Lakeport Pilsener | Lakeport Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Lakeport PilsenerLakeport Pilsener
43 Ratings
Lakeport PilsenerLakeport Pilsener

Brewed by:
Lakeport Brewing Company
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lakeport Pilsener is crisp, clean and smooth with a well-balanced hop character. This highly drinkable pilsener beer is brewed to uncompromising quality standards.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-20-2002

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
2.54/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Comes in a brown bottle that could not be more generic, not even a tab at the top of the beer. Nice clear golden color with fluffy white head. However, head does not sustain itself. Very slight lacing, which is surprising for it's cost.

Smell - Honestly, I'm barely getting anything from this one. What I am picking up is pretty much a weaker smell of store bought white bread. It's not offensive, but it honestly smells like the most bland/generic beer in existence.

Taste - Starts with a bland rice like flavor which transitions into an unappealing burnt corn flavor with a slight hop touch. Ends with a bit of a buttery flavor which is smooths out the rest of the experience somewhat. I'm fairly sure there is some kind of chemical preservative in this beer though. The whole taste is slightly off.

Mouthfeel - It seems like all the carbonation of the beer hits you at the precise time you get that burnt corn flavor, which is unappealing. Thankfully it smooths itself out at the last second and doesn't leave an aftertaste.

Drinkability - I don't normally let pricing effect my ratings, but in the case of "buck a beers" I feel they do deserve something of a free pass given the cost. Even with this, this beer isn't that bad. Doesn't leave much in the way of an aftertaste, is refreshing and finishes fairly smooth. However, near the end of the beer, my stomach started to feel a bit bloated. I'd give it a 2.5 if it wasn't so cheap.

Final Thoughts: Lakeport advertises itself as great beer, fair prices. I agree with a friend of mine who said "More like fair beer for a great price". Lakeport Pilsner is probably one of the better buck a beers. That being said, it is a buck a beer for a reason. This beer isn't going to win any contests, but it's good for what it is, a generic discount beer.

 1,819 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of MJ63
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Third period, third Canadian beer, third Canadian goal to seal the gold medal, perchance?

This beer pours a clear, light golden hue, with a teeming amount of thin foamy white head, which leaves scattered, short-lived lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of muted white cracker barley grain, and vegetal, slightly off-putting hops. The taste is very much in line, more mildly sweet graininess, and leafy, weedy, skunky hops. The carbonation is bit high, the body medium weight, and kind of oily, and it finishes fairly sweet, with the skunkiness trailing off.

While showing hints of being a proper pilsener, the cheapness shines through way too much to make this overly enjoyable, as anything other than a game-day guzzler. Speaking of which - bloody Yanks, tying the game up with only seconds to go, and this is my last beer! What of overtime, beer and otherwise?

 873 characters

Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A drinkable brew at the end of a hot day. Good creamy head but yellow colour. A bit of smoothness.Well carbonated. Dry bland taste, but metallic. medium mouthfeel but watery and acidic. Sweet and Dry aftertaste. Some floral aroma.
No better when tried one-and-a-half years later in a can.

 290 characters

Photo of traumaqueen
1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.38/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a deep bright yellow color beer with a medium pure white foamy head with surprisingly good retention. Aroma of corn and adjunct is quite powerful and disgusting. Taste is also quite strong with corn and adjunct with a dry finish and no hops. Wow, this is quite bad and not even close to a pilsner.

 312 characters

Photo of tatterdash
3.9/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a bargain beer this is rather good actually. Nice colour, clear, like a pilsner should be. I wish the head would have stayed around longer though. Smell, some hops, and a bit of a dry grass smell. Taste was good, nice and crisp, not enough hops though, but a good taste nonetheless. Mouthfeel is thin and a little too carbonated, but it very drinkable, and I look forward to drinking this all day.

 401 characters

Photo of Antilochus
2.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5.00% abv, 341mL twist bottle. No freshness date. Poured into a Leffe goblet.

