Ribstone Creek Lager

Reviewed by on November 19, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

The first offering from this relatively new rural Alberta brewery, who started bringing product to market in 2012 by contract brewing at Yellowhead in Edmonton, and now have their own production facility and taproom up and running in Edgerton, a small village in eastern Alberta near Wainwright. They have thus far produced this, their signature lager, as well as a west-coast style IPA (dubbed ‘Buckin’ Bronco’), in limited draft accounts.

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.

Brady White

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