Brick Waterloo Dark Lager | Brick Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
72
okay
180 Ratings
THE BROS
60
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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:
180
Reviews:
94
Avg:
2.98
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of traumaqueen
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of ryan32
2/5  rDev -32.9%

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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Photo of dfaranha
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of lstokes
2.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured a dark brown with a tiny head, although it kept decent lacing throughout the glass. The smell is pretty non-existent, and the taste is roasted malt, some dark fruits, cola, nutty aftertastes but not really a lot of body here. Sweeter than I would ideally like, but it drinks okay and I did have two with dinner--but yeah, I don't think I'll ever think about this beer again. And it's too damn adjunct-y sweet.

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Photo of ahugenerd
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of Calder316
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +67.8%

Photo of andrewj17
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mmmbeer
2.65/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 mL can with batch code. Pours light black with red highlights and medium carbonation, and topped with a thick tan head that never dissipates and leaves large patches of lace. Smells "lagery," with strong adjuncts and maybe some roast. Bit of dough and caramel corn on the palate, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Bitterness creeps in later, but doesn't linger. The body is light and highly-carbonated, dry and tingly. Not too bad for an adjunct dark lager, and it tastes pretty similar to Yuengling Porter, but it's fairly pricey for what it is.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark ruby red colour with strong carbonation. Bright. Creamy beige head at one finger. A bit of lacing and a good cap of half finger head.

S - Slightly roasted malt, cola, a little light coffee and chocolate. Fairly mild.

T - Roasted and/or dark malt. Cola, slight chocolate. Grainy? Some burnt sugar.

M - I'd like a little less carbonation, medium to full body seems a little odd for a lager. Sweet, nutty finish.

O/D - Meh. Underwhelming. I was expecting more of an English Brown Ale. Not worth seeking out IMO. Not a whole lot of interesting stuff going on.

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Photo of SebD
2.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.72/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

[Update Jan 16 2013]

I decided to try this again for several reasons. One, there is a serious lack of other options in my current location. Two, I've been planning to go back and re-review a lot of my older (pre-2012) reviews because they aren't very complete or detailed. Thirdly, the recent change to the scoring system (0.25 increments) has provided a strong impetus for me to follow through on the second point. This bottle was from a 6-pack picked up at TBS.

Pours a deep brownish cola colour - fairly dark, but not opaque - with some crimson highlights under the light. Topped with one finger of dense, creamy, light beige-coloured head that seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a fairly resilient cap on the surface. Looks fine for what it is, I suppose. The aroma is mostly roasted malts, caramel, corn syrup and a faint wisp of grass - not entirely unappealing, but certainly on the bland side, and not very intense.

Very light flavour for something that looks so dark - a fact that might seem impressive if it weren't inherently disappointing. Starts off with some lightly toasted grainy malts, which is followed closely by caramel sweetness and maybe some dark fruit. Finishes with some weak roastiness and caramel sweetness, which is not effectively balanced by the slight grassy dryness. Light-bodied and kind of watery, with relatively high carbonation. Drinkable enough, but not particularly well-balanced, and worlds away from interesting.

Final Grade: 2.72, a forgettable C-. I've never been a very big fan of this brewery's offerings, and Waterloo Dark Lager is no exception. To be fair, it's not *terrible* - from an objective standpoint, I'd probably consider it one of Brick's more tolerable beers. That being said, it's completely uninspiring, and I wouldn't be surprised if a few of the 5 remaining bottles are still hanging around in my fridge a month from now. At least it was cheap. If you're looking for something of the same quality as your average macro lager with a sweeter, slightly roasty flavour, this isn't the worst option, but there are certainly better ones (e.g. Upper Canada Dark, which costs less and tastes better anyway).

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Julian date on neck. The fact that this is imported by Esber, out of Canton, OH (printed right on the label) has me intrigued..

Pours a translucent, dark-brown ruby-red. A small tannish ring happens. The smell is different - peaty, almost woody and dirty. Taste = lots of mineral. Sweet sugars and slightly smoked malts. Carbonated well, lively. A "backwoods" kinda beer, not the best thing in the world, but decent imo.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Reddish brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dark fruits, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate and some dark fruits. The beer comes across as feeling a little bit thin and watery. It finishes with slightly sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall – The beer was quite drinkable, but also not very exciting. There is nothing about it that would want to make me purchase it again.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.27/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown apperance with litte head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of caramel and malt, fairly light.

Taste is sweet with a hint of bread, roasted caramel and some nuts. Taste is fairly light overall. Creamy and light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering toffee taste.

Not a bad dark lager, very light tasting with no strong features, but it is refreshing and creamy. Good summer beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of light brown foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Light, malty notes on the aroma with some caramel malt and a bit of molasses.

T - Sweet, dark bread up front with some toasted malt notes. Carmel and light molasses in the middle as the beer transitions to a malty finish with notes of cola, brown sugar, and light hop flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a lightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, reasonably pleasant and quite drinkable. There is plenty of malt character and while it is certainly nothing I would trade for or go out of my way to find, there is nothing off putting about it. It is, if nothing else, quite a bit better than the one other beer from this brewery that I had a chance to try.

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Photo of Stocean1
2.98/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of LazyL
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
2.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from the Beer Store, 473ml into a pint glass. Canned March 7, 2011.

Pours a dark brown, with some mahogany highlights. Creamy beige head that's fairly persistent. Leaves no lacing. Nose has some grain, very generic lager notes if that means anything. Extremely mild chocolate and some faint grassiness. Taste is some mild chocolate, metallic, some general creaminess (in the mouthfeel too) and a bit of caramel. Highly carbonated but too watery in the mouthfeel to leave any impression. Metallic in the finish again, and not a really pleasant drink to be had overall. A couple of redeeming qualities however.

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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
2.98 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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