Double Nickel Brewing Co.
Vienna Style Lager
Vienna Lager
New Jersey
5.3%
12oz, 6-Pack
$8.99
Dense and frothy head past one finger, tan to eggshell white, decent amount of lacing, not long streaks but in many places. Deep bronze color that verges on brown, more yellow at the edges, active and widely dispersed bubbles, soft haze to it too. While there's a bit of quinine, salt and pepper to the nose it's quite malty with caramel, molasses, challah bread, spring blossoms and then a drop of lemon, the fruit scents mainly apricot to peach, does a very good job of pulling it back in before it gets monochrome and tedious. Medium-bodied, has heft but this does not get in the way of freshness as the carbonation provides prickle and that quinine, mineral water aspect cleanses. Bready if not doughy, manages to come off at once as both uncooked and toasty. More honey, molasses to caramel if resolved by the finish. Less peppery here, more like rye spiciness. Apricot, fig to golden raisin fruit. Could speed up the pacing some but that's a minor quibble. The kind of beer that invites you in to enjoy it rather than contemplate it. Good marks for drinkability.
4 out of 5