Birrificio del Ducato VIÆMILIA (Via Emilia)

Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This bottom fermented beer is golden yellow in color with floral and herbaceous hop aromas (due to the use of Tettnang Tettnanger blooming hop variety personally selected during harvest time). The finish is sharp with a hoppy bitterness and hints of acacia honey.
Elegant, balanced and gratifying: there is always room for her!

La VIÆMILIA being my first creation, is considered by many our signature brew. Although it may appear a simple lager, its brewing is the longest and most delicate. It is cellared for at least 6 weeks, out of which the first week is for primary fermentation and the remaining 4 to 5 for lagering at 3◦C to allow the young beer to refine. During this last phase hop flowers are added. Every year, at the beginning of September, we travel to personally select hops from the farmers of Tettnang (a small village in the south of Germany renowned for cultivating high quality aroma hops).VIÆMILIA unravels such extraordinary floral and herbaceous hop aromas due to the dry hopping process.

Manuel was inspired to call it VIÆMILIA since this beer is an anthem to our land, oppressed by thick fogs during the winter and withered by a merciless sun during the summer afternoons. The verses of a poet from Bologna helped me to put into words the mental image of a lazy day in June.

“Across wheat fields bent by the wind, between flat hills above the plane”

Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2010, category "Kellerbier or Zwickelbier"
Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2012, category "Kellerbier or Zwickelbier"
Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2014, category "Kellerbier or Zwickelbier"

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BierMeHoos (644) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2017
Where: Pizzeria Paradiso, Hyattsville, MD. How: Sampler pour on tap. Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-straw color, not unlike a Wit. Big, slightly off-white, head has very good retention. Aroma: A nice mix of sweet malts (not quite fruity) and grains. There's just a hint of pepper and yeast in there. Taste: Initial flavor is of mildly sweet grains and malts. A fairly strong underlying yeast flavor kicks in after that. The aftertaste is slightly tart and biter; seems to be more from yeast than from the hops. Palate: A very light-bodied beer with moerate carbonation. A bit grainy as well. Self-described as "dry, hoppy pale lager" this is a bit more like a tripel, but devoid of any fruit flavors. The flavor becomes quite intense, and a bit overwhelming.

bulldog14 (5) - - SEP 8, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2017 Aspetto : giallo paglierino Schiuma : bianca , compatta abbastanza persistente. Al naso : fieno , cereali leggero sentore di miele di acacia Frizzantezza : leggera Gusto : prevalenza di cereali e lievito leggero amaro sul finale Retrogusto: poco persistente ed equilibrato. Bevuta in bottiglia ancora troppo l'impressione è che è stata messa sul,mercato troppo presto

Bootlegger007 (243) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2017
Aromas of cookies and honey with pine and herbs, pours a hazy golden colour with a good sized creamy white lasting head, flavours of sweet honey and a light spicy bitter and dry aftertaste, medium body and refreshing.

abemorsten (3652) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2017
Sampler at Italian Job, Chiswick, London. Light misty yellow golden body with a large beige head. Earthy malts aroma. Taste is sweet and earthy with a stale bitterness. Style typical, but not a style I am particularly fond of. Medium body.

MD11 (45) - - JUN 28, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2017 Bevuta in bottiglia. Colore giallo paglierino schiuma non troppo persistente. Al naso note di miele e aromi naturali. In bocca si sente bene il lievito e la nota di pane. Finale non molto piacevole e che non lascia ricordi.

chri82 (14) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 21, 2017
Ottima presenza, buona persistenza. Aroma intenso. Esperienza degustativa interessante ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a large, frothy off-white head, long retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy sweet Pils malt and medium spicy hops. Flavor is heavy corny Pils malt, medium spicy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

L_Lovecraft (695) - - JAN 21, 2017
Floral, spiced, golden with a good white head quite persistant, light body, medium carbonation, extremely easy to drink, again floral notes, grain, earthy, hoppy dry final...very good.

ippopotamo36 (2496) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle consumed in Kosovo, my last rating here for the moment. Pale hazy golden pout, persistent white foamy head. Nose: citric/grassy attack which turns grapefruit in a way. Peculiar one I would say and quite nice. Mouth: a great execution for a keller which has a citric and bread character. Straw, hay cereals and much bread which comes back in the aftertaste with a sweet honey note. LOVELY

markoijelena (3147) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - SEP 19, 2016
Draft sample at Craft&Draft Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Time to taste event. 05.07.2016. Taste with adamnowek. Pour it hazy yellow color with small white head. Aroma of grainy feel, some straw really intense. Taste grainy, smooth texture, herbalish on the back, straw again really present, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, abrupt. Nice Keller.

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