Review: Double Nickel Brewing Pilsner and Vienna Lager
Pennsauken New Jersey’s Double Nickel Brewing has been open since October of 2015, adding to a very vibrant brewing community in Southern New Jersey. Here are two of their flagship beers.
Double Nickel Brewing Pilsner – Brewed with Noble hops, this excellent pilsner has a very clean crisp flavor and the straw color you would expect. Although it’s a bit more bitter than many American pilsners, it has a depth of flavor not often seen in American versions of this style. The beer exhibits distinctive citrus and floral overtones, with a little spice on the finish. Beer drinkers who don’t usually drink small-brewery beer might find this a good gateway beer. The brewery describes the beer as being good for light beer drinkers, but at 5.6% alcohol I would beg to differ on that one. B / $10 per six pack
Double Nickel Brewing Vienna Lager – A very malt-forward beer brewed with three different malts (Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich), this beer has a rich caramel flavor and color. The first taste is full of caramel and malt, leaving little room for any nuance. After the first taste, honey and toffee overtones begin to fill in behind the malt, tempering and smoothing out the flavor, as the first blast of malt begins to wear off. The sweet finish tastes like a molasses brown bread, and it feels similar on the tongue. The beer finishes a little heavy with a strong but very pleasant aftertaste, and it maintains its taste and body even if it’s a little warm, seemingly at its best flavor at around 45 degrees. 5.3% abv. B / $10 per six pack