Taps Premium Lager | Taps Brewing Co. Inc.

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Brewed by:
Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Frozensoul327 on 05-08-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by crwills:
Photo of crwills
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favourite of the Taps brews. I tried all three on tap (small samples) at the brewery, but I'm rating the bottled versions (bought a mixed case).

This one pours a cloudy gold with orangey tints. Small head. Aroma is very restrained -- what's there is somewhat fruity, although nowhere near as fruity as the Charleston Lager.

This beer has a great, upfront hop presence not seen often in Canadian-brewed lagers. Very pleasant citrusy/piney throughout, although I find that some of the bottles are inconsistent and have a little more sweetness than others. Good bitter aftertaste.

Very refreshing brew, hope to see it at the Beer Store or LCBO soon!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very fresh bottle from the brewery and found at the Adelaide Club, Niagara fest. Pours a good head on beige/light yellow colour. Malty aroma with a fresh beer smell. Medium mouthfeel, a tad bitter astringent, interesting complex malting, smooth and refreshing. AN easy drink, above average carbonation.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright medium copper with a thick, lasting white head leaves plenty of large-bubbled lacing. Smell is a bit grainy, but has some good maltiness and an apparent fruity sweetness next to the hint of hops, really a nice balance. Taste is Cascade hops at first, providing a citrus bite and followed by a rich, bready maltiness and some light fruits, which yeilds to a lasting bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is quite thick for a lager, a very pleasant surprise, and drinkability is quite good. Lagers aren't usually my thing, but this one is well-made and very enjoyable.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why the clear bottles? Oh well. Pours a golden copper. Nice head but it does not last. Some lacing as the foam dies. Smells of hops, citrus, sweet malt and a hint of skunk. This is probably the tastiest lager that Canada has to offer. Has a very nice hoppy bite for a lager, a little bit sweet and some bitterness that lingers. This is the Canadian counter part to Brooklyn Lager but is not nearly as pronounced (IMO).

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy deep yellow with a white head. In the aroma, A small sweetness than nothing. In the taste, a small dry to sweet maltiness, and quite bold for a lager. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry standard lager aftertaste. Lacks aroma, but quite bold in the flavor.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of these to bring to a friend's place on the weekend and I'm glad I did.

This poured from the clear bottle a rather attractive dark amber almost red with a fine head leaving nothing behind. Smell was hoppy, something else in there I couldn't quite identify, however no skunk detected at all. Taste is crisp, slight bit of a citrus bite with an assertive hop character. With that being said it was still quite a smooth beer that went down just nicely.

A pretty good beer. Will get again.

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I had this fresh, I thought the citrus flavour was a little out of place (even though there isn't a whole lot of cascade flavour). After a month of lagering, the citrus has mellowed & it seems a little more German-like. I really like it.

A: Clear gold; off-white head quickly dissipates, laces with a little assistance.

S: Moderate amount of hops & malt in the nose. Earthy & floral with a slight hint of citrus (orange-like). Solid biscuity malt, with a little toffee.

T: Malty up front (biscuit, toffee & a little bread), with hops through the middle & in the finish (earthy & floral with a little grapefruit rind). Perfect bittersweet balance.

M: Moderate body is fairly malty, with a slightly sweet (but dry) finish. Carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D: Very good. Can't believe how quick this went down!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A well made lager. I wish beers such as this were more prevailent in the United States. Pours out to a hazed golden auburn color with a small head of white foam. Low carbonation. Aromas of malt, yeast and bread are most noted, with hints of grain and buttery corn in the wings. Nice. Taste is middle of the road lager-ish; buttery malts, biscuits, mild earthiness and medium bodied malts blend quite well. Mouthfeel is mildly entertaining, but essentially nominal. Drinkability is north of average. Thanks goes out to Derek for the sample. Recommended drinking for summer months.

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Photo of Viggo
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper, small white head forms and leaves pretty quick, no trace whatsoever, no lace. Smell is sweet, lots of citrus, some caramel, bready, quite nice. Taste is sweet toffee up front, bread and grains, citrus, apples, very clean, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, not a bad lager.

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Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m not sure how well this one conforms to the Dortmunder style, it has the pungent Breiss Munich amber malts but the cascade hops instead of nobles adds a nice touch outside the pure Dortmunder style regimen.

