Railway City Hoptoberfest 2016 - Wet Hopped Vienna Lager | Railway City Brewing Company

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Railway City Hoptoberfest 2016 - Wet Hopped Vienna LagerRailway City Hoptoberfest 2016 - Wet Hopped Vienna Lager

Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thehyperduck on 11-13-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1 |  Reviews: 1
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3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle picked up at the brewery last week; best before Feb 29 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an attractive orange-amber colour - relatively clear, but with some hop particulates clouding the complexion up slightly. One finger of loose, soapy off white-coloured head is generated, but soon loses cohesion and disappears within 45-60 seconds; afterwards, a narrow collar of foam remains alone. Visually it's nothing special, but the aroma manages to reignite my interest - approachable and fresh-smelling, with light caramelized sugar and doughy malt notes blending together with orange peel, marmalade and some leafy, spicy hop notes.

Actually a pretty nice Vienna-style lager, except that the wet hop treatment gives it a greener flavour than traditional examples of this style. Light caramel sweetness and doughy, bready malts lead the way, with suggestions of apricot, marmalade and muddled citrus at the midpoint. Finishes with a leafy-green bitterness that slowly transmutes into an earthier, dirtier, vaguely floral hop note that wraps up the profile nicely. Neither too sweet nor too hoppy, and quite well-rounded, with minimal residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Light-ish in body, with low carbonation levels that weakly prickle the tongue, resulting in a mostly slick, slippery and smooth texture on the palate. It's not perfect, but I still like this one.

Final Grade: 3.72, a B grade. Railway City's Hoptoberfest 2016 is a tasty little number that I'm glad to have tried. Vienna Lagers are admittedly not a style that I seek out frequently - I usually find them to be a little one-dimensional, and generally less crisp and refreshing than German-style pale lagers (which I genuinely enjoy). But the wet hopping process has given this (otherwise middling) amber lager a good kick in the pants, so to speak - balancing out the sweet Vienna malts with great efficacy, and making this into a very pleasant, quaffable strong lager. Not a world-beater, but I'd consider picking it up again next year.

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Railway City Hoptoberfest 2016 - Wet Hopped Vienna Lager from Railway City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1 ratings