Maverick Supreme Lager - Maverick Brewing Co.
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Reviews by niangelo:
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Had this on-tap from a place close to the brewery, so I thought it deserved another round. And because it was so different on tap, it really did need a second go.
Served in a tall pilsener glass, with the head already fairly receded. What was left was a sticky, bumpy looking patch that did convince me that this malt lager would be able to hold up to my tastebuds. The lacing was solid as well.
Smell smacks of malt, toastiness, and the hop bite wafting here and there. Mouthfeel is spicy and responsive, rolls around nicely.
The taste, happily, seems much hoppier than the bottle. Maverick gave a consistent feel all the way through, a toasty finish with hop bite, some fruit, and a nice all-around lager character.
A pleasure to drink.
12-06-2005 05:55:30 | More by niangelo
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
It's nice to see another player in Alberta's craft beer scene and one that's brewing a good beer, too.
This poured a clear, dark gold, topped by a fluffy one-finger head. A thin, foamy ring remained for the duration, and left nice lace down the sides of my glass. The aroma was mainly yeast and bready malt. The hops were there, slightly earthy and peaty, but underneath.
The taste started malty and bready, and finished with bitter hops and a bit of a dry sensation. The carbonation was nice and lively and the beer finished crisp and clean with little aftertaste.
Lagers often seem to get the short shrift among some BAs, but this is a worthy beer that I'd feel comfortable serving as a crowd-pleasing option for beer geeks and mainstream drinkers alike.
01-02-2007 02:55:36 | More by vanrassel
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours clear gold with a thick foamy white head to start. The head has faded in the last minute, but it has left a bit of sticky lacing on the glass.
The smell is of cut grass, but sweet. Maybe leaning towards a bit of toffee in there. Has a smell like I'd expect a very fresh European Lager to have. It isn't too exciting, but it is nice.
Taste is a nicely balanced ride from light sweetness to a slight drying bitterness. The sweet taste is a bit of apple The finish reminds me of a pilsner in its not too bitter but dry hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is a bit stickier than the macros, setting it apart from the watery lagers. The carbonation is not overdone either.
Drinkability? It's a lager, and a tasty one at that. No problem putting down a few of these in a sitting.
I have to say I'm quite pleased with the newest addition to Edmonton's beer scene. Too bad the summer is so short here, because this is one for the patio.
09-15-2005 02:43:29 | More by elricorico
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 355 ml long neck brown bottle, with a black, grey and white enamelled logo. The spiel on the back lacks any character beyond marketing jive, but is a decent mission statement as any.
The appearance is a crystal clear deep golden hue, capped by a large impressive spongy white head. As I had poured this into a pint glass, the extra room afforded over 2 fingers of billowing foamy goodness, very nice to see from a lager.
There is a prominent biscuity character to be found in the nose, the aroma comes across more chewy and rounded than crisp. Small traces of fresh grass to hint at any hop content, along with faint orchard esters.
The flavour seems balanced right from the very beginning. Although still a bit chewy at first, the grains quickly pick up a more dry, sharp character, and meet up with the grassy hops before the middle, heading toe to toe towards a crisp, refreshing finish, with some of that biscuit malt from the aroma showing up in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel starts out full and chewy, and thins out a bit for a more crisp, dry finish, partly due to the grains and hops, and accompanied by the carbonation kicking in at just the right moment. I can't remember the last time I had the texture of a beer switch gears like that so smoothly, such a graceful transition.
Overall an above average lager, and a well crafted one. Nothing earth shattering, but still memorable, and once this Edmonton brewed beer is available in Calgary, I can see myself picking up more when I'm in the mood for a lager. Not quite a contender for a Creemore Springs lager yet, but getting up there.
11-27-2005 02:39:32 | More by IronDjinn
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
A nice painted logo on this 355 ml long neck brown bottle, the lone product from this fairly new brewery. The beer is slowly finding its way south. $10.99CAN/6 pack of bottles.
The beer pours a clear dark gold color, large and foamy white head. One inch of thick foam, left some thin lace lines. Nice aroma, what you expect from an all malt lager, biscuity with some clean fresh grass smells. The flavour seemed a bit 'off'. Not exactly sure how to describe it, but I found myself wanting more. It had nice malty grains and a pleasant hop finish. Maybe there was something in the aftertaste, not sure. Good carbonation, it has a nice clean and crisp mouthfeel, leaving a dry finish.
Overall an above average lager, and I will definatley give it another chance (maybe I got an off bottle). Must make a trip to Edmonton to the tap room to try fresh as well.
05-14-2006 19:15:13 | More by BigBry
3.8/5 rDev 0%
THANK GOD they finally have another brewery in Edmonton. Considering this is in Canada you think there would be more breweries in Alberta. I've had Maverick a few times now, and enjoy it quite a bit. Here's a review.
Bottle seems taller than the average bottle. Too lazy to get up and compare, but aside from that - brown beer bottle, nice scratchy grey logo. It pours a lightly cloudy, opaque gold with a sort of reddish tinge to it. Head is unimpressive as it receded instantly to a little ring. Nothing to write home about.
I'm smelling -very- little here, somebody used the term biscuity which I think is quite appropriate as well as citrus and some grassy smells.
This is where I start to really like this lager. It is wonderfully balanced and understated with a very dry finish. A very mild, fruity sweetness followed by just enough hoppy bite to wash away a sweet aftertaste. I could almost compare this to a good pastry. At first I thought this beer was very simple, but there's a lot to it as I continue to drink it.
THIS is where I love this beer. It has an exceptionally full, chewy mouthfeel to it and I could drink gallons without feeling bloated. Wonderfully smooth. This just slides down my throat and I could drink this for hours and hours on end.
