Great Lakes Brewery Red Leaf Lager

Great Lakes Brewery Red Leaf Lager

Rated 2.662 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewery

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Vienna / Amber Lager

5% Alcohol by Volume

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2019 Blurb Hints of caramel, nuts and toasted malt result in a fully flavoured yet deceptively smooth lager. A well balanced body makes it a perfect year-round beer. Red Leaf is an ideal match with burgers, stews, sandwiches and similar selections. 5% alcohol by volume. 2005 Blurb Red Leaf is a smooth red lager that has taken years to perfect. Praised everywhere it is consumed and winning gold at the Great Canadian Brewing Festival is a testament to our brewing process. A smooth red lager, reddish-brown colour with a full-flavored lager taste.

ID: 10542 Last updated 4 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank51709
Overall Percentile3.3
Style Rank575 of 594
Style Percentile3.2
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score3.1
Average Score2.560
Weighted Score2.662
Standard Deviation0.347

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  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Picked up a tallboy at the brewery. Pours a fairly large frothy off-white head that stays around long enough. Has a clear light amber appearance. Moderate carbonation. Lacing is decent. Aromas of toasted malts, notes of caramel. Flavours are sweet, subtle dark fruits. Also some  Average retention. Somewhat of wet mouthfeel. Not bad.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Pours a copper/brown with a light tan head that fades to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Small amount of lacing. malty aroma and flavour, slightly dry. Somewhat thin but smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer that goes down easy.

  • CHOPZ 7308 reviews
    rated 2.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Written "Smooth red lager" on the front label. And it is. Pours a brown-red colour with a decent looking creamy off-white head. This one unfortunately does not stay long, and lacing is left to a bare minimum. The nose is quick to disappear, with a malty aroma. Smooth mouthfeel for sure and carbonation is pretty normal for a swill like this one. Not much flavours. A bit of caramel malt at first ending in a little bread aftertaste. Might be a little better than Rickard's Red, but just an average summer red lager.

  • BEERHAWK 351 reviews
    rated 2.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    a bit of an interesting taste but kinda flat. No noticeable aroma, decent appearance. Fairly carbonated and not alot of attack. Fairly smooth but nothing really noticible. Average.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 5

    Red beers can be hit and miss, and this one was a miss. A clear reddish colour with a white head. The aroma was strong roasted malt, some spice, and a little grass. The flavour was musty old malt with a little bitterness in the finish. Not a beer for beer lovers.

  • COLEMASON 9 reviews
    rated 2.8 16 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Beer poured lighter than the likes of Rickard's and Alexander Keith's red. Head grew rapidly with large bubbles, but then subsided just as quickly. Nose was almost non-existent. Taste is weak, yet appealing - unfortunately this lasts for a minimal length of time. Not a great beer, but also not objectionable in any way.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 2.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    341ml bottle
    5.0% ABV
    I tried this beer on February 14, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a beautiful translucent dark red colour with a very thin white head. The aroma was very weak with a slight malt smell. The mouthfeel was light, dry, with low carbonation. The flavour was slightly malty, and slightly sour. Not an enjoyable beer, and very similar to Alexander Keith's Red.

  • BOBHOPPS 406 reviews
    rated 2.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    That beer definitely miss some roundness and not even refreshing for a lager i would say as a first impression it's a big deception especially when it's labeled bronze winner at the beer world cup...Something unfinished...Not reccomended.

  • MYKE 542 reviews
    rated 3.1 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    thi beer is average but that's okay to me. red beer must be hard to make cause alot of canadian brewers don't get it right. but if you like rickard's or old mick's on tap, this is just like them and usually cheaper. and unlike rickard's, tastes passable out of the bottle.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 2.6 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Judging by the varied reviews this beer must vary lot to lot...that seems to explain it to me. Sampled twice at the goodbeer festival. Poured a copper color (where’s the "red" here?) slight head that disappeared fast. No real nose to it... wisps of caramelized malt where barely detected. Has a weak mouthfeel...light body some sweet malt tastes...hops subdued...quick clean finish with no aftertaste. I tried it again after sampling other beers but I got the same impression...this is as mainstream as they come...I didn’t bother with their golden horseshoe lager as I suspect it would be similarly mainstream and at this stage of the game I’m lagered out where commonplace commercial tasting beers are concerned. This isn’t bad but it’s not good and has no distinctive qualities...we need another mainstream bland beer alike another tax hike.

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