Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Iceberg – American Pale Lager at 4.5% ABV | 3 IBU

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Iceberg American Pale Lager at 4.5% ABV | 3 IBU (C$2.83 at NLC Stavanger, 341 ml, packaged on 14-Aug-2018, acquired 23-Aug-2018, reviewed 23-Aug-2018)

Appearance: clear pale straw with one finger of loose white head diminishing rapidly to a thin skim, minimal lacing. (2/5) Aroma: mild, grainy malt, grass, slight DMS. (4/10) Taste: moderate sweet, low bitter. (5/10) Palate: light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry short finish. (3/5)

Very firmly in the “cold and wet” classification. The “20,000 year old iceberg water” is an obvious marketing gimmick, as is the clear blue glass bottle. (Not that it doesn’t work, mind you: they routinely have to appeal to customers to return their empties because they don’t have enough bottles on hand to do a run.) Other than the marketing, there’s little to distinguish this from any number of other Pale Lagers. I bought this as fresh as possible, in a six-pack in a cooler, so as to minimize the chance of it getting light-struck through the clear glass, so this is pretty much as good as it gets. That is, marginally better than a mass-market macro adjunct Lager. (9/20)

4.5/10 #ryansbooze