Thursday, 9 January 2014

Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager

First Lager review of 2014!

Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager is brewed in Burlington, Ontario by the Better Bitters Brewing Company. It's sold in 473mL cans and contains 5% alcohol.

According to the can, these suds are certified organic and "[b]rewed to the strict standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516". It's a clear, honey-coloured lager topped with a white head. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation to speak of. It has a nice, mild aroma that blends gentle pilsner hops with fresh grainy notes. Sweet flavour notes of grain and homey characterize the foreground, while backstage, there is a faint twist of hoppiness.

This is a very easy-drinking pale lager with a soft, refined flavour. I generally like my pale lagers to be a bit crisper that this one, but I kinda dig its laid back vibe. This is a lager better suited to spring or fall than the heat of summer. For those of you who would rather quaff a European lager than a hop monster IPA or a dark-as-sin stout, this is a nice Ontario-brewed option.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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