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Charlie Flint's Original Lager | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Charlie Flint's Original LagerCharlie Flint's Original Lager
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Charlie Flint's Original LagerCharlie Flint's Original Lager

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Sterling hops and organic 2-row malts, Charles Flint's organic lager is as smooth as it gets. The combination of these two ingredients gives you the world’s finest hops and malts all in one mouthful. Our lager is aged to perfection, staying in our lagering tanks for a minimum of four weeks before being filtered and packaged. The result is a lager that provides a perfect dry finish with moderate maltiness and a lingering bitterness from the hops.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale gold colour with a short 1/4-inch fast-disappearing head. Substantial carbonation with uneven surface bubbles.

Smell - Faint malt smell without any other real detectable aromas.

Taste - good malt flavour alongside some corn flavours. The veggie taste blends in well enough but it is a distraction from what would have been decent creamy sweet malt otherwise.

Mouthfeel - crisp and refreshing, the brew hasn't got it figured out whether it wants to be an adjunct lager or not. Totally inoffensive.

Drinkability - goes down fairly easy although not overly full of character. There are better choices for the money and this isn't Alley Kat's best offering.

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Photo of Garin
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first lager in.... ages.... pours out a crystal clear pale straw yellow. A glossy thin white head forms easily and quickly shrinks into the beer with little lacing.

A light grainy sweet aroma comes through, with the slightest hint of spicy hops.

The flavour is clean, but malty. Some sweetness begins up front, a crisp acidity in the middle, and a lightly bitter and hoppy finish cut it clean. The body is much richer than I'd expect, perhaps a bit too much. Heh. Maybe they should use some rice instead of all the malt. (yes, of course I'm kidding).

This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer. I've never quite had a "regular" lager like this. As usual, Alley Kat produces a wonderful product.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lager offered by Edmonton's Alley Kat brewery. Being more of an ale drinker myself, the past couple of years I've found myself reaching for a Charlie Flint's whenever I wanted to hop over to lager-ville. It has a clear golden body to it, very little carbonation, a bit of head that doesn't last long, nor leaves any lacing. The nose is rather hoppy for a lager, which is probably what draws me to it. The sweet malt and hops tend to mingle in the flavour, neither one seems to predominate, nor to follow to the other, I've never really tasted a harmony like that before. Possesses a full mouthfeel, is not as light as the appearance would claim, but very drinkable. The top of my list for a barbequing beer around these parts, and a great way to ween your friends off of macro. Apparently Charlie Flint helped start the brewing industry here in Alberta in 1882, and this lager is brewed to honour his efforts. I'll raise a toast to that.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of malt is quite weak and no hops are discernable. Taste of weak malt with a watery finish. I know they mentioned the use of European hops in this beer but honestly I could not detect them. Carbonation is a bit low for the style and the body is too watery. Seems to me like this is an attempt at producing a macro-like beer.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently named for an early pioneer in the brewing industry near Calgary--too bad the chap is long dead; this is quite an honour having a beer named after you. Charlie Flint's Lager is a nice dusty water colour, maybe the hue of apple juice. The head poured to a perfect height, going down to thin layer, leaving speckled patches of enamel-white head. The beer is not extraordinarily clear, but seems to be a bit hazy. The aroma is quite intriguing and extremely fruity for a pale lager. It might be Alley Kat's yeast strain but I detect the same smell in their Smoked Porter. Notes of tangerine, peach, floral sweetness, and spices such as cinnamon. Sniffing above the rim and not in too close, the dusty hops and baked and bready malt balance nicely into a very decent grainy smell like fresh brown bread. In closer there is a creamy banana aroma, like a shake. Tart berry notes too. The aroma is definitely not what I was expecting, which added to this beer's complexity. In the mouth I taste that banana and cream flavour up front, in the middle is some sourish malt, and the finish leaves tastes of fruity bread and a small dash of dryness. A roasted nut flavour in the middle, along with cloves, and even hints of tar or leather. Taste too is quite different from what one might expect. Their seems to be a small discrepancy between the what the bottle says and what the Alley Kat website says about this beer: the website says Saaz hops were used, and the bottle, Pacific Northwest hops, and it DOES taste like a Northwest variety. There is some flavour in this beer, almost like a fruit extract, which is hard to describe. The mouthfeel is, for its style, very full and creamy; even a little syrupy. This went down nicely, with very little stopping it from being drinkable. This is definitely not Alley Kat's best beer, but, as Beer Advocate itself recommends, I tried to review this beer with the style in mind, and for a Canadian blond all-malt lager, this is extremely unique and tasty.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a draught pint at our hotel bar on the latest trip to Edmonton. The only local offering available.
It is a yellow gold color, with a solid white rocky head. Left some thin lace on my glass. Continued carbonation provided thin streams of bubbles. The smell has some grassy hops and bit of bready malt. The taste is well balanced between the malt and slighty hoppy finish.
A solid beer, not offensive, an obvious choice over Canadian or Coors Light.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a subtle, highly drinkable brew from Alley Kat worthy of repeat purchases.

