Captain's Log Lager | Cameron's Brewing Co.

Captain's Log LagerCaptain's Log Lager
BA SCORE
3.36/5
83 Ratings
Captain's Log LagerCaptain's Log Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
cameronsbrewing.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cameron’s Lager is pale golden in colour, this European lager is brewed with “noble hops”, the term noble hop refers to traditional varieties that have low bitterness and high aroma that have been grown for hundreds of years. Only the finest two row malted barley is used. Never rushed, this lager is fermented cold and long, to create a crisp, fresh and great for easy drinking occasions.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,131
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
83
pDev:
13.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of chadmbogo
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of Sercoli
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

One of the best lagers I've had. Rich flavor. A bit of depth. Nice.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial review of this beer:

Awful experience with this one.

This poured a cloudy witbier yellow with a tinge of head that sat as a ring around the glass, ordinarily quite nice but this is supposed to be a lager not a witbier. Smell is sour, almost nauseating. This nauseating aroma is carried into the flavor as well, with some underlying malt hidden behind all that "funk". Nearly impossible to get past the mouth nevermind make it's way down to even attempt to be drinkable.

This has to be by far one of the worst beers I've ever had. I don't know if it is because of the way this beer is, or because it may have gone bad (brew date was 10/06 and it is now three months past that) however it was supposed to be refrigerated since I did buy it at The Beer Store.

A part of me wants to revisit this beer on a fresh note (direct from the brewer) but I'm almost afraid to since 9 bottles of this can get quite expensive. For now I'm going to say avoid this one.


Now the part of me that wanted to revisit this beer prevailed and I'll share a little story about what happened afterwards.

I contacted the brewer. I received a prompt response offering to come and pick up the bad case and replace it. Instead I visited the brewery and met with their staff and exchanged the bad batch for a good one. They were out of lager that day so they gave me some of their Auburn Ale, as well as another case of the Auburn Ale for my trouble, Which I thought was very considerate of them. I came back today and they had lager, so I got some. My initial instincts were correct, this is supposed to be a good beer, and when served fresh I found the following:

This poured a very clear medium yellow with a cloudy head that subsided to a ring around the glass and some lace, not bad. Smell is hoppy, with some malt characteristics there. This is reflected in the flavor as well, medium bodied barley malt aroma with a slight hop character that is not too bitter but balances out the flavor nicely. This is quite refreshing and extremely easy to drink.

Of all the Ontario Craft Beer I've had, this particular beer best emulates a German style Pilsener. I was actually quite impressed with it's simplicity and I think this would be an excellent "Starter Beer" for Macro drinkers.

This once again goes to show that the only way to get good craft beer in Ontario is to go straight to the brewers, and not rely on the incompetence of The Beer Store or the LCBO.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under the $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a nice 1" high white head that is gone in a minute or so. Medium gold colour and filtered clear.

S- A touch lacking. Was hoping for more noble hops here but nope.

T- Very good. Malt abounds. Very enjoyable. The balance between sweet and hop to malt is just right. Very flavorful.

M- Very good and mellow but a touch watery

O- I like it. Will buy again for sure. The oak at the end is just what it needs.

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with.... Fried green tomatoes. Msg me for the long recipe.

Enjoy!

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Photo of mintjellie
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw in colour, topped by a finger of pale white head. Head is lacy but poorly retained. Mild cereal aroma, simple but with no apparent flaws. It tastes extremely clean, which I suppose is an appropriate yardstick to measure this style of beer by. No buttery or vegetal character. None of the green apple skin that mars many industrial lagers like Carling or Canadian. This just has a simple and delicate grainy flavour with the barest hint of hop bitterness, and an almost non-existent finish.

Light-bodied with pretty low carbonation for the style, a pleasant change from the prickly feel common to many industrial lagers. This wont excite the average Beer Advocate, and that's ok. This isn't meant for them. It's clean, simple, light, and meant to be all things to all people - or in other words, it's meant to be nothing to anyone. I think it succeeds.

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Photo of lvn
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fortyfield
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roby923
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very crisp and refined lager. Great brew for the summer months. As in the description, it's not overly hoppy, but has lots of flavour. Canned from the LCBO.

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Photo of FearLiathMor
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nothing offensive here, a clean crisp lager that boasts a solid flavour profile of biscuits, toasted grains, and hints of grassy hops. Easily sessionable... A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of WeizenMike
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Jaisell
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly chill hazed golden color. It doesn't have much of a head unfortunately, starting off with a thin fizzy layer, quickly settling into a thin skiff of foam. There is an average amount of carbonation rising to the top and the lacing is minimal too...looks like a standard lager with more coloration....nothing special.

S- The aromas are of malted barley and not much else, which is a definite positive for this style. Perhaps there are whiffs of yeasty bread but I don't find them dominant or anything. The finish contains some mellow hop bitterness, but the story here in terms of smell is the lack of adjunct.

