The Monk ‘Bandito’ Mexican Lager is a crafty re-invention of the Mexican Lager. When most think of Mexican Lagers, they think of pale straw coloured beers, low on fizz, unceremoniously crowned with a lemon or lime to complete blanket out any slight flavour that the beer had. This is not the beer we’re brewing.
Instead we’ve done a Vienna Style Lager. While the style initially developed in Vienna, Austria during the late nineteenth century, Austrian settlers brought along their brewing techniques to Mexico. In the heat of Mexico, the easy drinking style took off and while Vienna style Lagers have all but died out in Austria, there is a strong and vibrant Vienna Lager brewing tradition alive and kicking in a majority of Mexico.
The beer has a Lager yeast strain, resulting in a clean and crisp beer, perfect for the hot summer days on the horizon. We’ve used Vienna, Pale, plus a touch of Munich and wheat malt to create a beautiful orange golden lager, full of soft biscuity malt flavours. The beer has some unusual ingredients with Summer and Stella hops being added for a enticingly balanced amount of fruit hop on the nose, with Blue Agave Nectar added late into the boil. More widely known as the plant that produces Mexico’s favourite tipple – Tequilla, Blue Agave Nectar has a burnt toffee nose, with sweet, slightly sharp, ‘smoky’ honey flavour, which should add a nice complexity to the soft biscuit flavours of the malt.