Bandit Brewery’s Refreshing German Alt Beer

I will be honest, I don’t have any of pictures of this beauty. I gulped it down.

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Relatively new to Toronto’s craft beer scene, Bandit Brewery is nestled next to the cozy and hipster neighbourhood of Roncesvalles. It’s bottle shop is open from 11AM -11PM, with the restaurant open at varying hours. The beers have clever names (Farmed and Dangerous, Hassle-heffe, Smoke on the Porter) and clever branding. As native Torontonians will know, the raccoon imagery is an homage to our unofficial mascot, and short lived celebrities. It’s cute, in spite of the macabre reference.

Bandit’s German Alt beer isn’t on the regular menu. It’s a special, limited edition, Oktoberfest brew. I chose this beer specifically to review as it is not a beer I would typically order on a night out, or take home with me from a brewery visit.

Bandit’s interpretation on German Alt Beer is crisp, refreshing, and flavourful: in a word, delightful.

Initially, the nose and palate were dominated by corn and corn husk notes. This was scary at first, as I normally associate “corny” with Canadian/Coors brews. However, the scent and taste was hearty and snappy. The corn-elements opened into more subtle flavours: crushed clove, white honey, dried sage, cut twigs, soft citrus and subtle malts. Savouring this beer felt like a walk in the park on the first day of fall.

Bandit’s German Alt beer is delicious! I highly recommend Torontonians (and our guests) try it out while fall beers are still available.

Prost!

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