Banff Ave. Brewing Lower Bankhead Black Pilsner

Reviewed by on June 17, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Banff Ave. Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Banff, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 17, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Schwarzbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Lower Bankhead is this brewery’s take on the schwarzbier, a German style where a lager is made with darker roasted malt, rendering a brew which is more, well, ‘black’ in nature.  We shall see.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with one flabby finger of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky beige head, which leaves some consistent coral/honeycomb lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted pale malt, real vanilla, a bit of wet ash, some earthy nuttiness, and rather mild leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is more softly toasted and grainy malt, a hint of bready caramel, some ephemerally fruity yeastiness, a fading damp coffee-informed smokiness, and still plain earthy, leafy, and floral noble hops.  The carbonation is fairly unobtrusive in its understated frothiness, the body a wet behind the ears medium weight, and milquetoast smooth. It finishes with a nice zingy leafy hoppiness to complement the sturdy and stoic, yet not all that, um, well, blackened, pale malt.

Overall, a nicely robust pub drinker, I would imagine, the darkness well rendered unto the base Pilsner. I had to forgo this one during my time spent at the actual establishment, but am glad to have had the chance to enjoy it as takeout.

Brady White



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