Red Leaf Lager from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a nice copper-amber colour with a rather small white head that has good retention and a fair amount of visible carbonation. This American amber lager has a very malt laden aroma. Chestnut, caramel and a plum-like fruit tone are accompanied by toasted note and a nutmeg-like spiciness.
The taste of Red Leaf Lager is relatively sweet with characteristics similar to the aroma. Dark toffee malts with a plum or red grape-like fruit tone backed by a fatty, nutty flavour and a hint of chocolate. The beer is thin-bodied, giving off a prickly pop on the front of the tongue before a creamy sensation takes over. There is a bit of a syrupy, resin-like feeling to the aftertaste, but it’s clean overall with a hint of fresh grains.
Red Leaf Lager comes in a copper coloured can with a large red leaf and white letter logo superimposed over a map of Canada. A brief description of the beer and brewery are printed on the back and a coded freshness date can be found on the bottom.
Red Leaf Lager is a very smooth-drinking and accessible beer that makes a great craft brewed alternative to the adjunct- riddled Alexander Kieth’s or Rickard’s takes on the style, though it could use a bit more body. This beer would also make a good choice for Sunday afternoon football gatherings as it pairs well with salty snacks, ribs, wings and pepperoni pizza.
You can find Red Leaf Lager in single cans at many LCBO outlets and you can visit the Great Lakes Brewery six days a week.
Type: American Amber / Red Lager
Region: Toronto (Etobicoke)
Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%