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Tennent's Original Export Lager | Tennent Caledonian Breweries

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Tennent's Original Export LagerTennent's Original Export Lager
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Tennent's Original Export LagerTennent's Original Export Lager

Brewed by:
Tennent Caledonian Breweries
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by slitherySOB on 03-02-2012

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Photo of nebula1999
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of DarrenBrule
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of kvadiat
4.43/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-orange with a finger of thick off-white froth. Orange, lemon, straw and honey in the aroma. More honey, light fruits and a faint bitterness at fruition. Smooth as it gets, and damn tasty. Might say a wee bit underrated as well.

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Photo of spreadword
3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmashPants
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: a pretty crappy and standard looking 500mL can.

Appearance: pours a clear, standard yellow body with an expansive, white foamy head. Not hugely enticing.

Aroma: lightly sweet-scented pale malts with some graininess and a touch of floral hops.

Taste: silky smooth pale malt flavours, with grains and light citrus. Nice for a macro lager.

Aftertaste: dissipates quite quickly, as most lagers do. Still a touch of those floral hops though.

Mouth feel: fairly creamy, particularly for a lager. Low-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly sophisticated blend of pale biscuit malts, floral hops and a reasonable amount of typical lager grains. Bloody good price for an English beer (even though only a lager). AU$80 (2012) for 24 x 500mL, which equates to around AU$55 a case for a normal case of 24 x 330mL.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light clean and crisp.
Good example of a Euro Pale Lager

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My gal-pal, Terry, has gotten remarried and moved to Shaler Township, which is where we stopped at the Giant Eagle on the way to her house. I was not aware that every Giant Eagle has a beer marketplace, but it seems like it. I was ecstatic to find this and Finch's Fascist Pig in CANs and happily scooped up a four-pack of each to further The CANQuest (TM), which was my reason for being out there. I was the guest co-speaker/lecturer for the PGH Cultural Trust's monthly Beer School, run by Tony Knipling of Vecenie Distributing in Millvale and this month's Summer School focus was on CANs! What a hoot.

From the CAN: "Imported from Scotland"; "Always made with pride in the heart of Glasgow [undersigned] H. T. Tennent"; "Estd. 1885".

I must admit that I was rather surprised to see this one here in the US, but it saved me having to trade for it.

The Crack & Glug were flawless and I ended up with two fingers of dense, bone-white head with excellent retention. Once again, I was reminded of meringue. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. 28 Feb 2015, to be precise, in Lincoln, NE for a joint birthday celebration with Val MidWest (her 21st and my 50th). Nose was slightly off - yes, it was grassy, but there was a phenolic cast to it, like Band-Aids. Mouthfeel was medium and the nose did not translate to the taste, thankfully. It had the characteristic honey-like sweetness of lager along with a grassy Noble hoppiness. Finish was clean, unobtrusive, and frankly, quite tasty. It was semi-dry and refreshing with the hops really dominating at the end. I hate to come off as jaded, but I have had so many CANned lagers that it becomes difficult to distinguish one from another. For this reason, I CANnot recommend making an effort to find this one, although there was nothing intrinsically wrong with it.

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3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at King Edward's Arms in Markham, ON

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with significant visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall white head that show great retention with the majority of it lasting through the entire beer. There is very serious significant lacing observed.

S: Very light skunkiness to the overall aroma but that is over the top of bready malts and some light citrus hops.

T: I pleasant malty start to the beer with hints of pale and bready malts. There is a very nice bitterness in the finish from the light citrusy hops.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: I really liked the creaminess to the mouthfeel of this beer, making it very enjoyable and easy to drink. I think I will be ordering another of these for my next beer here.

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Photo of eire
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a becker pint glass.

Deep brass gold with thin carbonation and a very tall bone white soapy head. Three fingers tall and keeps a thin white puck while drinking.

Some sticky lager yeast and kind of fruity a little bit. Some corn like sweetness it seems and macro like aromas.

Mild sweetness and some almost estery fruit qualities. Mild white bread toast finish a bit with common macro lager sweetness. Slightly sticky but not too syrupy but corn like sweetness is noticeable it seems. Slightly wet bodied but the sweetness and somewhat syrupy malt bill gives some depth to match

Overall a macro lager that has a bit more to it than usual.

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Photo of Jame515
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 3/31/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with very poor strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, lightly toasted bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Pretty clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes in the aroma and flavor. Medium carbonation and light-medium bady; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid pale lager style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brandonld23
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robertas
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can from the LCBO, best before May 31 2015. First reviewed back in 2011, although it was submitted under the wrong Tennent's Lager (to be fair, this entry didn't exist yet). Rather than copy the old review here, I'm just going to delete it and give this one a do-over. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour; a slightly deeper hue than many pale lagers. It's topped with over one finger of soapy white froth, which recedes quickly over the next minute or two, eventually leaving behind a thin collar and film. No lace. The aroma consists of pretty typical Euro lager smells - grainy barley malts, grassy hops, and some corny notes. Neither off-putting nor enticing, really.

The flavour holds up similarly - pale malt sweetness, a little bready but mostly just grainy. Mildly grassy, with a hint of lemon zest toward the finish. This is a fairly clean-tasting lager, with no real strong or weak points. Light-bodied, with carbonation appropriate for the style that provides a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.36, a B-. Tennent's Export Lager is a forgettable beer, but as far as Euro lagers go there is nothing inherently wrong with it. The price is reasonable, and it tastes as good as any of the 'big name' Euro lagers - though I'd still take any number of pilseners over this particular brew. This is obviously not the epitome of Scottish lager brewing, but it's passable for the style, and worth a try.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.34/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for just ov $2 CDN.

Appearance - A finger and a half of white head on top of a clear crisp golden beer with plenty of lively bubbles. Nice swath of lacing left behind.

Smell - plenty of grain, lots of bready and biscuit aromas more so than usual for an euro pale lager. Slight fusel alcohol aroma within.

Taste- mild bready flavoured lager, light graininess throughout. A bit of a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well carbonated, easy to drink. Lightish body and medium finish.

Overall - a good euro pale lager, refreshing, surprisingly flavourful and easy to drink.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another beer from the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is crsip, malts, some grains, very lightly hopped, kind of a bit on the mild side, but not bad. Feels light in the mouth and overall a decent beer but nothing special.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can, another hard to pin down sideshow from the 'original' Tennent's offering pushed onto we North Americans more than a few years ago, now, yeeeeh?

This beer pours a clear, bright pale (I know) golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, yet broadly foamy, and generally fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some stellar Bonsai tree forest lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy, bready, and corny malt, a touch of less than tethered generic booziness, unloved yeast, and very weak earthy, dead leafy, and musty 'noble' hops. The taste is fairly replete with a sugary, bready and plainly grainy pale and corny malt sweetness, sidling yeast, stale apple and pear fruity measures, and more stupidly weak weedy, leafy, and morbidly floral so-called hop bitters.

The carbonation is damned-near nonexistent for this or any other style after that initial outburst, the body a so-so medium weight, and marketing committee smooth - yeah, but, well, y'know, not so much. It finishes too damned sweet, grainy, and hardly something that my palate might want to further pursue.

Overall, this is yer typical cheap-ass, hard to really get into swill from someone's local macro brewing concern - the stuff you slam before doing the same to your 'opponents' in the stands of your local derby, or whatever the hell it's called over there.

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