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: Euro 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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +42.6%
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 Brutaltruth
2.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Nice smooth feel, judge right amount of soft carbonation, and good looking, with a large pillowy head.
The aroma is only acceptable but the flavor is fine.
Good dark lager.

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Photo of taters21
3.49/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a dark amber (think yuengling black and tan) with a 3 finger head that slowly settles to about a finger and a half
Smell: Malt forward, grain, roasted chocolate
Taste: Surprisingly light, malty, roasty, grassy finish
Mouthfeel: Thin
Overall: Interesting, but not exceptional

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Photo of joesi
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was much nicer than I was expecting. People seem like they may have a prejudice against this beer— that, or I guess my taste preference might just be more unique/broad.

For what it is (which I'll get to), it's very good in my opinion, although obviously not everyone likes what it is.
This is a sweet tasting (not necessarily added sugar or anything, but a sweet vibe), malty beer, with a bit of roasted flavor as well. The hops are very minor in this beer. Not particularly noticeable neither at the start nor lingering afterwards. Some people may not like that, but I certainly like it.

The carbonation consistency is average, and carbonation level is medium high in my opinion. It looks similar to many stouts that aren't using nitro; very dark with average beige head.

Highly recommended to anyone that likes very malty beers and/or sweet-FLAVOR beers and who don't like much hops in their beer. If you like lots of hops and/or don't like lots of malt, stay far away from this. I bought some of these on clearance for just under 2$ per 473 can, and will buy more if I can get them cheap. Great value for Canadians (best I've had for under 50¢/100ml)

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Photo of DaveBar
3.26/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.20 for a 473ml can. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny white head that is gone in 1min. Very dark brown. Filtered clear

S- Not much here at all. Was expecting something but got next to nothing.

T- Not too good. Has some roasted body but not much else. Some nuts and malt

M- Dry and tart.

O- Not a very good beer. I rated it high and still not a good rating. Will not buy again. Thank goodness I can try beers 473ml to 500ml one at a time as I would be upset if I bought a case of 24 bottles.

Food Pairing

This beer pairs well with...... Potato chips, just to get it down LOL


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Photo of patre_tim
3.29/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, little carbonation, clear filtered, 2 fingers of slightly tan head

S: Skunk, sourdough, offal, cheesy.

T: Bready, then a slightly clean linen but one that’s slightly cheesy, a yeasty clean slightly dough finish. Much cleaner than the scent.

M: Medium body, medium low fine bubbled almost foamy carbonation.

O: A little cheesy on the nose, flavor is not too bad and mouth feel is fine. Not too bad overall.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked one tallboy can up from the LCBO and served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown color, poured 2 fingers of tan head that dissipated quite quickly. Just dark enough that the bubbly nature of the beer can't be seen.

Smell - Smells dark, but some light grassy notes and slightly metallic. Not much else there.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, not a lot there but nothing off putting. General "beer" taste.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated and medium bodied, but because of the lack of significant flavor doesn't give it any of the rich creamy feeling that other beers in the style may have.

Overall - Unremarkable, not likely to be purchased again. Would rather have something else.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473 mL can into a conical pint glass.

3-finger head (in this narrower glass) shows significant carbonation in this beer.
Very dark red-brown appearance, as the name tells. Head settled to half a finger
in about a minute or two.

Nice smell. Some breadiness, some bitter sweetness. Hints of some other fresh
scent that I can't quite name.

First sip has a nice taste, though with a slightly metallic finish. This blood-like
taste went away after a few more sips. Taste is a little roasty, turning into bitter
fruitiness. Almost coffee-like notes in the finish.

As hinted by the tall head, the mouth can feel a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. As far as dark goes, I prefer porters, but this is very
acceptable. I'd order it if I went to a bar or restaurant that had it.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smallish light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear dark red wine to amber colored beer.

Very thin nose, maybe a little dark roasted malts in the aroma.

A very light taste of dark roasted caramel malts, kind of reminds me of a watered down Amber Bock but in a good way almost. When one thinks of something watered down they almost always got to it getting a more negative taste, but this might work in this beers advantage given the situation.

A very light almost dryish aftertaste on this light to medium bodied beer.

This is another beer that to me would appeal to people that are trying to get away from the typical Bud Light type beer. This to me could be considered a gateway beer for future Rogue and Stone drinkers.

