Ribstone Creek Lager
Reviewed by Brady White on November 19, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Ribstone Creek Brewery
- Origin: Edgerton, AB
- Rated On: July 3, 2013
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Pale Lager
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml can pours a clear, glassy medium golden yellow, with one finger of soapy, loosely foamy white head, which leaves a nice dripping paint vista of lace around the glass as it duly settles.
It smells of sweet pastry malt, a bit of marzipan, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is grainy, sweet pale malt, a softened yeasty breadiness, some subtle orchard fruitiness, and more juicy, floral, earthy hops. The carbonation is a tad frizzy at first, but in no real distracting manner, the body a solid medium weight, a little bit clammy, but really quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready notes, while waning in sweetness, also face a similar clearing out of the hop presence. I suppose this means that you’re meant to go back to the well for a recharge.
An admirable groundbreaker for a brewer in a province where taking on BMC in the lager game has not proven particularly tenable at any time of late. Like Yellowhead, and Maverick before them, Ribstone make an approachable all-malt, fairly robust product. I hope to see more of it challenging the hearts, minds, and thirsts of local Canadian and Bud fans, as well as the rest of us who appreciate a decent lager.