Appearance is slightly darker straw, ginger aleish, decent ivory white bubbly head that goes to collar and cloud.

Nose is grainy, cooked vegetables. Some weak hop notes. Pretty bland.

Feel is actually decent, sharp carbonation though. Taste isn't so good, burnt corn aftertaste, metal, out of place butteriness. A little too sweet to be easily drinkable. All are subdued and weak. Medium length grain finish. Honey lager is better.

 513 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with corn and some very light hops. I'm not really sure I would call this a pilsner taste, but for an adjunct, the flavour is actually pretty decent. It finishes with a little bit of a hoppy/spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's actually not bad for the price. I've been drinking countless imported lagers lately and this would stack up with them for sure. It's not really a pilsner though..

 740 characters

Photo of Shiloh
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If this is new from Lakeport, they are on the right track. Appearance is good...quality of head could use some improvement..but the fundamentals are certainly there. The taste leans a little towards the hops, this brew is more than just acceptable.

 248 characters

Photo of mrmanning
2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this cause I thought I'd buy local and help the local boys, but this stuff isn't all that great. Aroma is slightly sweet, but you really have to sniff hard to get even that. Taste is watery and a bit hoppy, but nothing irregular. Looks like all the other pilsners I have tried...too bad, I would buy local more often if the product was better.

 352 characters

Photo of thehyperduck
2.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Updated Feb 2. 2013]

355 mL can from TBS; packaged Sept. 2012. I've had my fair share of this over the years, but it has never really been one of my first choices as far as cheap lagers go. Still, I've decided to go through my older reviews to make them more consistent (and to re-grade them with the new scoring system), so I was bound to wind up here eventually.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, with a crown of puffy, frothy white head roughly two fingers thick seated atop. It doesn't take terribly long to wilt away, but it doesn't fizzle out with the same zeal and efficiency as most cheap beers. A smooth, foamy cap and narrow collar remain at the surface, with a modest ring of lacing generated as well. The aroma is weak and bland, with nothing interesting to speak of - some pale grain malts, vegetal adjunct notes, and not a trace of hops. Tolerable for an adjunct lager; unacceptable for a pilsener.

The taste follows along the same vein - obviously it's not a pilsener, with no trace of any noble hops (or hops in general, really). Instead, the usual adjunct lager tropes are apparent - pale, grainy malt sweetness, some mild corn husk and a weak, grassy dryness in the finish. Not creative, but not exactly offensive. Thin-bodied and watery, with a very fizzy mouthfeel. It's easy to throw back quickly, which is presumably what it was designed for.

I realize this beer is categorized as a German pilsener, but I honestly don't think it's fair to compare it to other examples of that style, so for the purposes of this review I just considered it an AAL and graded it by those (lower) standards. Sure, it has pilsener in the name - but Labatt Blue calls itself a pilsener on its label too, and no one is going to argue that Blue is comparable to Bitburger or Warsteiner. 'Pilsener' is just a grossly misused term, and Lakeport is by no means the only offender amongst the macros.

Final Grade: 2.99, a manageable C. Lakeport Pilsener honestly isn't too bad, and provides fairly good value for the price point. I'd prefer this over Lucky Lager or Old Milwaukee, but there are other brews in this category that I would (and have, many times) picked before this stuff. Now if only they'd name it properly - what's wrong with 'Lakeport Lager'? Too similar to Laker? Or maybe 'pilsener' just makes it sound fancier than it actually is? Sorry guys, this stuff sells for 28 bucks per 24 - you're not fooling anyone. Not really worth a try unless you're a cheap lager enthusiast.

 2,497 characters

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - straw yellow, high carbonation, no head retention, ring of lace only.

Smell - slightly musty corn aromas.

Taste - decent barley malt flavours and modest hop bitters. There is a metallic aspect to the taste and the finish is too long for the lack of flavour up front.

Mouthfeel - nothing offensive here, but it does have a soda-poppy element to it.

