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Northern Breweries Edelbrau | Northern Breweries Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Northern Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Shiloh on 03-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by pootz:
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3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the last branded beer that exists from the Port Arthur breweries (Kakabeka cream ale being my favorite) taken over by the northern brewing co. from the Sault. It was, and is, pretty much as it always was brewed originally... to compete with Okeefe in the north and steal their "old vienna" sales.

This beer is very fair brew for a large volume brewer attempting a Dortmunder helles style lager, which is medium bodied malty-sweet with subdued herbal German hopping, keyed to the Canadian mass palate. This beer has some of those helle lager characteristics but is by no means in the Euro league of viennas or dortmuder-helles. I don’t mind this beer as a change from the local sudz at all.

It pours a golden color, good head and fair laceing ... a sweet- malty smell to it. Starts surprisingly light but malty and sits on the palate well with a silky body for a macro brew lager with that sweet malting coming through loud and clear, hersbrucker herbal hopping toned back.... the finish is nice slightly lemmony ( like a good Helles) but the toned back hops leave a slight musty-earthy after taste. The finish is fairly clean but watery.

No this isn’t a hearty full character Euro beer....I’m making these characteistics relative to the fact this is a mass produced local beer for northern consumers. Probably the best brew coming from this brewer....and the only Dortmunder-Helles in the Ontraio domestic market...a very pleasant change...try some once in a while..it really is a pleasant break from the sameness of weakly malted Pilsners and sour IPAs we are diluged in here.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pale golden pour with minimal head and little carbonation. The nose is mild and lightly floral. The taste similarily is floral and mild. A very light body and smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A touch of lingering bitterness. Overall, an uneventful beer. Generic at its best.

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Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is listed as a Lager but tastes a lot more like an IPA to me...Pours a medium golden colour with minimum lace and glass cling. Seems well carbonated, body is light by Canadian brewing standards. Aroma is mildly grainy.
The taste is a little weak, light and sweet with no malty retention...Also leaves you a little dry...
Worth a try.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little bit of a dry beer, which is good for thirst quenching. Pours a polluted gold colour with a very small head. Kind of pathetic looking. Smelled a bit odd. Imperial pale lager? A bit hoppy smell, somewhat bittersweet. Taste was alright. Mildly hoppy bite, weak malt backbone, no cloying sweetness. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Drinkable as a party/swill/thirstygimmebeer beer. Really, not much too complain about, but not much too praise either.

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Photo of TerryW
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden yellow, moderate head that settles to a partial film, sparse spotty lace.

Flowery sweet hops in the nose. The aroma is probably the highlight for this one.

Taste is thin and undistinguished. Slightly sour, pungent flavour.

Not offensive, but not a looker either.

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Northern Breweries Edelbrau from Northern Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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