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Vienna Lager (Devil's Backbone)

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Vienna Lager (Devil's Backbone)

Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

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Vienna Lager

Devil's Backbone Brewing Company

Lexington, VA

 

The Buzz:

        What this 4.9%ABV Vienna Lager lacks in an original name, it makes up for in well-balanced flavor. 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

        Pouring to a clear amber without much head and no lacing, this is a very drinkable beer. Malts are forward, the mouth feel is tangy and the finish is quick, but not dry with a nice, classic lager tang on the end. The aspect of this beer that stood out to me the most was the balance of its flavor arc. While many beers are stronger on the front or the back, this one is strong throughout with a tiny bit of malty sweetness that dimly shines through the cold fermenting to add another layer for anyone intrepid enough to spy it. I often find lagers to be too thin and watery but thin and watery this is not. This would be a good choice if one were so inclined to seek a more flavorful lager.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        The one thing about this beer about which I could find a complaint is that it's slightly shy about its flavor. I personally thought that, given the right circumstances, this could fit the beer's vibe, but for a Vienna style lager, it's pretty calm.

 

The Vibe:

        This beer is applicable to nearly any situation. Laid back enough for party drinking but smart enough for thoughtful drinking. I found myself in a pleasant state of contentment while drinking this, like Peter in Office Space following his hypnosis (disclaimer: no overweight hypnotherapists died in the making of this beer or its review).

 

Plus/Minus:

+Good, balanced flavor, a great example of an American Vienna style lager

-Some might not like the lack of a crispy finish compared to other lagers

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