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

Style: German Pilsener

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.

Added by kbub6f on 02-17-1998

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#41,481
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
92
pDev:
13.82%
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4
 
 
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Photo of matt7215
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle from TBS

pours golden with a average white head and nice lacings.

aroma are of pale lager malts and minimal floral hops.

flaours are clean and crisp with malts and hops playing off each other in order to make a good pale lager.

very drinkable and one of the better macro pale lager out there IMO.

id drink this anytime.

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Photo of changeup45
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good lager but nothing spectacular. Pours a golden color, some head but that fizzles away pretty quickly. Average aroma for a lager, there's not much there. This is pretty smooth and flavorful (for a lager), a little sweet and malty and a semi-sour finish. Aftertaste is pretty good.

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Photo of kinger
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Surprise find at my local grocery store, last twelve pack of bottles on the shelf and at a price I couldn't refuse. Overall this is a decent lager slightly different than the more popular Canadian Lagers. The beer poured a dark golden color with a thick head that ultimately dwindled down. The aroma was crisp and fresh, malty with a slight grainy chaser. The mouthfeel is thin but this can be expected in your standard lager. The flavor is a pleasant surprise. Slightly malty with a very faint hint of sweet grain adjuncts. There is a small bittering finish that is also crisp to the palate. Nothing special but a nice and solid choice among many more popular brands.

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Photo of thartman
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance has a medium golden hue with zero head. This beer had a grainy-malty smell and had a corny-grainy-biscuity flavor, if that makes any sense. The beer has a medium body, and is quite filling

Overall, if you like traditional Canadian Beer, this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

straw hue. A small and rough head with very little lace and not much for bubbles either.

Smell- There was definitely a grain smell to this beer that was very pleasant and long lasting. A touch of hops bouquet.

Taste- Balanced for the most part but bland . There is a nice grain flavored finish.

Mouthfeel- Average.

Drinkability- An average beer but easy to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain with a touch of balancing hops.

The taste was well balanced and suprisingly malty considering the set up. Doughy finish with streaks of honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and slightly creamy.

Overall a suprisingly well balanced lager with some decent body. The rare joy of an all-malt lager.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this before Sleemans bought them. After Sleemans bought them, I tried it again.

This is a golden beer with a light head that is bubbly. The aroma is earthy with hints of grass and malt. The mouthfeel is crisp and slightly carbonated. The flavour is fuller than a lot of Canadian lagers and a full-bodied with hints of malt, grass, and yeast. A good beer experience. It tastes best when VERY cold.

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

Interesting beer. Although a bit too sweet, the beer is nicely clean and well-brewed to style. The beer opens up with a strong straw (nearly golden) color, and with lacking head retention. The beer stops shy of fizzy. The aromas show strong pilsner malt aromas and a touch of cooked corn. The flavors are malty-sweet, bready, yeasty, and with a hop-eathiness. The beer is a bit heavier than prefered for the style, but is a testimate to the bold malt additions. Finishes sweet, and bit oily, and heavy which hurts drinkability. I'm not likely to turn down a free one, but won't be purchasing any time soon.

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

a: bright golden color half inch of white head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: very grainy, clean crisp, hop presence faintly detectable
t: sweet start finished by a nice bitter bite
m: light bodied with a lof of carbonation

overall this is an average beer, nothing very exciting

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Photo of biegaman
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled off tap, a local dive bar just off campus at the University of Toronto. Pours a standard golden colour - no bubbles, no lace, very thin head that comes and goes. Aroma is almost non-present, which could be a good thing. Mouthfeel average, some creamy texture finishing on a lightly sour note. The little malt present in the taste stayed fairly clean. The drinkability is fairly good all things considered.
Not to attack the beer itself, but after looking around an entire junction of downtown Toronto, and this being the best beer I could find offered, is a very sad thing.

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Photo of shamus
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than a macrobrew lager. Not much head, in fact it dissolved very quickly. A horrible burnt rubber smell greeted my nose almost immediately. This was verified by a beer drinking associate who said "ew". The beer tasted better than it smelled. I guess it would have to. Richer and maltier than a macrobrew lager. A little sweet for my taste but better than your average lager in my opinion. A little less fizz would improve the drinking experience.

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

12 0z brown longneck, I did not see any freshnes dating.

The beer pours bright gold with minimal head and lacing. Kind of your average looking beer here.

The aroma was grainy and fresh. No off aromas.

The taste is a bit sweet initially. It is mild with very slight bitterness late. Not bad, but not great.

