Chilkoot Lager - Yukon Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +3%
Very pale, almost water-white in the glass, Chilkoot Lager would hardly be recognizable as beer if not for all the bubbles and frothy white foam. I've had Rieslings with more colour than this! Oddly, for a beer so fair its clarity is far from immaculate - transparency is intact but surprisingly distorted.
The aroma blends the customary bready malt notes with tantalizing hints of orange blossom and ripe lemons. It rivals a world-class sparkler as it shares a similarly dry profile enlivened by a bright ribbon of acidity and a rush of water minerals. Is this really a lager or did I stumble on a mis-labelled bottle of Dom Perignon?
The lager is distinguished by bright, pulpy lemon notes. It's almost tangy and I've no idea what to credit for it. One thing's for sure: it's delicious. There is a distant key lime flavour as well as a subtle note of apple peel that spruce up the bale of hay flavour. It glides over the palate with crackling carbonation.
Chilkoot has a low but zippy acid streak that is unusual for a lager. Bittering hops keep everything on point - very quenching - but there is no tension between hop and malt; this is tight, dry and refined by a racy, zesty lemongrass-y finish. It has weight, firmness and, above all, refreshment - atypically rewarding for a lager.
Yukon Brewing manages to make distinguished beers without going upstream. Their way of approaching popular, universally agreeable styles isn't to grind an axe - it's to brew them exceptionally well. There's nothing crazy or unusual about Chilkoot Lager except that it's crazy and unusually great for a beer in this style.
11-25-2012 17:49:08 | More by biegaman
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
Appearance - Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Carbonation is present.
Smell - Apples, sweet malt, and slight citrus notes.
Taste - The sweet maltiness and slight taste of apples comes through upon the first sip. Hardly any bitterness is detectable. Refreshing flavours.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and smooth lager with light carbonation.
Overall - A good, refreshing lager from Yukon Brewing. I was excited to see this one when at the brewery earlier this month, as it is not available in Alberta. Certainly a much better alternative to the mass-produced lagers out there.
01-15-2012 03:34:09 | More by leaddog
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
A- This brew pretty much looks like a typical quaffing lager....lots of big bubbly carbonation rising to the top, bland grassy coloration, and little head formation, of which settles to a small patch of fizz in the middle of my glass. There's little to talk about in terms of lacing either...
S- Very nice I have to say! It has a generally clean aroma with notes of sweet malt and slightly of fruit....apple to be exact. It just has a hint of cider in the smell. Very mild hop profile in the background but nothing serious.
T- The flavor is most definitely dominated by sweet malt goodness, which is different for such a light lager IMO. There is an underlying bread like quality that gives this a richer flavor. The finish doesn't have much in terms of hop bitterness but is slightly dry.
M- This is actually a nice light/medium bodied brew that is accentuated by the richness of the yeasty quality. The carbonation starts out big but ends up very fine as the beer warms a bit.
D- I quite like this beer and would enjoy this over an evening! It is definitely all malt (without adjuncts), is nicely carbonated and is light on the palate yet full of flavor. A very good choice for those who want to move on to micro-brewed lagers without getting into anything to heavy.
01-14-2011 02:18:30 | More by ChrisCage
3.75/5 rDev +3%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec30 2009
A clear straw yellow with a fast falling fingers worth of head that leaves a single ring of lace where the foam existed
S sweet malts with a little tropical fruit and some honey
T less fruit and more sweetness then the nose and some hops but similar to the smell just a little to sweet
M light bodied and crisp no major complaints here
D very easy drinking would make a great summer beer
I liked this beer and you might too, a good lager and yet another worthy beer from yukon
12-31-2009 05:35:55 | More by wordemupg
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
20oz pint at Original Joe's downtown.
This beer appears a mildly hazy, very pale golden yellow hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some weird melting iceberg lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
The aroma is rather tame, lightly toasted pale grainy malt, a hint of muddled citrus, and earthy, musty hops. It tastes of semi-sweet, bready, lightly crackery pale malt, a soft hard water flintiness, and a slightly herbal, grassy hoppiness.
Any action on the tongue from the carbonation is moderate, and peters out rather swiftly, the body medium-light in weight, and average in its smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, both malt and hops turning their focus away from any inherent sweetness.
