Copper Lager

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
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Our Impression: Copper lager was heavily inspired by our yearly release of Brufestbier, an Oktoberfest-style lager.  We love the toasty, malty, satiating beers that Germany releases each fall.  There is a strong overlap with Vienna lagers and Oktoberfest style lagers.  Historically, the Oktoberfest lager is actually an adaptation of the Vienna lager.  Our interpretation of this recipe is a similar grain bill to that of Brufestbier, but less alcohol and richness, making for a satisfying and easy drinking year-round beer.

Style: Vienna Lager, BJCP 3A

Grain: Vienna, Munich I, Munich II, Melanoidin, Carahell

Hops: Hallertau Tradition, Hersbrucker

Yeast:  Lager Yeast originating from a Munich Lager Brewery

Adjuncts: None

Water: Reverse Osmosis Base with light additions of CaSO4, CaCl2 

Original Gravity:  13.5 Degrees Plato

ABV: 5.3%

Estimated IBU:  23 IBU

Color: 12 SRM

Aroma: Sweet Toasted Grain, Low Noble hop aromatics
Appearance: Pours bright with a light copper hue, slightly off white head, good lacing.

Flavor: Clean fermentation characteristics are combined with a lasting malt impression.  Notes of toasted malt come from layering the Vienna, Munich, and Melanoidin malts.  Light bitterness and mild floral hop character is derived from light hop additions.  Easy drinking and more complex and malt forward than the helles lager.  Unlike an amber ale, it has little caramel character and no citrusy hop character.
Mouthfeel: Silky and medium-light, with medium carbonation.