Friday, July 21, 2017

Summit Unchained 25: Vienna Lager

Summit Unchained Series Batch No. 25: Vienna-style Lager. Tom Mondor, brewer. Summit Brewing, St. Paul, Minnesota. 5.1% ABV, 23 IBU.

Clear, dark amber/copper color, milky white, slim head.

In the nose: There's that classic vienna lager malty nose, grain,  cereal, toasty, with a touch of caramel.

In the mouth: crisp, clean, snappy, smooth and malty. Just about perfect rendition of a Vienna Lager. Nice, warm malt flavors caress the palate, coating with well-balanced sweetness. Just enough hop bitterness to keep malt cool.

I have to admit a slight disappointment by this entry in the Unchained Series, in that it isn't an innovation or experiment or any new benchmark in brewing. But the point of the series is to set the Summit brewers free and let them do what they want, and if Tom Mondor wants more than anything to make a Vienna Lager, then who am I to judge him?

I kid. Vienna lagers are good, easy-drinkers, just right for summertime. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

Summit Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager features balanced bitterness and spicy and herbal aromas from Hallertau Mittlefruh and German Perle hops. Additionally, Weyermann Barke Vienna and CaraFoam malts provide notes of toast, biscuit, and caramel, plus very little residual sweetness. Available on draft and in 6 packs of 12 oz cans for a limited time.

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