Defined: Vienna Lager

August 12, 2010

Aroma: Moderately rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt).  A light toasted malt aroma may be present.  Similar, though less intense than Oktoberfest.  Clean lager character, with no fruity esters or diacetyl.  Noble hop aroma may be low to none.  Caramel aroma is inappropriate.

Appearance: Light reddish amber to copper color. Bright clarity.  Large, off-white, persistent head.

Flavor: Soft, elegant malt complexity is in the forefront, with a firm enough hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish. Some toasted character from the use of Vienna malt.  No roasted or caramel flavor.  Fairly dry finish, with both malt and hop bitterness present in the aftertaste.  Noble hop flavor may be low to none.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body, with a gentle creaminess.  Moderate carbonation.  Smooth.  Moderately crisp finish.  May have a bit of alcohol warming. Read the rest of this entry »