Brick Waterloo Dark Lager | Brick Brewing Co.

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183 Ratings
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Brick Waterloo Dark LagerBrick Waterloo Dark Lager
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by kbub6f on 08-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
183
Reviews:
95
Avg:
2.99
pDev:
19.4%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +67.2%

Photo of AGRIPINO
5/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very refreshing for an dark beer

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Photo of MasterOfArgos39
4.5/5  rDev +50.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +50.5%

Photo of ThirdCoast
4.36/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: A 341 mL bottle poured into a glass.

A: Dark dark dark dark, with a red tint if held to the light. Nice.

S: Hints of malts, chocolate, sweet, dark fruits.

T: Very smooth, chocolates, coffee, goes down smooth without an aftertaste.

M: Stings the tounge a bit, but goes down very nice with a nice aftertaste.

D: This is by far my favorite from Brick. This will allow the non dark beer drinkers to sample a dark beer, but still please the dark beer lovers alike.

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Photo of camzela
4.3/5  rDev +43.8%
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!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +42.1%
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 sliverX
4.25/5  rDev +42.1%

Photo of ConnorG
4.08/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelGennings
4.01/5  rDev +34.1%
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 meant 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 ahugenerd
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calder316
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of Soots
3.96/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of npaulsmith
3.9/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall an average beer. It is extremely carbonated, has a slight hint of liquorice in the taste while leaving a pleasant aftertaste. The smell is neutral and ultimately tastes relatively smooth going down. Compared to the other beers brewed by Brick brewery, this beer is at the top of their range.

Served in pint glass

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Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dalehihn
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of ikidunot
3.74/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tfinn
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

inky brown with dissipating head, although it could be the rinse/chill all glasses get at this particular bar.

smell is almost nonexistant; with close concentration I could make out some dark malt (chocolate) scents, but nothing else. no hops, to be sure.

taste is very smooth; very well-integrated. it's familiar to me in some way, and I can't help but wonder if they're using the harrington/klages malt blend which is so prevalent in the pacific northwest. the chocolate character comes out with some sweetness but never gets astringent at all.

mouthfeel is on the thin side, although it is bolstered some by the chocolate malts.

all of this is completely appropriate for a dark eurolager, but it doesn't fit with the munich dunkel style. this is on the path to schwartzbier as far as smoothness and chocolate goes, and if I get a chance to do the brewery tour, I'll certainly mention this.

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Photo of StormAles
3.71/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some rough calculations indicate that, in the past three years, I've drank approximately a metric ass-ton of Waterloo Dark. It's our standard keg-beer (necessitated in part by our close proximity to Brick), and I often find myself drinking it in pubs, and even picking up the occasional case. I can't explain this behaviour for the life of me because there are so many better beers readily available in this area. But there's something comforting and familiar about it.

Nevertheless, along with a recent rebranding - they gussied up the labels, cases and caps - fellow BA pootz mentioned a tweak of the recipe late last year. So I thought that I'd take a second look.

Waterloo Dark pours a nice cola brown, perhaps a bit more reddish than I recall, with a nice two fingers of off-white cap that has just a bit more staying power than it used to; the head does die down relatively quickly, to about a half-finger, but it stays pretty well constant at that level for the rest of the drink. Moderate lacing, but nothing to write home about.

The smell is interesting, but time has dulled my impressions, and I can't tell if I'm smelling the same thing as I did before. An interesting combination of lager-y cereal grain and darker, roasted malts. Just a hint of coffee, nuts, and chocolate, though in sparse supply. An interesting, almost berry-like scent that I've never detected before - tangy - I think they may have notched up the hopping in this brew a bit. All in all, similar, but perhaps slightly improved; you don't have to strain so hard for those sweet malty notes.

The taste remains relatively constant; you can certainly notice the added hops, but the malt dominates here. However, it seems like the quality of the malt has improved a bit - cocoa, coffee, and nuts abound (insofar as any flavour note 'abounds' in such a straightforward beer). Some lighter malt sits under the surface, giving it enough lager-y character to earn the style distinction. A bit bitter at first, it mellows and sweetens, though it ultimately finishes just a bit dry. Quite nice, and pretty tasty for such a simple, straightforward brew.

Mouthfeel is still average - I don't think Brick has ever been able to get their carbonation levels perfect, but I can't complain, as this isn't quite as bad as others for that. It certainly lacks the ultra-effervescent of macro beers. Drinkability, however, also remains high. The light-ish body make this a beer that's virtually designed for mass consumption. And yet it's just barely erudite enough to be appreciated by a beer nerd. It may just be nostalgia, but Waterloo Dark will probably always get my recommendation.

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Photo of jamesd345
3.69/5  rDev +23.4%
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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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
2.99 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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