Olds College Hay City Wheat Beer

Reviewed by on June 3, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 3, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The community of Olds, Alberta was apparently once known as Hay City, for obvious reasons – the name is indeed quite rural Albertan-sounding, eh?

This 355ml can pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, mildly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of hanging cloud lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, grainy, and biscuity wheat malt, peppy citrus rind, a hint of pine resin, subtle red berry fruit notes, and some plain herbal and grassy green hops. The taste is bready, doughy, and wet crackery pale and wheat malt, muted orange and lemon citrus flesh, wet stone paths and the overhead pine trees that inform them, and more earthy, leafy, and weedy hoppiness.  The bubbles are pretty overt in their sassy and gassy frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and smooth enough, with nothing really into mucking about here. It finishes off-dry, just, the malt sadly trailing off, while the unexpected fruity hops linger like they have untoward designs on the place.

Overall, a tasty and pleasantly engaging wheat ale, one that doesn’t appear to be so, even after somewhat thorough analysis – ESB and Yankee pale ale notes abound, and I am surely not complaining, so hey (hay?), what’s up with that? Oh, those meddling brewing kids!

Brady White

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