It poured with a rocky, two-finger head that sat over a golden brew that left soapy lace on my glass. It's fizzy, as is common with the style, with lots of bubbles zooming up to the top.

The smell is a gentle aroma of grassy hops mingled with biscuity malt. It tastes a little bolder than it smells, with a nice balance between a malty start that gives way to a slighty oily hop finish. The carbonation is lively — but not abrasive — on the palate. This would be a good thirst-quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has been almost a year since I last reviewed any Alley Kat, which is really far too long - and tomorrow I am moving to an area outside of the brewery's distribution range! What a wasted twelve months. I've been meaning to try Charlie Flint's for a while but something else always stole my attention first...but with the hot weather finally descending upon Alberta and me moving piles of boxes around, this is a good time for a refreshing pale lager.

Pours a translucent golden-yellow colour reminiscent of apple juice. Decent one-finger head doesn't last terribly long, but some lacing and a thin cap remains. Smell is mostly sweet grain malts with some fruity esters; not a lot of hops or grass.

Taste is dominated by pale and slightly sour malts, with some grassy hops in the finish. Not a lot of sweetness, but not a lot of bitterness either. I am reminded of the taste of leather. Slightly dry finish. I can't say it's really interesting, but this is about as smooth-tasting and drinking as you can get, i.e. it is an APL alright. Watery mouthfeel and low-ish carbonation for the style.

This probably isn't the kind of thing I'd ever get regularly, but I can see its appeal, and it is certainly one of the better APLs I have had in recent memory. Worth a try, but definitely one of Alley Kat's less-interesting offerings.

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Photo of Shadman
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers that was featured @ Medicine Hat's inagural beerfest.

Wow...talk about a bright looking beer. Clear as a moutain stream in August, brilliant amber gold. Nice bright white head, some big gobs of lacing.

Has a very grainy aroma, husky with an almost sulphurous note.

For a craft brew from Canada it is well crafted...Nice balanced malt in from followed by enough bitterness from the hops to keep it crisp and interesting. Maybe a tad sweeter than I like my lagers, but still the flavours are good. Does tend towards an astringent finish well after the last swig.

Gonna be a Devilish advocate and say it could have used just a tad more carbonation to give the balanced flavours a bit more crispness.

My new favorite craft brewed lager from the Great White North. The slight astringency @ the end keeps it from being on my list of " I'll have a 3rd pint' beers ;)

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Photo of Brianhophead
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Pale amber lager, the coor of ripe straw. The head is cloudy and white. Retention is okay at best.

S - Charlie Flint reminds me of mainstream lagers. Up front has lightly toasted bread blending with aromas of corn adjuncts. Corn does seem to add some sweetness in the middle. The aroma does finish however with just a faint hint of hops, fading quickly away.

T - Seems to be a fairly straightforward lager. There's a little bit of body to it though, more than most mainstream models. Body/mouthfeel is pretty smooth with up front flavors of pilsner malts. Pilsner moves into an adjunct center giving more impressions of rice than corn. Finish has a little bit of hops, cutting the beer's other qualities.

O - Overall, pretty straightforward. Reminiscent of most mainstream lagers, but maybe a slightly better version of same.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. For being the flagship lager of the local microbrewing concern, I don't really see this around much. I do, however, find it in unexpected places. Not that long ago, at a Whyte Ave dancing and drinking dive, I was astounded to see it as an on-tap alternative to their usual Coors Light/Molson staples. I even turned the other cheek when it was served in plastic glasses, given the environs. And tonight, I'm at a Coors Light worshiping friend's place, and what do I find in his fridge? Giddy up!

