Bench Creek Apex Predator Pilsner
Reviewed by Brady White on July 20, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing
- Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA
- Rated On: July 20, 2018
- Best Before: packaged July 9, 2018
- ABV: 4.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Czech Pilsner
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 473ml can pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of minor streaky lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.
It smells of grainy and crackery Alberta cereal malt, a bit of lager yeastiness, muddled pome fruity notes, faint gasohol, and some earthy, wet hay-like, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy toasted pale malt, more mildly estery lager yeast, a touch of underripe apple fruitiness, ethereal petrol, and more spicy, herbal, and sharp grassy green hoppiness. The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a hint of charred biscuit edginess maybe taking things down a notch or so at this particular point in the game. It finishes trending dry, the crackery essence of the malt predominating.
Overall – this is a pretty bang-on version of the style, with a fresh, local twist on it. Easy to drink, nice and crisp, and a perfect complement to a 30-degree (that’s Celsius, for my south of the border readers) day in the ol’ Chuk. Which is hot. And this brew is cold. ‘Nuff said.