Banff Ave. Brewing Lower Bankhead Black Pilsner
Reviewed by Brady White on June 17, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- 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 !
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.