Wood Buffalo Lemonade Radler

Reviewed by on September 28, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wood Buffalo Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Fort McMurray, AB, CA

  • Rated On: September 28, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 3.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Radler

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Fort McMurray’s location of the Bearhill Brewing concern produces this offering, made in support of KidSport Wood Buffalo (1 dollar from each sale being donated).

This 650ml bottle pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, chunky, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent coral reef atoll lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, and rather testy lemonade, grainy pale malt, a subtle hard water flintiness, and very ephemeral leafy and floral hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, ripe lemons, a bit of earthy yeast, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly active in its mildly aggressive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as that lemony nature kind of rains on the parade, as such, here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and general fruitiness helping keep things a bit on the sweet side.

Overall, this is a well-rendered Radler, in that the base ale is not thoroughly compromised by the guest fruit.  Sure, there’s lots of refreshing lemonade character, but it works with the beer, and not against it.  Easy to drink, and for a good cause – I could happily sip away at this on a patio while I watch the remains of the recently departed summer fade to black.

Brady White

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