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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 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 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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Photo of bryehn
3.16/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of camzela
4.3/5  rDev +44.3%
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!

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

Pours a dark brown colour with thick tan head that dissipates to leave a nice ring. Some rings of lacing. Smells quite nutty, with typical macro lager smell. Flavour is much nicer than a typical lager, but still pretty muted. Smooth mouthfeel. I used to drink this a lot when I went to university in Waterloo, I seem to remember it being better then, but I also hadn't tried too many beers at the time.

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Photo of therica
3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Kitchener, Ontario in a nice 20-ounce Waterloo Dark pint-style glass with the boar head logo and "Pour The Boar" lettered on the rear.

A= dark chestnut, modest head with nice lacing & pooling.

S= light smoke, some soured-apple.

T= very nice, then a bit watery, then some dark and maybe also light malts, some caramelization. Modest on the hops and bitters, but has an interesting tartness.

M= some toasted caramelized malts, light bitters, some tartness, interesting.

D= oddly, did well before and also with seafood pasta. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thick off white head, some decent lacing.

Not much of an interesting smell, grainy, malty.

Tastes like a lager with a bit more malt, not bad, but nothing to write home about. Some subtle nuances of caramel and chocolate but the lagerish taste dominates the palate.

Decent, carbonated mouthfeel, pretty drinkable. Not something I would ever buy.

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Photo of soju6
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a nice brown color with a large hea that fads to lace.

S: Mild grain aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: A muted sweetness, fairly crisp with a slight bitterness.

F: Medium body and fairl smooth.

Kind of bland but a nice change from all the macros.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I misled myself, but I expected something richer, smoother, and creamier than this. This is (no insult to Rickard's) more like Rickard's dark. A lightweight, pretty shallow beer. Not bad, but not great.

It looks fine... pretty dark. Head isn't great and leaves quickly.

The smell is the best thing about it. It has a misleading hint of richness and flavour.

The flavour is... mostly nonexistent. It's OK... but pretty bland.

It's OK in the mouth, but a bit watery, to be frank.

It's drinkable. It's OK, it's not terrible. It's nowhere near what I thought it would be, though. I won't be getting it again.

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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 seand
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown cola-like color with a fairly small amount of tan head. Most of the head fades pretty quick, though enough sticks around the edge of the glass to leave a bit of lacing.

S: Quite sweet, some nutty notes, oddly unbalanced - just those two things really.

T: Simple sweetness from start to finish. Not a lot going on, not much balance, but not really bad tasting either.

M: Medium body, medium fizzy carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easily if the sweetness doesn't bother you.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remembered enjoying this beer while in school years ago and wondered if I still would after starting this journey along the path to premium craft beer enlightenment. I'm glad to say that I still like Waterloo Dark and think it makes for a good session or lawn mowing beer. This is another beer that I would choose over a macro beer at a bar any day.

A good looking dark beer with a red hue when held against the light. It has a nice head to start that recedes to a thin layer with some lacing. The aroma is very clean like a good lager but has no distinctive notes. Some mild chocolate and nutty notes in the glass as the glass empties later.

The taste is smooth and lightly nutty with balance between the sweet malt and hops. Some faint sourness and low bitterness. Nothing outstanding but certainly not offensive. Definitely not complex for the style (if Munich Dunkel Lager is correct). It's somewhat refreshing for a dark lager and I could drink this beer all night on any session occassion.

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Photo of npaulsmith
3.9/5  rDev +30.9%
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 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 MeisterBurger
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh man. This can is a real headscratcher.

For starters it says it's brewed by the Waterloo Brewing Co. But it's really brewed by Brick. Yet there's no mention of Brick anywhere on the can that I can see. Brick doesn't seem to hide the fact that this is one of theirs on its website mind you, but it's odd that they would package this beer under the guise of a brewery that does not exist.

It also says "thanks for supporting a craft brewery" and to "visit ontariocraftbrewers.com". So I did. And I couldn't find any mention of Waterloo Brewing, Brick Brewing, Waterloo Dark, or even the Waterloo Wheat there.

As if that wasn't bad enough you'll also find the following printed on the can: "For consumer inquiries waterloodark.ca" Thing is, that site doesn't exist. So now I have nowhere to send the following inquiry: wtf?

Anyway, it certainly lives up to its name when decanted as it's a very deep black with ruby highlights topped by a fizzy tan head. Dies down to a thin collar. No lacing.

The aroma is dry roasted must and aluminum baseball bat.

The taste is mostly metallic and dry roast with a faint underlying sweetness, but it tastes watered down. It's listed here as a munich dunkel but I'd be much more inclined to call it a schwarzbier. It's too clean and roasty to be a munich dunkel. Finishes very dry. Some nuttiness fights to be seen.

Very thin body, watery, very light on the palate, with low carbonation.

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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
2.98 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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