Trolley No. 5 The Conductor Beltline Lager

Reviewed by on July 6, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Trolley No. 5 Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 6, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Amber Lager

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Trolley No.5 is a relatively new brewery from Calgary, and this lager is named after the Beltline region near to the city’s downtown core, where they are located, natch!  I recently came upon this offering, along with its ‘Derailed’ sibling – there’s a train joke in there somewhere, but I ain’t lookin’ too hard for it.

This 355ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy beige head, which leaves some sudsy coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, subtle citrusy and apple/pear fruity notes, and some plain leafy, floral, and grassy green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lessened caramel sweetness, some ethereal wispy smokiness, a muddled citrus and pome fruitiness, and more gently bitter leafy, earthy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, the grainy and biscuity mixed malt softening up my palate for another go.

Overall, this is a very well-made lager, much in an American Amber or even Vienna strain. Easy to drink, rather flavourful, and definitely worthy of a few rounds, perhaps before getting ‘derailed’, in a different sense, eh?

Brady White

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