Cains Finest Export Lager | Robert Cain & Company Limited

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Cains Finest Export LagerCains Finest Export Lager

Brewed by:
Robert Cain & Company Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 28
Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Well, if it's the finest export lager, I guess I've gotta give it a go, eh? This stuff pours a clear pale brass topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry biscuit, sweetgrass, light hard water, and a twinge of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with more biscuit, more hard water, and a bit of what seems like wild rice. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty boring and understandably unassuming beer, one that I'm not sure deserves the title of "finest".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some sweetness from flavors of honey, adjuncts and thin malt character. There’s some mild lager yeast and malt breadiness. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily since there isn’t much to the beer, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better alternatives in the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.01/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 440mL can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: golden hue with a light haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which doesn't have much in the way of retention.

Smell: sweet malt with a distinct fruitiness. It's almost got that over-sweet character I usually associate with Euro strong lagers. It's not gross, but it's mildly off-putting.

Taste: the general sweet malt character works better in the flavor than in the aroma, but it's nothing to write home about. Hops and bitterness are basically nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. There's not enough carbonation here to get a big creaminess (going for "real ale" character, maybe?), but I guess that's stylistically OK.

Overall: this is an OK lager; it's better than most macros, but its sweetness and lack of flavor balance just kind of leave it in "meh" territory.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.39/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange gold with a slightly cloudy body. Moderate amount of fine bubbles, 2 fingers of creamy white head.

S: Bananas, grass, caramel, floral, crisp with dull British hops.

T: Bready, yeasty, dull bitter British hops are mild, caramel, crisp, dry, a sort of dank farmyard. Slightly sweet.

M: Medium bready body. Medium low carbonation.

O: Like this one a lot. Far exceeded my expectations and I hope I will be able to get my hands on some again. Really complex and flavourful compared to what I thought based on reading others ratings. Great by itself, would go well with pub fries.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden brew with a small wispy eggshell head.

S - Caramel malt. Carrot cake....oddly enough.

T - This is quite malty... especially for the style. Almost bock-ish IMO. Some grassy hops are there too. Some cooked vegetable "off" flavors really detract from this one.

M - Medium bodied and chewy/dextriny. Feels thick and sugary like a malt-liquor.

Not good. Stick with their 'Bitter' and 'Mild' brews. This tastes like Euro-trash malt liquor. Smells a lot better than it tastes.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This represents my not-so-finest moment of The CANQuest (TM) as I bought a number of Cain's CANs for trade and nearly traded all of these away, not having reviewed it first! I am not sure how I caught my error, but one quickly got set aside and today being New CANned Beer Sunday, it got the nod.

The Crack & Glug was marvelous, creating a bunch of foam that began to cascade to form a liquid beneath. I backed off briefly to allow for some settling, then hit it again, finally ending up with a finger-and-a-half of French Vanilla-colored head with nice retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and King Midas and Croesus were both seen drooling, as was I. Nose had a pleasant, grainy malty sweetness which beat smelling yet another AAL six ways to Sunday, with today being Sunday. Hard to beat, just like a boiled egg. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, slightly metallic taste on the tongue. Finish had it all - a lager-like honey sweetness, a dry grassiness and still a bit of metallic tang. It really was not all that bad, but neither would I want a whole bunch of it. I have had numerous Cain's CANs and I would recommend them over this one. Oh well, CAN't win 'em all.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thank you goes out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, maybe a touch of corn. Taste is malty, slightly sweet, bready, some grains. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking lager.

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Photo of sohony
3.72/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the haters of this beer either don't like lager or live in manchester. picked it up at binny's in chicago, a nice clean lager, excellent ice cold with my neighbour's outstanding home made curry. get a life haters. this may not have as much as bite as a pilsner urquell but it's a well made straightforward lager which is easy to enjoy...

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Photo of rtepiak
3.43/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

one of the most overlapping beer styles on BA. not noble grassy hopping but english orange blossom bitter hints and a sun tea malty back. sterling golden may have been used. golden pour with a nice fresh had. dry feel light a distinctly english bitter bittering. a bit biscuity in the finish. lagers are different everywhere you go. this one happens to have english distinction. down to the poor carbonation. a week point as a lager. don't think this beer matters to the average BA'er. anyone into pre prohibition still lagers would really enjoy this. make sure its fresh though. great for bangers and mash too.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dull orangish-yellow color, kind of hazy. A foamy white head sits on top and slowly dissipates to a frothy film. Nice sticky lacing. The beer smells slightly sweet and kind of sticky with buttery overtones. The beer tastes Sweet and buttery up front. Caramel and dry biscuit come in later, it tastes like a marzen almost. There's a faint bitter hop finish, but it's dulled by all of the malts. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and goes down smooth.

