Cannery Stumbling Goat

Reviewed by on April 21, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Cannery Brewing Company

  • Origin: Penticton, BC, CA

  • Rated On: April 21, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Maibock

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Penticton’s Cannery Brewing have released a spring seasonal ‘dry-hopped’ Maibock, which is seemingly applying widespread new-world techniques to an old-world standard, and it sports a dark and sinister-looking label to boot.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse, exploding biomass lace around the glass as it quickly slips out of its own corporeal realm.

It smells of bready, biscuity pale malt, almond paste, earthy citrus and pine resin, a touch of black orchard fruitiness, and leafy, herbal, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is more prominent grainy, bready, and rather biscuity malt, a still semi-sweet nuttiness, plain indistinct citrus rind, wet pine needles, somewhat tart plum and overripe red apple, and still edgy leafy, grassy, and weedy green hops – the moderately amped-up alcohol doing well to keep its pesky head down.
The carbonation is average in its supportive frothy bearing, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and so-so smooth, as funny enough, it’s the biscuity character stepping in front of the alcohol in terms of culpability. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness finally making its point, while the heady malt starts a slow wane, and the hops pop like the pretty balloons that they once were.

A pretty impressive and enjoyable brew, I gotta say – the extra hopping distracting and enhancing the typical besotted lager experience. And that biscuity character – if it weren’t for a few tell-tale German malt notes, I’d be crying out ‘ESB! ESB!’, in the manner of my toddler pointing out, well, really, anything he sees that he thinks he’s just discovered. Yeah – that kind of thing, and it’s all good.

Brady White



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