Ottakringer BeerJuly 1, 2003 Vienna, Austria
Imported by Flic Flac LLC
Spring Hill, FL
The Ottakringer Brewery, named after a district in Vienna, was founded by Heinrich Plank in 1837.
Alcohol by weight: 4.1
I guessed by the light golden color; quickly dissipating, colorless head; and faint nose that this was one more “me too” international megabrew. I was mistaken. This beer is full of character and flavor, respectful of the normally amber-colored Vienna style. The palate features a fruitiness and maltiness balanced with fresh hops. We served it with a cream soup of forest mushrooms accompanied with artisan-baked matzohs, buttered and sprinkled with sea salt.
- Charles Finkel
Full malt-flavored light European lager. Well balanced with hop character and sweet malt accent. A beer with terrific drinkability. This is a fresh sample and it blossoms with Austrian malt-accented character. A session beer or excellent palate refreshment with food.
- Charlie Papazian
This is not an example of a Vienna red, the long-lost Austrian style. It’s a pale lager, with a heavily beaded collar of foam, a spritzy aroma dominated by cornflour and toasted grain, suggesting a good decoction mash is used. Tart hops make their presence felt in the mouth, balancing the rich grain. The quenching finish has some light citrus notes that balance the malt; it finally becomes dry and bitter.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.