Olds College GFL (Generic Fizzy Lager)

Reviewed by on October 23, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 23, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Generic Fizzy Lager, duh!

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It wasn’t until I got this one home from the liquor store and had a closer look at the label, that the intended meaning of ‘GFL’ became clear (with the aid of a seriously bright overhead light and magnifying glass, that is).  I guess my initial guess was wrong.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy (yeah) off-white head, which leaves some random streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, some corn/rice breakfast cereal notes, a muddled pome fruitiness, and some mild earthy, musty, and dead floral green hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and (white) bready pale malt, more Corn Pops and Rice Chex, overripe apple mush, and more understated leafy, weedy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its frolicking frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with nothing here that would be party to any interference, as if designed by committee, just like a real macro boy.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and wan fruity character closing up shop early for family dinner.

Overall – this comes across as a pleasant enough bridge between an all-malt craft lager, and yer typical BMC swill, which is a cool trick if you can pull it off.  And the students at Olds College apparently have a healthy sense of humour to go along with their burgeoning brewing prowess.

Brady White

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