As a kid growing up in Ontario in the late-80s and early-90s, I didn’t really have much choice but to be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

With an exciting team that centred around Power Forward Doug Gilmour, it was an easy team to love.

“Killer” was a fan favourite, an eventual Hockey Hall of Famer, and his jersey number 93 was retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs following his retirement.

He has kept busy following his playing career with a successful coaching career, and now lending his likeness to a Kolsch-Style Ale, KLR93 from Whitewater Brewing Co. in Ottawa, Ontario.

Whitewater Brewing opened their doors in 2011 and has become a staple in the Ottawa Valley, enjoying great success with their drinkable, fresh, Canadian brews and highly rated brew pub.

KLR93 comes quite as advertised, easy-drinking and crisp. It does not boast a complex flavour profile, which is common to the style.

Drinking this, I can see it being a very refreshing beer on a patio after a summer softball game. It would pair very well with pub fare or simply as a standalone for a pint or three.

I was underwhelmed with the first couple of sips, but as someone who drinks IPAs frequently, the flavour did not really come through until a bit later.

This reminds me of a lighter version of Steamwhistle’s very popular pilsner, but easier drinking. It won’t satisfy more adventurist Craft Beer enthusiasts, but this would be a great introduction to Craft or simply an easy-pour on a hot day.

  • ABV: 4.6%
  • IBU: 25
  • Style: Kolsch-Style Ale
  • Taste: Clean and crisp
  • Rating: 3.8/5.0
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As a continuing feature of my reviews, each review will be followed by a one to two-line review from my wife, Stephanie. As a non-beer drinker, her reviews will be from the perspective of a “layperson” beer drinker.

Stephanie’s review:

“Tastes like beer. Reminds me of what I used to drink in Undergrad… which was beer.”

Ryan Heighton

Ryan Heighton

The Bar of Ontario isn’t the only bar to which he’s been called. Misses drinking at the SkyDome. Enjoying Waterloo Region one (sometimes two) craft beer at a time. Favourite beers: anything hoppy enough to jump off the table.
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