Great Western Original 16 | Great Western Brewing

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Great Western Original 16Great Western Original 16

Brewed by:
Great Western Brewing
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Vylo
4.59/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rempeba
4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +37.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of IanG
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good standard macro lager in Saskatchewan

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Well first off, this looks nothing like a pale's clear, yellowish in color, with a tinge of gold and looks to be heavily carbonated. There is a nice thick white head that looks super creamy, but it doesn't last very long, settling to a patchy layer over the brew. As for lacing, forget about it...there isn't any. Not the best way to get this beer started basically looks no different than a standard macro lager, but it's an ale...

S- This actually has a nice aroma, even if it isn't suitable for the style...I don't smell any adjuncts, but rather richer malted barley, and a fair bit of bread/biscuit. There isn't much of a hop aroma, but it is there in modest quantity.

T- Again, this area isn't what the style is being called, but it's quite nice. There is a solid malt flavor going on, with more of the above mentioned biscuit quality as well. As for the hop bitterness on the finish, there is some noted....not super strong, but you can tell some effort went into it. I don't mind the flavors at all and think it tastes quite good!

M- The beer is actually nice and creamy smooth, and is medium-lite in body...definitely not totally watered down like previous reviews have suggested. The carbonation is fine and doesn't scrub the least very hard! The buttery texture is quite welcomed and overall I'd say this beer goes for a relaxed mouthfeel.

O- I'm going to say it....I think previous reviews are taking advantage of the, what I like to call, a mis-categorized beer by the brewery...I simply think there's some unnecessary bashing going on here! This would be very suitable if labeled as a cream ale. There is nothing wrong with this one and outdoes any macro peer. Great Western is churning out some decent brew and this one doesn't disappoint. I will definitely get this again and recommend trying it out!

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Photo of Idrankthat
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ZachT
3.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried on tap at a neighborhood pub. Arrived in a standard pint glass, a light gold color with maybe a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is rather faint, sweetish with maybe the barest hints of citrus and caramel malt, corn sugar and cheap dough. Aggressive carbonation prevents one from smelling or tasting that much, although the taste was fortunately better than the aroma and improved a bit as the beer settled down. Very mellow toasted malts provide a backdrop for subtle orange, peach, and lemon flavors. Finishes dry and crisp with a spice seed vapor trail. Watery thin body and the aforementioned bubbles are an impediment but in all honesty this prairie staple is not bad. Perhaps the taste is much worse in the bottled version. Tastes less like an adjunct lager than many of its competitors: This is a better example of a macro-brewed pale ale/IPA than the almost tasteless Alexander Keith's. The sort of thing I'd quaff in quantity under the right circumstances ... Of course, such circumstances are pretty rarely encountered in this day and age of increasing craft beer accessibility.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of argock
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a branded tall pilsner style glass at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. (Canmore, AB).

A: Light copper with a short cap of head that didn't quite reach the 20 oz line. No lacing. Poor pour.

S: Light caramel and toffee maltiness with earthy hopping. Light yeast fruitiness. Not aromatic at all as wouldbe expected for an APA.

T: Flavor is also subdued to a fault with earthy hopping followed with some mid-range crystal maltiness and a bit of toasted malt character, like Munich malt was used in a pretty big proportion. Yeast character is fruity but low. Low bitterness. Very ho-hum at best.

M: INobtrusive with light body and moderate carbonation. Not dry or full -- just sort of there.

O: A very boring beer without much to suggest it. Back to the drawing board with this beer -- it needs some signature malt note if it's going to be a malty beer, or some unique hopping -- really a blase brew.

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Photo of DMR86
3/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DBarley
3/5  rDev +3.1%

This beer is just fine - its drinkable and can compete well with any other Macro brew out there. However, for the price point it is as unimpressive as its competitors (Budweiser, Coors, Molson). There is absolutely no reason to be spending this much money for a beer in this category.

Great Western is an excellent company that brews true classic prairie grain belt beers, but the company has excellent offerings that are almost exactly the same for about half the price point (Brewhouse Pilsner being one example). Ill continue to be a fan of this company, but this beer will not be something I purchase again.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cambabeer
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd have rated the appearance as 3 as well if this beer was a pale lager, because that's what it really does look like. Not much head, and yellow.
The smell is much more characteristic of an ale, but not outstanding in anyway. Bready and malty.
Taste is so unentertaining but there's absolutely nothing to complain about it either. Citrusy in the background and bready through, but neither is outstanding. Feels creamy and smooth, like it should. This beer is worth getting for sure. I'd just rather call it a successful pale lager.

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Photo of Beervana
2.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bunman3
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really, this is your standard Canadian macro beer. There is not much to choose between this and the majority of the mass produced lagers available. It's pale, but it doesn't seem much like an ale.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.82/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mooseman14
2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Great Western Original 16 from Great Western Brewing
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