Old Vienna from Molson Coors Canada is a light golden straw colour with a medium-sized and frothy white head that quickly settles as a thin film and collar, leaving small vertical streaks of lace on the glass. This American adjunct lager primarily smells of corn, along with aromas of grape, grasses and grains and a light floral note.
The taste of Old Vienna is fairly crisp, but on the sweet side with a distinct corny flavour accented by mild grain and berry notes. This lager is thin-bodied with ample and fine carbonation. There isn’t much life to it, only very mild syrup and grain sensations on the tongue. The finish is quite dry and there is a hint of alcohol flavour in the finish.
The packaging of Old Vienna is cobalt blue and features the image of what is presumably an armoured Austrian knight carrying a sword and shield over a stylized “OV” wordmark printed in brass, a sky blue and red. A no preservatives declaration is found on the side and coded freshness dating is stamped on the bottom.
As far as American adjunct lagers go, Old Vienna is above average. Although that may not be saying much, to its credit the sweetness is kept in check and there are no really off flavours or aromas to speak of. I didn’t particularly enjoy this beer with any of the food I drank it alongside. It did best with a simple pepperoni pizza and couldn’t hold up to a spicy samosa at all. You can find Old Vienna in cans, bottles and kegs at The Beer Store in Ontario.
Type: American Adjunct Lager
Brewery: Molson Coors Canada
Format Purchased: 15 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%