Lager | Upper Canada Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upper Canada Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
uppercanada.com

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The most popular of Upper Canada brews, this German style lager combines imported hops and yeast, spring water and malted barley for an exceptionally balanced, honey coloured lager.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,180
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
93
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 93
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Some canuks canoeing on a wild river on a 12 oz. beer label. Sounds like a blast eh?

Appearance: Perfectly clear, yellow-straw in colour.

Smell: Imported lager smell, slight (very) hints of toasted malts.

Taste: Sweet with a mouthful of malt and chewieness. Clean bitterness that evolves into a crisp dryness.

Notes: A very serious serious beer, and a delicious lager. Too bad it is so hard to find this label in the States. (5% alc./vol.)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EvanHarper
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle into pint glass, no decipherable date code.

Medium straw color with a very short-lived head. Fairly fizzy.

Light to moderate aroma, mostly cereal grain and sulfur with faint corny DMS and the barest hint of hops.

Taste is slightly towards the bitter side, with a bit of sulfur and mineral notes and a fair amount of sweetness that is masked at first but comes out after multiple sips. Peppery hops linger on the palate.

Light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Slightly "sticky."

A good, basic pilsner. Much like their dark ale, it's unpretentious, more or less to-style, and reccomendable as much for the very low price as for the quality. Heads and tails above the regrettable alternatives in its price range, and preferable in my opinion to most non-craft "premium" lagers, which cost at least 50% more in Ontario.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Sellen
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of EddieLM
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUNRO
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my experience, the best bang for your buck Ontario beer. Nothing comes close to the same taste per value as Upper Canada in the region.

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Photo of Mousel
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samuel_Merryweather
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: nice golden honey colour. Nice lacy foam but it dissipates in seconds. A little residual carbonation.

Scent: a bit grassy. A hint of orange peel? Honeyish maltish scent? Very lil hops obviously.

Taste: Bit more ale like than I expected. Honey flavours?

Feel: coats the tastebuds but not clingy. Refreshing without being watery.

Solid cheap beer.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mark_mla
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice choice, but not likely to buy again with so many other great offerings from other local breweries

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Photo of EdwardVii1902
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Orignal65
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By far the best value at the Beer Store. Priced at 34$ for a two-four, this is a 'budget' beer with flavour. And while it doesn't compare to the Upper Canada Lager of the late 1990s (before being purchased by Sleeman), it is better than the vast majority of macro brews out there.

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Photo of carusca
1.43/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This used to be a good German (I worked in Bavaria for a number of years and drank many of the beers) style beer. Something changed after Sleeman bought it and I stopped drinking it. I think it had to do with the hops. I bought a case of Upper Canada lager recently and it still has an unpleasant after taste that is related to the hops. No self respecting German brewery would use hops like that, If they did, they would be out of business.

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Photo of Shenk87
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brent
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strikes me as a quintessential example of a Canadian lager. Substantial body and no fear of malt - could pass for an ale when held up to a U.S. big-brewer lager. Hopping has a lightly fruity aspect and, as in some other Canadian beers, I get a faint but distinct grape soda note (I seem to be the only one who does). Very solidly made, and drinkable.

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Photo of John
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full flavored lager that's crisp when cold and pleasantly malty when it warms. Good stuff.

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Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a pure golden colour with a slight bit of head. wisps of lace are left as i sip this canadian lager....nice malty aroma with a bit of adjunct mixed in. tastes pretty good...a bit of maltiness and a course graininess make most of the flavour profile...with a grassy bitter hoppiness that just shows itself enough to be noticed. this is a relatively full bodied lager...smooth and unassuming but yet filling and satisfying. the distinction lies in the mouthfeel, where it comes off as full and rounded. a nice simple lager. filling, nice tasting and full bodied. nothing spectacular, but rather nice. very nice after a hards day work and an accompianment to a meal.

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Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. A typical lager, but very drinkable. Pours out to a a darker-than-usual gold with a slight head. Taste is quite malty for a beer of this style and is somewhat sweet. It appears that Upper Canada Brewing has a distributor in Michigan, so their products will be sold here. Cheaper than the usual mass-produced stuff too ($6.99/12). Very reminiscent of a Pabst Blue Ribbon, but a titch maltier/sweeter.

