Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Waterloo Amber

Waterloo Amber is a seasonal lager from the Waterloo Brewing Co. of Waterloo, Ontario.At a robust 6.8% alcohol, it's a brew with some kick. It comes in 473mL cans and pours a cloudy orange colour. W.A. has vivacious carbonation and it's topped with a creamy eggshell head. The beer leaves tonnes of lace and the head retention is admirable.

There is a sweet aroma of caramel and pear in W.A. The lovely full flavour blends complex malty caramel notes with punchy bitterness and a bit of welcome fruit character--I get notes of pear or possibly apple. The aftertaste is bitter with a dose of burnt toffee. The boozy blast makes it a nice evening sipper.

Waterloo Amber is unexpectedly bitter.  I found it to taste more like an ale than a lager. The beer was a real treat. Wonderfully complex, strong, and multifaceted. I'd love for Waterloo to make this beautiful beer a regular offering.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10.

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