A league or so above the vast majority of lagers available at any joint in this town except this one. The overall effect is fairly crisp and adequately refreshing, a good selection for the first sunny warm day of March.
03-13-2009 06:35:25 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev -8%
Very pale, light appearance with little head. Smell is sweet and fruity, a bit floral.
Very sweet taste, malty. Fruity taste similar like pineapple and peach. Highly carbonated and medium body, after taste is dry. Drinkability is unique, refreshing but a bit medicinal to drink all night.
Overall an interesting and worthy lager of checking out.
02-17-2008 03:08:00 | More by CrazyMike
3.13/5 rDev -14%
Find Yukon's product's to be hit or miss. We'll see with this offering...
Slightly hazy and very, very pale in color. I got almost zero for head and lacing with this sample. The aroma on the other hand is just short of amazing for a lager. Quite fruity and floral in an almost bold kinda way. Some hint of cascade hop in there as well. I found most of the taste to be up from. Sweet, with some fruity undertone. This fades rather quickly to a slightly dry, malty finish. Quite watery and thin bodied.
Found this to be quite similar in taste and body to the Borealis cream ale. Would agree with another reviewer that one could certainly have more than 1, but then tire of it fairly quickly. A bit too sweet and thin for my palate.
09-05-2007 02:24:47 | More by Shadman
3.25/5 rDev -10.7%
A - pale yellow, slight haze. Decent white head forms, recedes to a cap. Leaves some lacing too.
S - moderate, mostly soft malt
T - crisp pilsner malt, subdued hop flavour, clean, lingering hop bitterness
M - slick watery feel, light
D - respectable and refreshing, but this gets boring fast
Maybe I'm being a little overly harsh with my scores, but this beer is just boring to me. However, if you are looking for an example of a well made basic lager, this is it. I gave one to my dad, and he said it was "pretty strong."
08-18-2007 23:29:09 | More by markaberrant
3.75/5 rDev +3%
IronDjinn sent me this one, thanks! Usually I stay clear of any lager that is not brewed overseas (with the exeption of La Bolduc, Unibroue) but I was happy to get a couple of craft brewery lager from across the country.
Served in large flute, around 10c.
Pours medium straw yellow, a little chill haze (not just a homebrewers dilemma) good head retention, light lacing. Aroma is fruity, light. Malt flavors are light, clean crisp, hops balance out well with a light fruity taste.
Something about these styles, its only seconds after your last sip that you forget what it taste like.... I guess that is what hapeens when one goes to great lenghts to make a beer the least offensive as possible. Still, the next sip makes you remember that this is a tasty/good representation of what should be north-american lager.
09-10-2006 03:44:00 | More by bloberglawp
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
A nice refreshing lager with some distinctive character: it's easy-drinking, yet far from Molbatt's/BMC blandness.
It pours from the bottle with a golden, straw colour with bubbles zooming toward a towering, two-finger head. A well-balanced aroma greets the nose: grassy and grainy mixed with biscuity malt. Neither overpowers, but you can definitely sense both elements.
The taste is crisp and refreshing and this is a nice thirst-quencher on a hot day or after a good workout. The light body leaves a clean finish on the palate. I easily put back a couple in a row and could probably have stood to have more had I not been limited to just three in the brewery's mix-pack. Definitely sessionable.
08-15-2006 04:47:33 | More by vanrassel
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured a chill hazed dark golden color with bone white foam consisting of small and medium sized bubbles. The head fell to an 1/8 inch cap and lace hung around fairly well.
The smell was sweet malt, grain husks, mild grassiness and light fragrant spicy hops.
Taste was malty sweetness, a faint un-defined tart fruitiness and mild hop bittering. Crisp, finishes cleanly. Very well bananced.
Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.
Please, if anyone is heading up to the Yukon, shoot me a beermail. I would like to get some more of this one...
07-13-2006 00:30:43 | More by EvilKeith
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours a very clear golden colour with lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. The head was about one finger thick and white, but it has faded to a thin cap.
The smell is surprising, it is very sweet. Not the corn syrup sweet of some adjunct lagers, in fact this beer smells like pineapple to me. As the head fades, a bit of a grassy smell creeps in, but it still has the pineapple smell on top.