The beer had very good carbonation, which canceled out the bit of thinness I detected. Easy enough drinker, but ultimately uninteresting.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was thinking the other day that in my rush to discover all that beer has to offer, I've been somewhat ignoring the 'lager' category - understandable, I guess, after my less-than-pleasant first beer experiences with Coors Light and Canadian. But, to broaden horizons, I grabbed a case of Upper Canada Lager (in part because I was a fan of their Maple Brown Ale) and sat down to try it.

The fact that Upper Canada Brewing Co. is owned by Sleeman should not necessarily be a knock against them (after all, if I have to drink any macro, I'd take a Sleeman over any other brand, without a doubt). So I went in with an open mind, trying to ignore what my experiences with Coors and its ilk had made me feel about lager.

The beer pours out a clear golden straw, with approximately a finger of head that dissapears within seconds, and virtually no lacing whatsoever. Not a particularly good start.

Smell is grainy, with hops and malts - if I didnt' know that this was an all-malt lager, I'd swear I could smell the adjunct - and a ever so slight cabbage odour. Bold, perhaps, but not particularly impressive, either.

Taste is actually quite surprising. Not particularly distinct or overly flavourful, but definitely not as bad as the odour and appearance would indicate. Initially ever-so-slightly malty, but a very strong hop presence in the middle and finish, with a slightly bready aftertaste. Can't say that this is my favourite, but is rather pleasant, especially as a shift from the overt maltiness of some of the beers I generally drink more often.

Mouthfeel is also quite good. Carbonation levels are exponentially better than the typical Canadian macro lager (though still slightly high). This brew is very refreshing on the mouth and palate. I could see myself having a few of these guys on the front porch with my roommates this summer, shooting the breeze and kicking back with a few brews - in other words, very drinkable.

There's nothing that makes Upper Canada Lager particularly special, aside, I suppose, from the good times that it might be a catalyst in. It doesn't really change my general hesitance towards American lagers, but it's still a good brew, and I can't knock it for that.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a modest head and no lacing. The aroma is of herbal hops, green grass and multi grain crackers. The taste is well balanced with a tightly structured maltiness mingling with noble hop flavors. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery and prickly with carbonation. The finish is bitter and shortlived.

This is a nice lager. Its no King Pilsner, but it has a lot more balance than most Canadian lagers, also more flavor in general.

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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 Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a strong yellow color lager with a medium head with OK retention. Aroma is quite bland with some malt and very little hops. Taste is refreshing and quite crisp and I would say has more flavour then your usual macro lager. I guess this as improve since the last couple of year I had it before but it is still not great.

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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 Puddleglum
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Have I been taking crazy pills? This lager had an altogether different label and certainly a different profile than any I see reviewed on here. Maybe they have dumbed this thing down for the Cincinnati market. The color was nice and the head tried but was quickly gone with little or no lacing. The smell was ever so slightly sweet and grainy as well as the the flavor with a malty and breadlike quality. It was well-balanced as long as you aren't expecting any hops. But I swear they are using rice in this thing. In a blind taste test with Busch I'd have a hard time picking this one out. Of course it is Summer and this is a good thirst quencher. The price is certainly right. Quaff away if you must.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chill hazed pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of lager malts and not much else. It is slightly sweet and breadlike. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that is sweet with pale/lager malts and a slightly dry, breadlike finish. It is well balanced and highly drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable lager. It is full of malt flavor and a clean finish; a good drinker.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slight chill haze in this, otherwise a very nice looking beer. a quickly settling head that leaves lacing. Light orange color. Aroma is of crystal malt. Odd, not hops, but malt up front in the nose. A slight mineral taste to it, like hard water minerals. Mouthfeel is full, adequately carbonated. Not bad, one of the better American Lagers I've had.

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Photo of SaunaKing
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at dinner tonight, it looked ok when it came - a light amber color and small head. The smell was a little pungent, and quite strong. At first taste it was ok but as I went through the glass it got worse and worse. Had a strange chemical quality to it that was the most distinct flavour. It was a light bodied beer that was at least pretty drinkable.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really surprised by the quality of this beer. It really reminds me of high life with its cheap prices and solid lager taste. There's definitely a good amount of adjuncts in here but there's also a lot of sweet malt flavor. Nice medium body with a sweet biscuit flavor. Grainy flavor mixes in with the sweetness. Finish is a little nonexistent but leaves me with a sweet flavor. Definitely a good choice when the money is low.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've always liked the Upper Canada line and, although this isn't one of their better ones, it certainly isn't bad.

It pours a light yellow with a surprisingly large, but quickly vanishing head. It's got a slightly floral boquet and tastes a bit hoppy, and slightly bitter.

Upper Canada Lager is an excellent beer for a hot summer day.

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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 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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Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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