Central City Across The Nation Bouclier Canadien

Reviewed by on June 29, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewers + Distillers

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: June 29, 2017

  • Best Before: July 2, 2017 (not really)

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Canadian Pilsner

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

‘Bouclier Canadien’ is part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country’s 150th birthday. This one involves Quebec’s Le Trou du Diable, and is an unspecified (well, Canadian, actually) type of pilsner. The name refers to the Canadian Shield geographical term.

This 330ml bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some layered splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, light breakfast cereal, a touch of lemon rind acridity, some tame hard water flintiness, and sort of laid-back leafy, grassy, and estery floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, muddled tropical and domestic citrus peel, an edgy stoniness, and more earthy, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its basically supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, nothing really sticking its nose in here to interfere. It finishes off-dry, the cereal-forward malt holding off all other malingerers.

Overall, what I’m getting with this one is a sense of a German Pils base, abetted by a bit of New World hops (just as the label sez, so, hey, truth in advertising FTW!).  Pleasant, and very easy to drink, this is what lagers made in this country of ours should aspire to be.

Brady White

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