Okanagan Spring Last Chair Red Lager

Reviewed by on October 12, 2018 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Okanagan Spring Brewery

  • Origin: Vernon, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 12, 2018

  • Best Before: canned August 27, 2018

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The name is a reference to the last chair of the day when skiing, which is rather popular in the Okanagan.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent random snow rime pattern lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some indistinct baked pome fruity notes, a hard water flintiness, and some plain earthy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a mixed apple, pear, and generic citrus fruitiness, some oily bar-top nuts, and more well-understated leafy, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.  The carbonation is pretty tame in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing apparent here that might be a cause for concern.  It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt exhibiting the most lingering talent.

Overall – this comes across as a pleasantly rendered version of the style, and, especially given this brewery’s Germanic origins, could also be deemed a Märzen. However, they don’t state that on their label, so I’m going with what they provide. Worth checking out, IMHO.

Brady White

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