pFriem Vienna Lager

Oregon
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

pFriem’s copper-colored Vienna Lager is a malty symphony, with aromas of toasted bread and fresh toffee, accompanied by full notes of caramel, nuts and a crisp finish with a touch of malted sweetness. Mozart would be proud.

Profile

ABV: 
5.3%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Perle, Tettnang, Spalt Select
Malts: 
Gambrinus Pilsner, Weyermann Vienna, Cara Aroma, Carafoam, Acidulated
Judges Review 
David Sapsis's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

pFriem Vienna Lager by pFriem Family Brewers was judged as BJCP Category 7A - Vienna Lager.

The beer is served at 42F in a standard 200-ml kölsch straight-sided stange glass, poured vigorously to produce a nice head on top. The beer is solidly amber in color, around 8-9 SRM, and brilliantly clear;  the foam is off-white, and demonstrates a persistent stand. A steady population of outgassing columns indicates the beer is well conditioned. It's a very pretty beer, but how does it smell?

The aroma is dominated by a soft and elegant bready, lightly toasty malt note with some hints of both malt sweetness (almost cherry-like) and a subtle but distinct floral and spicy hop note with hints of heather and classic continental pepper/lavender angles reminiscent of Spalt. A light malt/sulfur note rounds out the aroma, which is squeaky clean, malt-forward yet also balanced. Absolutely spot-on. 

The flavor starts with a light bread-biscuit-toast note with countervailing notes of modest bitterness (~20 IBU estimated) and again that beautiful malt sweetness that reminds you of fresh sweet apple and dark cherries mixed with light toffee and nuts. This is not from ferment esters, but in my experience rather a product of light-kilned malt's maillard products and very cold ferments. The mid-palate flavors of malt and bitterness dance with pepper and dry-heather floral tones, eventually washing away into a long and soft finish that is quite dry, yet still malty with a residual hop character that offers a nice, dry balance. The mouthfeel is low to moderate and lacks any astringency. The gassy finish does add a slight carbonic acidity to the body and texture, and gives the dry finish a nice crispiness. 

Often, amber lagers tend toward a cloying sweetness and sometimes a pronounced cereal flavor with high levels of DMS. Not this beer. It is simple, elegant, and expertly balanced, highlighting classic ingredients of light kilned (Vienna, low color Munich) malts and wonderfully floral and spicy continental hops, all packaged up in a crisp and tight lager of modest strength that is both drinkable and complex enough to be savored. It is simply outstanding. Anton Dreher would be proud. In terms of food paring, its softness and subdued bitterness lend itself to a wide range of pairings. I'm trying it with some good New York Style Pizza, and it shines. Like I said, simply outstanding.  

Brewery Introduction

pFriem Brewery and its award winning tasting room is located in Hood River, OR, just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem’s core beers and... Read More

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Beer Recommendation

The Vienna Lager beer style as defined in the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines are moderate-strength amber lagers with a soft, smooth maltiness and moderate bitterness and a relatively dry finish. A standard-strength everyday beer that’s a light reddish-amber to copper in color, American versions can be a bit stronger, drier and more bitter. Brewed with Vienna malt, which provides a lightly toasty and complex Maillard-rich malt profile. Read on to discover our Vienna Lager reviews.

The Vienna Lager beer style as defined in the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines are moderate-strength amber lagers with a soft, smooth maltiness and moderate bitterness and a relatively dry finish. A standard-strength everyday beer that’s a light reddish-amber to copper in color, American versions can be a bit stronger, drier and more bitter. Brewed with Vienna malt, which provides a lightly toasty and complex Maillard-rich malt profile. Read on to discover our Vienna Lager reviews.

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