Alberta Genuine Draft
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Lager - American
Ranked #505
Ranked #49,707
2.57 | pDev: 31.91%
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
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harangatang from Canada (BC)

3.35/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Packaged: 03-11-2020
Purchased: 11-01-2021
Found at Big Rock Brewery in Vancouver, at the off-sales. It was in the fridge, and probably kept there for most of those 10 weeks. Even a value beer gets the royal treatment by its brewery to avoid off-spec product.

355 ml (12 oz) can poured into a 16 oz Big Rock glass

- Appearance is average for style. Nice rich gold colour like a Dortmunder, but marred by poor head retention. So clear you could see through miles of the stuff. Lacing is non-existent.

- Unfermented wort dominates. It smells like a brew day. Not a bad thing, but unusual, because this is definitely fermented, and you'd expect hop aroma in some amount.
- Freshly baked bread
- Faint DMS
- Hints of hops are detectable. I don't even think there were any late hop additions.

- Bready, with a little sweetness
- Hop bitterness appears in the background (nominal IBU of 12)
- Unfermented wort flavour is subdued
- Hint of cooked corn
- Overall, a more clean taste than the smell lets on

- Carbonation is firm but not too high like many adjunct lagers (assuming AGD contains adjunct and isn't merely corny from low-quality pale malt)
- Finishes well; still has that malty, glutenous weight. The texture of the beer doesn't feel like it was made with adjuncts. It's like drinking a proper lager that you paid good money for. Their website claims "this is a pure malt beer" with no additives or pasteurization. The texture is closer to a proper pale lager like Warsteiner or Radeberger than a corn pop like Bud or Pabst.

- The beer is a little off-balance. If they sprung for a late hop addition with the cheapest possible noble hop, that would level it out without driving the production costs up too much.
- at < $1.60 a can in a 15 pack, this is probably the best beer to buy at its price point. It's malty enough to not go down like water, but it sure comes close.

Jan 16, 2021
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

2.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tallboy can from Superstore; best before Oct 5 2019 and served well chilled. Just for laughs, every 1000th review I'm going to select a beer that I already know (from past experience) is no good, but haven't bothered to review. My top/bottom choice was Bow Valley Strong, but that slop isn't even shipped to this side of the country, so I had to settle for the next closest thing.

Pours clear and effervescent, with a pale golden-yellow body topped off with a quarter-inch cap of fizzy foam. It lasts sixty seconds or so, and that's probably being generous; in the end, only a sickly-thin collar remains. This looks like a macro lager. On the plus side, its nose is quite clean, with only a twinge of grainy malt sweetness and grassy hay to speak of.

Served cold, this beer doesn't taste too bad: it'd be fine for mindless summer swilling, at least if you're a macro lager drinker. It tastes of grainy pale malts, corn sugar sweetness and not much else. No trace of the hops, which would be fine if I were grading this as an adjunct lager; there's also a cotton candy note in the aftertaste. Light in body, with middling carbonation levels that provide a decent bite at first, but exhaust themselves quickly, resulting in a more tepid, unappealing mouthfeel over time. You can avoid this issue by just chugging it quickly, like you're supposed to, instead of being a huge dork like me and simultaneously trying to write an essay about it.

Final Grade: 2.88 a forgettable C grade. Alberta Genuine Draft is just the sort of industrial crap I was looking for. Big Rock states that only Albertan pale barley malts and hops were used to brew this, and I'm certainly in no position to claim otherwise, but the fact is that AGD doesn't taste any better than macro brands such as Sleeman OD or Brewhouse. On the plus side, I'd definitely take it over Big Rock's Bow Valley line, as well as the barrel bottom-scraping value brands like Lucky, or anything with 'ice' in its name. It's the sort of brew I'd politely accept if offered, but wouldn't dream of buying again. If they can't price this in the vicinity of $2 a tallboy, I don't even see the point of bringing it to Ontario, but at least I was able to use it for my 2000th review.

Jul 10, 2019
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My impression of this beer may have a lot to do with the environment I tasted it in and the fact I only had one. I had one last weekend at the foot of the glacier in Cameron lake in Waterton park (a beautiful postcard of a place) after a 5 klick hike to the US side of the lake.

Sorry but I had a can and the true color may differ from my impression of it being way too pale for a draft type beer (Smoothed in cold aging process). The aroma was nearly undetectable but the taste was nice and smooth with a nice bready malt after taste. If they use some adjuncts to cheapen the process and make this a pogue-boy beer, it was not detectable and well buried in this thin-bodied beer. One of the better draft-style standard mega beers out there.

To me, it came off well for what BR had intended this brew to be....a smooth, mild-tasting draft style affordable beer for chugging on a hot day or after a work out. Workin’ man’s draft...does Johnny Paycheck know about this Canuck beer?...He may switch from his draft Colorado cool-ade ;-)

May 26, 2004
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49degrees from Canada (BC)

2.21/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An uneventful lager style beer that doesn't live up to the Big Rock reputation.

