Moody Ales Vienna Lager

Reviewed by on March 14, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Moody Ales

  • Origin: Port Moody, BC, CA

  • Rated On: March 14, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Vienna Lager

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

It’s always nice to pay heed to one’s friends, and the Beer Diaries would like to thank its internet pal Lee for sending a few samples from his brother’s brewing concern our way!  Mmmm… Vienna Lager sounds so ‘springtime on the Danube’ anyway, doesn’t it?

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and fairly bubbly beige head, which leaves some stringy dissolving snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy and biscuity caramel malt, a touch of sweeter toffee, pleasantly muddled dark orchard fruit, and mild earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and grainy caramel malt, further biscuity toffee notes, a hint of astringent yeast, some tame hard water flintiness, late-arriving toasted breakfast cereal, and a still reserved earthy, leafy, and grassy hoppiness. The carbonation is quite engaging in its tongue-tingling fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the hops not exactly in a testy or interfering sort of mood, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, with a nice pas de deux of biscuity malt and coy noble hops.

I gotta say, I rather quite like it when I try an example of a style that has never really blown up my metaphorical skirt (ok, I once wore a kilt, but that’s another story), and it just works, all of a sudden. I’m not actually sure that anybody can say what a Vienna Lager should really be anymore (save your letters), but the existing definition could take a few suggestions from this brewer’s efforts.

Brady White

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