A good looking lager...light amber in the glass, nice 2 finger frothy cap that laces up the glass sides. Aroma is bready, spicey with a light whiff of "sour" from the lager yeast. Body is medium, mouthfeel clean, sharp with a decent malt spine. You taste the substantial Briess malts instantly as a sweet doughy bearing then the cascades balance it off so well with a sharp "bite"...finishes clean with light bittering and a biscuity after taste.

A simple but well put together lager that satisfies and refreshes....just the ticket for sessions. I can recommend this and will be keeping in my fridge when I see it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with copper hints. The head is respectable with good retention and leaves intricate lace trails. The aroma is light with a good mix of grain, sweetness and hop bitterness. Excellent balance is the hallmark of the taste. Abundant citrusy hop flavor mingles with a firm clean bitterness and crackers and bread. Cascade hops go great in a lager! The mouthfeel is fuller than expected with prickly highly active carbonation. The finish is somewhat bitter and as complex as the flavor.

This is a fantastic lager and it definitely deserves the flagship position of this brewery. Im excited to see what Taps comes up with next.

My bottle says this is 5% rather than 6%, but 6% would make more sense. The brewer (I didnt get his name) said the Charleston lager is the same recipe as this, just a lighter more easy drinking version. It is lighter in color, body and flavor, but its listed as 5.5%. Lighter in everything but ABV? interesting.

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler to share with my parents. My mom's comment (a Coors Light drinker), "There isn't any head. It's a little bit sweet". My review is that it pours a pale golden yellow without head. My dad had this on tap at the brewpub today and it seemed there was a little bit of head on his though. Smells of sweet malt and mild citrus hops. Nicely balanced lager. The carbonation is a bit lacking, but this is very easy to drink.

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Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml clear bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO. This must have been sitting in the fridge for a good few months now - well past its best before I'm sure... but we'll give it a shot all the same.

A thick line of yeast down the side of the bottle, a result of it laying on its side - neglected. I'd leave one eighth in the bottle to avoid the heeps of yeast overly contaminating my pint. Pours flat, no real head, but some signs of carbonation in the form of sparse bubbles. A clear body, sullied amber in colour, more yellow in the light. Here's where it gets interesting...

Lambic. Well, no... but FUNK! As stated, I believe (while I can't read the production code) this is past its prime but has evolved, with the assistance of the generous bottle-conditioning yeast, into something of a complex, funky, stinky beast of a beer. Wild smelling. Vinegary in both aroma and taste - but not bad. Leaves a well pronounced sour note on the tongue. Actually leaves a somewhat burning sensation. High carbonation still, but medium bodied. Some sourness to the flavours which aren't overly developed to despite a large mouthfeel presence. This drink like a light gueuze. If I didn't know better (which I do) I would call it such.

This is a weird, unorthodox review - albeit a truthful one - of what is meant to be a standard lager that is well past its best before. It has, however, most likely to its advantage, evolved into something complex, full of depth and tremendously satisfying. I'd be very curious to try this fresh and compare notes. I like what I've had from Taps so far, but if I were them I would let this sit and market this as a gueze. It works, it's good.

Well, whatever the case, to its credit, for something to be this good past its prime...but I guess that's what leaving all that excess yeast in a clear bottle will do. (Especially when stored in warm temperatures, directly in the light as it was at the LCBO)

Still, I like what it has become. Props.
What a fun review!

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Photo of kjyost
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had as a 4 oz sampler...

No real head on the sample (which came to me quickly, so there should have been lacing at a minimum - though the other with out head when served to me had great lacing). Comes in a pale yellow, with a sweet malt nose. A bit of bitterness, plays in btu not as much as I expected as it was sold to me as a 'hoppy' lager. enjoyable with a great carb. Good for what it is, but I have to question making two very pale lagers that could both be acceptable to BMC drinkers...

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Photo of cratez
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the brewpub. Currently rated as Taps' best beer, let's see if it delivers.

A: dark golden yellow, amber tinge, paper-thin ring of white foam. Bubbly carbonation in the body, no lacing in sight.
S & T: biscuit, sweet and husky malts, whole wheat bread, apple butter, brown sugar, and a musty, leafy hop bitterness to end.
M: light bodied, thin and watery, low carbonation, redeeming spiciness in the finish.
D: an easy drinker with several flavours that you don't normally find in a lager. Seems to be molded in the pre-Prohibition style, which I really enjoy. Good session Dortmunder, give this a try if you're in the mood for something different.

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Taps Premium Lager from Taps Brewing Co. Inc.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 15 ratings