The Session Vienna Lager - Dead Frog Brewing
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3.81/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice to see a BC/western Canadian craft brewery tackle this old school and relatively neglected style (I know eh, no cacao nibs, 3000 years of barrel aging, stale pub pretzels in the grist, dry-hopping with dust from the Ark of the Covenant, etc. I like barrel aging but you get the drift). Poured into an Alexander Keith's glass (it was in the cupboard, sue me), looks like an IPA in terms of color: A nice rusty brownish amber with a boatload of whitish head. I wasn't sufficiently careful or attentive opening this and got froth all over my desk ... And lap. Hmmm. Aroma is rich and malt-forward, nice cara-malt and leafy, spicy noble hop nose that quickly entices one to take a sip. Again the malt impression leads the way, a mellow nuttiness at first followed by brown sugar, puffed grains, and toasted crust. I get some hard candy, canned pumpkin, honey, unlit tobacco, oranges, herbaceous vegetation and hints of licorice. Really impressive complexity that I presume is derived in part from the variegated German noble and American pseudo-noble hop bill. Remains nutty, sweet, and subtly bitter throughout, along with a metallic (yet still malty?) tinge like copper or iron/blood. The latter is not overpowering though and works with the rest of the package. The 5% ABV blinks through at times. Semi-chewy moderate body with enough bubbles to lift up the hop notes but not overly aggressive in the fizz department. Session or no, one wants to taste this rather than gulp. Does not really fit my definition of a "session" brew but that's alright. I'd readily return.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2014 23:15:02 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
341ml bottle. Not quite sure how 5% ABV qualifies for a session beer in Canada. Oh - I still firmly believe that adding a beer on BA without at least a perfunctory review sucks serious donkey balls.
This beer pours a clear medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, yet mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some crazy bonsai tree lace around the glass as things lazily ebb away.
It smells of rather crisp, biscuity pale and caramel malt, a slight lemon rind fruitiness, sassy white pepper, and peppy earthy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is still quite malty, but in a weirdly astringent manner - mildly metallic grains seem to bubble up with alarming regularity - while the lemon goes all native in its stripped-down edginess. Some leafy, earthy, and, yes, grassy hops (hip, hip, hooray for consistency!) round things out.
The bubbles are pretty well sublimated, the body an appreciable medium-light weight, and smooth, sure, with a too-long list of subtle deficiencies that still don't have enough collective oomph to convince me otherwise.
A tasty enough rendition of this venerable old-world style - much more worthy than the majority of the similar offerings I've sampled recently. Maybe the sessionability inferred here is in the flavour, rather than in the ABV. Huh, what a concept - glad I've got another 5 bottles to solve this particular conundrum.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2013 05:00:05 | More by biboergosum
The Session Vienna Lager from Dead Frog Brewing
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