Brick Waterloo Dark Lager | Brick Brewing Co.

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Brick Waterloo Dark LagerBrick Waterloo Dark Lager

Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Looks dark, tastes light. It's Ontario's favourite dark lager. A dark beer that is slowly brewed with Canadian grown malted barley, specialty coloured malts, imported hops and pure cultured brewers yeast.

Dark lagers are enjoyed all year long, and they're not as filling as ales. Waterloo Dark will cut some of the heaviness in sauce-based meat dishes. Waterloo Dark is an equally perfect beer to go with appetizers suitable for watching sports games, or used as an actual ingredient when preparing a meal.

Experience what this great dark "light tasting" lager has to offer and why it has won multiple awards at the World Cup of Beer, Canadian Brewing Awards, Ontario Brewing Awards and the Monde Selection International Institute For Quality Selections.

Added by kbub6f on 08-02-2002

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Photo of ewpass
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Waterloo Fall 2018. Dark brown with medium head. Very light, basic malt nose. Light sweet malt body with a slight sour element on finish. Not crisp at all, very little carbonation. Only fair.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am not convinced by this Dark Lager's commercial description.
Nor am I convinced by the average BA rating that this is merely OK

This Dark actually Looks above average; nice foam stuck around longer than I expected. Smells probably are average (lacking any distinction other than dark and roasted malts.) Tastes are sweet mostly, but balanced with just enough hops coming in at mid-palate to carry through to an even finish... albeit a thin one. I would like to be more enthusiastic, but I am not.

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Photo of bryanzk
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Simon212
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of outsider
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sineone
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5


Can to hotel water glass.

LOOK: dark walnut brown. Medium beige head. Ok retention.

AROMA: touch of mineral like a schwarzbier, also wood, honey, oats.

TASTE: cola, malt, hint of wood. A minor chemical taste.

FEEL: mostly flat. Medium body.

Not bad, but a few flaws in key places drag it down.


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Photo of MichaelGennings
4.01/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473ml can, 5% alc. Brewed by Brick Brewing Company/Waterloo Brewing Ltd., Waterloo, Ontario.

Dark Lager with a thick caramel coloured head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is a faint brown sugar, combined with roasted barley malt.

The taste is toasted malt, brown bread, a hint of coffee, and brown sugar. I don't mean it's sweet, just that brown sugar flavour is present.

The beer is light to medium bodied but smooth, and the finish is dry.

I like this beer. It's a well-done dark Lager, I'm surprised it doesn't rank better on Beer Advocate.

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Photo of StormAles
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConnorG
4.08/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesd345
3.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting balance between a dark beer and a light taste. Little to no head and a strange carbonation were turnoffs for me but it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This one pours a nice dark brown color with a head that is pretty much non existent....instead, it is a fizzy thin layer that only covers a portion of the liquid and then disappears rather quickly unfortunately. The liquid is clear and with red hues, along with being quite clear. Carbonation seems to be thin and the lacing is pretty much devoid of life....not a great looking lager.

S- Smells like a super weak, metallic porter.....with dried unmalted grains, grassy, dusty and perhaps with some adjunct like boiled corn. Positive notes on the nostrils include weak chocolatey notes. Overall musty......

T- This doesn't do much for me personally.....while it does contain some sweetness, caramel/toffee flavors and chocolate, it is very weak and underwhelming. Grassy, dry and somewhat bittering on the finish, this just is a little too clean for me....I suspect some rice/corn was used in the boil.

M/O- This is light bodied, well carbonated (which is fine for this style) and is highly drinkable.....put it this is very much like a slightly bolder version of a macro lager. I would probably try it again but I most definitely will not be seeking it out on purpose ever again.....above average swill.

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Photo of derdtheterd
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jaisell
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ikidunot
3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jp32
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours black in color. Not much head retention. It smells slightly roasted with notes of hard well water and dirty dishwater. The flavor is mild, and easy drinking, but it tastes as much like an american macro lager as it does any kind of decent dark lager. Maybe a cross between the two styles is the most accurate way to put it.

I can't say this is a great beer, it's not. However, it is easy on the palate, and quite drinkable. It definitely could use more flavor. It's still better than most macros out there, but not by much.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brick Waterloo Dark Lager brewed by Brick Brewing Co. This Euro Dark Larger has an ABV of 5.00% The lager pours out a nice brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of cola, not saying that is a bad thing. I really like the color of this brew. The smell of Brick Waterloo Dark Lager is rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up a nice amount of hops in the smell of this brew. Brick Waterloo Dark Lager is a real inviting brew. Now for the taste it is bold but smooth with flavors. There is a lot going in this brew. First you pick up on some nice roasted malts and grains. Then a hit of hops . Brick Waterloo Dark Lager has a real nice clean balance to it. is nothing overpowering about this brew. Just a note the head to this brew stays around and there is also a nice amount of lacing on the glass.The mouthfeel of Brick Waterloo Dark Lager is Rich, Bold, Clean ,Smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Brick Waterloo Dark Lager a 4.25 out of 5 . Brick Brewing Co., Did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. This dark brew would go good on any occasion.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fortyfield
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Enjoyed from the 12oz bottle. This dark lager pours a dark, yet clear mahogany brown with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and decent lacing. Nose of sweet malts and moderate grain notes, little else. Flavors follow the nose lightly cloying sweet caramel notes on all sides followed by a light grain bill on the back. Smooth and moderately crisp with a sweet aftertaste. Would be decent after mowing the lawn, but the sweetness is a bit much and I like sweet brews.

Not much else to see here. Move along.

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