redzim's Vienna Lager
FWIW, the only Vienna Lager I’m familiar with is Devil’s Backbone’s version, and even then it’s usually close to the drink by date.
Pours with a rocky head with a creamy layer of finer foam on top. Beer is clear, though it’s hard to see in the picture. Good head retention, with nice lacing. Color is a nice amber, a touch darker than Dos Equis amber.
Good malty aroma. I get that “chewy” bock-like malt smell, but to a lesser degree than a bock, obviously.
Nice toasted bread crust flavor, crackery Pils is there too. I get a touch of diacetyl. Beer finishes dry, bitterness is balanced yet trends to slightly bitter in the aftertaste. This beer has a nice medium body, has some alcohol warmth. Carbonation is lively, perhaps a touch more than I’d prefer. (But don’t mind me, I like warm flat beer.)
I’ve really enjoyed both of redzim’s beers so far. Been alternating between working days and nights, and it’s nice to come home and review a beer. I’ve really enjoyed this beer. Not as crushable as the helles, but then it isn’t supposed to be. This beer would be awesome enjoyed around a bonfire on a chilly fall day. Hell, it’s a damn fine beer after a long day at work on a chilly spring day.
I have to say, I'm sad that redzim's lagers are gone. I love a good lager, but don't have the means to brew them myself yet. These beers have been a real treat, and I'm more convinced than ever than I need to scrape up the money and get a lagering freezer.