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 John
1.57/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Amazing beer. I find it quite fascinating that someone has managed to brew a beer as dark as this with zero flavor. The appearance of this beer is indeed a little suspicious. Wait, I think I tasted something...a twinge of some kind of bitterness, burnt toast maybe. Strange brew...kill what's inside of you...

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Photo of jackorain
1.76/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ruby brown color, clear. Head fell to a simple lttle ring aronf the glass before the bartender ould even get it to me.

S-A light sweetmalt aroma, but almost no odor at all.

T-Sweet malt no detectable hop flavor and certainly no bitterness. Also has funkiness to it. Odd

M-extremely thin body, watery and fizzy

D-yeah, right

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Photo of ramrod666
1.77/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

tried this dark lager on a return trip to jack's in niagra falls. the first time i was there it was kicked so, i waltzed across the street from my motel on the next day to see if the had aquired another. they had. i was exited to try this dark lager that iwas told to be good. it pours a nice opaque black with a mohogany head that looked delicious. that was the last good thing i have to say. this was one foul swill. it had to be a bad keg or dirty lines. it totally ruined this brew. the smell was a rancid vinigar. the taste was dominated by a strong vinigar, creamy grossness although i couls talse some decent malts in the very far back. mouthfeel was almost impossible to register due to the overwhelming vinigar flavor. i choked down 3/4 of this pint and told the bar maid it was bad. she had almost no reaction. probobly because she was really busy. so i left.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.06/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hmmmm, this would be the 3rd sample from Brick that I've tried (first review though), and I've come to the conclusion that from my experience their beers seem to be very lacking in flavour and body. I do however love the stubbies though.

This dark lager poured out of its stubbie a clear mahogany colour, reddish highlights when held up to the light. No real head to speak of. Aroma is practically non-existant, I'm picking up nothing on the radar. There, I went and blew my nose. Now I get the faintest of sweet malt on the first whiff, but the longer I smell I lose the scent after that first whiff. Looks like I've spent my whiff now, all the aroma is gone. I've seemingly smelled all of the aroma right out of the beer. But what I did catch was sweet toasted malt.

The flavour at first sip is nearly cloyingly sweet, but then gets up on two wheels, spins out and heads in the opposite direction with a more husky grain finish. Right there in the middle, that's when it happens, you can see the blue smoke and the skid marks even. Still, flavour is lacking. I'd like to say the mouthfeel is watery, but it does possess a bit of body to it. However the flavour is quite watery, and that's what throws me off.

I can't say I could recommend this to anyone else at all, not in good conscience at least, it is very mediocre and not worth your hard earned money (especially what I paid for it here in Alberta). I do like the stubbie bottles though.

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Photo of TerryW
2.08/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Short, short head that, within muntes, leaves behind only a partial ring. Couple of spots, but no meaningful lace. Dark cola coloured beer.

Slight alcohol smell, weak malt. Watery, weak barley flavour. Marginally beer-like.

Quite undistinguished I'm afraid.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.09/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a turbid dark brown with a quick fading head and a small amount of meandering lace. The aroma is overly sweet with a little grainyness and coarse hop leaf. The taste is cloyingly sweet with some nuttiness and herbal hops. Petrol like off flavors make it all the more unpleasant. The mouthfeel is slick and sugary. The finish is sweet and bland.

Not a very good beer. It really needs more body and malt and hop flavors. I keep thinking of poorly brewed extract homebrew when I drink this.

Note: I know this isnt a bad bottle, Ive had this beer several times before.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.11/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is not very good at all, the appearance is the high point at average, and the sample goes down from there.
The aroma is lacking character, maybe a thin element of nuttiness but little else.
The taste again is very thin and that is mostly cardboard.
The colour is dark brown, almost black with medium carbonation and thin crown leading to a pleasent glass ring and thin island lace.
The taste also leaves you dry and lacking, lacking for something else.

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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 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 Noxious26
2.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Cola-like in appearance. Beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour receding to a thin ring around the edge.

Weak aroma is roasted malt and some sweetness with an undefined background scent that isn't appealing.

Roasted malt at the start is nice, but the flavour fades rapidly. In the middle that same unappealing undefinited aspect comes out. It's kind of an off-bitter astringent quality. Bland finish with weak malt aftertaste.

Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Kind of like drinking pop that's almost flat.

Well, this was a big let down. Found this at a local specialty store where they bring in products you can't get anywhere else. It's not terrible, but not really good either. If the roasted malt at the start continued through to the finish, and if the mouthfeel was sturdier, then it would be decent.

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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 JustinBathurst
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I spent a week in Kitchener-Waterloo and as a result got a crash-course in local brews. This one was usually available. I tried it first on tap, then in a bottle. On tap was better for sure, as the bottled dark tasted like sap.

Dark appearance, still somewhat watery on tap, faintly sweet, but with absolutely no life to recommend it after one glass. If I was offered it, I think I'd pass.

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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 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 Jason
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

473 mL can purchased at the Niagara Falls The Beer Store.

Thin lacing, the head is lacking big time. Very dark color with shades of chestnut glowing in the light. Very sweet aroma, smells of caramel and nutella ... cloying at that. Medium body, slick crispness with a bit of smoothness. Wet thin maltiness, vaguely toasted and very sweet. Very little hop character, small bitterness that has a problem to keep balance. Sweetness is borderline cloying, caramel and sugary ... almost like unfermented wort. Obviously sweet in the finish.