I had this one on draught at a local Italian/Japanese fusion styled restaurant served in a 22oz mug. On delivery to the table, the head was virtually non-existent (whether that's the beer or just a slow waiter -- I'll call it a mix of the two). Head gave way to little more than a very small white collar on the mug with no lacing. A very average looking beer, light in color with a definite golden glow.

Aroma and taste were both lacklustre with both offering a little bit too much sweetness and maltiness when I would have hoped for a little more hoppiness. That's not to say there was no hop hit, just not as much as I had hoped for. Taste wise, a fairly mild, albeit boring brew that lacked any redeeming characteristics to warrant calling this good.

A below par beer from an otherwise reasonable brewery.

Feb 01, 2003
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lipschitz from Canada (AB)

2.93/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale, limpid yellow with a spumous white head that almost instantly fades to almost nothing. Smells of grains and corn. The taste is predominantly corn and cooked veggies, alongside an undercurrent of sweetish grains. There is a gentle hop presence in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin, and highly carbonated. This beer is an OK refresher when consumed cold, after yardwork and such. If allowed to warm however, the adjuncts really tend to take over.
Notes: This is Big Rock&#8217;s 2nd foray into the lager style (Kold being the 1st). This time, they&#8217;ve removed the Big Rock label (and their &#8220;Pure Beer&#8221; tag), and replaced it with a neckband label that reads &#8220;A G D&#8221;. In fact, the only mention of Big Rock on the label is a small line printed at the bottom of the label, stating that is brewed by Big Rock breweries. Presumably they want to distance this beer from the rest of their line&#8230;and rightfully so. One wonders why a quality brewery would feel the need to add an adjunct-laden lager, to their line of fine ales. I hope this is not a sign of things to come.

May 13, 2003
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

2.1/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, this was the new low that Big Rock sunk to before they started mass-producing Jack Rabbit. It must be said that they've done well with it in competition with the Canadian macro market, the price makes it the beer of choice for many of that crowd. But does price have anything to do with the actual taste or quality of it? We'll find out...

Pours out of the can (it's cheap beer, it only comes in a can) a pale watery straw colour, a thin fizzy splash of head that disappears in a flash. The aroma contains a bit of grain and sweet corn, but is overpowered by cooked vegetables and adjuncts. On the first sip it is a decent mass-produced adjunct lager, but the mouthfeel starts to get caustic halfway through and builds momentum on the finish, a sandpaper burn down the throat. That's not very user-friendly beer drinking. The mouthfeel is fuller for a macro, but the caustic texture of the finish and aftertaste loses it some points. I could only see this as the students beer of choice due to the pricing. If you're having friends over and are supplying the beer then the affordability of this stuff will make you the hero and allow you to pay for rent as well. But the quality is still low-grade swill, and one day you will be able to afford better beer.

Jul 17, 2004
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

2.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Only available in cans, pours yellowy gold color. No real head or foam stability. This is designed as a lower cost option from Big Rock to compete with other macro-type lagers. As far as that goes, it is pretty good. Slight grainy smell, easy to drink, no aftertaste, fresh and clean. Don't expect anything fancy, nothing special in the smell or taste, it isn't there and it isn't supposed to be there. Slightly higher quality beer at a lower quality price.

June 2015
Now available with a new label - retro look, tan-yellow color, with red lettering, and the new 360 pop top. Tastes the same, a good lawn mower option, or on a hot day.

Mar 19, 2005
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

2.77/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow colour with surprisingly thick head. Smells is grainy with a detection of cooked vegetables and corn.

Taste is very watered down, has a small hint of malt and a bit sweet but nothing very noticeable. Thin bodied with high carbonation, after taste is very smooth and malty.

Overall, this is definitely a bland beer. I wouldn't say that it's a bad beer as there is nothing rancid about it. If your looking for a cheep beer that's easy to drink it's good, but so is water.

Mar 06, 2008
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

2.93/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At least one local bar has a "price of crude" beer, a program through which the cost of a pint of a certain brand is pegged to the cost of a barrel of oil.

Given the current low cost of oil, that brand these days is AGD--because it's the cheap stuff.

And, okay, it's not heinous; nor is it particularly good: suffers from the Big Rock yeast, which I find evocative of packing peanuts, and it leans sweet, without any of the crispness or hop bite I like to see if I'm drinking a pale lager. Indeed, there's almost a blonde ale-like fruity, estery-ness here. Flavours of slight lemon, a touch of pale, biscuit, crackery malt.

I'm not mad at it, and at the current price of crude, under $4 for a pint ain't so bad.

Mar 29, 2016
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Shadman from Canada (AB)

1.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If yellow could possibly be any paler...aggressive pour yielded no head what so ever and no lacing. Grainy smelling with a faint wiff of cooked veggies. Cooked veggie taste with just a hint of malt thrown in for good measure. Very thin and fizzy mouthfeel. I guess you do get what you pay for once and a while.

note: have had this on tap locally and for what ever reason it has more of a fruity apple taste (think BR traditional) that isn't close to being as obnoxious as this can was

Feb 20, 2007
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. Ahhh...AGD...the canned beer of choice for impromptu ski trips lo those many moons ago, pre-craft beer knowledge and hegemony, as it were.

