Laker Ice Premium Lager
Waterloo Brewing

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #327
Ranked #48,191
2.36 | pDev: 26.69%
Waterloo Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Laker Ice Premium LagerLaker Ice Premium Lager
Notes: An ice-brewed beer that has a clean, fresh, smooth finish from the ice-filtering process. Laker Ice is then carefully filtered to create a very drinkable brew with an appealing aroma and a higher alcohol strength.
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Photo of papat444
1.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 473ml can.

Decent appearance with full white head but taste is sweet adjuncts and very off putting. Tastes fake and manufactured, not sure how someone can go through a whole can of this.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good cheap beer for Canada.

This one of the last independent brewers. Please support the little guy!! Without them we only lower the competition and our selection ultimately.

A- Golden goodness- Beer!

S- Beerie goodness

T- Typical North American beer flavor

M- Same as above!

O- Good cheap beer

Thx for reading

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Photo of andrenaline
2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a pale golden colour, no head and no lacing.

S - Sweet corn, grains, apple juice and a bit of honey on the finish.

T - Same as the nose, sweet corn, grainy malts, lots of apple juice with a hint of sour cider, and corn syrop on the finish.

M - Thin and watery with a wet finish.

O - There's a reason this is $1.85 a tall can. Nothing special here, not worthy and a waste of a twoonie.

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Photo of Electros
2.9/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Does the job... Honestly, this is a mass produced lager, it honestly isn't that bed, it isn't that great, it is a go to beer when you want something that honestly doesn't make you think more then you just want another beer... Apparently I need to say more and more and more and more, I have nothing more to say so I am blah blah blahing right now, is this enough word to describe a run of the mill ice lager??!

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.39/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tallboy can from TBS; packaged in August 2012. Lucky review #7 in a series detailing various widely-available pale lagers that I've neglected to review or even try for one reason or another. I am always a little hesitant to pick up any beer whose name ends with "ice", but for the benefit of consumer knowledge I am willing to risk life, limb, and perhaps even liver. There's no claim on the label of this being "premium" (or even a lager) anymore - I can only assume that even the marketing department had trouble convincing themselves it was a legitimate use of the term.

Pours a deep golden-yellow colour, generating nearly two finger's worth of fizzy, frothy white head. I am, of course, not surprised to see it fizzle away before my very eyes, but at least it manages to leave behind a soapy ring around the edge, and a thin cap at the surface rather than evaporating totally. Decidedly unpleasant aroma, even for the style - lots of corn syrup sweetness, grainy malts, and a whiff of solvent.

Unfortunately, the flavour isn't all that appealing either, with the solvent/fusel notes from the nose being even more prominent here. Corny sweetness, pale malts and wet cardboard are the more tolerable tastes near the start of the sip, but these lead into considerably more vegetal, syrupy and boozy notes toward the finish. Sweet aftertaste; pretty boozy for something of 5.5% - that's not enough for the beer to taste hot or anything, but the total vacuum of other prominent flavours in the profile allows the ethanol to blunt-force its way through. Light-bodied and watery, with relatively high carbonation - although honestly, I would prefer it a little higher, to help scrub away the off-flavours. Not very difficult to consume quickly, and I reckon you probably should, because this is not the kind of beer that improves as it warms.

Final Grade: 2.4, a D+. Laker Ice is OK by 'ice beer' standards, but disappointing by adjunct lager standards (as low of a bar as that is). I'd probably take this over Carling Ice, Old Milwaukee Ice or Labatt Maximum... but if I'm setting the bar that low in the first place, I'd rather have a regular adjunct lager. Regular Laker might not be a very good lager, but its big brother here is straddling the line between tolerable and unappealing.

I'm honestly surprised at how much of a difference 0.5% abv can make - I have no real problem with standard Laker or Carling; cheap and bland as they are, they are fairly inoffensive. But that extra 0.5 is enough to transform them into beers that approach drain-pouringly bad levels of lameness. If you absolutely need to find a pale lager at 5.5%, I still say James Ready is about the 'best' you can hope for in this price bracket, forget about all this iced garbage.

