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.

Added by kbub6f on 08-02-2002

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked one tallboy can up from the LCBO and served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark chestnut brown color, poured 2 fingers of tan head that dissipated quite quickly. Just dark enough that the bubbly nature of the beer can't be seen.

Smell - Smells dark, but some light grassy notes and slightly metallic. Not much else there.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, not a lot there but nothing off putting. General "beer" taste.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated and medium bodied, but because of the lack of significant flavor doesn't give it any of the rich creamy feeling that other beers in the style may have.

Overall - Unremarkable, not likely to be purchased again. Would rather have something else.

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Photo of dumarrm
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of ZachT
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473 mL can into a conical pint glass.

3-finger head (in this narrower glass) shows significant carbonation in this beer.
Very dark red-brown appearance, as the name tells. Head settled to half a finger
in about a minute or two.

Nice smell. Some breadiness, some bitter sweetness. Hints of some other fresh
scent that I can't quite name.

First sip has a nice taste, though with a slightly metallic finish. This blood-like
taste went away after a few more sips. Taste is a little roasty, turning into bitter
fruitiness. Almost coffee-like notes in the finish.

As hinted by the tall head, the mouth can feel a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice beer. As far as dark goes, I prefer porters, but this is very
acceptable. I'd order it if I went to a bar or restaurant that had it.

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Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of LXIXME
2.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smallish light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a clear dark red wine to amber colored beer.

Very thin nose, maybe a little dark roasted malts in the aroma.

A very light taste of dark roasted caramel malts, kind of reminds me of a watered down Amber Bock but in a good way almost. When one thinks of something watered down they almost always got to it getting a more negative taste, but this might work in this beers advantage given the situation.

A very light almost dryish aftertaste on this light to medium bodied beer.

This is another beer that to me would appeal to people that are trying to get away from the typical Bud Light type beer. This to me could be considered a gateway beer for future Rogue and Stone drinkers.

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Photo of dalehihn
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +51%

Photo of irishkyle21
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of saburky
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of buschbeer
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Bf_89
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Watershed
3.37/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 473mL can into a pint glass. Held to the light, this looks pretty much exactly like Coke, with a slightly foamy lace of head instead of bubbles. It's appealing looking, actually -- pretty much exactly what a dunkel should look like. (I'd classify this as a dunkel rather than the "Euro Dark Lager" it's labelled as, because I'm pretty sure that's what they're attempting.) The smell isn't particularly impressive -- wet malts and brown sugar -- and these flavours continue in the taste, with the occasional odd sour note, which I think must be a yeast thing. Despite being pretty nondescript taste-wise, this does improve in the creamy mouthfeel, light chocolate with the slightest linger of herbal hops. (But there's that odd sour note again, too...).

I buy a can of this once every couple months because I like dunkels and it's one of the two widely available in Ontario (the other being the markedly superior King Dark Lager). So the fact that I'm even drinking this stuff is more a testament to the neglect of this underrated style than evidence of any real fondness for it. Still, until I can get the King more readily, or until another local craft brewery starts making a dunkel, I'll keep drinking this once in a while.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Olek4374
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My store had a sale on the Waterloo Brewing Sample Pack, which offers two cans each of this, IPA and Amber. It was a great deal, and I've never had anything from this brewery, so I decided to give it a go.

It pours, as expected, very dark brown to the point of being black. I'm picking up some faint red wine aromas fro m the beer, although the smell itself is very mild for such a dark beer.

The taste was not what I was expecting from a can that said DARK on it; it tastes like a well made lager with some more heavy malty flavours, and a very clean finish. The body was quite light, it felt as if I was drinking a can of Canadian or something - it's just light and very bubbly without much flavour to it. Is it better than Canadian/Kokanee and the like? Yes. However, the flavour doesn't quite match the colour that the beer has.

These beers are tricky to find in Alberta, so I'm likely not going to search out this particular one out. Overall, it's okay; it is very drinkable, has no harsh aftertaste, and the nice dark colour can make it seem like you're drinking fancy beer if your friends are having Canadian. Still, i wouldn't have minded a little more caramel or vanilla flavour, and a heavier body.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of timiskin
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of H8B8
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Ammon
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DaPan
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of rmarks9
3/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Can from my father-in-law. Served in a pils glass.

A - A finger-plus of lightly tanned foam settles to a thin partial cap and collar and negligible lace. Transparent chestnut brown, with copious bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass and racing throughout the body.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a bit of corn. Gets worse as it warms, with a sharp metallic note in the periphery.

T - Taste is corn sweetness mixed with light toffee and nut notes, grain, and perhaps a hint of cocoa. Somewhat cloying and under-attenuated but largely devoid of off-flavors.

M - Harsh, aggressive carbonation, with a watery medium-light body. Finish is mostly clean, with a bit of roast to it.

D - Not terrible, but not very good either. I think I made it through 6oz before I gave up and moved on to something better. More flavorful than the fizzy yellow beer that is so popular in Ontario, but only marginally so. Would do in a pinch over Labatt or something, but not something I'd buy again.

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Brick Waterloo Dark Lager from Brick Brewing Co.
2.98 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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