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

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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
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
14.46%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste was off and may be daicetyl. Had it in the plant. Light but little in way of taste. Marginal beer, could sub for a national brand. I couldn't finish a glass, but your average beer drinker would likely drink it and simply not ask for another. Creamy head .Had 5 years later on tap at the brewery and it was improved.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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 biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple lager like this should look antiseptically clean; Cameron's Lager indeed has a bleached white head and sparkling, pristine yellow body. Despite its luster, however, the bubbles look lackadaisical and appear dangerously low in numbers. That notwithstanding, I'll tell ya, you could sell just about anything if it had this kind of brilliance and shine.

The aroma is about as exciting as picking beans with grandma, but it's important to note that these kinds of lagers are not measured with the same yardstick as other, more expressly aromatic styles. And besides, it doesn't have to be exciting to be good; this faintly sweet cereal maltiness is fair and reasonable for the style, if not pleasant.

The plight of lagers is corn and cheap fillers. They make the beers cloying, artificial, shallow and, in many cases, unpalatable. Fortunately, Cameron's has enough self-respect and appreciation for their craft not to resort to such tricks. Their beer may not taste like much but most importantly it doesn't taste like cheap, industrial adjuncts.

This has the kind of clean, quenching, neutral character you'd expect from the world's most expensive bottled water. Its carbonation is rather subdued, a welcome change of pace from the nippy, aggressive temper of artificially carbonated macro lagers. The beer has an overall neutral, moderate disposition that makes it terrifically agreeable.

When a brewery sets out to make something they hope will be widely liked, something satisfactory yet ordinary, something respectable and tolerable but undistinguished, it's only fair not too expect too much from it. Cameron's Lager may not excite many aficionados but it should appeal to just about any average beer drinker out there.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, grass, hay/straw, apples and pears

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a basic adjunct lager feel. I can taste breads and grains mixed with a bit of a grassiness.. also some hat/straw notes. The beer has a bit of a sweetness to it as well, perhaps apples or pears. It finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste. I also picked up on a bit of a medicine like flavour in the aftertaste.

Overall – At first I found the beer to be really unbalanced but the taste did grow on me as I progressed through the beer. It's still not something that I would pick up again however.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The third from my Cameron's mixed pack.

A - Pours a golden colour with strong carbonation. Bright. Half finger soapy white head. Some OK lacing and a filmy head.

S - Floral, honey, noble hop. Some crackers too. Kinda mild.

T - Slightly more hop than the last Cameron's offering. Noble hop, floral, and some honey.

M - Good carbonation where a lager should be. Light to medium body with a creamy sorta feel and a sweet finish.

O/D - Not bad. Not good by any means. I wouldn't reach for it unless it was the last option, but it's not bad. Again, too much honey. Progress though.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kwjd
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with bubbly white head. Head dissipates without much lacing. Smell is of toasted bread and if I keep smelling I can almost make out some hops. Very clean flavours, nothing off about this, just nothing too exciting either. Carbonation isn't over-the-top as the macro lagers, which was nice. Easy to drink pitchers of this outside on a warm day, I was was doing.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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 yancot
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear yellow gold in colour. Short-lived moderate head that quickly zeroes out. Some lace, but not much. An average looking brew.

And average pretty much sums stuff up the rest of the way. Some graininess, some grassiness, but not a brew that distinguishes itself in any way. Nothing offensive, but nothing of particular not either.

I really like Cameron's Auburn Ale, but this offering just doesn't do anything for me. Average, better than most macros. That's it.

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Re-review. Had previously given this a 3. 341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. part of the seasonal taster's pack.

Appearance - Nice, pale golden colored beer is poured, Yielded a finger of the fluffy white stuff on top with respectable carbonation throughout Decent retention and picture perfect clarity.

Smell - Fairly grainy with some malty sweetness. Not much other than that. Overall a pretty good nose for the style.

Taste - clean, clear and crisp with lots of sweet grainy notes throughout. Not quite enough bitterness to counterbalance the sweet flavors. Mineral water, coarse grain and corn sweetness are the predominant flavors.

Mouthfeel - Clean crisp, a little fizzy, and a light-ish body.

Overall - Solid for the style and solid beer overall. Eminently drinkable. Work a shot and a couple notches better than the macro swill.

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Photo of SebD
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy pale straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of sweet bready and grainy malts with some grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet bready malt character to it with light grain and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a thin and slightly watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of pootz
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

340ml standard twist top brown bottle. According to the box these 9 beer were bottled slightly less than 3 months ago, according to their site this is half life on the shelf...but this LCBO had them unchiiled as the box recommends keeping refigerated...could have something to do with my tasting results. Pours a pale slightly hazed gold lager, small white cap , some lacing. Nose is light malts, herbal hops and a funky sour smell like spoiled dairy. Has some bready malt presense, tangy hops sit back...finish is fast with a bit of a bread after taste...and that annoying sour taste (sulferous?) I think this lot may be spoiled...don’t know if they are but the LCBO should be more careful to refigerate beer that instructs them to do so...this is probably a standard lager...little weak on malt for my tastes but I can’t be sure as I suspect spoilage. Will rerate later.

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Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bunman3
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This a respectable lager! It starts off a bit flat - minimal head, a steady stream of happy bubbles, pretty much what you would expect from this style. The nose is grassy with a bit of yeast and bisquick. The taste of this brew is actually quite nice. The expected flavours are there, but there is a delightful pepper sensation to the finish, along with a bit of pils hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but again, not unusual for this style of beer. Overall, this is a solid Canadian lager!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw with a wimpy head.

S - Hint of malt and some lemoniness in the nose.

T/M - A shade heftier than your average macro. A bit of tartness up front and a sharp, spritzy middle. Some breadiness and mild finish.

D - It's OK. Nothing special, but no defects either.

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Photo of StormAles
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DaveBar
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
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 irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second of my Cameron's four pack. The last time I had this was at the KW Craft beer festival, and I remember that it came immediately after a dark ale, so the transition wasn't great. Let's see how it does on its own.

Poured into a Creemore becker glass. Solid golden hue, some carbonation bubbles, an inch of head that recedes into a substantial ring. Some lacing. Not bad.

Nothing artificial here, which is nice, just a strong cereal grain nose with a slight hoppy kick to it.

Drinkable, to be sure, grainy and light, hops are very mild. Nothing really exciting, but nothing offensive whatsoever. This is exactly what it sets out to do, which is fine. I could drink buckets of this. Of course, it's still exceptionally boring, but it tastes authentic and without a trace of corn or rice.

Creamy, a bit thicker than most pale lagers. Potent carbonation.

A pale lager is tough for me to rate to scale, because there's so little separating members of the same style. This has a nice grainy flavor and tastes like it was made with real ingredients, so I'm marking accordingly. Far better than their cream ale. Is it bland and run of the mill? Sure is. Is it good for what it is and easy to drink? You bet.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Captain's Log Lager from Cameron's Brewing Co.
3.32 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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