Alberta Genuine Draft | Big Rock Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
bigrockbeer.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lipschitz on 02-01-2003

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Ratings:
37
Reviews:
20
Avg:
2.65
pDev:
32.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Trenton
1/5  rDev -62.3%
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.

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Photo of EskimoDave
1/5  rDev -62.3%

Photo of Ianleesrivette
1/5  rDev -62.3%

Photo of hockeybarbie
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
1.61/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of speedonthis
1.68/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Shadman
1.97/5  rDev -25.7%
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

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Photo of Exeter
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of PassTheBaileys
2.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well, the beer seemed popular as hundreds of people were drinking it but for $6.00 at a festival this wasn't worth the money....or the upset stomach following the next day. Probably the most disgusting thing to ever touch my insides, I was gagging all night I had to chase it with a palm bay hours after my stomach finally settled. Wouldn't recommend even if you were as desperate to get drunk as I was. Not worth it. Seriously. Cash me drinking bud light over AGD (Bud light is trash too but compared to this lol.. its gold)

P.S .

It isn't that bitter which was nice

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Photo of staypuft
2.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

One of those basic bargain beers that in this case have those pull top cans where you can really bask in the horrendous aroma of this beer. It's not terrible tasting, it just doesn't smell particularly good. It's crisp enough to 'get the job done' on a hot day when you're hurtin' for cash.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.1/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of 49degrees
2.21/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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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

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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

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

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Alberta Genuine Draft from Big Rock Brewery
2.65 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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