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Jomo Lager

Jomo Lager

Judges Rating: 
86
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
33 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

There is an intense aroma of toast and baking bread up front. The beer is copper in color and brilliantly clear with good head retention. There are ale-like notes of red berries (cherry and strawberry) as the beer warms a bit. Some unexpected characteristics showed up in the flavor for a traditional Vienna Lager. The hop flavor is a bit higher than expected and more earthy in character than floral. There are moderate levels of caramel and a semisweet finish. This could be due to the caramel and low perceived bitterness. The sweetness lasts long into the finish, imparting a dry mouth sensation. Perhaps more carbonation would lessen the sweet perception. Despite its departure from the traditional style, I enjoyed this beer and would appreciate it while watching a football game with a grilled brat.

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