Rock Cut Baysville Lager | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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Rock Cut Baysville LagerRock Cut Baysville Lager

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 65
Photo of wordemupg
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473ml can poured into tulip 25/9/15

A clear golden yellow with just a few big slow bubbles that manage a finger of foam that sits around for a couple sips leaving a pair of partial rings

S honey and sweet malts, faint dried grass, some green apple that's caramel covered, some creamed corn

T not far from the smell, sweet, odd fruity notes, some sourdough, kinda strange really but nothing offensive

M thin and a little foamy, maybe a little cardboard on the finish

O pretty meh but nothing really "off"just kinda lame

pretty meh but I'd still take it over most macros out there but no real need to pull the trigger on this one if your curious

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Photo of biboergosum
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

473ml can, part of the mixed 4-packs they come in around here in Alberta. This is apparently a road clearing, open pit mining sort of person's elixir!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy bone-white head, which leaves a few instances of remote island chain lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of grainy, slightly crackery pale malt, a bit of cereal-quality corn, mushy, overripe green grapes, a twinge of stale butter, and incredibly shy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, more corn as we take it in the morning at breakfast time (I know, that may not be as specific as I intended), weak musty apple cider, and more very tame and innocuous weedy, earthy hop, er, 'bitters'.

The carbonation is rather low and hard to pin down at any point, with barely a frothy tic to be had, the body on the far lee side of any sort of middleweight, and plain as the day is long in its generic smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the varied and mutt-like malt keeping the sweetness quotient up, with any other balancing contenders having long since packed up and scurried home.

What we have here is an ode to the everyman lagers that were swilled by the hard workin' folk alluded to on the label, and when old-school hops were not in great supply, I suspect that the brew was pretty much just as this is - too sweet, kind of pandering, and not really worthy of any sort of repeat engagement.

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Photo of EricVonStein
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

pours a light grainy yellow, flat golden colour. inch of head gives way after a minute.

light grassy aromas, wet hay and lots of grainy malts.

taste is follows wet hay with crisp malts. Beer is very light and crystal clear. its all goes away quickly with little on the finish.

Overall flavours are not bad with the malts there but everything is somewhat watered down. easy drinking but not full of taste.

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Photo of beersnewb
3.21/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this beer a couple times in tall cans and there was no head on any of them. That said it is a decent lager. A bit watery compared to other micros that ive had but has an OK taste with malts coming through.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in 30sec. Clear light gold color

S- Not a lot here at all. Bit of malt

T- Pretty pedestrian North American beer. Nothing special. Simple lager

M- Not a lot here at all. Bud clone

O- Nothing special. Not worth repeating. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok Bud clone goes well with.... Anything a Bud would go with.


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Photo of Subliminal64
1/5  rDev -64%

I don't know if it was a bad batch of beer that I got but this beer was horrible. I have had Lake of Bays Spark House and Crosswinds IPA which were decent beers but this beer I could only get through a couple of sips.

The mouthfeel was aweful. It almost had the consistency of syrup with thicker liquid suspended within it.

Taste was non existent. Literally tasted like nothing.

Will not be purchasing this again.


Decided to give this beer another try. Much better this time around. Still a little on the bland side but very refreshing.

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Photo of DrJay
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear straw yellow with a fizzy cap that disappeared quickly, but left a smattering of bubbles on the surface and ringing the glass. Very faint haze if held up to the light and carefully inspected. Strong adjunct aroma, cereal grains, light lemony/floral hops. Light bitterness (though it lingered on the palate), mild flavour overall with a bit of grain and lemon, slightly spicy in the finish. Just a hint of green apple towards the end. Lowish carbonation, light bodied, slightly slick in texture, soft mouthfeel. There's not much to say about this beer. Very middle of the road, sort of okay, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of dreamchaser
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very light, bubbly and fast-dissipating foam. Very sweet grainy aroma, strong rice and corn notes. Quite a metallic taste to accompany the strong corn adjuncts - it tastes very much like a classic American lager: sweet, refreshing, not overly carbonated, almost pilsnery in its lightness, and finishes very bitter. A weak mouthfeel. Its flavours do nothing special: it is a good, solid, drinkable American lager that fits well into its category.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can picked up from LCBO for $2.65 CDN and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color, that looks light coming out of the can but turned out looking ok in the glass. 2 fingers of white head sticks around but leaves minimal lacing. A pretty good start.

Smell - A bit sour, grapes and grass notes are there with a some detectable malt. Surprised when I found out this was an AAL, since it was rather fragrant. Almost a cider, wine and a beer crossed together.

Taste - Hints of grape, some sweetness like pear and sour of green apple. I don't mind it but definitely not what you're expecting if its a lager.

Mouthfeel - Very light, with dryness on the completion, but high carbonation gives off a soda effect. Not unpleasant to my taste buds, but different that's for certain.

Overall - Given that I couldn't pick up much if any in the way of adjuncts, I'm likely to give this a higher score. If you're looking for a crisp clean lager, this might not be your cup of tea, but I found it to be an enjoyable beer. Don't know if I would buy again, but it's better than a lot of stuff out there too.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Small white head quickly dies into a thin lacing above a clear honey golden colored beer.

Pretty think sour aroma with a lot of hops notes and malt grains within it.

Sourish taste with some lighter grain malt aspects.

Long lasting aftertaste with sour grain malt tastes on this lighter bodied beer.

If you like your beers on the sour side but not a true sour this just might be your beer of choice.

