Town Hall Lager | Grand River Brewing

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Town Hall LagerTown Hall Lager

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mindsquall on 09-19-2007

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cratez
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple bottles of this from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO, as rumour has it that Grand River is axing Town Hall from their lineup. Pours a tawny bronze with golden hues and one finger of bubbly white head. Smell and taste are floral notes, cereal grains, toasted biscuit, caramel, a mild fruitiness, and some oats. Finishes with a very subdued, almost soapy hop bitterness and hints of wheat. Light-bodied mouthfeel is well carbonated, refreshing, a little watery, balanced dryness in the aftertaste. A flavourful and quaffable lager, but not the greatest beer from this brewery. Still, it's perfect if you want a tasty, low alcohol brew to session.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part five of my Grand River Brewery sampler pack tour! Bottled a week ago, which is a novelty I'm quite enjoying.

Pours an orange-amber hue, leaves a thin white head, with a little bit encircling the glass. Lacing cascades up and down the glass as if it were a nitro-can pour. Great retention.

The smell is perhaps not this beer's strongest asset, but it's still fair, and more interesting than most local lagers, truth be told. Butter, fruit and leafiness, with a strange something in the background that's a bit off-putting. Can't quite nail it down.

The taste more than makes up for the nose, however. A rich, almost buttery lager, with some apple notes, and a little bit of hops. Very smooth, easy to drink - once again, hard to believe it's less than 4%. Finishes quickly with no discernible aftertaste. Not overly thin; nice to see a lager with a bit of meat to it.

I can see myself drinking several of these in an evening. A great sessional (given the ABV, probably a plus!). Yet to miss the mark with Grand River Brewery!

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Photo of mrmanning
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery-Deep orange/amber body, pours a frothed rocky bleached white cap. The lacing and retention are excellent. Fresh fruity aroma, green apples, green leafy hops, lots of sugary malts leading to a touch of orange peel. There's quite the balance in the flavour of subtle, off-dry malts, some fruit (pear, apple), some biscuit, with hearty doses of basil and leafy hops. Very refreshing, assertive, while at the same time being respectively "light". Another gem from this brewery!

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thin white head, some lacing.

Smells of oranges, buttery popcorn, like a sweet lager.

Very interesting taste, citrusy, a weird buttery taste that is actually quite good, some grassiness and a nice light hop finish, more sweet than hoppy.

Nice creamy mouthfeel and highly drinkable at only 3.9%

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Photo of nokes
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured (most of) this 500ml bottle into a tall pilsner and was rewarded with a dense sudsy head that had quite decent retention and left nice lacing on the glass. Small bubbles rising quickly throughout and a nice yellow-gold colour.

Smells nice if muted. Fresh, clean. Beer.

Taste was much more complex than the smell for me. Buttery creaminess followed by some citrus, a bit of sweetness, and then more bitter than I would have expected. Not really off-balance though...nice beer in summer for sure.

Mouthfeel is definitely good. It's medium-bodied and much less watery than I would have expected from a light beer.

These are quite goes down easy.

Overall, nice beer. I was surprised to see what style it's listed here as. I would still take the Creemore over this, but I'm happy to see this nice offering coming from so close to home.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Bobsy for the trade. Tasted on August 27, 2009. Bottled on august 4th, 2009.

Yellow to copper looking. No head but the beer is slightly hazy. The smell is strange... Difficult to get what I smell. The taste I would say I get cheese... some say it is butterscotch but I can't get it. My taste buds are messing with me, maybe. I'm not sure I like this to drink another one.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 9th, purchased from the brewery and passed on to me by biegaman. Orange and gold colour, hazy, off-white head of one-half finger. Slow moving bubbles, sparse carbonation, ring. Sweet smell of tangerine, honey, apricot. Citrus fruit taste front and centre, tangerine, sweet peach, a bit of a tang going on there. Malt backbone is gentle and unassuming, smooth texture, ljight body. A bit gassy detracts from a really nice brew. Very flavourful for a lager. Another great sessional from Grand River Brewing, thanks Jan.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jan (biegaman) for tossing one of these my way. Served in a stange-like glass with a flared top - limited options at the in-laws. Bottled June 8th 2009, so it's super-fresh.

