Tasting the Brooklyn Lager

September 30, 2010

In the 1800’s Brooklyn New York was a haven for brewing in America, sadly though, prohibition and time destroyed a once vibrant community. We are lucky today though because the Brooklyn Brewery has brought revitalization to the heart of New York by brewing new and innovative beers, and exception traditional beers which pay homage to their predecessors.

The Brooklyn Brewery’s flagship beer is the Brooklyn Lager, an award winning Vienna Style lager brewed traditionally as would have been done in 1890. It is available at almost all LCBO locations all year round, and is distributed all across the United States and is beginning to float across the globe.

This is all for very good reason too; Brooklyn has brought back to us a fantastic example of the Vienna Lager, a purely refreshing, versatile and meaty beer which fits many situations all too perfectly. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »


Quick Tastes of the Brooklyn Lager

July 6, 2010

How often are you looking for a soothing and quenching beer? One that is smooth and delicious, but not aggressive or overpowering. It happens all the time really. This beer fits almost any dinner perfectly, it will match snack foods during the game, cool you off after a hard work day, quench your thirst in the sun, and relax you with your pals. Its the Vienna Lager, and its by the Brooklyn Brewery.

This is the standard, the go-to. It is 5.2% abv, comes in 6 packs at most all LCBOs and is available readily throughout the United States. Hell, it is even now being sold in India! But most importantly it hits the perfect balance of smooth malt flavor and quenching hop bitterness. What you have here is a traditional Vienna Lager that has been favored and adored in Brooklyn since the late 1800’s. It is brewed with the finest malts and hops, and matured at cold temperatures to clarify and purify the flavor of the beer. If you normally go home and grab an MGD, Coor’s, Canadian, or Moosehead – please, please, please try this beer and enlighten your taste buds to real flavor. Read the rest of this entry »