Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager from Better Bitters Brewing Company in Burlington, Ontario pours a clear, golden-amber colour with a frothy off-white head that leaves spotty lacing before settling as a thin film and collar. The smell of this American pale lager is grassy, floral, soapy and earthy, anchored by toasted grain and honey tones and carrying soft green apple and yeast accents.
The taste of Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager is very earthy with a honey and caramel-sweetened, toasted grain flavour and distinct mineral note. It is rather heavy on the tongue with a mild carbonation. It comes off as creamy, though it’s also fairly viscose. The finish has a burntness and twang of yeast to it, while mild bitterness comes through in aftertaste.
The packaging of Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager is brushed gold and green in colour, with the diamond-shaped Nickel Brook logo predominately displayed and accented with yellow and burgundy. You will find organic certification on the side and a best before date stamped on the bottom of the can.
Nickel Brook Premium Organic Lager is most definitely an acquired taste. Its earthy funk could easily put off those comfortable drinking macro-style lagers, though given a chance it has become a staple in my LCBO runs. It is very hearty and would make a good farmhand’s lunch beer, as it pairs quite well with crackers, hams, salamis and many types of cheese.
The brewery is open seven days a week for tours, tasting and retail purchases.
Type: American Pale Lager
Region: Ontario, Burlington
Brewery: Better Bitters Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%