A - Two finges of dirty light blonde foam that dissipates fairly quickly with plenty of sticky lacing. Tons of bubbles on the sides of the glass that detach and zip to the top. Transparent golden orange color.

S - Plenty of caramel malt, a touch of honey, and some twangy lager yeast. There might be a touch of floral hops, but I could just be imagining this (hoping?). Pretty monochromatic smell, but not offensive or anything.

T - Taste is less interesting - barley, a bit of toffee and biscuit, and not much else. This might actually score better in the light lager category, clocking in at 3.9%. Finish is pretty clean, with no adjunct-y type flavors thanfully. As others have said, it's a solid no frills down-to-earth lager.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied, with a touch of carbonation zing, and a smooth creamy texture. Nothing special, but thoroughly satisfactory.

D - At 3.9%, with moderate carbonation, this is an easy-to-drink brew. The 500ml serving size is just right for this one. It's not interesting enough for me to want to drink a growler on my own, but it'd be awesome to have during a ballgame or something.

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Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lovely marmalade spread with shimmering honey edges. The beer is spotlessly clear but isn't entirely without some misting bleariness. Its colour glows and its complexion is clean but its surface is bare and desolate. What is otherwise a healthy looking beer badly needs some white extensions at the top, this is without even a strand.

The brewery brags about this beer having "full flavour", "lots of flavour" and a "rich malt body". They don't do the same bragging about its aroma and the reason why is plainly obvious: there really isn't much of one. With enough swirling and some stretch of the imagination I can detect a very mild floral type component, very honeysuckle like.

I'd say those claims about the flavour are wholly exaggerated as well. As it smells, this tastes quite mild. There's a touch of bread, some grassy herbs, sweet and toasty cereal grain and again, perhaps, a honeysuckle like floral note. But hey, if you want a ton of flavour don't go looking for it in a 3.9% lager! (Look for it in this brewery's 3.5% mild ale!)

I wouldn't say that it's the "lots of flavour and body that separates it from the rest." What separates this from other lagers is that it's well crafted. You're darn tootin' this is "an easy drinking lager with a difference". This is a throw to a time before adjuncts and chemicals. The beer is clean and tastes like down-to-earth, good old fashion tried and true beer.

As with the other Grand River beers I've had, warming seems to do only good. Much more hop and malt flavour comes out. I think that's further testament not only to the quality of the ingredients but the skill of the brewmaster as well. Brewing beers this light and low in alcohol does not allow much room for error. This lager may be plain but it's well made.

I've tried most of the Grand River lineup now and can honestly say I'd love to have any of them on-tap in the house. (And I'm fortunate enough to usually find them on-tap when I'm out of the house.) Town Hall Lager wouldn't come from me as highly recommended as the other offerings, but if you enjoy one Grand River beer you'd probably enjoy them all.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this one on brewday.

Pours a clear dark golden amber, some orange in the edges, medium sized white head forms, quite thick, settles to a thin layer and thick ring, nice lacing sticks to the glass, good retention. Smell is nice, very clean, lightly buttery, lots of bread and biscuit, toast, touch of caramel, light citrus and fruitiness, some lemony acidity and sourness. Taste is similar, buttery at first, very malty, lightly fruity and herbal, toast and biscuit, caramel, orange peel, nice solid bitterness in the finish, lots of flavour for such a low ABV. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. Might have to get a keg of this for the summer. Grand River does some great lagers. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery. sampled march 28/09.

pours deep amber, nearly orange, and crystal clear except for when i reached the bottom of the bottle. a small fairly dense pure white head forms, dropping fairly fast but leaving spotty lace.

aroma is nice. white bread. corn. touch of grain. bit of cracker. actually, cornbread comes quickly to mind. hint of dms. bit of alcohol. hint of caramel. woody and earthy hops.

taste is good. white bread. cracker. light butterscotch and caramel. just a hint of alcohol. bit of earthy and floral hops. pretty crisp and fresh overall.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. great balance. a nice lager that i'd be happy to have on tap and sip pitchers of it on the patio this summer. i just might have to do that...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Derek: Poured a clear dirty golden color lager with a good size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet malt with some light floral notes. Taste is also a mix between some medium sweet and lightly floral malt with some light dry crisp hops. Body is quite full for the style with some great carbonation. Well done for the style but a little more crisp hops would have elevated this to a great status.