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely clear lighter gold color, flat white head to start but only about 50 seconds of staying power. Practically no lace in a pint glass. Grassy aroma, distinct sweetened citron qualities. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is medium but not excessive. Sweet start, very lightly maple malt flavors but with OK impact and a bright finish to the beer, almost kicks up with a Sweet Tart candy impression. Not a ton of things going on here, but its not at all offensive with an off aftertaste or with a lot of gassiness in the swallow. Its pretty drinkable Lager in my book.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright gold color, slight head after a conservative pour. Smell is grainy and malty, with a doughiness about it. Flavor is a pretty bold lager, although just a set up from a standard macro. Grassy and grainy, not bad for $7.99 a 12'er. Solid mouthfeel, well carbonated, sessionable. Above average.

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Photo of shirfan
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in Guelph... imported by Sleeman USA... uh oh. No love lost for the band of hosers who just bought Unibroue...but here's an objective review.

Obtained at Consumer's Beverage; the clerk asked if I had tried it. When I told him I hadn't, but it has good reviews, he said "oh, everyone else is complaining about it". As Consumer's customers are, on a whole, macro-swilling barbarians who hate hops and malts, and prefer thin corn and water, I was optimistic.

Pours standard lager gold, with a fizzy but believable head. Smell is sweet, generic fruit and a bit of malt.

Taste: Ahh, here's why the macro-heathens are restless, eh? There's malt. There may be a thin amount of corn, but a light, toasty malt is present and accounted for. There are hops. No one will mistake this for something from the Pacific Northwest, but a drying, bittering finish happens. Slightly husky, with something that reminds me of the finish of a hefe.

Nothing special, but this is one of the better cheap beers, up there with Stroh's, PBR, and Genny Cream. Unfortunately this won't stay in the area for long, I'm guessing. Too flavorful for the Coors Light crowd, but not serious enough for the geek.

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Photo of Maestro
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I truly enjoyed this Canadian Lager. This beer is well done. The first yellow straw-colored beer that I have spoken highly of in quite some time. The nose is okay with hints of biscuity malt. The head thins quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel is quite good. I am impressed at the overall complexity of this lager. Nice malt profile, with fruity hints. Hops are very subdued, but fit the style well.

And you can't beat $13 for a case (or should I say two-four).

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Photo of Shiloh
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very nice offering. The appearance is somewhat cloudy and the aroma has a definite yeast makeup. However, the taste is that of a very well balanced beer with a crisp and clean taste, that leads to the desire to consume a few more of these little critters.

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Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second or third time I sampled UCB's lager the other times it was on tap but the low carbonation of this bottled offereing puts it in that catagory for smoothness.

This is a very good representation of a premium quality Canadian lager. The fact it hasn't the mega brew carbonation scores extra with me. Is it head and shoulders above Molson's, Labatt's lagers? Well, yes....it is better than their national brands.....it is on par and better than many of their local brands.

At any rate this beer is easy to take with big lager characteristics and a good process that makes it repeatably good. It isn't overly distinct in my mind but it is a good quality lager every lager drinker should sample. I'll never turn one of these down and I'll buy it over national brands when I'm at a pub.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at Massey Hall after seeing the Trans-Syberian Orchestra. Came a dark gold, autumn leaf colour with a sliver of a head. But the bartender poured it improperly. With the glass being a small size, I doubt she could have poured a decent head on it without it overflowing. Barley grain smell. A little sweet, a little weak. Kinda bland tasting. Sweet, chewy malt, odd aftertaste. It wasn't bitter, it was sour(?). Sour is the best word I could use to describe, and that isn't very close. Thin mouthfeel. The chewy malt adds a little texture to the brew. OVerall, it's okay. I've had better, I've also had worse. But next time I'm at Massey Hall, I'll order a Guinness, or maybe a Beck's if I haven't had it already.

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Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 93 ratings