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

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Captain's Log LagerCaptain's Log Lager

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

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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep golden body with orange highlight that seems to exhibit a great deal of carbonation. Poured with a finger and a half of head that didn't stick around but did manage to produce some lacing.

Smell: It's dominated by a mixed vegetable smell, like you just walked into the farmers market. Notes of corn, carrots and turnip to a grassy malt backing. Strong enough, a bit odd but nothing really to complain or compliment on.

Taste: For the most part, an decent Lager. Starts with a bit of fairly grassy malt with a bit of a vegetable undertone which shifts to a bit of a drier more earthy taste ending with a pinch of earthy hops followed by a bit of an odd sour note.

Mouthfeel: Head retention could certainly be better and the carbonation surprisingly doesn't make much of a presence leaving it a bit watery near the end. However the subdued aftertaste earns it some points back.

Drinkability: Clearly a summer beer, as it is exceptionally refreshing and very light bodied. No difficulties getting this down and nice on the stomach. Truthfully, it is only hamstrung by it's flavor, which is still decent but nothing to write home about.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much and all around good summer Lager that you should offer your Macro drinking friends as an alternative. No complaints with this offer, it's just a simple and easy to drink beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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 funkengruven
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
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 slitherySOB
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If it wasn't for the high price, this would make a terrific session beer. However, at about sixteen for a pack of nine, it is not worth it. Pours a very pale gold colour, with a thick head that slowly disipates to about two fingers. Not much lace on the glass. Smells simple. Bit of malts, some grass, somewhat sour scent and some bitterness. Tastes okay. Simple, but good. Starts out a bit like a dry cracker, and finishes refreshingly grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, though a bit thin. A good session beer. Nothing remarkable. However, for the price, I won't be picking it up to often, if at all.

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Photo of pootz
2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
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 Shiloh
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Captain's Log Lager from Cameron's Brewing Co.
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