The Civil Life Vienna Lager
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
So our newest beer historically hails from the city of Vienna but has strong ties to Mexico as well. There was an influx of immigrant brewers to Mexico in the 19th century and Vienna Lager was a fave of Maximilian I during his wing-ding there according to all things internet. This lager style is very robust in flavor as a result of its namesake malt (vienna) which is roughly the color of Pale malt. These beers are typically decoction mashed which is a time honored method for lager brewing in Germany but we have an infusion mash tun, so guess what? I think our mash tun did a pretty good job. Copper colored, Hallertau hopped, clean, bready, nutty, and 4.4%. Thank the city of Vienna next time you’re there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EtTuCthulhu (1384) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2014
The beer pours a clear dark orangeish with a large white head, and the aroma blends bready malts with toasty, caramel, and biscuity malts. The taste is mildly sour and a touch sweet, and the aftertaste has some sour maltiness that fades fairly quickly. The palate fuses a slick texture, average carbonation, and a medium-light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1428) - Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Hazy gold. Sweet maltiness....almost like frosted cereal.... (if that’s a bad comparison I apologize. ...I don’t remember eating cereal.) Light body. Another enjoyable civil life beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9605) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Sample at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. The beer is a clear orange-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and hops. Light-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, roasted nuts and fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1583) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2013
At the source. Draws a nice golden with a superb small bead off white head. Not big, but stays and rings the glass. Gentle bready and fresh rain water aroma. Taste comes through as sweet caramel malt, and buttery biscuits along with the slightest pleasant hoppiness. Smooth, delicious. Nummy num!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3496) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Draft at Bier Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is clear copper with a one inch slightly dirty white head. The aroma is mild caramel malt sweetness and a general toasted cracker malt. The taste is nicely fresh and clean malt, the sweetness and the dry cracker. The palate is light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a soft mineral dry finish. Really well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5601) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Pat brought it a growler. A brown pour that has floaties that barely move. A soft aroma that has light fruit and nutty malts. That describes the flavor, too. This is smooth and just so easy to drink and is a bit sweet. Almost no carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Shared 8 oz draft at the brewpub. Dark copper, a shade off for the style. The immediate impression is of wet mash, again with an extract-like sweetness taking over. Drinkable enough. (#4494, 2/25/2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1682) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Tasted at the 1st annual Urban Chestnut - Wolpertinger festival in St. Louis, MO, USA from tap into sampler beer boot. Poured a nice amber color with moderate white foam, lasting with a little lace. Malty, caramelly with faint roastiness and fruity fermentation. Reminiscent of Dos Equis but bigger, tarter, sharper, drier. Lagers are tough to micro-brew, but Civil Life did it well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
(sample at Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger festival) reddish amber with off white head. Mild slightly sweet malt aroma. Flavor is caramel/bready malt, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4726) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Really like what Civil Life did with this one. Very well constructed and true to style. Pours copper/amber with an off-white head. The aroma has cereal, granola, toasty malt, some doughiness and mild sweetness - very smooth and well integrated aroma notes. Medium body that starts smooth then feels a bit rough due to the moderate carbonation. The flavor starts much like the aroma with a very clean smooth flavor and some nuttiness that wasn’t detected on the aroma. The finish has lots of nuttiness and cereal with just the right amount of sweetness. It is clean, refreshing, true-to-style and sessionable ~ what is not to love here?

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