King of Springs Kaiser Lager

Reviewed by on July 31, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: King of Springs Brewery Ltd.

  • Origin: Didsbury, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 31, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: European Lager

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

A choice of growler or howler, procured at the liquor store in Didsbury where this nascent ‘local’ brewery maintains their weekday off-sales operation/distribution agreement.

This 946ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and above all fizzy off-white head, which wisps away in mere moments, leaving a tiny bit of remote island chain lace around the glass in the ‘process’.

It smells of buttered white bread, grainy pale malt, overripe pear and apple puree, and very tame earthy, leafy, and weedy noble hops.  The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lessened, but still noticeable buttery character, subtle earthy spice (maybe some out of place coriander?), mixed pome fruity esters, and more plain leafy, weedy, and gently floral green hop bitters.  The carbonation is pretty tame in its barely palpable frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and sort of pithy in its attempt at yer basic bitch smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, hardly moderated by the hoppy off-set that one might have been expecting to jump out and go ‘boo’ all along.

Yeah, the name alone should have tipped me off ahead of time – ‘Kaiser Lager’ sounds like a discount American (or maybe one of those other countries where ex-Nazis hid out after WW2) lager brand, the kind that comes in at well under a buck a can. Not Minhas-awful (I’m not a monster), but way too simple and diacetyl-replete to make me want the rest of this, let alone another round.

Brady White

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