Top Shelf Classic Lager | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thehyperduck on 10-18-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
19.94%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very solid pale lager. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. Met all of my expectations. Clean and flavorful pils malts, with just enough earthy hops to balance the body and sweetness. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StormAles
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boo-urns
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fine: I'll say it. I *enjoy* this beer. It's an interesting take on the American "pale lager" genre, but goes a slightly different route by using wheat (rather than rice or corn) as its "adjunct" of choice. The result is a sweet, wheaty, soft, biscuity, and only slightly hoppy/herbal beer (quite orange and almost cloudy in appearance, with quick-dissipating head); some slight orange/citrusy notes also pop up.

It's not what I was expecting, and actually differentiates itself from many other pale lagers. Enjoyable, if not striving toward greatness.

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Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fortyfield
1.5/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jaisell
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tyler_V2
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikecram
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bunman3
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Knowing that this is the "Official beer of the NHL Alumni Association" almost makes me want to avoid this beer. In general, retired hockey players are know for their love of "light" beer, and this certainly fits that category. It's not as bad as most of those beers. Really, its a decent lager with a bit of biscuity malt flavour. Definitely not the worst thing a person could drink, but nothing to set it apart from other quality lagers in this category.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a medium head that is gone in 30sec. Medium to darkish gold color. Filtered clear

S- Decent hops and malt. Nothing to write home about

T- Has a good malt backbone but nothing special or anything that will stick out at you. Touch sweet

M- Dry but a bit of creaminess. Typical lager

O- Pretty good but will not buy again. Typical lager really. North American mass produced beer. At least there is no metallic smell or taste.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Fish and chips!

Enjoy

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tapir163
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have read a few good and a few bad reviews of this beer. I would have to say it's not a bad beer at all, actually better than I originally expected. It's simple, just a lager without the adjunct taste. Light, malty and a decent amount of carbonation. Has an odd taste, a tad metallic but maybe that's just the tall can. I don't know what people want out of a lager, but for my simple taste, it does a commendable job.

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Photo of DaveSutula
4.83/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A much nicer lager than I expected. I would call it a Helles, although it might be just a tad dark for that. There's a malty sweetness that holds up brilliantly in the can even though my sample is over 5 months old...

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Photo of DaPan
3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ghisty
2/5  rDev -38.7%

appearance: yellow. clear. without head at all.
smell: straight up honey. all I'm getting is an over powering honey scent.
mouth: slick, not really carbbed , just heavy and only slightly better than water.
taste: tastes like adjunct. pretty basic, with a slightly oiley after taste, sort of distant bitterness and a bit of vegetable in there on the finish.
overall: it could be worse, I knew it wasnt going to be great, it was on sale for $2.80
for a tall can, so I knew it was swill basically. the honey nose is over powering and probably the only interesting thing about this lager. If they wanted to make a lager, as the can advertises, they should have given it at least 5% abv. and not so.. adjunct..and watery.. its hardly a lager. its hardly and ale. its hardly worth my time.

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Photo of WCW
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of bluebombers
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -8%

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Top Shelf Classic Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
3.26 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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