BEER STYLES & TASTES

BEER STYLES & TASTES

ARE YOU IN THE MOOD FOR A LAGER OR AN ALE?

Start your journey by discovering the two main categories of beer.

LAGERS

LAGERS

  • Often compared to white wines
  • Generally lighter, with a clean, crisp finish and very thirst quenching
  • Milder, with a smooth refreshing taste
  • Best served cold (2°C - 7°C)
  • Serve in tall, narrow glasses to concentrate aromas at top
  • Serve with lighter tasting foods
ALES

ALES

  • Often compared to red wines
  • Generally fruitier aromas and robust malty flavours
  • Full bodied with a pleasant hoppy finish
  • Best served warmer (7°C - 14°C)
  • Serve in open mouthed glasses to better appreciate the aromas
  • Serve with fuller flavoured foods

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF BEER TASTES

The world of beer tastes is vast. From Flavoured & Refreshing beers to Bold & Full Flavoured beers and so many tastes in between, there’s truly a brew out there for everyone. We’ve developed a simple taste categorization system to help you discover, taste and enjoy all that beer has to offer. Click on a taste below to find out more.

FLAVOURED & REFRESHING
FLAVOURED & REFRESHING
STYLE:

Flavoured Lagers, Flavoured Light Lagers

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Lighter body, slightly tangy, mild to medium sweetness, dry finish.

COLOUR:

Straw to gold

Example Brands:

Rickard's Radler Grapefruit , Mad Jack

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The light body of a flavoured and refreshing beer complements the flavours of subtle, soft cheese.

Food
Fresh Salads

LIGHTER & REFRESHING
LIGHTER & REFRESHING
STYLE:

Light Lagers, Light Ales, Some Lagers

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Lighter body, low malt sweetness, low bitterness, dry finish.

COLOUR:

Straw to gold

Example Brands:

Molson Canadian 67, Coors Light, Sol

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
Lighter & refreshing beers complement the flavour intensity of a creamy or mild cheese.

Food
Seafood dishes

BRIGHT & BALANCED
BRIGHT & BALANCED
STYLE:

Domestic Lagers, Imported Lagers, Some Pilsners

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Light to medium body, balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness, crisp finish.

COLOUR:

Gold to Copper

Example Brands:

Coors Banquet, Dos Equis Lager, Molson Canadian, Heineken

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The medium hop bitterness and malt aroma complement the higher flavour intensity of robust flavoured cheese.

Food
Chicken dishes

CRISP & HOPPY
CRISP & HOPPY
STYLE:

Some Pilsners, Some Pales Ales, India Pale Ales

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Light to medium body, pronounced hop bitterness.

COLOUR:

Gold to Amber

Example Brands:

Molson Export, Creemore Springs Lot 9, John H.R. Molson & Bros 1908, Granville Island Brewing Infamous IPA

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
Crisp & hoppy beers cut the heat of spicy or sharp cheese.

Food
Spicy dishes

FRUITY & SMOOTH
FRUITY & SMOOTH
STYLE:

Wheat/WIT, Weizen, Lambic, Fruit Beers

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Medium body and sweetness, fruit and spice notes, smooth finish.

COLOUR:

Blonde to Amber, often hazy

Example Brands:

Belgian Moon, Granville Island Brewing Hey Day Hefeweizen

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
These beers go perfect with cheese with a rind bloom and inner creaminess.

Food
Pork dishes

ROBUST & MALTY
ROBUST & MALTY
STYLE:

Ales, Dark Lagers, Bocks

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Medium body, caramel and roasted malt flavours with hoppy/bitter undertones.

COLOUR:

Amber to Dark Brown

Example Brands:

Rickard's Red, Granville Island Brewing English Bay Pale Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The toasted and smoked character of roasted malt in these beers pairs well with smoked cheese.

Food
Beef dishes

BOLD & FULL FLAVOURED
BOLD & FULL FLAVOURED
STYLE:

Stouts, Porters, Strong Ales

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Full body, roasted malt flavours including chocolate and coffee, dry to moderate sweetness.

COLOUR:

Dark Brown to Black

Example Brands:

Murphy's Irish Stout, Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The bitterness of bold and full flavoured beers cleanses the palate of strong, robust cheese flavours.

