Lakewood Lager | Lakewood Brewing Company

Lakewood LagerLakewood Lager
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Lakewood LagerLakewood Lager

Brewed by:
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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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 355ml. Brown glass. Black pry-off cap. Classy label design.

Acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX and served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as a Vienna lager per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery.

4.6% ABV. 1.047 OG. 25 IBU. 11 SRM. "Bottled on" field is empty.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fair thickness and creaminess. Leaves uneven light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Could be fuller and softer-looking.

Retention is average - ~2 minutes.

Kind of a mediocre head overall.

BODY: Transparent translucent copper of average vibrance. I see no yeast muck or hop sediment.

Appears underwhelming for a Vienna lager. A better longer-lasting head and a deeper amber hue to the body would help it greatly.

AROMA: Bready malts, cara/Munich malts, biscuit malt, caramel, hints of toffee, and pleasant toasted character. Definitely on the sweeter side, with no evidence of the Noble hops used in brewing. The toastiness is lovely, but it doesn't have the amber malt backbone I was hoping for - at least going by the aroma.

I detect no yeasty or hoppy notes. No off-notes or booze.

Aromatic intensity is average.

It's generally appealing, but doesn't play to the strengths of the style. I'm expecting an above average Vienna lager at best.

TASTE: Caramel, bready malts, Vienna malts, vague amber character, Munich malts, some faint toastiness. There's no hop character or yeast character. This definitely comes down on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or anything. Certainly simply built, with an overemphasis on the caramel and ill-enough hop character to balance the sweetness. Hints of toffee.

Build is basic. This has an almost wort-like raw sweetness and lacks both intricacy and subtlety. Definitively malt-accented, with a plain straightforward presentation of flavour that many drinkers will likely find dull. I do like it generally speaking, but it's shallow.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and medium-bodied, with moderate heft and weight on the palate. Smooth and wet.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer. There's no harmony of texture and taste here, but this mouthfeel does a decent job at complementing the flavour profile.

OVERALL: A downable but unfortunately forgettable attempt at a Vienna lager that suffers from fundamental imbalance and a plain, shallow presentation of flavour. I wouldn't trifle with this again, and I think I even prefer something like Sam Adams Boston Lager (let alone style paragons like Great Lakes' Eliot Ness). A disappointment from Lakewood.

High C- (2.75)

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grainy, Caramel, Dry, Biscuity

Copper with a thick, foamy, white head. Rich, malted, woody nose. Grainy, gritty, malty sweet, caramel, toasty, and bready. Leafy, herbal, soft, hop bitterness. Very dry, astringent, strong biscuity finish. The beer falls victim from the overuse of certain malts (probably crystal), which unfortunately dominates this brew and leaves a not so pleasant aftertaste.

STYLE: Vienna Lager | ABV: 4.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter because I want to be able to properly assess all the intricacies of a Vienna lager.

Comes out a oranger/slightly amber with a white head.

Some toffee, caramel, and bready type of malt character and some spicy and grassy noble hop. Basically a good straightforward aroma you are looking for.

There is a nice hit of bitterness from the hops. You get that malt character. A little grassy and coppery. There is a little toastiness to it which is cool but overall pretty meh.

Light-medium bodied crisp beer. I guess this a good replacement for BMC if you live in Dallas. I would drink pretty much every other beer Lakewood makes over this though.

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3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: murky gold/orange; 1-inch head plus of off-white foam, almost tan; big stick; brew is mostly opaque

S: sweet, grain; caramel; smells like a muddled American DIPA with no hops

T: caramel sweet, barely a hint of spicy hops

F: very solid all around, definitely not watery

O: quite disappointing ... a well-made lager is generally crystal clear, whereas this thing is muck; it's possibly quite old, but with no dating on the bottle, how could you know? just a sweet muddled mess. i definitely won't try this one again unless I know it's fresh.

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3.12/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured into a pint as a cloudy deep amber, with a thin finger of creamy head. Smells light and toasted. Tastes toasted and light. Caramel. Malts. Fairly smooth, but lacking distinct flavor and any memorable characteristics. Mineral. Ends a bit dry.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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