Saturday, September 12, 2015

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Vienna Lager

Some styles of beer tend to fall between two different styles or are a slight combination of two styles. A style that is often overlooked is Vienna Lager, which is named after the Austrian city where it originated. A tradition Vienna Lager is brewed using a three-step decoction or brew boiling process. Munich, Pilsner, Vienna toasted, and dextrin malts are used and sometime wheat malts. Vienna Lagers tend to have a little more sweetness to them than a regular lager might have. Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Lexington Virginia brew Vienna Lager, Vienna Style Lager, 5.2% ABV. The Brewery gets its name from the narrow or rugged topographical/mountains in Virginia and West Virginia. Vienna Lager pours a copper color with a two finger white head that dissipates at a normal rate, and does leave behind some lacing.  There is some light coming through with a great number of carbonation bubbles. Vienna Lager has a sweeter aroma on it with a normal but slightly faint lager aroma. The taste is semi-sweet at first with a nice crispness that follows. The taste is just average here, nothing bad nor nothing great. There is a toasted note there with the sweetness as well. The mouth feel is light to somewhat medium and has a nice smooth toasted sweeter finish. The after taste is of a toasted cracker that does not linger to long. This beer was good but average so I say this is a C+. I am not a big fan of Vienna Lagers, but I do like them. This did not have enough flavors to make it great. It was not bad and it was not great it was right in the middle. But I will say that is it crisp and refreshing to drink. Try this Devils Backbone Brewing Company Vienna Lager. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

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