Alberta Genuine Draft | Big Rock Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
20
Avg:
2.65
pDev:
32.08%
 
 
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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 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 Howlader
3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bumchilly25
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 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 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 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 KStark
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

Photo of EskimoDave
1/5  rDev -62.3%

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 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 Ianleesrivette
1/5  rDev -62.3%

Photo of papawu76
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of hockeybarbie
1.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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 Alberta_Beer_Guy
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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