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of densely foamy and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decently thorough wall of pockmarked lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of lightly bready cereal malt, a slight astringent generic fruitiness, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is white grain biscuits, more semi-sweet cereal malt, some tame lemongrass notes, and a wee bit of leafy, earthy Euro-hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly low and unobtrusive, the body medium-light in weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes slightly sweet, the cereal malt still lingering over mostly all else, a slight perfumed essence stubbornly resisting.

This is indeed a decent, well-made lager, malty, and pleasant to drink, for when you've had it for a while with ale. I'll continue to have a few of these whenever or wherever I come across it, conditions permitting.

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Photo of bobsy
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charlie Flint's Lager, labelled as '0' by Sherbrooke Liqor, where you can get the beer labelled under any number (I guess as a birthday gift). Frankly I don't like Sherbrooke's habit of relabelling beers without indicating what the bottle actually contains, but what are you to do?

'0' comes with an intriguing label - pink cartoon elephants joyfully float against a black background, while a huge neon green letter '0' sits in the midst. Adding to the mystique is a simple phrase on the side: "Its time to dance like a chicken. Trust me on this one". Alcohol is listed as 5%.

Okay... what kind of beast is this? From the pour and flavour I'm pretty sure this is a Munich Helles. If the brewer intended anything else it sure deviated into helles territory. Bright, clear golden pour with a fluffy white head, that showed moderate retention and gave up a few patches of lace. Wonderful clarity and shine to the body. Malty aroma, with strong baking bread notes and a hint of spicy hopping. The flavour reminds me of the edelhell I had a month or two back, but a touch firmer and assertive. Strong bready flavours dominate all the way through, but without making the beer heavy. Spicy, and occasionally metallic hops, help to provide some balance and an additional bit of interest. The flavours are soft and clean in the mouth, and well complimented by a moderate, but soft carbonation, and light body.

This isn't the kind of beer I would usually reach for, but I did enjoy it quite a lot. Its a simple kind of brew, but very well constructed, with great colour, nice balance between the malts and hopping, and a mouthfeel that compliments the flavours excellently. I still don't understand the label, but I feel I understand the beer. A decent lager.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L - golden body, persistent creamy white head
S - yeast, biscuit, grass, earth
T - typical flavors - biscuit, grass, yeast, mild spicy noble hop
F - light body, ample carbonation, finishes crisp and clean
O - pretty standard for the style. It is better than most macros though

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Photo of wordemupg
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured pint glass April,25 2011

A clear golden yellow with plenty of bubbles that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves a few patches of lace

S for a second there I thought this was Aprikat because apricot was the first thing I could smell followed by some sweet malt and that's about

T some peach and boiled veggies on top of what I smell and a slightly metallic taste

M fairly light bodied with a clean finish, could use more bubbles but still far from flat

O nothing great and nothing bad, no major issues with this one but beside their pale ale this one may stay on the shelf

not the best brew from Alley Kat but nothing to be ashamed of, maybe I'll try it on tap if I see it around town

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is an extremly clear-light colored lager. I got a fingers width of white head that left minimal lacing.

S- Floral grassy hops, it's fairly grainy as well.

T- Nicely balanced, there's a bit of sweetness that isn't detectable in the nose that lingers with hop bitterness in the finish.

M- A light bodied lager with low carbonation. Easy to get down and it's very clean on the palate.

D- Not usually my style, but it's been enjoyable on this warm evening.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, enjoyed many times over the years but never took the time to truly scrutinize
A - Straw golden clear, thumb head retained reasonably well at half a finger

S - Toasty grains and adjunct, light leafy hop aroma, fairly mild and unassuming

T - Grain and adjunct start, crisp grassy and light herbal hops build, mild boiled veggie flavour 3.5

M - Light and crisp, gentle dry finisg 3.5

O - not one of the better offerings from Alley Kat but that's only becuase they have set a high standard, this makes a nice session option

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of maclean25
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of bottles while in Grande Prairie, AB.

It pours with a great-looking white creamy head and a clear, gold-yellow body. On the smell I get strong malt and grain and detect corn and boiled spinach.

On the taste, it is a sweet lager, with sour (or spicy) zing to it. I get malt and apple taste also. It has a heavy body, medium carbonation, slight oily but clean feel.

Overall, a very good beer. A good pale lager. I'd get it again.

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Photo of ScottWestmaas
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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Charlie Flint's Original Lager from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 31 ratings