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Devils Backbone Vienna Lager

Judges Rating: 
96
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
39 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
20 / 20

The beer pours a lovely clear amber, with burnt orange highlights. The aroma is clean bright malt, somewhat reminiscent of freshly baked cookies, with maybe a touch of toasted pine nuts. The flavor extends the malt expression found in the aroma. Again, the malt flavor is clean and toasty, with hints of freshly baked bread and a touch of nuttiness. None of this is very big. It is a Vienna Lager, after all, not an Oktoberfest, but the flavors all work well together… Few amber lagers and ales express malt as smooth and clean as this. Not a big beer, but soft and thirst quenching. It’s refreshing to see lighter beers with this much subtle complexity.

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