REVIEW: Top Shelf Classic Lager by Lake of Bays Brewing Co.

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TOP SHELF CLASSIC LAGER BY LAKE OF BAYS BREWING CO.

  • STYLE: Lager
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: N/A
  • COUNTRY: Canada
  • REGION: Baysville, ON
  • BREWERY: Lake of Bays Brewing Co.

From Lake of Bays Brewing Co.,

Hockey and beer. Need we say more? Proudly brewed for the NHL Alumni Association, Top Shelf Classic Lager is the eagerly-anticipated scion of a match made in heaven. Brewed with noble hops and Canadian malt, this lager is an easy-drinking celebration of the best that both beer and hockey have to offer, equally at home in the locker room, on the links, at the local or in the lounger.

Appearance | Clear golden with a head that dissipates quickly.

Smell | Honey, corn, bread, grains, faint caramel, and malts.

Taste | Honey, corn, bread, slightly tart, malts, grains, and faint hops.

Aftertaste | Grains, corn, and honey.

Overall | While The Brew Head is not normally a fan of lager-style beer, this was a pleasant surprise. This is a smooth, clean, and crisp brew from Lake of Bays Brewing Co. The drinkers that are stocking up their fridge with Macro Lagers should switch over to Top Shelf immediately.  It is a refreshing lager, that differs from the brews normally guzzled at hockey arenas because it doesn’t taste like it’s loaded with all the preservatives. This is a hockey beer that can be enjoyed at the rink or at home watching Coach’s Corner on Saturday nights.   A portion of Top Shelf Classic Lager sales will go to the NHL Alumni Association, a not-for-profit organization whose many charitable causes including assisting former NHL players in their transition from professional hockey.  The benefit of drinking this beer is two-fold: this is a great way to support retired hockey players and your local Ontario breweries.

Food Pairing | Chicken wings, hot dogs (steamed and in foil), or pizza.

LCBO Inventory | $2.45 |473ml

(Lake of Bays Brewing Co. is releasing this brew in Ontario along with other provinces, and will soon follow this with a release in several US states).

Note: Lake of Bays Brewing Co. supplied Top Shelf Classic Lager for The Brew Head to review.  Thanks for bringing it over, Jeff!  

three-half-pints

 3.5 Pints / 5 Pints

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8 responses to “REVIEW: Top Shelf Classic Lager by Lake of Bays Brewing Co.

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    • That’s unfortunate. What LCBO in Peterborough do you usually shop at? I find that the little one by the OPP Station is the best one, there’s a great beer guy there.

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