Again, just as many points as the mouthfeel. This is a great session beer, and thanks to how easily it goes down and how nicely it settles it scores nearly top points in drinkability.
A good debut from the Maverick brewery in town. I do wish that the head retention was there as I like my beer to be pretty, but whatever. It's a fine, very approachable lager that somebody who's done nothing but drink Budweiser all of their life can appreciate.
12-11-2005 20:29:18 | More by ComradeCanadia
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle: Thanks Mike>
A hard pour puts a crystal clear golden lager with a 2 finger rocky cap in the lager glass. Fair head retention modest lacing.
Aroma is teeming with fresh multi grain bread smells and a light lemon tone....good start...smells like a Dortmunder lager should..to come to Munich this aroma must turn up the tettnang hops to get that herbal aroma as well as the lemon from short boil nobles.
Sturdy malt spine, rich buttery mouthfeel, malty rounded character.
Up front you chew on some substantial bready 2-row malts then the very well done kettle hopping balances with the herbal-lemony snap of nobel varieties...still the malt is a tad forward of the hops ( as it should be)....mid palate this translates to a mouthful of fresh cracked ryebread with unsweetened lemon-herb spread...finish is clean and lightly drying whith a nice biscuity snap and a lingering musty-bready aftertaste.
Non cloying but bready and citrusy in profile like a Munich edelhell...a very good Canadian version true to style and with lovely mellow lagered delivery....very much like Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell.
This is a very good stand up lager...verging on great but to make that hurtle the brewer will have to bulk up the body a tad and make his hop mixture more pungent...still a very good Canadian micro version of a Munich styled helles.
11-14-2006 20:38:32 | More by pootz
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
The newest addition to Alberta's beer scene. Maverick comes from the absolutely pristine-looking brewery up in Edmonton. One brewery, one beer, according to the website. A pleasant and surprising find here in Airdrie at the brand-new Superstore Liquor Store. A decent looking bottle, no paper labelling--just embossed on the front and information about the brewing on the back. I like the bottle's shape, too: longer than the average, and actually with more liquid--355 ml, same as a can, which is kind of odd. I have never seen that before. The neck is lengthy and elongated, allowing for a better pour. The cap shows the "M" inside the sherrif's badge. Maverick Supreme Lager poured very nicely, creating a perfect-sized head, small-bubbled, creamy, and crackling. Bright white colour, and healthy looking. The beer itself is extremely clear, and sparkles a bright light-yellow. Little pockets of lace are left as the beer's head recedes. Just what a good lager should look like. The first sniff above the rim of the glass gives a very pleasant light fruitiness, maybe some raspberry or even faint peach. That sweetness adds a big refreshment factor to the aroma. In closer the bready graininess comes in, adding some biscuity malt to the smell. A faint bit of spiciness, almost akin to egg-nog, announces the hop profile. The malts predominate though, always adding some toffee or toasted all-grain bread. As the beer warms, the malt actually becomes extremely delicious-smelling, sometimes like fresh dough, or the crust of sourdough. An excellent mix of malts, in my opinion--this smells like a handful of fresh barley. Good balance. Tasting reveals a body that is both creamy and fuller than I expected. The malts are subtle and sweet on the front of the tongue; on the middle a big hit of sourdough and grassiness; and the finish is nice and bready, with more sweetness than bitterness--the hops are subdued, but they do their job. The faint sweet fruitiness shows up on the middle of the tongue too. Again, this beer is all about the malts used. A very defining biscuity nature. The beer almost tastes...dusty, in a way too, again: from the malts. The whole experience reminds me of Yukon Brewing's excellent Chilkoot lager, and Maverick is definitely comparable. This is a great tasting all-malt lager. The body is medium-full, the carbonation low and creamy. Actually the body is more comparable to a pale ale. This is a beer that would be no problem to polish off on a hot summer day with the barbecue going. Very refreshing and revitalising. I think the true dividing line with beers is whether or not you would buy them again, and I definitely will buy this again. This is a good addition to Alberta, and I hope it will spark another little revolution of people trying the "new beer" and discovering a good pale lager; hopefully the catalyst on their road to beerdom. This would be a great starter craft-brew for the macro drinker. Rating in style, Maverick is a very respectable pale lager. Cheers.
12-03-2005 11:32:26 | More by Cwrw
2.4/5 rDev -36.8%
found this in a group of single beer...it looked lonely so I thought I'd take it home.
Very pale strawcolour with tons of initial carbonation and superior head retention.
aroma of bready malt and a hint of citrus.
maybe I got a bad bottle, but the first thing I could taste was cooked peas followed by a metallic taste. Some lemon-like hop bitterness in the background but I can't get past the pea-water.
Nice, smooth mouthfeel, certainly easy to drink even with the carbonation.
hate to be the the one to ruin the parade but this wasn't to my liking at all.
03-12-2007 23:24:34 | More by Shadman
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Served in 12oz pilsner glass.
Pours clear yellow. Bubbly white head forms and recedes to a ring. I should note that all of bottles have a fair amount of sediment, which surprised me, as I didn't think these were bottle conditioned.
Smell is a nice balance of malt, bread and lemony, herbal hops.
Taste is fairly balanced between the malt and hops, neither really stands out. It's not sweet, which is usually typical of "craft newbie" lagers. But what really makes this baby shine is the pleasing mineral character.
Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Not highly carbonated, which is good, as I think it would give the mineral character too much "sting."
Drinkability is high for me. I rarely drink "basic" lagers, yet I had no problems drinking several of these over a weekend.
Nice to see a craft lager that is neither malty sweet, or highly hopped (like a czech pils, which I do enjoy as well). More people need to know about this beer!
04-20-2007 22:41:21 | More by markaberrant
Maverick Supreme Lager from Maverick Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.