R&B Vienna Style Lager

R&B Vienna Lager Label-1295x1362Brewer: R&B Brewing Co., East Vancouver, BC
Style: Amber Lager
ABV: 5%
IBUs: 24

Description: Just in time for summer, R&B has released an amber lager brewed in the traditional Vienna style. This involves a base of amber malt that is then mildly hopped using traditional Noble hops. The end result is a toasty but clean drinking summer beer with a mild hop bitterness.

Tasting Notes: This beer was definitely a perfect pairing with summer weather and bbq! Its rich malts are toasty and have mild hints of espresso and chocolate, not unlike a light porter. However, these are paired with a good hop bitterness and a hint of sweetness, all the while finishing in a way that is very drinkable and refreshing.

Appearance: Dark brown/amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich, toasted, syrupy malt, minerals, Noble hops
Taste: Crisp, toasted malt, minerals, mild sweetness, cocoa, espresso, grassy hops
Aftertaste: Lingering toasted malt flavor, grassy hop bitterness
Overall: 9/10

Brooklyn Lager

brooklyn-lagerBrewer: Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Style: Lager
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 30

Description: Brewed in the Vienna-style tradition of lager, this beer is Brooklyn’s flagship creation. This starts with American 2 Row, Caramel, and Munich malts, which are then hopped with Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard, Cascade, Saphir, and Williamette hops, and then dry-hopped again.

Tasting Notes: This lager is one I’ve had a few times, but never in the context of a review. Luckily, a couple distributors in my area have taken to stocking it and I grabbed a few. As lagers go, this one is quite light and refreshing, but packs some interesting hop flavor and traces of fruit. An all-around nice drinking experience from a renowned microbrewery.

Appearance: Deep gold, mildly cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Gentle malt, honey, hint of pineapple and tropical fruit
Taste: Mild malt, tang, mild grassy hops and pine, passion fruit and pineapple
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, hint of honey and malt flavor
Overall: 8/10