Lager | Upper Canada Brewing Company

BA SCORE
80
good
90 Ratings
LagerLager
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
12.28%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
firstprev| 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next → last
Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of sabrills70
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing as an Amaerican Macro Lager. Pours a nice golden straw color with a medium head. Ok lace.
Smells of sweet malt. Nice malty taste, not much rice or corn flavors here. Finishes dry and is very drinkable. I suppose that if I had to pick a beer to always keep on hand that everyone could enjoy, this would be in the running. Not a great beer but decent enough to keep both the BA people and the AB people happy. Pick up a twelve if you get a chance.

 456 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent lager, malt and bit of yeast taste. Malty sweet. Yellow straw color, lots of head initially that look like soapsuds and then dissapear. A toast crisp dry aftertatste. Inexpensive. Good Sleeman allowed this label to continue with above average runs.

 255 characters

Photo of Ellbert
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer looked really good. It was a light straw golden color with a large white head that faded fairly quickly. The head left a beautiful lace on the glass.

Smell: The smell is pretty sweet with a small amount of hop character. There is a corn sweetness that is present.

Taste: The taste is pretty good. It starts pretty sweet but is balanced with some decent hop character. It is pretty light but fairly flavorful.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very good. Not too much carbonation and it finishes pretty dry.

Overall a pretty decent beer.

 565 characters

Photo of shirfan
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 1,193 characters

Photo of CBFanWish
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As far as North American lagers are concerned, this is one of the better ones. The roma is well represented by malts and a light graininess. The taste, slightly rfuity with a nice semi bitter finish. This is a good beer that is much better than many of the Canadian Macros. At $6.99, it's cheaper too. A good lager. Buy a couple cases of this for your family reunion of BBQ.

 374 characters

Photo of slitherySOB
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

 720 characters

Photo of canadianbarman
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

--regular brown bottle, no freshness date found
--poured a nice dark gold in color. Started with a nice head that slimmed but stayed. Average to below average lacing.
--Slight sweet smell, average.

I liked this beer. I expecting an average offering similar to other large comany lagers. This was crisp, and I felt there was less carbonation. I would drink this one again adn I wish it were available Western Canada.
Thx

 425 characters

Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

An amazing brew. Tried it for it's value price and found a great beer. Darker gold color with a short lived head. Medium strength carbonation with a wonderful complex flavor of hops barley and corn. Somewhat similar to PBR, but Upper Canada has an after taste that PBT can't compare with. Usually i don't care for beers to have much of an after taste, but with this brew it's all good. I would recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hand on it. Give it a try, and i think you'll really enjoy it!

 504 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice lager that looks good and carries a nice flavor through to the drinker. The look is of a golden body and a small white head. Lacing is light and unimpressive. The malty aroma is joined by a decent graininess. The flavor is a full breadiness that does not impress of adjunct grains. The feel is light with a nice crisp ending. Good drinkability.

 356 characters

Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

 804 characters

Photo of kbub6f
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at The Beer Store (Terry Fox North of the 417: Kanata), a couple of days in the trunk, a couple of days in the fridge.

The head is medium-sized, white, dense and quite active. The beer is a clear gold, not much visible carbonation. Interesting. There is lots of thin sticky lacing. The smell is lagery, nutty and fruity. Nice. A lagery, fresh front gives way to a fruity middle that's just a touch sour. There's some alcohol evident in the nutty, bitter finish.

This beer is good. Surprisingly fruity. It's a little raw, but I like it.

 548 characters

Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

 408 characters

Photo of Shiloh
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 265 characters

Photo of John
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

90 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +17%
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.)

 465 characters

firstprev| 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100  | next → last
Lager from Upper Canada Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe