Craft Lager
Muskoka Brewery

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #306
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,906
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 12%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
138
From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  38
SCORE
80
Good
Craft LagerCraft Lager
Notes: Like the region it's from, our all-malt Muskoka Craft Lager is a getaway from the average. That's because it's carefully aged and handcrafted to be uniquely flavourful, yet remarkably easy-drinking. Made from North American hops and malt, and winner of Canadian Lager of the Year, this delicately balanced thirst quencher is the refreshing departure you've been waiting for.

13 IBU
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 138 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aug 04, 2016
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GingerFinn from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 29, 2019
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NordicHermit from Canada (ON)

2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 473ml can from Ontario grocery store and poured into a glass mug. Very bubbly and carbonated on the pour, resulting in a puffy 2" head that disappeared within 90 seconds. No film or lacing to speak of by the time I had finished half of the beer, and carbonation was almost non existent by that point, too. Clear and yellow in appearance. No discernible aroma, but then again, I'm not big on smells. Flavour was generally lacking in grain or bread notes, which I enjoy in a lager. There's a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, and an almost filmy quality to the finish. Unfortunately, the most intense flavor profile I got out of this one was of soap. Will try again in the future, to ensure it's not a bad can, (and will adjust my review if there's a difference. As it stands, I can't recommend this one - especially with the craft beer price. I enjoyed a Moosehead 30 minutes before pouring this one, and I much preferred it - it remains my top Canadian Lager.

Jul 26, 2020
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ben741 from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Jul 05, 2019
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 23, 2020
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 12, 2019
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markallmon from Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 08, 2019
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swim from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Translucent medium yellow, a few bubbles, some head
S: Faint grassy citrus hops, a bit of musty doughy malts
T: Somewhat skunky, grassy hops, citrus pith and a slight apple fruitiness, and warm crackery semi sweet malts, slightly bitter and dry finish
F: A bit thick and prickly
O: Enjoyable complex lager.

Nov 25, 2020
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle fresh from the brewery.

Pour puts a clear deep golden lager in the glass with a decent 2 finger frothy white cap,
Bready malts and woody Nobel hops in the aroma...light whiff of sulphery lager yeast.

Sturdy malt spine, firm body, bready-woody character.

Nice chew of fresh bready malts in the front..nobels show to balance, decent middle with some sweetness, citrus, herbals tones tapering out to the thick finish which is slightly malt accented.

Fresh and bready tasting with just enough hopping to keep the sweetness at bay...the quintessential crafted all-malt lager..a deal at less than a buck a bottle and when fresh.

Sep 30, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light bright golden color lager with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of crisp light hops and lightly floral malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a nice enough balanced mix between some lightly sweet malt with floral notes and light dry crisp hops. Easily quaffable with no brewing flaws. A bit more hops would have been great but still very good overall. This brewer is really improving and providing easily drinkable beers.

May 05, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from LCBO. A serviceable lager, more for a warm day. Light yellow with a large dissapearing white head. Neutral aroma. A tad below average mouthfeel. A mild bitterness, just keeping the sweetness at bay. Decently balanced, presuming a minimal use of ingredients. Drying finish. This style is close to what the macrobrewers produce.

Mar 03, 2010
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a fantastic Thai restaurant called Linda's in Don Mills Toronto.

Served in Muskoka tumbler pint glass, revealing a gold liquid with a crackly white head. Not the pallid straw color I expected, more like a Bohemian Pilsner. The aroma is sweet and grainy with a bit of leafy hop aroma and hints of cooked veggies. the taste is too sweet and lacking in malt girth. Some coarse hop bitterness counters the sweetness a bit, just managing to steer this beer out of cloying territory. The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. The finish is shortlived and light on bitterness.

A decent enough pale lager, though a little on the bland side.

Jun 16, 2009
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Quotashun from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Jul 14, 2015
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buck at beer at the Beer Store.

Pours a clear golden, thin white head forms, settles to a thin ring, leaves some lace spots, looks pretty standard. Smell is very malty, sweet, some honey and caramel, no adjuncts, floral hops, not bad. Taste is sweet and malty up front, dry grain, some wheat, honey, floral, bit of citrus, nice balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Easily the best buck a beer you can get in Ontario. Nice flavours, no adjuncts, refreshing in the heat.

Jul 03, 2007
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Bestuurder from Canada (ON)

3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light lager. In comparison to an American lager. Not what would be expected from a discount brand.

Serving was from a standard brown bottle. The colouration was a yellow colour; when poured resulted in a nice head, with little, but nice lacing. Try not to serve too cold (around 0 C), since this might reduce the lacing, but does increase the flavour rather than the standard 4-8C temperature.

The aroma was bitter-sweet, with noticeable hops. The overall taste was crisp, clean, and on the dry side, with minimal metallic bite.

The brew was slightly watery in my opinion, and verry easy to drink, as long as you keep it very cold. When this brew begins to warm up, I don;t think it would be in the glass long, suggest pouring it down the sink if you allow it to get above 12C.

All-in-all, an excellent beer for the cost conscious.

Feb 12, 2007
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd say this is more of a Euro lager with the nobel hopping... boardering on a German Helles.

A: Clear golden-yellow with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Great nobel hop aroma, plenty of floral, herbal & peppery spicing. Some underlying breadyness.

