Lakewood Lager | Lakewood Brewing Company

Lakewood LagerLakewood Lager
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Lakewood LagerLakewood Lager

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Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lakewood is more than a place. It's a state of mind. Old blends with new. Traditions hook up with fresh ideas. It's the same with our Lakewood Lager. We've taken old world Vienna-Style lager and reintroduced it to beer lovers. Subtle caramel aromas, a coppery pour and a light malty sweetness paired with noble hop bitterness set this beer apart. In with the old, in with the new.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-20-2012

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Photo of boddhitree
4.76/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a unique one in my book.
The Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Lakewood Lager: Vienna-Style Lager.
I say unique because there aren't any Vienna Lagers found in Germany or even Austria that I know of. The only examples I remember drinking are Negra Modelo and Dos Equis. Here is a good example of how Märicans can actually revive a style dead in the lands of its origin. Thus, I feel like I'm flying blind here by reviewing this beer, for I have nothing to compare it to from Europe.

Appearance: Dark red-copper, amber red with black tints under a snow white head. The color is indicative of the presence of lots of Münchner, Wiener (Vienna) and/or Melanoiden malts. It's an exceptionally stunning color.

Aroma: I get toffee, sweet Münchner caramel, roasted and whisky malt aroma, but that last one isn't terribly strong and hard to get out of the glass. It smells somewhat like a Märzen. In my brewing experience, Wiener malt isn't as aromatic as Münchner, so that tells they may've used quite a lot of the former malt in this beer.

Up front: Slight bitterness, a small smack of tartness/astringency, but also a slightly roasted ham flavor, not smoked malt, but the glazed honey you get atop the ham, and the slight savoriness of umami. I also get hints of Pils malt sweetness here too. Wow, that's complex for just the front of the tongue, eh?

Mid: There's that savory glazed honey ham flavor again, some bitterness and on the sides a wallop of caramel of a burnt caramel. It's got enough bitterness here to hold your feet to the ground, keep the other flavors from getting sickly, but still staying nicely in the background like bass notes are counterpoint to a melody. Again, very complex! I'm diggin' this damn beer.

Back: All those flavors I mentioned above hold court here, too. I really get the feeling of roasted meat, an umami again, again, the feeling of bbq-ed sauce on pork or simply a Texas bbq brisket. In the back, I'm getting hit with caramel sweetness mixing in with the aforementioned flavors, the Münchner malt that makes me think this beer is veering into Märzen territory. It's not super caramelly like a great Märzen, and it's got too much bitterness and tartness/astringency here too to qualify for the Märzen moniker, but it's getting awfully close.

Aftertaste: Caramel, an astringency that leaves a crispness that lingers for quite a long time.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, it's chewy, it's crisp, it's horribly süffig and simultaneously thirst-quenching. It doesn't feel like a 4.6% beer.

Overall: Simply, WOW. I've never had a beer like this, and I want more and more. It's a terribly wonderful complex mix of flavors I've not had elsewhere. Though it's only got 25 IBU, I think the Noble hops here shine enough to keep the tartness noticeable and a wonderful counterpoint to the sweet caramel, but then there's a roasted, bbq-ed something in there that is lovely and hits the nerve endings that crave salt and umami. The mouthfeel is also a lovely contradiction of sensations: thick creamy loveliness with crisp dry tartness. The mouth can concentrate on one flavor, one mouthfeel, and then the other, then the next, and keep going back and forth into a focused point where they all become one unique flavor. This is a really unique, WOW beer. I haven't ever had anything like this and I absolutely love this beer. And it certainly feels like a beer that's got a lot more alcohol than it says on the label, by which I mean it feels like a Doppelbock or 6% Märzen. It veers into Märzen beer territory, then becomes a liquid bbq, then a Pils in it's tartness, and then back, and then whisky notes. Again, WOWOW beer, and a 4.8 of 5. I certainly didn't expect this beer to knock my beer-wow-meter off kilter, and I'm so happy it did.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.71/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A deep copper lager with a nice lasting head. This is a very flavorful Vienna. It is sweet, bitter and even sour with a lingering pepper taste that reminds me of a rye brew. There is an initial sharpness that works well to balance the full, roasted malt body.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
4.14/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Mortarforker
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pnelting
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of galuskan
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great balance. Love this style. Everybody in TX makes a great one. This is first or second best.

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Photo of DesertFox24
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 5, 2015

12 oz bottle, pils glass

A – Caramel color, medium to dark amber, and mostly clear, with a little bit of chill haze. Half inch of thin, off-white foam stand, with moderate retention.

S – Bread crust, lightly toasted, with just a touch of honeyish or caramel sweetness. Fairly crisp, clean.

T – Light bread crust, with some toasty, graham-like notes. Very low honey-like flavor, again very clean. Some light floral hops, a hint of herbal woodiness.

M – Well carbonated, moderate-high, with a medium body. Fairly juicy, just a bit of dryness on the finish. Mildly sweet and mildly bitter, very well balanced, with a bit of a snap at the end.

O – This is a very good example of a Vienna lager, very well made and traditional. Love that it is not overly sweet, very well balanced.

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Photo of elprofe
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of BrewAskew
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a thin but lasting of white head and orange copper color. Toasty, malty caramel aroma. Flavor is Strong on malt, especially caramelized malts. Nice Hop bitterness to balance but sweet wins out by a nose. Mouthfeel is kind of heavy for the OG and style with within tolerance. A tasty, solid Metroplex local brew that tastes and feels bigger than its abv suggests. To me it drinks more like an American Amber Ale or am O-Fest than a Vienna lager.

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Lakewood Lager from Lakewood Brewing Company
Beer rating: 31.2% out of 100 with 125 ratings
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