Drinkability - there are worse products for the same price. Bottom line, it's nothing special but the reality is it has it's use on a hot day if it's what the new neighbours happen to be serving.

 605 characters

Photo of CrazyMike
2.79/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance, but with a very light smell. A trace of hops.

Taste wise, very light and watery. A bit bitter and over carbonated, very bland and mediocre. It is very drinkable beer though, little aftertaste and nothing really offensive.

For a bargain beer, it's okay. There are better out there though.

 319 characters

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of soju6
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden color with a head that fades quickly.

S: Light grain aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: Generic, unoffensive beer, clean finish.

F: Light body fairly smooth.

D: Better than I expected. Good for more than one and can't beat the price.

 261 characters

Photo of johnyeast
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is the standard Yellow/ Golden for a pilsner. Nothing special about the smell, typical for a lager. Decent taste for a "less expensive" Canadian lager. Actually I prefer this to Canadian and Labatts. The only time I'll be drinking this beer is when I'm at my brother-in-laws with family, and he gratiously hands me a beer, and we all proceed to drink him out of beer. I was suprised that this was as good as it was. Average. and drinkable.

 449 characters

Photo of Mindsquall
4.27/5  rDev +64.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very very pleasant surprise from Lakeport. Looks like a standard macro like Labatt's Blue. it has a pretty decent smell, light and hoppy. This however is a really good beer, very smooth and goes down easily. I was very impressed. especially with the price, $7.35 for a 6 pack. Definitely worth a try.

 311 characters

Photo of Derek
2.49/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This may have a little more character than Labatt Blue... but it's still an American Macro Lager.

A: Crystal clear, pale yellow; fluffy white head dissipates & leaves a hint of lace.

S: Plenty of aroma, but unfortunately it isn't that good. Floral hops with a touch of earth. A little sulfur (from the yeast?).

T: Flavour is a little flat/plain. Slight caramel & bready malt, floral hop.

M: Light body is fairly smooth; carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D: If you're use to macro swill, you'll probably chug this one!

 542 characters

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good offering from Lakeport. Pours out to a rich yellow gold color with a medium head of white foam that dissipates quickly. Aromas of rich malt and grain swell in the nose. Taste is enjoyable; malt and light grain mix with a wheaty note, with hops and squeeze of fruit and hops. Not bad. Mouthfeel was nominal. Drinkability was north of average. A well-made macro pilsner. Worth trying.

 396 characters

Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

473 ml can served ice cold into a pint glass. Purchased for the reasonable price of $2 CDN per can.

Appearance - clear decently bright golden color, plenty of bubbles and a small one finger of head that lingers for a nearly respectable amount of time.

Smell - not much, some corn aromas and sweet adjuncts. Not much else going on.

Taste - similar to the nose, the corn flavours and adjuncts shine through. This really is more of an AAL than a pilsner. Nothing off putting. Decent lawn cutting brew I guess. More flavor than the AALs though and in a good way surprisingly.

Mouthfeel. Smooth, nice lively of carbonation, light and lively body.

Overall- for what it is, it's not bad, but there are others at the discounted price rate that are a little better. Still wouldn't turn this down at a friends on a hot summer day with some barbecue.

 844 characters

Photo of JasonThaler
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden, big fluffy white head, disappears quickly, some lacing. Smell is sweet honey like malt, some grass, little bit of spice and floral hops. Taste is sweet, little grassiness, clean light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium to high carbonation, refreshing swill.

 293 characters

Photo of GodOfBeer
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow, foamy white head, slowly dissipates, lots of carbonation.

Smells corny, like a typical macro, a slight hop smell.

Not a terrible "pilsener" if you can call it that, better than a lot of macro beers for sure, corny grain taste, with a noticeable hop finish.

Pretty refreshing beer, better choice than some other buck a beers.

 347 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Lakeport Pilsener from Lakeport Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.6 out of 5 with 43 ratings