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Photo of CaptainIan
2.96/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually pick up a "Laker" beer and expect nothing, but I was actually really impressed with Laker Ice.

It has a nice golden colour and a very sweet smell. I was most impressed with the taste. It was very smooth and thin tasting, and had a very high quality taste that could compare to the top tier Ice Lagers. There was no after taste and paired very nicely with nachos.

It smelt bland and there was nothing overly special about the taste. I would like the taste to be a bit more complex, but it makes for a very fast drinking beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, grains, and lots of corn. There is also a bit of a floral taste and also an unidentifiable cooked vegetable flavour. It ends with a grainy yet sweet aftertaste.

Overall – To be honest it was really much better than I was expecting. There was a bit of an odd taste to it, but it was in no way undrinkable. Not something I'd buy again, but it went down fast after my hockey game.

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Photo of steeler
3.84/5  rDev +62.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer i was looking forward to drinking, as i really like ICE beers.

Anyway, grabbed a tallboy can of this from the LCBO, can looks really cool, with "make'r a laker" around the top of the can.

Pours out a golden yellow stock macro color with a little .5 inch ring of lace.

Smells nice and fresh, and inoffensive. Pretty good acctually.

Taste is great, goes down smooth, with mild bitterness with a sweetish taste, and finishes with little after taste that doesnt linger.

Mouthfeel was like every other macro, thin and watery.

I could slam these cans all day long, its great, the ABV is just right, and overall i was pleased with this, and I will buy it again, hopefully i see it in bottles. Anyway, try it out.

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Photo of BigBry
2.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bobsy for including this as an extra in a trade (I really only wanted it for the can).
Black label with metallic blue maple leaf, Mak'er A Laker, only says Laker Ice, I guess this one isn't the 'Premium Lager'. Brewed by Laker Brewing Company, Rochester NY.

Pours gold color with a foamy white head, actually had decent retention and some thin strings of lace. Sweet grainy smell. Wet grass malt taste, some metallic aftertaste. Tolerable, not as bad as I was expecting, would do in a pinch (Better than anything by Mountain Crest).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The can says this is brewed by "Laker Brewing Company - Rochester NY". I guess its contract brewed on both sides of the border.

Pours deep gold with a foamy long lasting head that musters up a respectable amount of lace. Sweetish malt with vegetal highlights and some wet grainyness fills the nose. The taste is sweet and limpid. corn and iron flavors are worth noting. Hops offer a mild and coarse bitterness. The finish is sweetish.

Looks nice, but very bland to drink.

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Photo of CrazyMike
1.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

As soon as I saw the words Laker and Ice together, I knew this was going to be a painfull review. The apperance is a little impressive, golden amber with a thick head. The smell is very sweet.

The taste is very sweet and shortly after becomes stale. Very weak aftertaste. If your getting it just for the alcohol, my opinion would be just to get malt liqour. At least you get more alcohol with your poor quality beer.

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Photo of Sammy
1.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Definately the worst of the Laker series. Some malt to start, fizzy carbonation, and then airline fuel and dry finish. Tin metallic aftertaste. Old stale Beer smell, yellow colour, thinnish mouthfeel. Drain pour. CHeap price though, and broken pack at Bayview-Sheppard LCBO.

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Photo of pootz
1.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The third of the teerible"buck a beer" Brick sodie pops I endured. This is definately the worst so far. Same fizzy, no-head, pale straw colored look. Aroma non existant except for a slight damp cardboard smell....watery, gassy mouthfeel dominated by carbonation and the weak taste of sour vegetal finish with no detectable malt or hop presense...this is like a sour veggy soda pop....not to be recommended or taken seriously.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pretty brew when poured with a thick crown which quickly disapates leaving a wide island lace and heavy glass ring/cling..Colour is a medium honey gold and very clear..Taste initially is sweet then flattens out..definite malt beverage with limited evidence of hops..nothing special here.

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Laker Ice Premium Lager from Waterloo Brewing
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 27 ratings