The taste is a bit of a strange balance between one of the sweetest lagers I've tasted and a dry grainy finish, that is notable but not strong. The first flavour to hit the tongue is like a sweet apple juice, which becomes more of a peach flavour about halfway through the mouth before letting up to grain in the end. It's different, but good.
Mouthfeel isn't bad, though the finish is a bit coarse, keeping it from top marks. I'd say that this is a bit more drinkable than the average lager, though it could be smoother.
A good beer to share with not-so adventurous types, who are used to macro lagers.
09-07-2005 01:29:00 | More by elricorico
4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
The colour is a pale straw, honey colored. If you hold it up to the light there could be some peach colored to it as well. The head is nice and full, creamy white, and leaves nice lacing. I found the aroma very unique. There is a sweet floral, fruity smell - a mix of berry and honey. Very distinct, love the smell. The taste again is lightly fruity well balanced with the malts. There is a slightly dry aftertaste with a touch of hops to finish. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth and leaves a nice crispness on the tongue.
Very drinkable, will be stocking more in the fridge for the summer.
Had another Chilkoot later, but with no glasses available had to drink striaght from the bottle. All of those great smells get lost - don't do it - must be poured into a wide mouth glass to enjoy the uniqueness of this one.
07-11-2005 15:43:58 | More by BigBry
4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
Chilkoot Lager from Whitehorse, Yukon. I actually was not expecting too much--I thought it would be a fairly average lager, but not so. Like one of their other brews, Arctic Red, I was surprised and amazed at the quality.
The colour is pale gold, almost white in certain light, lightish brown, hinting at red, honey-hue, clear and sparkling. The head is definitely better than average, creamy white, thick, and leaves nice lacing; and the beer is able to produce as much head as you see fit to pour; really a nice healthy foam. The aroma immediately recalled very sweet malt, but in actuality it is very noticeable raspberry smell. I am somewhat surprised the Yukon Brewing Company website mentions nothing of this strong fruity/raspberry aroma, for it is the most detectable quality of the smell of this beer. I was somewhat surprised at the aroma, and it makes this lager somewhat unusual: it adds an unexpected and unique nuance. This smells more like a sweet ale than a simple pale lager. I smell sweet honey, candy, banana, and other sweetish, even tart fruits. So the malt is nice and sweet, but the gentle flowery aroma of the Cluster hops adds even better aroma. Very distinct aroma. Excellent. The taste again is fruits and raspberries. Underneath is the graininess of the malt: smooth, bready, adjunct-free. The taste is "natural" in the purest sense of the word, unlike so many cheap lagers that slap that word on their cans. The aftertaste is sufficiently semi-dry, but with the fruitiness still lingering. Subtle hops; good balance. I cannot believe this beer does not have raspberries in it. The mouthfeel is effervescent but well defined. It would be hard to find someone who would not enjoy this beer, mainstream beer drinker or enthusiast alike. Absolutely perfect drinkability for the summer months, with the thirst quench of clean cold water but the taste of a quality brewed product.
This far-north Canadian brewery is a force to be reckoned with. One of the most clean tasting lagers I have tried.
06-15-2004 04:12:59 | More by Cwrw
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
This then would be the token lager offered so far by the Yukon Brewing Co. Brief bubbly head when poured from it's brown 341 ml bottle (only available in cases of 12 for now around these parts). Forms a ring that lasts the sampling. Appearance is a bit chill hazed, and that of golden peach, I don't ever recall seeing a lager with this particular hue, but I don't feel it detracts. The nose is rather curious, I'm immediately hit by aromas of peach and mango--seriously. Fruity, a touch herbal, there is a whiff of juniper and light floral hops. Very, very low underlying scent of bready malt. Flavour is light and not as intense, nor as complex as the nose, but I am hit by that curious aroma every time I sip it. Most of the flavour comes out in the finish: mild fruit, mild floral hops, very faint bready malt. Mouthfeel is initially crisp, but finish is oily. I've never had a lager like this before. Not what I would consider a typical one, or one that is trying to suit the style to the letter, but they get big points for creativity and making something unique, even if I don't actually score this overly high. They do things differently in the Yukon, it's a different world, and I like that. A typical lager this isn't, but I'd definitely buy another case to share with a crowd I know would appreciate it's uniqueness.
08-16-2003 18:53:53 | More by IronDjinn
Chilkoot Lager from Yukon Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.