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Photo of SebD
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready/grainy malts, corn and faint grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts, bread, corn, grassy hops and maybe a bit of wheat.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

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

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Photo of funkengruven
2.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Picked a couple of these up at the LCBO last week, This poured a nice deep amber with a bit of head that subsided down to a slight ring around the glass. Smell is strange, there's malt there but it almost smells like syrup. This has me a little worried. Taste is very not what I was hoping for. It's slightly sour, with a touch of what feels like soda water and a finish that somewhat resembles buttered bread. Mouthfeel somewhat resembles soda pop, as in soda water and syrup. Something just isn't right about this.

I want to believe that this can is spoiled but it shows no evidence confirming that. This beer just tastes like this because it was made that way. I would recommend to avoid this one.

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Photo of biegaman
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I expect my lagers to be clear and golden (especially when it says so on the label). The town of Baysville, Ontario, however, seems to prefer something hazy in a dulled copper colour. It's a good thing Joan Rivers is not around; the fashion police would cut Rock Cut right up.

The aroma is subtly toffee-sweet and has a slightly sulfur-y minerality. Hops are negligible though there is some grassiness to it. It has a faint toast and vague raisin-like fruitiness. The whole thing is very much reminiscent of an English pale ale.

The beer tastes something like soggy whole wheat bread and a whole lot of butter (aka diacetyl, a brewing defect). It might actually have worked out should the malts have a little more crusty toastiness, but as is it's just plain old boring breadiness and a mouthful of butter.

Some toffee sweetness was surely intentional but the beer undoubtedly suffers from diacetyl. In a smaller amount it might have been flattering but instead it serves only to spoil the pleasant nuttiness by smearing it with cheap creamy caramel taste and a cloying butterscotch texture. More hoppiness could have alleviated things a little, oh well.

Rock Cut Lager drinks like a beer that never had an interest in being a beer. Certainly not a lager! Just look at it: no head, no highlights, its browned butter colour reflective of the brewing defect that tarnishes its taste and mouthfeel; it drinks like a beer either badly injured or severely depressed. If I were Lake of Bays I'd just cut it loose from my lineup altogether.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Nov. 3 2013. I've been seeing a lot more stuff from Lake of Bays on the shelves around here lately - it seems their re-branding efforts have garnered them a good bit of attention. For what it's worth, I am a big fan of the sleek new packaging and label art this brewery has started using over the last year or so, even though I've yet to be blown away by one of the beers themselves. Served ice cold.

Pours a familiar golden-yellow colour, completely transparent and highly effervescent. It generates about one finger's worth of fizzy, white head that wilts away over the next minute or two, leaving behind strands of lacing as this occurs. Nothing unusual or interesting about the aroma, just standard 'pale lager' smells - some pale malts, a hint of honey and a subtle grassiness. Comes across a little cleaner than most AALs, but nothing to get excited about.

The taste is where the wheels sort of fall off of this one. It's not truly offensive, but the notes of corn syrup and apple juice greatly detract from the otherwise-acceptable grainy malt flavours. Not a lot of hop presence, save for perhaps a passing hint of grassy hay. The finish is sweet and too vegetal for my liking, but at least the aftertaste vanishes pretty quickly. Light-bodied and watery, possessing the characteristically high carbonation of most pale lagers. It's refreshing, I guess, but I'd be lying if I said I were impressed.

[Updated Jan 14 2015]

I picked up a can of this for the first time since my original review. While pouring it, I was astonished at how quickly the head fizzled away, which I am glad to see others noticing as well. Other than macro light lagers (and maybe a few types of sour), I have never seen beer do this. On the plus side, the taste seems more agreeable than I recall it being, though still pretty bland.

There isn't much of substance to say about Rock Cut Lager. It's a drinkable, mediocre lager that honestly doesn't come across as being of a higher quality than your standard 'premium' macro brands. It's something that most BAs can probably skip without missing much - though I suppose if you're just looking for something to throw back while sitting by the lake at the cottage, this should get the job done. Probably not at this price point, though.

Final Grade: 2.83, a C grade.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden colour, somewhere in between straw and copper. On top sits a finger of flimsy white head, which fases into a small soapy pool.

Smell - Very light roasted malts and caramel, with a good deal of grains and bread, Quite sweet smelling overall.

Taste - Taste follows the nose here. There is a malt backbone but it's exceptionally light, which is actually impressive given the style. Other than that, bread and grains dominate from start to finish, with very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing particularly noteworthy here.

Overall - 3.25/5

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Photo of spinrsx
2.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes.

Smell - Corn, apples, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation (seems watery and thin) and I can taste corn, apples, and grains. There is also a slight amount of floral notes. It ends with an apple/adjunct aftertaste.

Overall – To be fair, I hadn't read the previous reviews before I bought this beer. Save your money and buy something else, this isn't even worth the tick. My wife has to drink gluten free beer, and this beer reminded me of those.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thin layer of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Musty grains, toasted crackers, cooked corn and a hint of citrus rind.

T - Sweet corn and pale wheat flavours, musty grains and grassy notes, a mild sour citrus flavour comes through on the finish with bready malts lingering.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and a touch of dryness.

O - An attempt by the microbrewery to capture the macro market customers at a slightly higher price point. For an adjunct it fits the bill, but it's not something I was wild about. If I'm going to drink a macro I'll stick to paying macro prices, rather than paying more for an equivalent brew. It's easy drinking nonetheless.

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Photo of TerryW
1.87/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

No. This is not a good beer.

Looks good coming out of the can. Bright crystal clear golden yellow under a substantial white head. The head is gone in short order leaving a film that doesn't surrender any lace. Neutral aroma, only the merest hint of hops and malt.

It all goes wrong when you taste it. Unpleasantly doughy, has a vegetal funk. Not enjoyable in any way. Mouthfeel offers up a slight off putting tang.

This is the worst of the LB offerings I've had to date. Not even a good try. Be embarrassed.

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Rock Cut Baysville Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
2.78 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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