Gage Roads Small Batch Lager

Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
4.7%

West Coast brewers Gage Roads celebrate their crystal brewing anniversary with a throwback to their debut beer from 2004. They've released many lagers over the years; however, this return offers a window into Australia’s early Y2K beer landscape, one in which Euro-inspired lagers dominated consumption and which might be something of a curiosity for many recent converts to craftier drinking: wait, there’s no lactose in this? No DDH? No fruit? Nope, but that might be a nice change … and it does have a cute can.

Yet, while the tallboy’s colourful cladding radiates modernity, its contents are crisply traditional. The amber-tinged, golden hue offers aromas of toffee, faint spice and light toast, which shift into biscuity malt territory upon sipping. Soft bitterness remains in harmony with a semi-dry finish that has just a lick of malt sweetness; a classic coda to a beer that, given a budding craft lager renaissance, may have been 15 years ahead of its time.

Happy anniversary, Gage!

Guy Southern

Published November 21, 2019

Name
Gage Roads
Address

Peter Hughes Drive
Fremantle
WA 6160

Phone
(08) 9314 0000
Open Hours

9am to 5pm

Tours

By appointment

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