Canuck Empire StarGazer Chamomile Wheat

Reviewed by on June 1, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Canuck Empire Brewing Company Ltd.

  • Origin: Aldergrove, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 1, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Canuck Empire is a Lower Mainland contract operation, who have their products made at Dead Frog Brewery, and this is their seasonal wheat ale made with dried chamomile flowers, raspberry blossom, and honey – sounds nice and summery to me, but I do wonder what the Mill Street brewery thinks about the name, eh?

This 650ml bottle pours a fairly hazy, yet bright pale yellowed copper hue, with one fat finger of puffy, bubbly, and slightly creamy dirty white head, which leaves some eroded grotto lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of mushy bananas, semi-sweet wheat malt, a faint red fruitiness, mild white pepper, a weird soapy character (full disclosure: I never liked chamomile tea in the least), and some subtle earthy honey. The taste is bready, doughy wheat grain, bananas foster, ethereal overripe orchard pit fruit, still understated table pepper shaker spice, an indistinct floral bitterness, and a further cold, chunky honey sweetness. The bubbles are quite soft and innocuous in their low-key frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the general style, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm up a bit. It finishes on the sweet side, as malt, shy fruit, and honey coalesce into some form of palatal agreement.

Not a bad wheat beer, with lots of gateway hefeweizen attributes, rather than the flavours they were obviously going for with their guest ingredients. I’m kind of glad, actually, that the titular floral essence fades so quickly, and I can at least enjoy the rest of this bomber without thinking too hard about it.

Brady White

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