Brick Waterloo Dark Lager | Brick Brewing Co.

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3.11/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brick Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
brickbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,892
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
194
pDev:
18.33%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
23
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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 5/29/2018. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough, toasted biscuit, and nuts; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, pepper, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with dark/bready/light roasted malts, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough, toasted biscuit, and nuts; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, pepper, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy, roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough, toasted biscuit, nuts, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice Euro dark lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich malt complexity, with mild earthy hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of Isaac420L
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rapayn01
3.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from a standard 473 ml Canadian tall boy can. The BA header says Brick Brewing Co., but the can says simply Waterloo Brewing. Apparently, the latter is a craft division of the former. In any case, I found the beer to have a nice roasted malt flavor. For those that appreciate it, the beer started with a deep foam head that lasted a good while. Dark lager = Dunkel, right?

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Photo of ewpass
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Simon212
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.19/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of outsider
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sineone
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

**
08/27/2017

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 +28.9%
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 +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConnorG
4.08/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesd345
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
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 -12.9%
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 way.....it 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 -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ikidunot
3.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jp32
2.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +36.7%
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 +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 194 ratings