T: Floral, herbal & spicy hops, some bready malt, hints of light caramel, slight hint of lager yeast character (sulphur), balanced bitterness. Pleasantly surprised.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth, with an off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Dec 07, 2009
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw/gold with an inch of white foam.
S - Typical lager-y smell with some floral-ish hops and a lightly bready malt.
T - Clean, slightly sweet maltiness with a light lemon hop. A bit tart up front, and an inoffensive, mild finish.
M - Somewhat astringent, with a fairly full body for the style and moderate carbonation.
D - Doesn't stand out as exceptionally tasty, but very drinkable, crisp and clean. Cheap too!

Aug 18, 2008
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headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jul 23, 2015
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Mindsquall from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up half jokingly because it is the cheapest beer The Beer Store sells. The joke was on me. This is quite a good beer. Unpasteurized, No Adjuncts. Decent Color, Fresh Smell, some head retention there. Flavor is clean, finishing aroma is malty with some hops there. Flavor is very reminiscent of Creemore Springs lager, at half the price.

A good beer, and for $25.95 for a 24, it's practically a steal. I honestly couldn't believe a beer this cheap could taste this good. If you have a chance to get it, pick some up you won't be disappointed.

Jun 22, 2007
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We've all seen pale lagers before. This one looks the part. Maybe a little deeper in colour than most, but still golden. The finger of head disappears real quick, without so much as a speck of lace left in it's wake. It smells faintly of grain and noble hops. It tastes of sweet malt with a mild hint of grass. Very mild bitterness in the finish. It's really too sweet to call it crisp. It's a bit fizzy, but not overly so when compared to other beers of this style. It's light in body, but not watery. It's simple and inoffensive, something that would go over well in a big group of people.

Sep 10, 2009
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Mit from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pours a light straw colour with minimal head.

s bready notes with some light malt character coming through. Very faint hops...

t-malty....the bready notes again present. Very slight hops...as suggested in the smell.

m-good mouthfeel for the abv.

o overall this is a decent beer. Not too controversial.

Sep 03, 2011
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nokes from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking these for a while...was my budget brand of choice this summer. Time for a review...

Poured into a pint glass...two fingers of frothy white foam with reasonable retention. Died back to a persistent film that stayed around to the last, leaving traces of lacing on the glass. Yellow with a little more depth than average, fizzy, crystal clear.

Smells sweet-malty, maybe some caramel, grasses.

Tastes good...reasonably complex. Sweet malt countered by citrus (lemony almost) and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is reasonably full, just a trace of thinness around the edges, and nice carbonation.

This is a refreshing beer. Easy drinking and flavourful with a simple clean finish.

When this was buck-a-beer, I LOVED it. It's a little more now, but still worth drinking, no question. I got in on sale, so it was still quite reasonable, and far more enjoyable than anything else I've tried on the Beer Store's "discount brands" list. Totally a go-to spring/summer/fall beer.

Sep 22, 2009
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Re-branded blue and silver tallboy can, best before Feb. 2012. I have tried several Muskoka brews in the past, but this is not one of them.

Pours a clear light-golden colour, with one finger of fizzy white head that is gone within a minute. A filmy cap and thin collar remain on the surface. Not a lot of bubbles - looks kind of flat for a pale lager. The aroma is rather nondescript but generally pleasant - mostly grainy malts with some lemongrass.

Decent malty backbone, lots of graininess but also a bit of a cracker/doughy bread feel. Some grassy hops with light spiciness in the tail end of the sip, maybe a touch of lemony citrus. Slight malty aftertaste, but generally a pretty clean finish. Light-bodied, supremely crisp and very refreshing. Decent carbonation; lighter than a macro but not flat like the appearance suggested.

[Updated May 15 2016]

I've had Muskoka Craft Lager a handful of times over the last half-decade, but still have no inclination to alter my original grade significantly. This is a good camping beer, but there's nothing special or even memorable about it - and it's a little pricey for what you get. It's easy to drink, but so are imported pilseners, and those tend to be cheaper and often tastier - usually both! Considering all of these points, Muskoka Craft Lager isn't something I'm ever likely to return to frequently, though I'd certainly never turn down a free one (or avoid a sampler pack because of its presence). I'm certain there are more than enough well-off lager-lovin' cottage country folks up north to make this label a profitable one, but as far as Muskoka brands go this has always been one of my least favourite.

Final Grade: 3.46, a B-.

Nov 05, 2011
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bikko from Canada (ON)

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feb 05, 2020
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drinkininthewood from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 341ml brown bottle into a pilsner glass. BB june 08

A- Golden yellow with some head that dimminishes with ease leaving a ring around the glass with some small lace spots throughout.

S- Fairly malty with some caramel notes and a somewhat floral hop aroma. Fair decent.

T- Lots of malt with some hops noticed, caramel, and slight citrus as well as some grain. Very clean tasting brew.

M- Light in body and lightly carbonated as well.

D- Fairly good, and im assuming awesome in the scorching hot days of summer.

Overall a craft brewed buck a beer. Good to see that some craft breweries are making decent pitches in the horrid discount beer market. Similar to another craft brewed buck a beer by the name of Cool Lager for the Cool brewery in Brampton Ontario. Muskoka Lager is an awesome choice if your wallet is the one in charge.

Mar 18, 2008
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Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 138 ratings