Traditional urBock from the Creemore Springs Brewery in Creemore, Ontario pours a lovely ruby colour with nut brown and amber tones. It creates a sizable tan-coloured head that leaves behind some nice lacing and a small collar. The aroma is deep and malty, with notes of brown sugar or syrup and toast, along with the freshwater aroma Creemore Springs products are known for.
There is a certain tang to the initial mouthfeel, despite a seemingly low carbonation level. It then takes on creamy traits, but never feels thick like other dark beers. The taste itself is rich and malty with hints of biscuit and fruit. I found an unexpected bitterness to the finish with a very mild syrupy aftertaste on the back end.
This pre-prohibition style lager from Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario pours a lovely golden honey colour with an ample head that lingers in your glass. Galt Knife Old Style Lager produces an appetizingly sweet aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit.
Galt Knife Old Style Lager has a full, creamy mouthfeel that carries over into the taste. This creamy, malty taste is extremely well-balanced with a hoppy, tangy bite and a dry, but not bitter finish that leaves you wanting more.
Elora Grand Lager is a rather disappointing effort from the Trafalgar Ales and Meads brewery in Oakville Ontario. This golden-coloured lager creates a foamy head that subsides into a thin film and a dirty, wet and woody aroma with little appeal.
Despite being brewed with two-row barley and noble hops, something about the taste of Elora Grand Lager just doesn’t sit right with me. The brew starts with a nice dryness, but leaves behind a salty taste and a somewhat sour finish.
This beautiful honey-amber coloured lager from the Creemore Springs Brewery in Ontario exudes freshness and great taste. Creemore Springs Premium Lager is brewed with spring water and is never pasteurized. The aroma of fresh water really comes through when poured, along with a bright and malty, almost bread-like smell.
A distinctive tang punctuates the taste of Creemore Springs Premium Lager and transitions into a tart and dry finish with just a hint of honey-like sweetness that lingers on the palate. An exceptionally smooth-drinking and well-balanced beer, Creemore Springs Premium Lager entices you to savour each and every sip.
Muskoka Light Pilsner is a surprisingly flavourful beer from the Muskoka Cottage Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario; the heart of “Cottage Country”. This craft-brewed pilsner produces a very fresh, grainy and hoppy aroma when poured and a foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing on the glass.
Unlike most light beers, particularly domestic ones, Muskoka Light Pilsner actually tastes pretty good and if I was poured a glass without seeing the package, I never would have guessed it was a light beer. It has a bright hoppy start, an exceptionally crisp and clean mouth feel and a refreshingly dry finish.