Alberta Genuine Draft | Big Rock Brewery

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Alberta Genuine DraftAlberta Genuine Draft

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lipschitz on 02-01-2003

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Jimmyp86
5/5  rDev +88.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of m33lad
4.88/5  rDev +84.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I dont see what this beer got such a poor review!! I guess its gotta be like Bud with 50000 commercials a day before ppl start going after it.
I was actually hoping dumba*s useless province of ON, & U.S would start selling this beer too!!
Awesome price, grrreat taste, verrry smooth!!!

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Photo of Dean1139
3.76/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a good cheap beer. Taste smooth and will go down easy, not much suds so it's not as filling. A summer beer cause it's so easy to drink, plus the price is right.

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Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Zokambaa
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as bargain beers go, this is surprisingly drinkable... no better or worse than kokanee, corona, bud, canadian etc, and kind of like a bit less flavorful Grasshopper, I add a little lime to it and it is even better...

I didn't notice a horrible smell about it like some mentioned about the older stuff in the red can, it is a weaker tasting beer and not overly carbonated, however, it is still 5% and with the pop top that turns the can into an aluminum cup it would be super easy to slam this beer... if you are going to binge drink, it appears this would be perfect.

It is super easy to drink so it would be great after hiking or on a hot day when any easy drinking beer would do

The beer comes in a different can than this site previously showed for the old version though, the new can makes it known that Big Rock brews it and it has a simple beige and orangey red colored logo, so I believe they changed the formula too. I tried it a few years ago in the old cans like it shows on this site in another review, but didn't care for it... now in the new cans it seems more palatable and has no foul odour (it is unpasteurized so perhaps some people got old stock?)

Sure, it is not a high end beer you savour and it is a bargain beer so I didn't expect it to be like a craft beer, but it tastes better than many of the big factory beers and better than the other budget beers... so if you are out of work and still want to have a beer but don't want to spend a fortune, this will still work until you can pay $10 for a single bottle of craft beer in the liquor store again

As per the Big Rock Brewery site :

Key Ingredients:
Yeast: Big Rock's own special yeast,
Hops: Nugget and Willamette
Malt: 100% Alberta grown malt

Clear, pale golden yellow

Light malts, mild hops

Light body, medium carbonation

Food Pairing:
Chicken burgers, pork chops, trout fillets and bratwurst.

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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 ;-)

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of lipschitz
2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
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’s 2nd foray into the lager style (Kold being the 1st). This time, they’ve removed the Big Rock label (and their “Pure Beer” tag), and replaced it with a neckband label that reads “A G D”. 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…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.

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Photo of timtwoface
2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
2.77/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CrazyMike
2.77/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Slongie
2.74/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MilkLeg
2.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This stuff was had the right watery consistency and right price point to justify puncturing the bottom of the can with our keys before cracking open and drinking as fast as possible, repeating the process as many times a night as were physically capable for a 17 year old.

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Photo of BigBry
2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of sammytag
2.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of imfinished
2.59/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of asnider
2.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of KStark
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of schopenhauerale
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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