Laid Back Lager | Big Surf Beer Co.

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Laid Back LagerLaid Back Lager

Brewed by:
Big Surf Beer Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 01-01-2012

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 21
Photo of Brewji
1.28/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The beer came in a bright yellow, almost a neon too-many-vitamins-in-my-urine yellow. There was some head that didn't stick around too long, and it smelled like a stale Molson Canadian. My buddy and I just looked at each other, and we figured "Well, it's a lager, it should go down without much of a fight."

My first sip into this beer, and wow. Laid Back Lager should be changed to Cat Pee. The taste of this beer reminds me of the smell of cat pee, mixed with the smell of Canadian. I'm sorry, Big Surf, but there is no way in hell I'm going to order anything from you guys without a taste test first.

Maybe it was old, near the end of the keg. Maybe it was a bad batch, maybe. There are a lot of possibilities, but the one I'm sticking with is that this beer is just plain garbage.

If you're looking for a North American-style lager that actually has some merit and would knock this one out of the park (faster than San Jose knocked the Canucks out of the first round), then try the Mt. Begbie "High Country Kolsch" -- it's a far superior beer.

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Photo of Sammy
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pure yellow coloured beer, with a minimal retained white head. Slightly pilsner smelling malty aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Very little taste, as it is so watered down. Constructive criticism is to add ingredients.Extra in a trade. More of a rib.Not too drinkable, drain poured most of it.

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Photo of Derek
2.72/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear with a faint yellow hue; pours with a fizzy white head, zero retention or lace.

Floral, perfume-like aroma, slight steelie mineral, nice sulfur aroma (like a true lager)... then the subtleties get a bit odd... gooseberry, almost chardonnay-like, with a hint of cat pee.

Very little bitterness; overwhelmed by a biscuity sweetness. Buttery diacetyl is well above my taste threshold, but not overpowering. A bit of cream corn-like flavour. Fairly macro-like, but it shows promise.

Light to moderate body that's not too fizzy. Better than an average macro.

It's drinkable, but overall it's a bit below average. Given the price point, I'm sure I'll revisit this one in the summer and see if it has improved.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml can poured into tulip 24/10/13

A slight haze in a pale straw yellow body, lots of bubbles and they coat the side of the glass looks odd, a short lived thumbs width of foam leaves no lace

S apple, honey, sweet grains, very little going on really

T a little tin, has a faint mineral water thing going on, much like the nose not a whole lot happening, not offensive but not all that great either

M thin and watery, foam up and flattens out, a little slimy on the palate, not much of an aftertaste

O I could drink a few if I wanted to catch a cheap buzz between paychecks but that's about it, a little metallic and boring

far from the worst cheap 6 pack I've had but nothing special except the price tag,

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Photo of BigBry
2.92/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can review.
I have a couple can collectors looking for the Lager and Honey Brown. Ihave seen (and reviewed) the draft version, but finally found 6 packs available in Calgary. Nice looking graphics, now how is the beer inside?
This beer pours a clear, bright yellow-gold color, foamy white head which dissipates quickly, little lace around the glass. Smells of grainy malt, more on the sweet side. Minimal hop aroma. The taste has some wet grass character, slightly sour finish. Lots of sweetness, no hop bitterness to finish.
The carbonation is low, the body is medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Pretty basic lager, drink it cold on the patio and dream of being Laid Back in a lawn chair watching the Big Surf.

Draft review.
On-tap at the North Taphouse, in Chestermere, Alberta.
This beer is clear, bright golden-yellow. Some soapy bubbles on top, but not really enough to call it a head. No retention or lace.
Slightly flowery smell, with some grainy malts. Much more on the sweet side, than any hoppiness. Taste is similarily sweetish, slightly grainy with a bit of wet grass and hay.
Low carbonation, medium body, slightly cloyingly sweet mouthfeel and aftertaste. Would have prefered a more dry finish.
Pretty average overall, but nothing really 'bad' about it. Price was right at $5 / 20oz .

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Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can. Does a brewery in an industrial park in Winfield, BC, really evoke the North Shore imagery on the label of this offering? They are only a few miles from Okanagan Lake, granted, but I don't recall there being much of a big swell on that particular shoreline...

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden colour, with two pudgy fingers of loosely foamy white head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving little evidence of its trek in the form of lace around the glass.

It smells of orchard fruit, somewhat floral, somewhat musty, over top of a flinty, grainy malt. The taste is more fruity pale malt, now taking on a more vinous quality, amongst a rather sublimated cornbread-esque biscuit character; it's practically all sweetness, nothing much resembling hop bitterness emerges.

The carbonation is on the mild side, the body a sturdy medium weight, though unfortunately borne of a tacky cloyingness - ergo, not smooth in all that much of a good way. It finishes still pretty sweet, the floral, cheap white wine, and musty notes facing no competition.

Well, marketing tics aside, this is a bit of an enigma, in the world of discount domestic lagers - there seems to be an adequate amount of effort expended on the malt (yin) side of this beer entity, with a corresponding lack of hop (yang) focus. Potential, there is here, grassHOPper. Now, go find your existential other half, and we might very well have the best damned 7 dollar six pack in the West. Until then.

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Laid Back Lager from Big Surf Beer Co.
2.78 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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