used oats. It slowly slows into an earthy hop end with a slight honey touch that reigns in the bitterness well.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation seems to foam up near the end of the beer in a bit of an odd way, which seems to hide the end more then help it. The transistioning is smooth, but sadly that mixed aftertaste accents that swampy funk and clings a bit too much.

Drinkability: Light bodied and easy to handle, especially since the carbonation say down once it was in my belly. Quenches the thirst and certainly has a very natural, farm like simplicity to it. I could have another, but it'd probably overstay at three.

Final Thoughts: This started out great but as the beer went on, it started to show a couple cracks with the aftertaste & carbonation. It's still a great beer, and certainly better the most big brand adjunct lagers. A simpler beer, from a simpler time, done simply well.

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Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loyalist Lager is a golden beer with soft haze and dwindling brightness - it's like a late summer sunset falling over fields of wheat. The bubbles were as vocal as they were constructive; loud crackling noises amount to a spongy web of white.

The nose is distinguished by biscuity, honeyed grains and just a spattering of corn grit. It smells nearly as yeasty as it does malty. In fact, it smells like freshly baked, oven-warm bread (a rustic country loaf or, at times, a southern corn bread). This sweet, honey-and-oats bouquet has a strong granola-like quality that is quite enticing.

Barley Days Brewery clearly cares a great deal for history so it's important that its products taste natural and free of modern industrial adjuncts. Loyalist Lager has a most wholesome, pure maltiness with not a trace of a cheap fillers. It tastes of sourdough whole wheat loaf, cornbread and biscuits. Very simple but very satisfying.

There's more than enough bubbles to impress carbonation, but few enough still to let the sweet, honeyed flavors roll around on the tongue for some time. That is appreciated. The aftertaste is full and welcomed. Although a soft, grassy quality is noted, bitterness plays little part except to lend a brisk, slightly clipping finish.

Ironically, Loyalist Lager celebrates an era and heritage where ales - not lagers - were actually King (or Queen - get it? monarchy joke). Nonetheless, it's a wholesome, pure tasting and gratifying beer that stands in stark contrast to the synthetic, insipid and lifeless commercial beers of today. The big breweries just don't make 'em like this anymore.

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Photo of Electros
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2.00$

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Corn, herbal/straw/grass, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste light floral hops, malts, and corn syrup/caramel. There is also a bit of a grassy and herbal taste. It ends with a slightly bitter herbal aftertaste.

Overall - A few notches above macro's. It's not memorable but very drinkable and refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although a fairly "typical" lager, no sign of adjuncts and therefore better brewed than most other beers in its class! Would appeal to many macro drinkers and might be a gateway beer to bring them into the "higher quality ingredients" (micro) side...

Pours a bright and clear light yellow colour with a limited white head that disappears quickly. Mild aroma of grains is followed by an equally light taste. Clean and crisp, even when it reaches room temperature i.e. little depth and almost no "finish" whatsoever. However believe it to have been made primarily or even solely with malted barley, so that gives it "above average" marks in my book!

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Photo of bryehn
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from LCBO with a BDP seal stating a bottling date of May 22, 2012 (9 days ago).

Pours a clear, slightly pale golden colour with a small white head that gets retained as a film and small collar.

Very sturdy, grainy aroma with a floral hop tone and a soft yeast character that carries a subtle fruitiness.

The taste is also quite grainy, with a strong earthiness and a subtle honey-like sweetness. There is a mild, cherry-like fruit tone and a nice dryness to the finish.

Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. As with the aroma and taste, the mouthfeel has a grainy overtone with a yeast note and is weighty on the tongue. Yeast and grain are present in the aftertaste as well.

Nice and refreshing with a light lunch, but I couldn’t see myself having more than one or two because it’s a bit heavy and one-noted. Wouldn’t turn it down, but probably won’t seek it out again either.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

550ml draught
4.8% ABV
C’est What? (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
July 8, 2011
The beer poured a clear medium gold colour with a long lasting white head. Aroma was primarily grass with a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, with mild carbonation. Flavour was grainly malt, some sweetness, and was quite refreshing.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours bright. Medium gold. Mild carbonation, film of white head on top. A small chunk of lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet grain and noble hops.

T - Grainy but not corny. A nice noble hop note there with some earth. Slightly metallic but otherwhise not bad. Straightforward.

M - Mild carbonation and a mild to medium body with a grainy finish.

O/D - Meh. Definately better than their pale ale. A pretty drinkable lager I wouldn't turn down but not necessarily seek out. I would call it very ordinary. Worth a shot.

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Photo of peensteen
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Barley Room, their unofficial brewpub down the street from the brewery

Pale golden blonde, one finger white head, good retention with some lace. Smell is malty, lots of grain coming through, cereal, light hops and a light earthy/muddy note. Taste is cereal, grain, slight sugar, light hoppy character, fairly clean and slightly bland and at points there were touches of corn. Mouthfeel was ok, med body, med-high carbonation, at points thin. This was OK, good for what it is but I cant see myself drinking this often really.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Brody1714
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nullbort
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hunterjames
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A quite run of the mill brew. Pours moderate head that settles to heavy film. Gives up a bit of decent lace at the outset. Clear pale yellow brew.

Nose is light cereal, a whiff of hops. Pretty nondescript beyond that. Slightly grainy to taste, mild bitter finish, watery mouth feel.

Dull, but unoffensive.

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Photo of Cycle69
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of uno99
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the brewery, and poured into a Stella Artois glass.

A: Decent looking golden beer. a thin lace with decent retention. tiny champagne bubbles (3.5)

S: Very sulfuric. could smell that right away when popping the bottle. Cooked corn. sort of a parsley and celery thing going on. Slight piney hops present. (2.5)

T: Again a sulfuric and celery / cooked vegetable thing going on. hops are there in the mix, and somehow make things worse... oh dear. (2.5)

M: Aside from a salty feeling in the mouth, not too much to complain about (3.5)

D: Not exactly a great session lager. (2.5)

Well I know this is a new beer from Barley Days, here's hoping things improve with this one.

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Loyalist Lager from Barley Days Brewery
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 31 ratings