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
Ranking:
#44,273
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
59
pDev:
20.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2.45 CDN. Served cold into a Keith's pint glass.

Appearance - crystal clear rich gold color. Thin half finger of fizzy white head is poured but dissipates almost instantly. A few effervescent bubbles rise to the top.

Smell - big doughy aroma and a few mildly sweet malt aromas. A sweetened molasses aroma blended with some sort of dried fruits, maybe dates or figs. Rather sweet smelling but aromatics are good here.

Taste - pretty much like the nose with a little less of the figs and dates and a little more of the bready flavour. Some honey seems to be melded into this brew too.

Mouthfeel - fairly soft feel, medium carbonation gives it a nice light yet refreshing and satisfying feel.

OverLl - really pleasantly surprised by this, a bit on the sweet side, but solid flavour and great blend of aromas and use of carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml can, with a name that could have two, equally flattering meanings here in the hockey nirvana otherwise known as Canada.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat caked bone-white head, which leaves some sparse tree branch lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of crackery, doughy pale and caramel malt, black pepper, a soft lemon rind sourness, a hint of dry honey, and tame earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more bready, slightly yeasty and doughy pale malt, a touch of honeyed caramel sweetness, subtle and muddled citrus notes, and more earthy, sort of weedy, and grassy hay-like hops.

The carbonation is moderate in strength, and mostly just cheekily frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and pretty smooth, no real interlopers to be found here. It finishes somewhat off-dry, the doughy malt persisting, alongside a fading fruitiness, and weakening earthy, floral hoppiness.

An enjoyable enough, well-made lager, nothing screams out adjuncts or any other cut corners. Maybe a tad sweet overall, but that's due more to the waning hops, than to any issue with the maltiness. Drinkable, and even recommendable - the NHL Alumni Association could do a hell of lot worse in choosing their official beer.

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Photo of SebD
2.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a clear straw yellow color to it. It has an off-white head that dies down fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, light honey and a faint grassiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts, slight breadiness, honey and faint grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by bland flavors and aromas.

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1/5  rDev -68.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a light golden color lager with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light sweet notes with very subtle cereal notes. Taste is quite bland with light sweet notes and some very subtle notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Bland tasting lager which might appeal to their target audience.

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Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright gold under a moderate head that settles to a splotchy film. Surrenders some fairly good lace.

Grassy hops on the nose. Malty and crisp. No off flavours or funk of any kind, not excessively corny, so not bad for a cheap beer.

This is a very ordinary brew. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing great about it either. Very basic, clean drinking.

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3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that did not lace but did retain decently. The body is a generic yellow lager with slow carbonation.

Smell: Fairly standard stuff, straw, grain, and bread malt with a slight grassy hop note. As it warms a sweet corn smell becomes more dominant. Nothing to write home about but quite good.

Taste: Sweet as the starting malt has an almost shortbread like quality to it which eases into a slightly more grainy experiences with a light dust of hops. Just a fairly well done Lager

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit thin which I don't like, but the transitioning is decent and the sweet straw malt aftertaste is good, but starts to cloy a bit near the end.

Drinkability: No issues going down, although I've had smoother Lagers and this is a little bit too sweet and has a slight acidic note after it's gone down.

Final Thoughts: All in all, not a bad Lager and stands out decently despite it's flaws. Not a lot wrong here, so I would recommend it yes.

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4/5  rDev +25%

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4.09/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is striking in its authentic lager qualities - strong hops. Its appearance is also of a classic lager - fast dissipating thin head and a very, very clear, very bright yellow. The taste is solidly lager-like - thin, refreshing and very acidic with a corn-like sweetness that lingers. Unfortunately it lacks any originality.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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Top Shelf Classic Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 59 ratings