A tad boring and not very drinkable. Bland comes to mind.

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Photo of dherling
2.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark but clear color, like coca cola, but without a head. The nose smelled of old dust, a musty room, seltzer. The taste had maybe, at best, some mild malt notes to it. The mouthfeel was crisp, clean. A very drinkable beer, but why would you?

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Photo of kjyost
2.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Can #1 from the LCBO OCB Discovery Pack #3... Let's see what there is to discover in Ontario's 'OFFICIAL' Craft Brews (I say this b/c there are a bunch of good Ontario breweries that are not listed as members in their documentation). The can is labeled 'Waterloo Brewing Co.', but this is the beer

The beer pours with an average head that disappears quite quickly, and leaves no lacing. The beer is dark, but almost brownish red, and has notes of bread and honey (or some sort of sweetness) on the nose. Peculiar.

Once tasted, I wonder what I am drinking as I get a very grainy flavor reminiscent of a clear lager with sweetness rolling across the palate finishing with a touch of bitter. I can't perceive any substantial malt, and the beer feels thin for a dark. The carbonation is low, but still somehow biting. I think it is time to finish the review as the more I drink, the more I contemplate the ratings I have given and the more they drop...

Once upon a time (when Fort Garry Dark was new and exciting) I would have liked this beer. There are many better beers than this one available to us now.

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

Here goes #300 time flies when you're having fun. Another tallboy from the Canadian tour, the can thanks me for supporting a craft brewery, cheers. Popping the top and pouring the brew into a glass yields a dark brown barely translucent color with a tan head that foams then recedes. The smell albeit weak is of some caramel malts and red licorice. Taste of this brew is not too impressive. The taste is a very mild roasted malt flavor with some sweetness and no real hopping stands out. For the style I was expecting some body and backbone but this brew has neither. Mouthfeel though it is well carbonated is rather watery and bland. The best thing this brew has going for it is the art on the can. As for the brew inside the can, nothing stands out.

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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 biggred1
2.54/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber with a slight creamy tan head that quickly fades. The smell is faint and malt heavy. The flavors also are tilted to the maltier side.. sweet maltiness with just the slightest suggestion of hops. Light bodied with seltzery carbonation, finishes a little too sweet. Cool looking bottle but the stuff inside just doesn't deliver much.

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Photo of ludachris
2.54/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby red highlights and a one and a half finger cream coloured head. Okay retention and minimal lace.

The nose is quite muted with hints of sweet dark fruit, nuts, biscuit, and grassy hops barely make their way to the surface.

The taste seems almost as muted as the smell with quick doses of dark fruit, bready malts, a funky chemical like aftertaste, and a bit of biscuit and hazelnut in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and watery. I think the only thing this is made for is to be a dark, quaffable lager, and even that it fails to succeed at.

The only good thing that seemed to come out of this beer was its muted quality, solely for dumbing down the strange chemical aftertaste. Not recommended. If you're buying local, get something else a shot.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear above average brown color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet malt note. Definitely too thin for the style with some average carbonation. Refreshing but a bit thin and lacing some flavour.

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Photo of baiser
2.56/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby bottle. Poured a dark reddish black colour with a tan head that dissappeared quickly. Smelled of caramel, and not much else.

After seeing this dark colour, I expected quite a bold, rich taste...

Was I ever wrong. I cannot understand how a beer of this colour could have even less taste than some of the macro lagers out there. After a little initial bitterness, there wasn't much else. A little maltiness on the palate

Save for a nice looking pour, there isn't much else to say about this beer.

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Photo of eat
2.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange colour...dark-brown with blood-red where light shines through. It's really dark but clear at the same time. It looks like a glass of store-brand cola. A hard pour resulted in almost no head, what did appear fading to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

While the head is around it smells completely different then after it disappears. Head version: chicken salad, iron, astringent wheat, some roastyness. Weird smell. Glass of cola version: faint chocolaty malt. This is more like what the beer actually tastes like.

The taste is thankfully better than the look or smell would have you think, though only marginally. For a dark beer this is really lacking in flavour. It's not offensive, just quite thin tasting. Watered-down tastes of roasted malt and wheat with the faintest trace of molasses. Way too thin. Not particularly well-balanced, it's a little on the sweet side. No aftertaste, almost like you have to wonder if it was even in your mouth. It just disappears.

Oddly enough, there's actually something I like about the feel but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's thin-bodied and oddly carbonated, feeling artificial. Maybe there's nothing here to experience but the bubbles tickling my tongue and so I'm left to enjoy only that.

Yeah, this is drinkable but not a beer I'll ever be buying again. It goes down alright and tastes like a macro. Easy drinking but no reason to be drinking it other than if you didn't know any better. I bought this one because it called itself a craft beer on the can. Too bad it doesn't taste like it is.

Also, where does it say this is a dunkel? The can I have only says premium dark, nothing else.

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Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, sourish, true to its style but certainly not the best example of it. Quaffable but weak mouthfeel. Modest taste some chocolate malt.Spot of coffee and nuts, the latter like a brown. Even a hint of licorice. Reasonable carbonation. Malty but not cloying sweet.

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