Olds College Oldstoberfest Beer

Reviewed by on October 12, 2017 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 12, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s back to school time, and so seasonal student-brewed suds just make sense to me right now!

This 355ml can pours clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky ecru head, which leaves some disintegrating iceberg profile lace around the glass as things eventually move south.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and cereal-forward caramel malt, honeyed crackers, a bit of apple and poached pear fruitiness, ethereal ashy notes, and tame weedy, leafy, and earthy noble hops.  The taste is gritty, crackery pale and caramel malt, muddled pome fruit, more muted honey sweetness, a wet ash character that just seems to be hanging on, and more subtle earthy and leafy old-school hoppiness.  The carbonation is decently supportive in its well-wrought, sturdy frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing abnormal existing here that might cause any trouble on campus.  It finishes well off-dry, the softly biscuity caramel malt duly presiding.

Overall, this is a pleasantly rendered version of the style, with lots of old-school Teutonic charm (can that really be a thing?).  Easy to drink, and maybe a bit sweeter than it needs to be, but s’alright – next semester should provide an equally or even more interesting offering, I imagine.

Brady White

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