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Lager | Upper Canada Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,187
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
92
pDev:
13.82%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of epicd3
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Noxious26
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pilsener glass. Purchased from an LCBO in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

Golden yellow and clear. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap. Lots of lines of lacing all along the edges.

Smells a little like a German lager with noble hops with a little sweet grains and malt in the background.

Taste echos the aroma. Reminds me of a euro lager leaning towards a german pilsener. Noble hops, crisp and clean. Grains and light malt.

Light bodied with steady, but not too heavy, carbonation.

I rather enjoyed this. Paired well with the Mad Dog IPA I chose as my other beer. Alternate the two to get a nice effect of citrus hop blast then crisp clean lager.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled May 2012. Another Guelph brewery I've never heard of, despite having lived there for years - I should be ashamed.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, soapy white head. It fizzles away rather quickly, but an even cap and some webby lacing are left in its wake. Decent aroma, but nothing complex - typical pale lager smells. Mostly grainy, with some light honey sweetness and grassy hop notes.

Despite my leniency when reviewing pale lagers, I am very rarely genuinely impressed with the style - which is why this one really surprised me. It's a great lager - straightforward to be sure, but I can't really ask for much more from this type of brew. There is not a single hint of adjunct here - nothing but tasty, bready malt flavours with some light hay-like hop bitterness. Usually I find these pale lagers to lean on the sweet side, but this one is nicely balanced, and much more quaffable for it. Light-bodied and watery, with a very smooth mouthfeel; quite drinkable and refreshing. A true old-school Canadian session lager.

[Updated Jan 23 2016]

Another twist-off bottle from a 24. This one's category was changed to a German Pils in the ~4 years since I last touched this review, and the price has also gone up slightly (making this more of a pseudo-value lager than a true one à la Laker or Old Milwaukee). I'd still be willing to argue that Upper Canada Lager is better than 95% of the other macro lagers, and it is certainly better value than the premium brands like Canadian or MGD. But as a pilsener, it's just nothing more than average. If that's your bag, stick with the imports - but if you just want a classic-style "Canadian lager", then this case should prove better value than most of the competitors.

Final Grade: 3.56, a B.

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

Single bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO. I'm on a mission to find the Great Summer Lager - at under 9 bucks a sixer, will this one fit the bill?

Poured into a nonic. Golden, clear, lager-like in every sense of my made-up word. Leaves a decent sized head of foam that dissolves into a thin but persistent head.

Nose had some sweet malt to it, usual malt suspects.

Huh. An inexpensive lager with some flavour to it. This is really something. Opens with sweet bready malt, and finishes with decent hop bitterness. Crisp and refreshing. Thin bodied, good carbonation.

My long search is over. This brew has some flavor, it's not pricey, and tastes great on the patio. If you're looking for a cheap summer brew, look no further.

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Photo of Screwball
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of traumaqueen
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of CharlyNovember
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very slightly hazy golden yellow, with a nice bubbly head, decent retention with little lacing.

S: Sweet and malty, a hint of floral hops.

T: Less sweet than it smells, which is good thing. Fairly malt heavy taste, which lingers for a delicious finish. More bitter than your average lager but not too much so, has just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Medium-heavy carbonation, soft and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

O: An excellent Canadian lager, will definitely be buying this again.

For the price this is has got to be one of the best values at the Beer Store, and I can confidently say that this is by far the best beer in it's price range, in my opinion. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're on a budget! Cheers!

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Photo of RyanBelle
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Small Pilsner Glass

A remarkable beer by a remarkable brewer. I hear Sleeman produces this and they are fantastic Guelph, Ontario brewery whose mass production beers easily compete with craft brews from Ontario. This beer is no exception and gets great marks across the board...now to review...

T - Malty, Earthy, Full and Robust for the style. Fizzy and very lively carbonation (I like!)

M - Fizzy and balanced. Great.

A - Pure straw yellow with a nice head and good lace rentention in the glass.

S - It has this full earthy wheat characteristic about it that works great for it and is slightly indicative of the taste of this brew.

Overall, this is a must try Ontario, Canada beer!!

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

a Pours a clear golden colour that has a relatively long lasting head.

s-smells chiefly of malts some bready notes and some hoppy bitterness.

t-Nice and flavourful. Malts balanced against the hops but nothing over bearing.

m-average for the the alc percentage.

o-Good beer overall.

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Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: : It has a nice dark gold colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down fast and has lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of malts with a bit of hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice malt character to it with the hops balancing it out. I also sense small citrucy notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice balance of malts and hops giving it a nice sweetness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall great Lager.

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Photo of grac1970
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer in anticipation of guests dropping by. I hope they enjoy it as a nice change from our usual as much as I did.

A = dark golden yellow in colour. Not much of a head when poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Carb bubbles were plentiful. Despite the rich colour for some reason the beer seemed to look "watery" in the glass - probably due to the lack of head which made it look flat early on.

S = not much there, a bit of a hopsy smell.

T = a bit of citrus; hopsy; I detected a taste that reminded me of a somewhat tart apple; otherwise not a very overwhelming taste - quite nice

M = not watery despite initial appearance; the carbonation became apparent in the mouth; a bit of a tart/dryness left in the mouth with a slight bitterness to it

D = this went down very smooth and easy; I quite liked it.

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Photo of BBP
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow, decent head. Average carbo.

S- Pretty much all bready malts. Couldn't make out much more.

T- Bready malts, subtle smooth hops. A little bit of citrus as well.

M- Smooth with a mid/high carbonation feel.

D- Pretty quenching. Good balance as well.

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Photo of Travlr
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draught in Toronto.
A: Bright yellow with a thin white head, and little lacing.
S: Aroma of malt and light citrus.
T: Taste of malt, black pepper and a hint of lemon. Not complex.
M: Weak body.
D: Unimpressive overall, and average lager that is pretty forgettable.

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

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of white soapy head, which leaves a small ring of head as it dissipates. It smells of light biscuit malt, and slightly skunky green hops. The taste is somewhat acrid white grain, and grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body mildly creamy and decently weighted, and it finishes dry and grainy.

An overall decent and drinkable lager, a definite step up from the native macros of Ontari-ari-ari-o...

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won this in a bet with a colleague when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last year. It's been in my fridge since.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.. fizzy pale yellow with tan head.. emphasis on the fizzy.

Smell is somewhat skunky and sour.

Taste is sweet, caramel malts. Not really hoppy but very nice malt presence for something I was expecting to be watered down and boring. Fizzy mouthfeel but pretty thick for a pale lager like this. Nothing to complain about as far as drinkability.

This is a beer I had lying around without drinking due to lack of excitement, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. This is a pretty decent pale lager.

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Photo of bobsy
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured it into something approximating a kolsch glass, and my, does it look like a beauty. Very classical lager appearance - a clear light gold liquid topped with a solid white head. Great retention and some nice lace. Subdued grainy malt aroma, but clean. Bready flavour, lots of pale malts and some honey. Slight citric bitterness and sourness in the finish. Medium-light mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation. Aye... its not a bad beer for a hot day. Too bad its still March!

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Photo of steeler
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a twelve pack, for a celebration for the conclusion of exams! Anyway, pours out a nice deep yellow color, looks real inviting. The smell was not to bad i docked it .5 because it had an odd cardboard smell to it, but nice floral hops and malt. Smells pretty good. THis is one tasty lager, nice and smooth with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Quite satisfied. Mouthfeel was nice and full, smooth and carbonated. Nice. High drinkability in this one, when its nice and cold it really does go down good. I really enjoyed this one! Highly recommended! Good Job Sleeman!

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