Overall, this is way better than I expected. It's very malty, sweet, and drinkable. Not bad for a "euro export lager."

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Photo of vipworld
1.6/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this as a sampler pack with 12 international brews. This was probably my least favorite.

The beer has a dark and alchoholy smell that is not characteristic of most lagers, and its taste of candied fruit did not sit well with me.

The beer is overly heavy and it seems like it tries to compensate by adding more sweetness. Bad combo, would not recommend.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted during a German and lager evening last week, did OK against some well known Pilsners and Exports.

Brown 500ml bottle, best before May 2012.

Typical lager/pilsner/export golden body, clear and clean looking.

Fairly sweet in the nose and taste, not unpleasant, but certainly not as dry tasting as the German Exports also being reviewed at the time.

Mid-strength in body depth and flavour, an OK brew and just above average for it's style (on BA).

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Features a metallic label with the Cains logo writ large - I've always liked their branding.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear golden colour with light carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam with good stability; remains for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma is close to non-existant - a faint hint of light malt and stewed corn. None too enticing.

Tastes of very light malt with an unpleasant aftertaste of faint stewed leaves and hints of solvent. Notes of overcooked corn. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry with little carbonation. Aftertaste is nasty - an artificial chemical bitterness.

Bad - not a well made beer by any standard. What little flavour there is crosses into unpleasant territory, whereas most lagers are merely bland. The subtle off-notes make for a poor drinking experience - one to avoid.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.11/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland, and served in a Grolsch pint glass. Reviewed from notes. Label reads "Cains prize-winning finest export lager". If you have to include that many self indulgent adjectives just in your title, then something's amiss.

A: Four finger head without cream, but of nice thickness and retention. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Slight cream and malted barley. A scent of light strength.

T: Medium cream and light barley body. Simple but refreshing. Balanced well, but built only average at best for the style (which is outright wrong on beeradvocate; this is not a Euro pale lager). I'd like more complexity, particularly involving hops. That is to say, I'd like to taste some hops.

Mf: Creamy smooth wet refreshing feel. Complements the simple body.

Dr: Prize winning me arse. It's cheap enough in Ireland - probably because it has to be, but it's of decidedly poor quality.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.12/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible looking in almost every respect. Light amber coloured & clear with tonnes of large bubbles rising to the surface in what can only be decribed as an aggressive fashion. It forms a thumb sized, bubbly white head that disappears almost instantly & leaves a fine film around the brim of the glass. Truely shocking looking, I can't think of a worse looking beer.

It smells like a pale lager but without any of the positive aromas that come with the style. A bad combination of grain & bread here that makes me wish I had avoided this particular beer.

I wouldn't have though it possible but it actually tastes worse than it smells with the taste consisting of nothing but grain & corn. This is finished with a musty, off tasting flavour that lingers for far too long despite the beer still being well in date.

Rough on the palate & kind of musty. Despite the huge amount of bubbles rising to the surface the beer was still incredibly flat & generally terrible with regards to mouthfeel.

Truely one of the worst beers I have ever tasted, the only good thing about it was that I wasn't physically sick after taking a sip & it didn't seem to hurt my stomach as I drank it (or the three mouthfulls I took anyway). Avoid this one at all costs, it is shockingly terrible.

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Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a slim 500ml brown bottle, BB May 2012, served chilled in a pint-size pilsner glass. NOTE: this lager is brewed using Maris Otter malts.

A: burnished golden hue, coming with a fluffy off-white beer head and abundant fizziness.
S: lightly dusty, sweet orangey hops plus English pale malts (with that stinky edge, yes, not lager malts), plus salty-sweet yellow prunes and a touch of caramel; a clean edge of saltiness typical to a lager beer is apparent in the background, but not assertive. The overall impression of this beer reminds me of a lot of golden bitter/ales these days actually.
T: far more English pale-malty than any other continental lager on the palate (again, the pale malts with that stinky edge), coupled with boiled taro, caramel, orangey and grassy hops with rough bitterness lingering in the end; a flow of nice grainy note seems to linger nicely as well, adding extra pleasure in the aftertaste.
M&D: not so fizzy on the palate as in appearance, this medium-bodied lager beer is really like a golden ale, maybe due to the flavour profile defined strongly by the English ingredients. Although I can't easily compare it with any other continental lager I've tried, I have to say this is not a very bad product, either. Quite drinkable.

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Cains Finest Export Lager from Robert Cain & Company Limited
2.99 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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