Mountain Lager
Side Launch Brewing Company

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From:
Side Launch Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
Helles
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 7.03%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
22
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 07, 2019
Added:
Jul 10, 2015
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  8
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: None
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Rated: 3.79 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Mar 07, 2019
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Rated by mmckenzie101 from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light tasting, lasting flavour. Refreshing on a hot day.
Aug 04, 2018
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Rated by garthbrennan from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Excellent lager. Fuller bodied version nice hops adding some spice. Well balanced brew, could drink a few!! Enjoy!
May 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by EmilyC103 from Canada (ON)

Mar 03, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Golden with a light haze and champagne like carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of light malts, cream corn, and Saaz hops.

The taste totally follows the nose.

Light body, little carbonation, and very refreshing.

Got this in Waterloo, drinking in Muskoka, Feb 22nd, 2018. Well done for the style.
Feb 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by kbullen87 from Canada (ON)

Sep 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.58 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Aug 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Jul 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by km02600 from Michigan

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.01 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
473ml can - wait, there's mountains in Ontario? Or maybe I just didn't read that right, because who on Earth puts black typeface on a dark blue background?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, chunky, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some depth-charge splash aftermath lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, further biscuity cereals, a hint of peppery yeastiness, and some tame leafy, weedy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, artisanal bread crust, honeyed white crackers, a bit of indistinct earthy spiciness, and more gentle leafy, herbal, and musty verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly aggressive in its forward and fresh frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a touch of that pepper-like spice making a few waves here. It finishes trending dry, the graininess holding on, but bleeding out of its inherent sweetness.

Overall, this particular mountain lager (with respects to Kokanee - just kidding!) comes across as well-made, and complex in its malt bill, with just enough spice and hop to keep things sane and balanced. I could see hammering a few of these back if it was local and I wasn't in a hoppy/big beer mood, which does happen occasionally.
May 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

May 05, 2017
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Reviewed by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Ample two fingers of head on this one that did stick around but produced minimal lacing. The body is a cloudy yellow that reveals a lot of carbonation and a lot of unappealing sandy looking sediment in the beer.

Smell: Unroasted grain and an earthy tone with a slight peppery note. Warming didn't really seem to make it come out, and while not especially strong as far as potency, it falls maybe a little bit better then average.

Taste: Doughy, course grain, like I'm drinking mutligrain bread. Around the mid way point a sweet honey note kicks in, and then it's dusted off by some earthy hops. It's not what I would call run of the mill lager, but it just doesn't seem to go quite as far into unique territory as I would like.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is fairly clean, apart from a slight earthy hop build, which seems to carry more and more of a pepper note with it. The carbonation is well done if you like a frothy brew and it helps out the entire beer fairly evenly and mildly, and for the most part it's a fairly steady drink.

Drinkability: The peppery note seems to kill a bit of the refreshing aspect and it does come across as slightly on the heavier end of medium bodied. It does settle down fairly well, so it's pretty good.

Final Thoughts: This strikes me as a beer for the dying days of summer. It's starting to cool, and while the heat is still there, it's not quite the cooler days of fall. The kind of lager to wean you back onto heavier ale. All in all, it's passable, but not especially remarkable. I much prefer their dark lager and wheat beer to be honest. Still, better then most big beer brews.
Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.54 by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON)

Mar 08, 2017
 
Rated: 3.74 by RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

Feb 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Jan 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by kevinlater from Canada (ON)

Nov 15, 2016
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Oct 18 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow colour, generating two fingers of puffy, soapy white foam that dissipates over the following couple of minutes. An attractive collar survives afterwards - not much lace, but otherwise looks good. Doughy malts with gritty grain husks on the nose, with just the lightest touch of honey sweetness and grassy noble hops.

A lovely pale lager. The taste follows the aroma - plenty of clean, grainy pale malts and doughy bread, with hints of honeycomb and biscuity sweetness. Mild hop notes come forward on the back end, introducing a grassy, herbal quality to the profile, and a dulled sweetness that quickly fades into the dry aftertaste. Light-bodied and very refreshing, with crisp, aggressive carbonation and a prickly mouthfeel. Bonus points for its ridiculous level of drinkability.

Final Grade: 3.83, a very respectable B+. Mountain Lager isn't Side Launch's first German-style lager, but I'd have to say it's definitely their best to date. This one tastes every bit as good as some of the better German imports, with a clean, delicious flavour that any Reinheitsgebot-appreciating beer geek should find more than satisfactory. Solid stuff - recommended to German-style lager fans, and something that I'd purchase again if it were available in Sarnia (I found this can in London).
Nov 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Oct 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Aug 26, 2016
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.80 CDN. This rendition listed at 4.7% ABV.

Appearance - Pours a mostly clear, crisp golden color. Slight haze gives indication of unfiltered. Small half finger of head is poured and fades away quickly.

Smell - Course wheat, with a slightly dank and earthy aroma too that is typical of kellerbiers. Aroma is actual quite substantial after a couple of sips, building on the flavors of the beer.

Taste - Course grain with a sweet corn and wheat like mixture. Some element of honey perhaps that cuts through the grain. Bitterness is very low.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated although perhaps too much so.drying finish, creamy body. An interesting mix that makes this easy going down.

Overall - One of the better representatives of this underappreciated style, although with examples like this and Smithhavens Kellerbier, that may be quickly changing.
Aug 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Aug 08, 2016
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Can from Sobeys ottawa for $2.75. Over carbonated and a little thin.
Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by MattCampbell from Canada (ON)

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jul 10, 2015
Mountain Lager from Side Launch Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 27 ratings