Monday, October 24, 2011

Mr Beer Octoberfest Vienna Lager Home Brew

Mr. Beer Octoberfest Vienna Lager

Brewed by:
Remaley and Daughter
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, USA

Vienna Lager

3.7 % ABV

My 9 year old daughter Frances and I brewed this beer back in May. It was a cool home school science project for her and just a blast for me. I did sample this a week or so after bottling and was not very impressed with it. It tasted all right but there was a green apple bite to it that didn’t seem to belong. So 5 months later lets see what the Mr. Beer home brew has in store for us.

The beer pours a clear dark amber with copper/orange hues and a off white head.

The nose is modest but pleasant with caramel malt and light floral hop aromas.

Not a bad first sip. I’m not sure it’s good but it’s not bad.

The taste starts out with a slight sweetness up font on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a tingling effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is vey easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow that adds a refreshing quality to the beer. The finish is just OK. There are caramel malt flavors and a nice bite. I’m not sure if the bite is from the hops or not. There is also a grassy note on finish with a slight green apple flavor. That may be giving the beer more bite than the hops. There is not much of a final aftertaste, just a slight lingering malt sweetness.

This beer is drinkable for sure. I just thought it would be better than this since I let it sit since May. I guess it’s that grassy/grainy bite on the finish that is setting me back.

The more I drink it the more I’m getting accustomed to the green apple. At this point I hardly notice it. This is really not too bad. I still hope it will get better with age.

Well there is not much more I can say about this. I still have one bottle I let sit for a few more months, maybe up to a year and try it again.

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