Caravel Captain’s Log German Style Pilsner

Reviewed by on October 24, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Caravel Craft Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 24, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: German Pilsener

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s great to see this new Calgarian brewery packaging their product so we up north can have a go at it from the comfort of our own homes!  Also, the second nautical themed outfit from Calgary to open in the past year, weird.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splattered and chunky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready and grainy pale malt, some muddled pome and citrus fruity notes, a hint of petrol fumes, and understated leafy, weedy, and grassy noble hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a further breakfast cereal sweetness, subtle yeasty esters, further ethereal gasohol, still hard to parse domestic fruit rind, and more earthy, musty, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess seeping in once things warm up a tad out of the ol’ basement beer fridge.  It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the biscuity and crackery nature of the malt takes hold of the lingering state.

Overall – this is a fairly well-made version of the style, nice and crisp and rounded in its bearing, with a few shout outs to the old-school.  Easy to drink, and in multiple iterations, I would imagine, should I ever get the chance while spending some quality time down south.

Brady White

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