Alley Kat Ein Prosit! Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on September 16, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 16, 2015

  • Best Before: March 8, 2016

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Edmonton’s longest-running craft brewery, Alley Kat has not made this particular seasonal in 3 or 4 years, so it is nice to see it again as the sunny days have become shorter, and a whole heck of a lot crisper, of late.

This 650ml bottle pours a crystal clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves a few layers of bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as things slowly blow off.

It smells of crisp, semi-sweet bready and doughy caramel malt, a further biscuity cracker character, mild pome and drupe orchard fruit, and soft floral, leafy, and herbal noble hops. The taste is more robust bready, wet crackery caramel malt, some tangy, and further sweetening dark earthy fruitiness, and more tame, but duly supportive leafy, herbal, and woodsy hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly average in its steady and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and perhaps a bit tacky, but adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the punchy biscuity and otherwise varied malt holding fast against any latent, and maybe somewhat metallic (but who’s sayin’?) hop dryness.

A tasty, and easy to put back version of the style, though perhaps not the most complex of similar offerings, but that’s hardly the metric to be held up here, I suppose. More to the point: flavourful enough in its Bavarian odes, in both hop and malt, to warrant multiple sessions of seasonal drinking and dirndl and lederhosen appreciation, at least until the snow, she flies.

Brady White

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