Top Shelf NHL Alumni Vienna Lager | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
lakeofbaysbrewing.ca

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mrcasual on 07-15-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
15
Reviews:
4
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Roby923
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A darker lager that is highly drinkable and refreshing. The copper color promises some tasty flavour notes. Rated at 15 IBU and 5.5% ABV. Canned from the brewery in Baysville.

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Photo of binno
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of AnthonyGauthier
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodenba
3.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber lager poured from a chilled can Feb. 2017. Good looking deep amber body and head. Flavor isn't bad: mild roasted malt balanced with appropriate hoppy bitterness. For me the body is lacking heft This reminds me of a Dos Equis Amber or a Yuengling Traditional Lager, while I would prefer something like Brooklyn Lager.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryW
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very pale, painfully clear amber orange in colour. A moderate head, immediately to a ring. Some initial lace and then nada.

Not a lot here, I'm afraid. Grassy hoppy nose, sweet malt upfront to taste, and then some more grassy hops. Finishes up slightly bitter and dry. That lingers some. Very thin-bodied. Sorry folks, but just plain uninteresting. A minimalist effort. I don't believe that I'm shaping up as a Lake of Bays fan ...

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Photo of Squeezyq
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
2.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of RedAleMan
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Aug 4 2016 and served slightly chilled. If I were challenged to pick the most-neglected and forgotten style in Ontario, Vienna Lager would be very high up in the running - so kudos to Lake of Bays for bothering to brew one.

Pours a clear reddish amber colour, capped off with one finger of creamy, off white-coloured foam. It recedes steadily over the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a thin collar and a few wisps on the surface. No lace; looks like an average amber lager. Unmistakable notes of Vienna & crystal malts on the nose; caramel and toffee sweetness, with bready notes of muffin, plum, cocktail cherry and toasted nuts overlying some light weedy hops. The aroma is not overly sweet, nor particularly interesting.

Not a bad effort. More toffee and caramelized sugar sweetness, which remain a constant fixture throughout the entirety of the sip. Toasted bread and nuts come through, along with suggestions of cherry and biscuit. Grassy, earthy hops on the back end, with nutty sweetness fading gradually into the moderately persistent aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with restrained carbonation that produces a slightly crisp bite; overall, the texture is smooth and the drinkability is respectable. Not a memorable beer, but something most BAs could probably finish without too much grumbling.

Final Grade: 3.51, a B grade. Top Shelf Vienna Lager is a decent example of the style. Speaking as someone who is not very big on amber lagers, I found this to be decent, but not something I'd pick up regularly in the future, or recommend with much enthusiasm. It's more balanced and subtle than their Spark House Red, and certainly a more interesting product than the pre-existing Top Shelf Classic Lager, but not distinctly better or worse than either of those offerings. Recommended to fans of malt-forward ambers.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Top Shelf NHL Alumni Vienna Lager from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
3.23 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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