Review: Winnipeg Brew Werks Rotbier German-style Red Lager

My review of Winnipeg's Winnipeg Brew Werks Pils is easily considered to be my most viewed Manitoban beer review of all time, so it's about damned time that I come back to review another beer by Darren & Zoe Wanless' Winnipeg Brew Werks.

It's taken me months, but I'm finally reviewing their Rotbier German-style Red Lager. I first tried the beer over at Flatlanders Beer Festival in June but I don't remember too much about it, aside from enjoying it and the always great chats with Darren.

Rotbier is a German-style Red Lager brewed with with Munich, Munich 2, Red X, Carafa 2 Special & Beechwood smoked malts, and Magnum and Tettnanger hops, lager yeast. The beer tops out at 5% ABV and 20 IBU.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with an Earl Grey tea sort of appearance to it. The head is light and beige, mostly near the side of the glass but with a cluster of bubbles collected near the middle of the top.

Aroma: Sweet with notes of caramel, raisins, a hint of nuttiness and a very faint roastiness to it and a light floral hop presence at the end.

Taste: Quite sweet with notes of raisins, caramel, a bit of a dark tea-like taste, a hint of sourness. There's a bit of roastiness and an earthy profile to it as well as a hint of nuttiness. The aftertaste is pretty light but mostly a toasted malt profile, decently dry for the mouthfeel.

Overall Thoughts: I wanted to review this several months ago but I feel that this worked out decently for the chilly winter weather as this seems more like a lager I would drink this time of year than in the spring or summer. Sweet and raisiny, decently aromatic and a tad sour.

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