Thursday, 28 July 2011

Aldaris Zelta Premium Lager

As previously mentioned, Toronto has been devilishly hot of late.  So hot that I haven't been able to stomach a stout or a brown ale before sundown.  Consequently, lagers have been enjoying a renaissance in my repertoire.  On a hot afternoon, I recently had the pleasure of sampling an Adaris Zelta.  This lager, born in Riga, Lavia and marketed in a 500ml tallboy, did not disappoint.
Until this week, I was a virgin with respect to Latvian beers.  According to the label, Zelta is "The first exported premium lager brewed according to the Latvian tradition."  After sampling Zelta, I will be keeping an eye out for other Latvian exports.

At 5.2%, this light coloured, slightly cloudy lager was a delight.  Immediately upon pouring, I noticed that there was very little head to speak of.  While I find that this is often a warning sign of a watery brew, in the case of Zelta my concern proved unfounded.  Zelta features a big initial flavour but very little aftertaste.  This makes it extremely refreshing.  It is crisp and compact.  Its undeniable drinkability masks its slightly elevated alcohol content effectively.  Lastly, it is notable that Zelta does not suffer a bit from the fact that it is canned rather than bottled.

Lager fans everywhere, if Aldaris Zelta is available near you, seek it out.  You can thank me later.

Rating: 9 out of 10

1 comment:

  1. it's a great beer. I tried it for some days ago!