Reviewed by Brady White on September 9, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Molson-Coors
- Origin: Etobicoke, ON, CA
- Rated On: September 8, 2014
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 6.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
- Rating: OKAY
This 341ml bottle pours a crystal clear, pale copper amber colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent Klingon-script webbed lace around the glass as it loiters in its exiting of the building.
It smells of somewhat skunky corn grits, muddled pale and caramel malts, watery bar-top nuts (don’t go there, dude), a metallic hard water astringency, and wan herbal, musty hops. The taste is a bit more rounded, the bready, doughy, and certainly yeasty malt more or less shedding most of that corn-bred unpleasantness, a bit of metallic booze seeping in, the nuttiness going all oily and stale-like, with some weedy, grassy hops popping up here and there, always a surprise, I gotta say. The carbonation is fairly tame and average but is indeed a going concern, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth, a bland acridity picking and prodding all the way. It finishes well off-dry, a reprisal of that corn-fed Bavarian-esque sweetness fooling some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people some of the time, I think.
This may purport to be the real deal, but it lags sorely after you get a real feel for it, i.e, two or three hearty gulps in (your mileage may indeed vary). It may have been almost a year since I’ve actually had an Oktoberfest-style offering, but I remember enough to pick this one out as the pretender that it is.