1516 Bavarian Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
I had yet to encounter this one on tap in this city, so figured I'd take the plunge and enjoy a 20 oz. pint. This style is a bit of a rarity when it comes to what western Canadian micros usually tackle and as an unabashed Lowenbrau fan I was intrigued. A pleasant goldenrod brassy color with a few white bubbles, this brew smells like good old prairie pilsener malt with a moderate dose of noble hop green spiciness. Popcorn and cracker malts and a little toast buttress some sour green fruit (gooseberry?) and crabapple notes, some cooked corn DMS flavor, and a little green vegetation from the hops. Not particularly assertive in the latter regard, however. Is that diacetyl as well? This one is quite sweet and sour in the finish, with a fair degree of carbonation. The final assessment? This actually reminds me a bit of a kolsch or even certain Czech pilseners in terms of the malt flavor profile and the presence of subtle fruit flavors that yield a rather cidery character. Still falls within style guidelines I suppose. I prefer the European examples I have tried.
12-16-2013 04:41:14 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.5/5 rDev -24.7%
Served in a snifter, at about 3 degrees Celsius.
A — Clear, golden pale lager appearance; a bit of retention; light lacing.
S — Malty, a bit sweet. Not much else.
T — Malty, light bitterness and some skunk at the end.
M — A bit too heavy and carbonated, but overall still fairly light and drinkable.
O — Generic commercial lager.
10-17-2013 23:29:14 | More by AnHeroicHippo
1516 Bavarian Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.