New Asian Village Lager - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.14/5 rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
650ml bottle, made at the newer brewery in Calgary, Alberta. A contract brew for the New Asian Village chain of Indian restaurants in Edmonton, they of the, if not exactly kick-ass, then at least well-stocked with selection, beer fridges. Hmmm... do Minhas make a lager that isn't 'Premium'?
This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with one rather skinny finger of fizzy, bubbly dirty white head, which wafts away in but a few seconds, leaving pretty much nil in terms of persistent lace around the glass.
It smells of grainy, bready (of the corn and wheat based varieties) pale malt, a hint of stewed oranges, some sticky sauce umami, and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is more grainy, dulled biscuity pale malt, the corniness surprisingly, and quickly fading away, a softly morose lemon fruitiness, a hint of spent yeast, and earthy, underwhelmingly leafy hops.
The bubbles are pretty subdued, but at least present and accounted for, the body an adequate medium weight, and tacitly smooth, the yeast and hops not really up for spoiling this party. It finishes fairly dry, the breadiness of the malt going a tad day-old, yet without losing the lingering biscuit essence.
Nothing overtly wrong here, and believe you me, I looked, with years now (!) of analyzing crap from this brewing concern. But now I know they've upped their weak-ass game in Cowtown by hiring a brewmaster with actual chops, and this seems to be one of the fruits of said labour. The next time I darken the doorstep of one of these restaurants, I'll contentedly take this over the Rani Lager, their so-called Indian-style beer staple.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 01:42:48 | More by biboergosum
New Asian Village Lager from Minhas Craft Brewery
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