Thursday, April 5, 2012

Trapp Lodge Vienna Lager

The Trapp Family Lodge Brewery currently has three beers in production: Golden Helles, Vienna Amber, and Dunkel lager, as well as a rotating seasonal lager. The Vienna style of lager is typically no longer found in the Austrian homeland where it was developed. However, American craft brewers have taken more interest to it in recent. Trapp Vienna lager is the only local example I have seen thus far. I sampled it at The Farmstead in downtown Burlington.

Alcohol Content: 5.0%
IBU: ?
Malts: ?
Hops: ?

Price: $3.50/ half (8oz); $6.50/ pint
Medium: 8oz water or juice glass

Aroma: Restrained fruity esters with a touch of sweetness from the moderate malt aroma. Malt is consistent with a toasty character, while the hops play a minor role. I also get some hints of bread, caramel, toffee, and honey from the sweetness (within the toasted maltiness).
Appearance: Clear, but not completely brilliant as the style suggests. This is perhaps due my perception of the beer's light amber to copper color as being a factor in clarity. Poured for almost no head, which retained to only a white-ish thin foam lingering around the rim of the glass. Tiny bubbles persist up the sides of the glass in a slow, uniform line.
Flavor: Sweet bready and toasty malt flavors with hints of honey upfront. This turns into a supporting bitterness, just enough to give a perception of balance. Both malts and hops manage to support each other through to a very crisp, clean finish. If I had to say, the bitterness was slightly earthy. Balance is still favored toward the soft, toasted malts. Even more of a sweet finish than the Helles.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant, smooth, easy-drinking (in other words desirable). Moderate carbonation. Somewhat chewy character to the malts. Everything feels very clean and refreshing. Aftertaste is comprised of a lightly toasted character with a lingering sweetness. Typical styles may be a bit dry on the palate, but this was not the case.
Overall Impression: Not too strong or overwhelming. The presence of sweet malts matches up to the toasted profile, giving it that lighter character than Marzen or Oktoberfest. I asked a couple of the servers for suggested food pairings, and they certainly had a lot of great information to offer. We discussed a firm cheese plate or a turkey burger as being great options - thanks to The Farmstead staff for actually knowing about beer styles, unlike most establishments I have found in the area.

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