Shiokaze Vienna Ale is a 5% vienna beer from Shiokaze BrewLab, based in Soga, in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their regular lineup and can be found both on tap, and in bottles. It’s part of their collaborative efforts and was brewed to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Craft Beer Market Kichijoji.
Shiokaze Vienna Ale Aroma and Taste
Shiokaze Vienna Ale poured out a dark golden amber colour with a plump frothy white head on top that clung to the side of the glass throughout drinking. The aroma coming off Shiokaze Vienna Ale was more towards the malty side, with some caramel and pilsner malt notes coming through, along with a subtle fruitiness from the yeast. There was barely any hop aroma though, with just a faint smidgen of earthy noble hops, but nothing that could be described as more than “meh” in terms of punch.
The body is just as malty as the nose – though not as powerful or as cloying as that sounds. The malts once again brought some caramel and toasted pilsner to the body, with a hint of peach from the yeast being present in the background. The hops were only really noticeable once Shiokaze Vienna Ale had warmed up but once again, they were just an afterthought in this beer. The noble earthiness was only really noticeable if I focussed on it, though the sweetness from the beer swiftly put an end to the dreams of hoppiness.
Shiokaze Vienna Ale The Bottom Line
Shiokaze Vienna Ale is a solid vienna beer though I doubt it will excite many.
Where to Buy Shiokaze Vienna Ale
Shiokaze Vienna Ale can only be bought in bottles at the taproom.