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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager | Brick Brewing Co.

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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.

Added by kbub6f on 08-02-2002

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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brick Waterloo Dark Lager

LOOK: Pours a amber brown, with an off white cream foam. Leaves some lace, and the head has some staying power.

SMELL: Barley malt, cereal grains, some grassy hop. Malt forward aroma.

TASTE: The first few sip bring impressions of doughy malt and dark breads. There is a flash of lemony, grassy hops then the flavor is gone. Odd mineral twang and more grains to follow. Slightly nutty, like a macro dunkel lager.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp. A refreshing dark lager brew easy to drink.

OVERALL: A pretty decent product from the Canadian brewery, a good beer to either enjoy in mass quantities or with a hearty meal.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.48/5  rDev -20%
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 biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
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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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of rarbring
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
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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2/5  rDev -35.5%

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2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of karait95
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of lstokes
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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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4/5  rDev +29%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +61.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev +29%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mmmbeer
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -1.3%
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 -7.7%
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 -12.3%
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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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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