Brewsters Howitzer Winter Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on December 4, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Brewsters Brewing Company
- Origin: Calgary, AB, CA
- Rated On: November 25, 2014
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
Brewsters is a chain of brewpubs/restaurants across Alberta and Saskatchewan, though now the actual brewing is done at only two locations. Howitzer was described to me by the manager at the Edmonton Oliver location as an ‘old’ ale, but I’m going with the name, and the fact that it was brewed this year.
This 20oz glass appears a clear, bright ruby red amber hue, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some melting iceberg lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.
It smells very much like gingery banana bread, chocolate chips, doughy caramel malt, a touch of white pepper and clove, and a soft herbal, grassy bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, booze-soaked banana chips, subtle earthy yeast, muddled seasonal spices, and a suggestion of metallic warming alcohol. The bubbles are pretty involved in the basic structure that probes my various palates, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, the alcohol starting to wedge its way in. It finishes on the sweet side, the complex caramel malt still entertaining the beau gestes of the surviving spices.
A pleasantly engaging spiced-up winter ale, one typical of many producers come late fall. Easy to drink, and not too boozy – a sort of session beer for Christmas, as it were.