HogsBack Vintage Lager | HogsBack Brewing Company

HogsBack Vintage LagerHogsBack Vintage Lager
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HogsBack Vintage LagerHogsBack Vintage Lager

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HogsBack Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our inaugural and flagship style is a European-inspired lager with superior flavour derived from using only premium ingredients combining three malt types (2-Row, Munich and Vienna), unique Saaz hops and German lager yeast. The result is a crisp, flavourful lager experience.

18 IBU

Added by Viggo on 04-05-2010

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 28
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1/5  rDev -70.4%

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Molson2000
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of StormAles
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CurtisD
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TerryW
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks good, nice big pillowy looking head overtop of clear golden brew. Aroma is interestingly spicy, but also has a soapy/perfumy character. Not sure what to think.

Mouthfeel is rather soft and full, a touch of spritziness. But I'm not much liking the taste. Soap and bread both. Just odd.

Interesting in a way, but not something I'd make a habit of.

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Photo of Long813
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of boszormeny
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bryehn
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found a six pack at my local LCBO here in Ottawa.

Poured into a lager glass, I found a nice clear golden colour with a decent white head that stuck around as a collar.

Has a relatively hoppy and surprisingly "boozy" aroma. Also has that Ontario craft beer smell to it, which is to say dank and Earthy when it's first poured. These "moldy" traits thankfully dissipate as the beer warms a bit.

I find the mouthfeel quite bubbly, this European-inspired lager has a medium carbonation.

Taste is more bitter than I'd expect up front, but carries a malty sweetness as well towards the end thanks to a three-malt blend. Halfway through my first sample I'm not really getting any accents of note; maybe a bit of wood in the aftertaste.

Hogsback Vintage Lager is easily the best beer I've had that's produced in my adopted home town of Ottawa. It has the familiarity of mass-market lagers with accented bitter and sweetness on either end of the spectrum.

After Trying other local beers I didn't expect much, but found a satisfactory beer I could serve to my casual beer-drinking friends.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mit
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours a light amber colour with a lasting head.

Smells malty with a slight spice...some slight yeast smells.

Kind of muted in taste...the malty smells are in the background....tasted a little flat

Mouthfeel is good for the Abv.

Drinkability is good....I have had this in the past on tap and it was much more flavourful. I would buy it again for sure.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of seand
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a straw yellow amber with a fair amount of light white head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Sweet, grainy, and lightly hoppy.

T: Lightly sweet, light grain, and light malt. Pretty mild overall, though not a bad mix.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent but kind of mediocre.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sedate to the point of non-existent.

Taste starts a bit adjunct-sweet, peek of citrus in the middle, lightly bitter through the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is easy. Approachable, easy drinking, but kind of boring.

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Photo of liamt07
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass. G1612 dating, thus a July 16, 2012 canning date.

Golden orange with a finger and change of white head. Light lace and modest retention. Cereal and grainy nose, pronounced leafy/herbal Noble hopping as well. Lager yeast character comes through, very mild sweetness. More malt on the palate, grainy and bready. Lighter Noble hopping than the nose suggested, but it's still there. Hint of metal and mild bitterness in the finish. Light body, medium carbonation. Not hard to drink, but that might be due more to the fact that it's pretty dang hot outside.

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Photo of korguy123
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed golden pour. Half finger off white head. Very short lived and leaves minimal in way of lacing.

Digestive cookies, earthy hops, slight grass and a touch of caramel.

Sweet bread, earthy hops, cut grass, slight cereal. Very plain and simple.

Light body, high carbonation.

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Photo of tabhill
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can picked up from LCBO and poured into a pint glass. Intrigued by the label, which led to a purchase.

Appearance - Nice rich golden color, very transparent. 1 finger of head is yielded and quickly dissipates with low retention and no lacing.

Smell - Slightly maltier than many other lagers, only real detectable thing otherwise are some faint grassy notes. Not unpleasant, but not a ton going on here.

Taste - Very little that is discernible, standard lager fare, but a certain richness and fullness of the flavor, means this is one you want to be going back for. Just the faintest hint of smoke is there, which is where it differentiates from others.

Mouthfeel - Nice, smooth, I could see myself throwing a few of these back no problem. Lowish carbonation, but still enough so that there is nothing wrong with the beer. Dry finish.

Overall - While it's definitely not the best beer I've had, it's certainly tasting and thirst-quenching and avoids any unusual or unpleasant flavors, which is why it's one of my new favorites in the style.

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3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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