Food
Smokey dishes

BEER STYLES & TASTES

ARE YOU IN THE MOOD FOR A LAGER OR AN ALE?

Start your journey by discovering the two main categories of beer.

LAGERS

LAGERS

  • Often compared to white wines
  • Generally lighter, with a clean, crisp finish and very thirst quenching
  • Milder, with a smooth refreshing taste
  • Best served cold (2°C - 7°C)
  • Serve in tall, narrow glasses to concentrate aromas at top
  • Serve with lighter tasting foods
ALES

ALES

  • Often compared to red wines
  • Generally fruitier aromas and robust malty flavours
  • Full bodied with a pleasant hoppy finish
  • Best served warmer (7°C - 14°C)
  • Serve in open mouthed glasses to better appreciate the aromas
  • Serve with fuller flavoured foods

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF BEER TASTES

The world of beer tastes is vast. From Flavoured & Refreshing beers to Bold & Full Flavoured beers and so many tastes in between, there’s truly a brew out there for everyone. We’ve developed a simple taste categorization system to help you discover, taste and enjoy all that beer has to offer. Click on a taste below to find out more.

FLAVOURED & REFRESHING
STYLE:

Flavoured Lagers, Flavoured Light Lagers

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Lighter body, slightly tangy, mild to medium sweetness, dry finish.

COLOUR:

Straw to gold

Example Brands:

Rickard's Radler Grapefruit , Mad Jack

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The light body of a flavoured and refreshing beer complements the flavours of subtle, soft cheese.

Food
Fresh Salads

LIGHTER & REFRESHING
STYLE:

Light Lagers, Light Ales, Some Lagers

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Lighter body, low malt sweetness, low bitterness, dry finish.

COLOUR:

Straw to gold

Example Brands:

Molson Canadian 67, Coors Light, Sol

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
Lighter & refreshing beers complement the flavour intensity of a creamy or mild cheese.

Food
Seafood dishes

BRIGHT & BALANCED
STYLE:

Domestic Lagers, Imported Lagers, Some Pilsners

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Light to medium body, balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness, crisp finish.

COLOUR:

Gold to Copper

Example Brands:

Coors Banquet, Dos Equis Lager, Molson Canadian, Heineken

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The medium hop bitterness and malt aroma complement the higher flavour intensity of robust flavoured cheese.

Food
Chicken dishes

CRISP & HOPPY
STYLE:

Some Pilsners, Some Pales Ales, India Pale Ales

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Light to medium body, pronounced hop bitterness.

COLOUR:

Gold to Amber

Example Brands:

Molson Export, Creemore Springs Lot 9, John H.R. Molson & Bros 1908, Granville Island Brewing Infamous IPA

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
Crisp & hoppy beers cut the heat of spicy or sharp cheese.

Food
Spicy dishes

FRUITY & SMOOTH
STYLE:

Wheat/WIT, Weizen, Lambic, Fruit Beers

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Medium body and sweetness, fruit and spice notes, smooth finish.

COLOUR:

Blonde to Amber, often hazy

Example Brands:

Belgian Moon, Granville Island Brewing Hey Day Hefeweizen

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
These beers go perfect with cheese with a rind bloom and inner creaminess.

Food
Pork dishes

ROBUST & MALTY
STYLE:

Ales, Dark Lagers, Bocks

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Medium body, caramel and roasted malt flavours with hoppy/bitter undertones.

COLOUR:

Amber to Dark Brown

Example Brands:

Rickard's Red, Granville Island Brewing English Bay Pale Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The toasted and smoked character of roasted malt in these beers pairs well with smoked cheese.

Food
Beef dishes

BOLD & FULL FLAVOURED
STYLE:

Stouts, Porters, Strong Ales

TASTE EXPERIENCE:

Full body, roasted malt flavours including chocolate and coffee, dry to moderate sweetness.

COLOUR:

Dark Brown to Black

Example Brands:

Murphy's Irish Stout, Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:

Cheese
The bitterness of bold and full flavoured beers cleanses the palate of strong, robust cheese flavours.

Food
Smokey dishes