Style: Vienna Lager
Color: unfiltered light amber
Head: white, rocky, massive, lasting
Nose: hoppy, grainy, grassy, a touch of butterscotch
Palate: hoppy, grainy, just a hint of butterscotch
Finish: clean, slight pleasant bitterness
Served: from a bottle bought in the vicinity
Impression: Knoblach is is one of my favorite Franconian breweries. Their beers are generally very well-hopped, bitter and supremely dry across the board. This is one of the more rounded of their offerings and being a Vienna Lager, rightfully so. It sure looks the part, a rich amber with massive head though against tradition, unfiltered. It’s still quite hoppy for the style but the finish is less bitter than is typical of the brewery which perhaps allows its fruity aspects to shine through more clearly. There’s a bit of pleasant apple and just a touch of butterscotch but nothing to ruin the thirst quenching palate. The finish is quite clean and I found it dangerously drinkable at 5.4%.