Dark Lager
Waterloo Brewing

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Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #124
ABV:
5%
Score:
73
Ranked #48,349
Avg:
3.11 | pDev: 18.33%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
203
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Waterloo Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  24
SCORE
73
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Dark LagerDark Lager
Notes: 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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eberesford from Canada

2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown colour with a thinnish head and slight reddish tints. Aroma: Thinish aroma with hints of caramel and chocolate. Taste: not particularly distinctive hints of toffee, chocolate, some coffee.

Aug 03, 2019
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camzela from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious example of an accessible dark beer for the average palate. While it will not be a favourite of the most hard-core fans of dark lagers, it is of admirable quality! Much more interesting than the average Brick beer. The rich brown colour and creamy head is appealing, its smell nutty (though not overpowering), and its taste leaves little to be desired. Feels a little thin in your mouth, but goes down like a dream come true!

Nov 26, 2010
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hopsolutely from Canada

3/5  rDev -3.5%

May 13, 2012
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bryehn from Canada

3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some friends swear by this beer, figured I'd give it a shot and check another off my Ontario Craft Brewers list.

Poured with a large tan-coloured head that survives as a collar about 15 minutes later. There was no lacing at all.

I rather like the colour, it's a ruby-burgundy-cherrywood colour when held up to the light, a nice contrast to the head.

The aroma is quite sweet, like roasted malt and molasses, with a certain nuttiness to it. Falls a bit flat, but it does smell fresh.

I get a rich and sweet taste, like chocolate toffee. There's a bit of a tang in there, but no real dry or bitter balance to it. Again, a bit flat.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, even for an Ontario dark beer. There's a fair amount of carbonation in there and I get a sort of toasted resin aftertaste.

Really easy to drink and accessible to people that may not like "dark" beers, but too thin and overly sweet to be a regular in my rotation.

Jan 27, 2011
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SebD from Canada

2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/brown colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and no lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of grains and a sweet maltiness but not much else.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy and roasty malt feel with faint notes of caramel. Bearly no hop presence.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with not so good of a balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with pretty bland flavours and aromas.

Sep 12, 2011
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LazyL from Canada

3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cold beer store special, tall can out of a bucket of ice. Good amber brown, clear with a soft creamy light tan head. Loads of brown sugar and caramel notes on the nose with a little spice. The taste is honey lager and medium roasted malts. The mouthfeel is slightly dry with a light body and a miner bitter finish. Over all, not bad for a Lager. Quite refreshing and an easy drinker but a perhaps a tad too sweet.

May 15, 2011
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TheBeeraholic from Canada

3/5  rDev -3.5%

Jun 15, 2013
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ahugenerd from Canada

4/5  rDev +28.6%

Dec 16, 2011
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oldp0rt from Canada

3/5  rDev -3.5%

Nov 24, 2011
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rmarks9 from Ohio

3/5  rDev -3.5%

Jan 27, 2013
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Stocean1 from Canada

2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - dark - hint of deep cherry - 2 finger head that disappeared quickly - the only appearance of carbonation in the experience - no laciness

S - burnt malt and sweet - nothing too complex

T - Straight up malt and molasses - too sweet for me - not entirely bad though for the price - something artificial about the taste - a wee bite on the end but little in the way of hops - unbalanced

M - not much to say here - little carbonation - light body - dry on the end

O - I prefer this when I have no money and grab this over other buck a beers but it is a somewhat weak facsimile of a dark beer (lager) - glad I live close to Grand River Brewery and not the Brick

May 20, 2011
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timiskin from Canada

3/5  rDev -3.5%

Apr 11, 2013
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EspressoGuy from Canada

2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Jun 08, 2012
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leaddog from Canada

2.14/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Aug 15, 2012
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andrewj17 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Nov 26, 2011
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ThinkAgain from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jan 06, 2012
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Calder316 from Canada

4/5  rDev +28.6%

Dec 06, 2011
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saburky from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Aug 29, 2013
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WeissBoy from Canada

3/5  rDev -3.5%

Sep 27, 2012
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dfaranha from Brazil

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jan 29, 2012
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ryan32 from Canada

2/5  rDev -35.7%

Mar 08, 2012
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

May 05, 2014
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traumaqueen

2/5  rDev -35.7%

Apr 03, 2012
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olbubba from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 17, 2015
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ToddCommish from California

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

May 13, 2012
Dark Lager from Waterloo Brewing
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 203 ratings