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 Pale 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.

Added by lipschitz on 06-21-2003

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