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Photo of Watershed
3.37/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473mL can into a pint glass. Held to the light, this looks pretty much exactly like Coke, with a slightly foamy lace of head instead of bubbles. It's appealing looking, actually -- pretty much exactly what a dunkel should look like. (I'd classify this as a dunkel rather than the "Euro Dark Lager" it's labelled as, because I'm pretty sure that's what they're attempting.) The smell isn't particularly impressive -- wet malts and brown sugar -- and these flavours continue in the taste, with the occasional odd sour note, which I think must be a yeast thing. Despite being pretty nondescript taste-wise, this does improve in the creamy mouthfeel, light chocolate with the slightest linger of herbal hops. (But there's that odd sour note again, too...).

I buy a can of this once every couple months because I like dunkels and it's one of the two widely available in Ontario (the other being the markedly superior King Dark Lager). So the fact that I'm even drinking this stuff is more a testament to the neglect of this underrated style than evidence of any real fondness for it. Still, until I can get the King more readily, or until another local craft brewery starts making a dunkel, I'll keep drinking this once in a while.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My store had a sale on the Waterloo Brewing Sample Pack, which offers two cans each of this, IPA and Amber. It was a great deal, and I've never had anything from this brewery, so I decided to give it a go.

It pours, as expected, very dark brown to the point of being black. I'm picking up some faint red wine aromas fro m the beer, although the smell itself is very mild for such a dark beer.

The taste was not what I was expecting from a can that said DARK on it; it tastes like a well made lager with some more heavy malty flavours, and a very clean finish. The body was quite light, it felt as if I was drinking a can of Canadian or something - it's just light and very bubbly without much flavour to it. Is it better than Canadian/Kokanee and the like? Yes. However, the flavour doesn't quite match the colour that the beer has.

These beers are tricky to find in Alberta, so I'm likely not going to search out this particular one out. Overall, it's okay; it is very drinkable, has no harsh aftertaste, and the nice dark colour can make it seem like you're drinking fancy beer if your friends are having Canadian. Still, i wouldn't have minded a little more caramel or vanilla flavour, and a heavier body.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from my father-in-law. Served in a pils glass.

A - A finger-plus of lightly tanned foam settles to a thin partial cap and collar and negligible lace. Transparent chestnut brown, with copious bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass and racing throughout the body.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a bit of corn. Gets worse as it warms, with a sharp metallic note in the periphery.

T - Taste is corn sweetness mixed with light toffee and nut notes, grain, and perhaps a hint of cocoa. Somewhat cloying and under-attenuated but largely devoid of off-flavors.

M - Harsh, aggressive carbonation, with a watery medium-light body. Finish is mostly clean, with a bit of roast to it.

D - Not terrible, but not very good either. I think I made it through 6oz before I gave up and moved on to something better. More flavorful than the fizzy yellow beer that is so popular in Ontario, but only marginally so. Would do in a pinch over Labatt or something, but not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.67/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a dark brown nearly black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a light level of lacing and a rather persistent film.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt mixed with a lighter sweetness of caramel and some corn.

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and a sweet caramel taste. As the taste advances it seems to sweeten even further as some sweet corn malt flavors get more pronounced. The flavor takes on an almost cola like flavor with the mix of sweet corn and roast. A very light coffee flavor comes to the tongue at the end of the taste and when combined with the rest leaves a rather odd mix of sweet and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the average to just below average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was rather average. While a darker brew, which is normally nicer with a creamier body, this beer actually seemed to do better with the thinner body and higher carbonation as it matched the more soda like flavor.

Overall – Well… it was a little too sweet and cola like in flavoring for me. Not bad if that is what you want from a beer, but not something that I personally really enjoyed.

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Photo of jaz58
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For a dark beer, this one is somewhat simple. Enjoyed in a pint glass.

A tanned foamy head which disolved quite quickly

Colour was clear and dark cola like.

Nose was this with slight hint of hops.

Mouthfeel was edgy, not rounded.

No distinct flavours, not even malt, yet there is a subtle bitters finish

A OK beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.29/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Translucent dark mahogany. Thin light brown head.

Aroma: Chemical. Some strange mix of malts making it a little off-putting.

Taste: Just like in the nose, it's got a chemical quality to it. Like the taste of a cleaning solution or something. There is a moment in the finish when you taste some redeeming qualities of roasted malt but it is just an odd flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium bodied with average carbonation. The jury's out on drinkability since I'm probably going to drain pour this one.

