As I sit and write this, it’s late October, and I’m sitting outside enjoying the cool, night air.
Which got me thinking – what’s a good year-‘round beer?
After some thought, it occurred to me: Vienna Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Lagers are typically more mild in flavor, and Vienna-style lagers (originating in Austria) are brewed with a slightly different blend of malts than their German neighbors. As a result, then tend to be darker and sweeter, and I think they have more flavor than a typical American lager.
Like many lagers, this one is easy to drink especially with its mild 5.2% ABV alcohol content. It has good carbonation with a dark, golden color, a mild yeast flavor, and slightly bitter/sour aftertaste. This isn’t a bitter, hoppy beer. It has a bready aroma, and the taste is very malty-sweet, with what’s almost like a toffee flavor.
It’s a great beer for summer barbecues, mowing the lawn, or just something easy to enjoy during a ballgame or on a snow day.
Definitely one for the casual beer drinker, particularly if you typically drink something like Yuengling lager or even pilsners or Oktoberfest/Marzen beers. For experienced beer fans, trying this is a no-brainer. You’ll quickly see why it’s a multiple-award-winner.
So what’s your favorite year-‘round beer? Let us know in the comments below.