Across The Nation Wide Open Spaces | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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3.57/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada
centralcitybrewing.com

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Black Bridge Brewery

The German were drawn to Saskatchewan in the 1700s for the vast farm land. With their arrival came beer style such as the Kellerbier, a young lager with a distinctive and delicious flavour.

Added by biboergosum on 04-29-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
33
pDev:
5.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
6
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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of six featured in their "Across the Nation Collaboration (West)" mixed pack. Bottled Mar 22 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy, translucent 'lemon drop' yellow hue, topped with one finger of loose, bubbly white head. It stays in place for several minutes, receding off until only a thin, creamy cap and foamy collar remain, splattering a modest amount of lacing around in the process. Smells fresh considering the bottling date; the aroma includes notes of clean, crackery, doughy pale malts, together with hints of lemon peel and grassy, floral hops. Lightly yeasty, with indistinct suggestions of stone/orchard fruit - put simply, I like it.

A rather balanced affair - partly due to a firm continental hop kick on the back end, which nicely complements the grainy pale barley malts and their doughy, crackery sweetness. Subtle hints of lemon zest, apricot and apple mid-sip are then brushed aside by the grassy, herbal hops and their moderated bitterness, followed by a light peppery spiciness at the finish; some of that herbal bitterness carries on into the aftertaste, which dries the palate out somewhat. Light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that impart a decently crisp bite. This is a tasty, refreshing, thirst-quenching summer lager that didn't skimp on the ingredients.

Final Grade: 3.86, a B+. I've had only a few beers from Saskatchewan over the years, so it might not seem that impressive when I say that Wide Open Spaces is probably the best of them all. Indeed, I've had better kellerbiers - this one seems a little fruitier than the others I've tried, and the hop astringency that dominates the back end of the profile is also a little out of character - but I can't honestly say that I didn't enjoy this beer from start to finish. Hell, I kind of wish I had another bottle to crack open right now, because it's just that sessionable. Thumbs up.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country's 150th birthday. This one involves Saskatchewan's Black Bridge Brewery, and is a Kellerbier.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of streaky and collapsing cloud form lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of gently toasted and grainy pale malt, subtle underripe pome fruity esters, a hint of peppery yeastiness, and some very plain earthy, leafy, and dead floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, an ethereal apple and muddled citrus fruitiness, some minor hard water notes, and more tame leafy, weedy, and musty floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its taciturn frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, but for a bit of weird acridity, origin unknown at this time. It finishes trending dry, the sweetness apparently falling out the bottom of the lingering malt graininess.

Overall, this is a genial enough version of the style, as the malt holds center stage, and the hops merely orbit around it, leaving us with a very old-school Teutonic beer experience. It would be funny to see what the descendants of all those German settlers on the vast, vast (vast) Canadian prairies (Old Style Pilsner drinkers, the lot) would think of this.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 6 of 6 of the Across the Nation taster's pack. This collaboration with Black Bridge Brewery in Saskatchewan. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Fairly pale yellowy gold color, plenty of haze and a somewhat frothy looking finger and a half of white cap. good retention and minimal lacing.

Smell - Grainy, subtle banana and wheat, but with an earthy twist. Faint spiciness of rye. Grain dominates, but this is a fine example of the style.

Taste - Plenty of grain again, some earthy hops in there and a distinct spiciness. White pepper possibly. A subtle banana and caramel sweetness way in behind the other flavors and only for a fleeting moment or two.

Mouthfeel - Nice middling body, fairly expressive carbonation and dry finish.

Overall - A good if unspectacular kellerbier that was a worthy addition to this six pack.

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Photo of BCborn
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of souvenirs
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Collaboration with Black Bridge of Saskatchewan.

A: Hazy yellow.
S: Mild. Lightly fruity.
T: Bitter. Slightly grassy.
F: Light and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of StormAles
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color lager with a medium white foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with some cereal notes. Taste is a mix of residual sugar notes with some cereal notes with subtle floral undertones. Body is full for style with medium carbonation. Not bad for a style that is not easy to master.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden with lots of champagne like carbonation, and 4 fingers of white head.

Smells of malts, Saaz hops, dried hay, and apple cider.

Tastes follows the nose, with the addition of some pine and floral fruitiness. A little grapefruit on the end, but overall there's a balance of malts and hops, and its very light in taste.

Light body, with light carbonation.

Got in the Collaboration pack with Red Racer, drinking in Muskoka, ON, Feb 24th, 2018. My first brew from Saskatchewan, so I'm excited about that. Decent keller beer with a touch of west coast hops.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the LCBO for around $2

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #7 from the 12 pack mix Across the Nation
Pour a pale yellow slightly cloudy with 1inch white head. Some lacing.
Some yeast and hops medium carbonation. Quite refreshing but a bit anonymous.
Not expressive enough for me.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with about a finger of head. No visible lacing. Smell is bready malts, a light fruitiness and a bit of spice. Taste is much like the nose, though a mild hops flavor comes at the end. Feel is light with medium carbonation. Dryish finish.

Okay,not my favorite style, but I could see quaffing down a few of these on a warm day on the patio.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewpass
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light gold with decent head. Some citrus and malt on nose over a crisp body with considerable hoppiness on finish. That's to style so tasty kudos!

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Photo of sdm9465
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nullbort
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep straw body with a slight amount of soapy head that quickly decays in a lace pattern around the glass. Traditional bready notes and earthy hop aromas mix in with a slight grassy, spicy pungency, making for a typical kellerbier nose. The flavour has a distinctly bready flavour to start, followed by some bold bitterness that almost detracts from the overall balance. Fairly crisp and smooth finish. Have had better.

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Photo of Electros
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHammer
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Across The Nation Wide Open Spaces from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 33 ratings