I’ve been trying quite a few lagers recently which is quite unlike me, as typically I only have lager in the form of a certain Danish pilsner. Maybe I’ve got the Oktoberfest bug which has resulted in tasting the more interesting side of arguably one of the less interesting beers styles. ‘Vienna Lager’ is a beer from Wild Craft Brewery and is brewed with the distinctive Vienna malt. They are a new brewery to me and are based north of Norwich. They try to forage for as many ingredients as possible, which is an interesting premise, while also making many of their beers gluten free!
The beer pours a deeper amber colour than your standard lagers, much like the lager I tried from Westerham Brewery recently. The nose is very malty with a strong sweetness to the aroma. The flavour of the beer is rather similar actually. A little more on the biscuity or caramel sweet side but, as expected, very much malt forward. There is very little bitterness to it overall, however.
A quick note on the can art: A fairly unique design. It has their little mascot, Brewbacca, holding up a sign with the lyrics of Ultravox’s Vienna written on it. A nice touch.
On the whole, I’d say this is just about an above average beer. It’s pleasant and certainly drinkable but the sweetness detracts from the overall experience I think. There just isn’t too much else going on and in all honesty at time I was getting alcohol free vibes from the body. My Dad, as a gluten free beer drinker, has had a few of Wild Craft’s brews by this point and did say he thought this was one of their weaker entries. If that’s the case it seems only fair I try a couple more of their beer. All in the name of research of course…
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- Hops: Not Available
- Malt: Not Available
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 4.5%
- Gluten Free: Yes!
- Vegan: Yes!