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Free State Vienna Secession Lager

Free State Vienna Secession Lager
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This medium bodied, malt centered lager borrows its name from disparate sources. Though, given the history behind our name, it might seem that “Secession” is an allusion to the Civil War (a.k.a. the War of the Secession), but it isn’t. It is a Vienna-Style lager and therefore alludes to the Vienna Secession, a group of artists in turn of the century Vienna that shunned the formalism of the Academy in favor of a more organic art form that became synonymous with the Art Nouveau. Gustav Klimt was the Secession’s founding president and most famous member. Inscribed outside the group’s exhibition building are the words, "to every age its art and to art its freedom", a fitting evocation to the spirit of Free State. A pronounced toasted malt character comes from the use of Vienna Malt, similar in character to Munich Malt. A touch of Black Malt adds a hint of color and roastiness to this medium amber lager. A modest amount of Tettnanger hops are used to counterpoint this beer’s clean maltiness. There are few commercial examples of this style of lager, Negra Modelo being the only one that comes to mind. O.G. - 13.7/1.055 Hops - 25 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5534) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Comes clear amber with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, grain, and grass. Taste is grain, sweet malt, and caramel. Nicely done. Enjoyed with Gene.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Draft at the source. Clear amber color, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma of nutrlla on toast. Taste is smooth, nutty, burnt caramel edge. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2009
16 oz Anniversary Willebecher pour at the brewpub. Pour is a clear copper with a well formed one inch white head. Head falls slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is faint toasty grain, followed by some hay and grassiness. Taste is straight forward cereal grain, clean, with a mild sweet midway through and crisp grassy finish. Palate is thin with a medium level of soft carbonation that make this real drinkable. I have only had a few Viennas, but in my limited experience this nailed the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3590) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Shaker @ brewpub. Now I loves me a brewpub Vienna, usually a good chance for the brewers to flex their malty lager muscles. And while this nailed the style, it again was too perfect and came off as slightly boring. The caramel yet clean lagered malts come through with light cocoa as well. But.... meh. I actually got a bit too much of the hops than I would like for the style. Super easy to drink and I could definitely put a few down but I would like something a bit more interesting here. Actually, reading the description of this beer is more interesting than the beer. I wonder who the art fan over at Free State is. But again, congrads to the brewers for hitting the hammer on the nail but old news as far as I’m concerned.

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