Final Thoughts: This one has me at a crossroads. On the one hand it has a strange flavor to it that is putting me off and on the other hand there really isn't anything outright bad about it. Would I drink it again? No, I'm probably not even going to finish the one I'm drinking now.

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Photo of decimator
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a dark mahogany with a 1cm cream head. Head reduced to surface bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malts, hint of pine.

T - Some caramel sweetness, hint of toast, a bit of sourness in the middle, metallic notes, very mild bitterness in the finish. The flavour comes and goes pretty quick.

M - Average carbonation, medium-light body, drying finish.

O - There's some sour & metallic notes that make this one miss the mark in the flavour department. The flavour is just light overall making this one is quite easy to drink. This isn't something I'll seek out.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, lager like notes with a note of caramel roast. In the taste, a caramel like roast in the beginning and the end, but in the center of it all is a basic lager. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, small roasty lager like aftertaste. Well, it is a basic dark lager.

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Photo of leaddog
2.14/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Pours a dark brown (almost cola) with a finger width of bubbly head that fades quickly.

Smell-plum, tad roasted malts. Not much else to the aromas. Very off putting.

Taste- There is a little bit of the roasted malts and not much else perhaps some sweetness. Very peculiar flavours.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Thin and watery.

Overall- A sub par Euro Dark Lager (if this is what its trying to be). Unpleasant aromas and bizzare flavours make this almost a drain pour. Disappointed and hoping to try a better representation of the style in the future.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brick Waterloo Dark Lager

LOOK: Pours a amber brown, with an off white cream foam. Leaves some lace, and the head has some staying power.

SMELL: Barley malt, cereal grains, some grassy hop. Malt forward aroma.

TASTE: The first few sip bring impressions of doughy malt and dark breads. There is a flash of lemony, grassy hops then the flavor is gone. Odd mineral twang and more grains to follow. Slightly nutty, like a macro dunkel lager.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp. A refreshing dark lager brew easy to drink.

OVERALL: A pretty decent product from the Canadian brewery, a good beer to either enjoy in mass quantities or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: practically opaque dark cola.
S: simple, pine, yeastiness. Simple lager smell.
T: Not much maltiness. Close your eyes and you couldn't tell it has a speck of dark malt. Clean, simple. Not much there. Noticeable bitterness and maybe even some sourness in the finish.
M: fine.
O: Bias declaration: I just don't see the point of dark lagers. Either buy a lager or buy an ale. A dark lager tries to be both and ends up being nothing. Last time I try one.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can. After their amber lager, and against my better judgment, I present to you...

This beer pours a clear, very dark reddish amber colour, with three fingers of thin, puffy, and foamy beige head, which leaves some broad porous rock face lace around the glass as it quickly (almost with perceptible guilt) fades away.

It smells of sour grain, a bit of stale bread, and dying, somewhat skanky grass. The taste is more sour skunkiness, hard to tell if the grain or the hops are at fault - it's an opaque aluminum can, so who the hell knows? All I can glean is that I'm getting flavours that just don't mesh with what I'm looking at. Ok, so after settling down a wee bit, I do get some mild caramel notes, but this doesn't eliminate the aforementioned ugliness.

The bubbles are a tad frizzy and loose, but not really all that impactful, the body a weak lightweight, bordering on thin, and not at all smooth - a rising metallic edge cleanly taking care of that. It finishes off-dry, a mix between old bread and cooked veggies.

Urg. What is it with the stuff that Brick sends us out west? Both this and the aforementioned Amber Lager taste like buck-a-beer offerings, with a stingy dose of caramel syrup stirred in. Not even up to Rickard's Red's oh so lofty standards. Uneven, and unappetizing.

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Photo of rarbring
2.18/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A clear dark brown beer with red hues, a pale tan head that leaves little lacing and has small curtains.

The smell is bread, metallic acidity and some grass.

Starting very sweet, brown bread, raisins, more coke than beer.

Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, sticky but watery, a slight dry finish.

Actually like any boring mass produced dark lager.

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Photo of karait95
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color with some reddish hues, light body it looks translucent when against light, head is not impressive and dissipates somehow fast not leaving many traces behind on the glass, carbonation is medium to poor and does not form any layer on top of the beer.

S: Just a faint toasted malts aroma, nothing elaborated or something to remember.

T: The flavor is very align to the aroma, nothing more than some toasted barleys and maybe some hops can be sensed also.

M: The sensation is not bad, refreshing as a good lager and with a lasting ending, again nothing important going on here, not smooth changes between sweetness and bitterness or in between...

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