Great Western Original 16 | Great Western Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Western Brewing
Saskatchewan, Canada
greatwesternbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wordemupg on 05-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
16
Avg:
2.74
pDev:
16.06%
 
 
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2
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Photo of Mooseman14
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IanG
3.36/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Vondy08
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Bunman3
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Docrock
2.52/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beervana
2.94/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rempeba
4/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlkluther
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mshkut
2.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.82/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of argock
3.09/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Tehned
4/5  rDev +46%

Photo of kjyost
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of DBarley
3/5  rDev +9.5%

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 +9.5%

Photo of dondoucette
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DMR86
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Arrios
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
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 YamagamiTravis
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DamageCase76
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of ZachT
3.24/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Exeter
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of LDuke
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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2.74 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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