King Vienna Lager: From a Strong Bloodline

King Vienna Lager from the King Brewery in Nobleton, Ontario pours a clear golden-amber colour with a hefty and frothy white head that burns off after a few minutes, leaving a small collar and film. The beer smells of toasted, caramel-sweetened malts, with a wildflower tone and a hint of soapy hops.

King Vienna Lager
This Beer is Part of Canadian Lager Royalty

The taste of King Vienna Lager is simple, but clean and well-balanced. Bready malts are prevalent, but the beer has a nice crisp bite. A sweet caramel flavour with a fresh grain backing comes through on the tongue. The beer is medium-bodied with an overall light carbonation level and has a bit of a syrupy quality as it passes the tongue. A slight fatty or nutty taste comes through on the back of the tongue.

Hopyard Pale: Best of Both Worlds

Hopyard Pale from the Garrison Brewing Company in Halifax, Nova Scotia pours a really nice honey-amber colour with a sizable tan-coloured head that gets retained as a thick film with a collar, but leaves little lacing. This dry-hopped, West Coast-style American pale ale smells of sweet caramel, orange rind and wet flowers, with ripened cherry and black pepper coming through after it warms.

Hopyard Pale
The Only Knock I Have Against this Beer is Its Bottle

The taste of Hopyard Pale starts with an almost salty bitterness. A strong toasted brown bread tone comes through on the tongue and the beer has an unsweetened grapefruit juice flavour in the finish. It’s a bit thin in mouthfeel, but has a creaminess on the tongue thanks to the long-lasting collar and a medium-high carbonation level. The aftertaste is clean and very dry.

Anchor Steam Beer: Blow off Some Steam

This one-of-a-kind, 19th century American-style beer from the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, California pours a pretty golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that doesn’t leave any lace, but sticks around as a long-lasting film. Anchor Steam Beer has a sort of fishy, freshwater aroma at first. Once that wears off, there is a sweet malty aroma with a very subtle fruit backing and a dry grassiness to it. More honey-like sweetness comes through after warming.

Anchor Steam Beer
Steam Beer is a Trademark of the Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Steam Beer tastes mostly like sweet malts, but with a well-balanced bitterness. It also develops a tart, raspberry-like fruitiness as it warms. The mouthfeel is refreshing and crisp, but creamy on the tongue and light-bodied overall. Slightly malty on the aftertaste, and the beer also has a mineral sharpness that reminds me of tonic water.

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale: Uncanny Great Taste

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale from the Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a deep Golden-amber colour with a moderate tan head that leaves a fair amount of lace. A collar and film last throughout the glass. After breathing for a bit, this American-style pale ale has a grapefruit-like citrus aroma with spicy and buttery tones and a cherry-like bitter fruit note.

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale
All this Label Needs is an Image of Poutine

Crazy Canuck Pale Ale sort of tastes like overripe fruit, but in a good way. Like the aroma a tart citrus taste, along with a sweet, buttery malt are present. The mouthfeel is thin, yet creamy and carries a medium carbonation feel. The finish is tart, but not puckering.

Southern Tier IPA: From Lakewood with Love

Southern Tier IPA from the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York pours a clear, golden-amber colour with a sizable, frothy, tan-coloured head that laces and gets retained as a collar. This strong ale has a fresh and appealing hop aroma with lots of citrus tones including grapefruit and tangerine. There is also a nice honey-like sweetness that brightens everything up.

Southern Tier IPA
Be Careful, This One is Stronger than it Tastes

The taste of Southern Tier IPA is surprisingly sweet up front, with a toasted malt overtone. A well-balanced bitterness is followed by buttery, piney and citrus hop tones. The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium-heavy body and little carbonation. A honey-like sweetness at the end masks the ale’s ABV.