Beer Profile: Ninkasi Brewing’s Venn Dortmund Style Lager

Profiled by Maria Devan

Pours straw gold and with pristine clarity. A white head of creamy foam that lasts to a ring and leaves a bit of lace as you drink. Serene int eh glass with no bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Nose is clean and crisp. A bit of grainy sweetness from malt and a floral backnote from the hops. it becomes herbal as it warms but it is not too much for the style. there is s slight pungency from sulfur on the nose. No fruity scents. Lovely.

Taste is dry and a bit rich with a lovely light honey to grace the malt . crisp on the palate with a good smooth mouthfeel. The bite from carbonation is perfect and does not hit until the swallow. There it resides with a moderate hop bitterness. A touch more bitterness than the usual but not offensive. The hop herbal sings on the mid palate and the light touch of sulfur adds a bit of dimension to this beer and actually accents the sweetness of the malt by contrast. Finishes dry and with a bit of noble hops to linger in the aftertaste.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.