T- The flavors are very nice, and this tastes like a lager should....clean and crisp with good grain and honeyed malt taste. Some biscuit flavor shows through and the finish is slightly bitter, but nothing much.

M- Like I mentioned before, this is clean, crisp and has more body than a standard lager. The carbonation scrubs the palate well, but helps the flavors to explode nicely. It's somewhere in between lite and medium.

O- This is a premium lager that anyone who enjoys the style would enjoy....I'd put this along the level of PBR and the likes in terms of similarity. Fine on it's own, this would also be good with barbecued meats too. I find this highly drinkable and would have no problem enjoying several of these in a sitting, but can't due to the lack of availability in my area. I recommend this one...good job!

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Photo of Shiloh
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My compliments to Cameron's. This is a really nice micro.
A very full bodied pale lager with a thick crown that has an idea that it wants to stick around .
Carbonation is light.
Very smooth offering with a well balanced taste( a slight edge to the mallts.)
Grainy/grassy tease.
Definetley recomended....

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, another $2 special from the nearby LCBO, pretty convenient, seeing as getting out to Oakville isn't in my current southern Ontario itinerary.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of moderately foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some broad swathes of splotchy lace around the glass in its hasty exit from the building.

It smells of semi-sweet, rather biscuity grainy pale malt, tart green apple esters, and peppy earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more toasted biscuit pale grain, a touch of stale countertop butter, more understated green apple and unfermented white wine grape fruitiness, musty honey, and mild earthy, muddy hops.

The carbonation is a bit edgy, with heady frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, the bubbles the only challenge here. It finishes on the dry side, quite clean, with a softly biscuity graininess rounding things off.

A decent enough Euro-style lager, bordering egregiously on the Czechs' homeland offerings (I'm sure they get nervous at such an idea), what with all that sassy biscuit character. For a Canadian-made craft lager, this is more than alright, though perhaps a tad disjointed, but enjoyable enough for its earnestness.

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Photo of bryehn
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice golden, almost amber colour with a lean foamy head that gets retained as a collar. Little to no lacing.

The smell is of honey sweetened barley malts, with a very fresh and grainy hop character. Has a sort of earthy undertone as well. Very pleasant.

Very clean taste, dry and bitter, but with a decent bread-like maltiness on the tongue. Hops poke through before the finish, well-balanced and quite a refresher.

Gives a somewhat creamy, yeasty impression on the tongue. Low carbonation and finishes dry.

Very refreshing, easy to drink and great with salad. Would be great at a barbecue.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from LCBO, into pint glass. No expiry date, but it says "NA ZDRAVIE" under the cap. Does that mean it's a Slovak Pilsner?

Medium straw color with bubbly, short-lived head. Lots of carbonation visible.

Good lager aroma, malty with strong undertones of sulfur and mineral water.

Hey, this is a proper pilsner! Light but flavorful, with crackery pils malt to start and a moderate kick of spicy, herbaceous noble hops on the back end. Sulfur and mineral notes are present subtly and add complexity. Very dry and refreshing.

Thin body with lively carbonation.

Great "fancy lawnmower beer" (sorry, St. Arnold) to my tastes; clean and refreshing without being bland. Could go a little easier on the carbonation.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle taken from a sampler pack of four. Packaged on November 8th of this year - so this is about as fresh as sampler pack beer from the LCBO gets, I imagine.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of white head that is in a hurry to go somewhere else. Other than some wisps on the surface and a very thin collar, it leaves almost no remnants. Looks like a glass of apple juice from concentrate... and honestly the aroma isn't far off from that either as there are some definite tart green apple notes on the nose. Kind of reminds me of white wine. There are some boring grainy malt notes underneath this as well, but it smells quite fruity for a pale lager. I like it.

Up front the taste is pale malts, a bit grainy but mostly bready in nature. Tangy floral hops and honey with more green apple/white wine notes coming forward in the finish, and a lightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't linger. Only a bit of dryness to balance the sweetness. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation that makes this brew much more smooth than many pale lagers; almost creamy. Very easy to drink.

[Updated Apr 25 2016]

Recently re-branded as "Captain's Log Lager"; this is a tallboy dated from Mar 31 2016. I've had this beer on multiple occasions over the past few years (usually in their sampler packs), and I have to say that as far as Ontario 'craft lagers' go it's probably one of the better examples. Very clean-tasting with an enjoyable pale, grainy malt sweetness; sort of like a Euro lager that hasn't experienced the abuse of being shipped across an ocean. No sign of the "apple" notes mentioned in my original review; real good, long-lasted head this time around, though. Captain's Log Lager is good for what it is, but given that there are plenty of pilseners available for 20-33% cheaper, I don't go out of my way to pick this lager up very often.

Final Grade: 3.63, a B.

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Photo of Squeezyq
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justin82
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Captain's Log Lager from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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