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice light amber colour with a finger of smooth white head, that left a bit of lacing on the way down. Malty aroma - biscuit, bread and earth, as well as some grass. The flavour was a revelation for me, and definitely one of the better lagers I have tried. The malt profile was far more prominent than I expected, lending this low ABV beer a big body. Lots of biscuit flavours going on, as well as some toffee. The sweetness is prefectly balanced by an assertive bitterness, and this is what really sets this beer apart for me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth...almost buttery. Lower ABV, superb balance and excellent flavour make the sessionability enormous.

Huge thanks to Derek for the bottle. I had held back from ordering this on tap, but I won't in the future.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark gold with a thick head of white foam. Malty and grassy notes immediately waft forth from the glass. There's a hint of husky grain in there as well. Substantial mouthfeel isn't too light, and works well with the big husky grain and sharp grassy hop. Very clean with an appropriate lingering bitterness. Carbonation is fairly low (which I like), and the head recedes slowly, leaving rings of lace. Very solid, very drinkable lager. Sessionable and well balanced.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery. Good natural bitterness from the very hard local water, according to the brewer Bob whom is among the ebs active brewers in the province. Some good lacing and smooth mouthfeel. Great confluence of factors for a good drinking lager.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 64fl growler into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber/red in color with moderate head settling down leaving a ring around the glass. Decent lacing. Retention.

S- Nice and malty with good grassy hop aromas, and some fruit in the nose as well.

T- Decent malt profile up front countered by a solid bittering hop ( not nearly as bold as the Ploughman ) but the malt/hop balance is excellent. Some citrus was also present. Fairly earthy, and slightly dry in the finish.

M- medium bodied and smooth with nice carbonation and decent hop acidity.

D- the low abv% make this beer incredibly drinkable.

Overall one of my favorite session lagers. Very enjoyable, easy drinking, and highly recommended

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Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery. Very impressive for its weight.

A: Clear copper-bronze with a white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Aroma of grassy, metallic/minerally hops, grainy/biscuity malt, toffee, nuts and a appricot fruityness.

T: Flavours of earthy-orange, metallic hops, with a little nutshell bitterness and woody spicyness. Caramel malts with a little nuttyness and a slightly buttery diacetyl round out the flavour. Good bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a light sweetness and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fresh from the brewery. The pour produces a deep gold-amber, clear lager with a massive tight-pored frothy cap which lasts and laces the glass.

Sturdy aromas of pale and toasted malt...some .light whisps of hay.

Medium body, hard mineral mouth feel, malty-hop forward character.

Rich malt mixture in the front gets balanced and lightly over taken by more aggressive bittering hops. Lightly dry finish...bready after taste.

A lighter ABV session lager from this brewer that has substantially more flavor than most light lagers.... it is somewhat better balanced than the Galt Knife lager and the hop astringency in the finish does not wipe out the malty after taste expected in a fresh lager. A well made malty summer lager which I like better than the other GRB lager. It also has that signature sharp bite to it as other GRB brews but not as intense. Perhaps the local water is just too hard for a smooth soft lager....then again a lager with sharp "bite" to it is a pleasant change.

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Photo of Mindsquall
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a growler from the brewery. Poured a nice amber with a head that dissipated to a ring around the glass, lots of lacing. Smell is malty, some hops there, not as aggressive as their PlowmanÂ’s ale. Flavor is smooth and malty, with a hoppy bite in the finish. The balance of this brew is quite remarkable. Flavor balance is just right and alcohol is low making this another very easy session beer from this great brewery.

Thumbs up to Bob for another great offering.

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