This beer pours a clear, rather bright medium golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves some decently frilly lace around the glass as it recedes before my very eyes.

It smells of pale, slightly toasted cereal grains (mostly of the Corn Pops variety), a touch of stale white bread, a middling hard water minerality, weak earthy hops, and wet hay. The taste is sweet cooked rice and creamed corn, both of the weirdly familiar breakfast cereal variety, a dumbed-down barley malt, and very little else beyond a soft weedy, grassy, and slightly vegetal hop character.

The carbonation is on the low side, and mostly just weakly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, fairly smooth, and just a wee bit cloying, way below the average levels of its shelfmates. It finishes off-dry, generally clean, and a little sweet, but with no nasty surprises.

Well, you get what you pay for - this is an adequately satisfying lawnmower/camping/ski lodge beer - inoffensive, a small step up from banality, and easy enough to mindlessly chug, especially for its proscribed style. Or maybe nostalgia is interfering with my subjectivity...nah. The best of Big Rock's, um, 'value' beer segment, this much is certain.

Jun 16, 2010
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EskimoDave from Canada (BC)

1/5  rDev -61.1%

Nov 28, 2011
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass 8/10/11

A clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbles and a short lived finger of foam leaves no lace

S sweet corny malt with a little hay

T what I smell but with a little dry cereal, not much going on but nothing offensive

M pretty basic with a thin body and plenty of bubbles, fairly clean finish

O pretty basic stuff but average beer for below average price

thought this leftover can would be just awful from my memories of it being an awful beer, but I was surprised that I didn't have to choke it down.

Oct 09, 2011
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sammytag from Canada (AB)

2.62/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appears a pale straw colour. I know this colour. I'm in for a cheap beer. Smell is not interesting. Nothing great going on here. Taste is grainy and indiscriminant, although doesn't have any of the bizarre flaws of the other Canadian domestics (ie molson canadian and kokanee). So, it does get points for its easy-drinking nature, but with a beer that smells and tastes like this, you don't want it in your mouth too long anyways.

I work at a liquor store in Edmonton, and a lot of people order this beer in kegs because it runs about $170. Both Amber's Brewing and Alley Kat in Edmonton sell full size (59L) kegs around that price, and the beer is much, much better, and more ethical.

When you support craft breweries, they grow, and make more good beer. Positive feedback loop. When you support inexpensive beer, you support the bottom line, which lowers the aggregate "bar". Negative feedback loop. The choice is yours.

Aug 29, 2009
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asnider from Canada (AB)

2.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Alberta Genuine Draft is a surprisingly drinkable, macro-style lager brewed by Big Rock Brewery. It's certainly below Big Rock's usual standard, but as bargain bin beers go, AGD isn't bad.

It pours a pale yellow with a surprisingly thick head that disperses rather quickly. The aroma is very weak, maybe a bit of grass or celery.

There isn't a lot of flavour here. A hint of malt, perhaps, but the best description of AGD's flavour would probably be "inoffensive." It's not tasty, but it's not disgusting in the way that some cheap beers tend to be.

Mouth feel is thin...almost like lightly carbonated water. Very little after taste.

While I'm certainly not going to declare AGD a new favourite, it's a cheap beer that goes down fast and smooth as long as it's kept cold. It's good to drink after mowing the lawn on a really hot day, or to take on a camping trip.

Jun 22, 2009
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bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

May 11, 2012
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Exeter from Canada (AB)

2/5  rDev -22.2%

Apr 05, 2014
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

3/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sep 04, 2016
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cam477 from Canada ()

2.25/5  rDev -12.5%

Oct 01, 2013
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papawu76 from Canada (BC)

3/5  rDev +16.7%

Dec 02, 2011
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timtwoface from Canada (BC)

2.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, for what it is, this beer isn't bad. It's a smidge better than the major competition out there - Molson Canadian and the like - as it's a bit maltier and I really appreciate the lack of preservatives.

Nothing much more to write home about after that, though. Another standard run-of-the-mill lager, and by style alone, I normally don't rank lagers very high. The price point is, I suppose, the one other decent selling feature here. Give it a try if you're looking to save - otherwise give this guy a pass.

Dec 07, 2011
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

May 25, 2015
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speedonthis from Canada (AB)

1.68/5  rDev -34.6%

Nov 14, 2014
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hockeybarbie from Canada (AB)

1.5/5  rDev -41.6%

Jan 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was the shittiest I have ever experienced in my life. I had 1/2 a can of it and chunked because it was so fucking disgusting. I would rate it lower than 1.0 if that were an option. It can't even get me drunk because I will chunck if I even try to drink anymore. If I wanted to stay sober and vomit I would have gone to a binder restaraunt and wiped my ass by dumping water down my crack and drink the water. This is a disgrace to anything that is remotely alcoholic and no matter how cheap it is save yourself the chunk and don't buy it. People should pay you to drink this. Crap.

May 05, 2012
Alberta Genuine Draft from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 44 ratings