Bentley Brewers Copper Lager from Brewer’s Delight, Inc. in Ottawa, Ontario is a clear golden copper colour and pours with a soapy white head that hangs around as a mossy cap. This Vienna lager has deep aromas of toffee-sweetened malt, juicy stone fruit and biscuit, along with more subtle notes of lemongrass and minerals.
The sturdy and well-balanced taste of Bentley Brewers Copper Lager is built on an earthy, yet smooth malt base with light toffee and cocoa accents, as well as a light lemon tone that keeps things from being too heavy on the tongue and palate. Bitterness becomes more prevalent in the finish of the medium-bodied lager, while mineral, salt and citrus notes linger in the crisp aftertaste.
Bentley Brewers Copper Lager comes in a basic silver can and features a “Double B” brewery logo and the slogan “Ottawa’s Oldest Brewery”. While that phrase may have you scratching your head, it’s technically true. Brewer’s Delight, Inc. was established in 1991 as a Brew on Premises facility and recently transitioned to the microbrewery format.
I was impressed (and frankly a bit surprised) with the technical quality of Bentley Brewers Copper Lager. It’s a textbook Vienna lager that goes very well with a hamburger, mozzarella cheese, barbecue or roast chicken, salted nuts and soft breads. Its hearty nature helps it work well as a standalone or lunch beer as well. You can find single cans at 12 Ottawa The Beer Store locations and will get a volume discount if you buy in packs of six or 24.
Type: Vienna Lager
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Brewer’s Delight, Inc.
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.1%