I’m in New Orleans for work for a couple of days and right after checking into my hotel, I stopped at the famous Mother’s for dinner and then headed to find the nearest microbrewery. The only one I could find near the French Quarter was the Crescent City Brewhouse, so that’s where I headed. The menu was limited, as they had 4 of their regular beers on tap and one rotating tap. Since there was a bit of chill in the air, I went with this beer, which the menu says, “A malty, aromatic and hoppy mixture. Copper colored, this beer is medium bodied and full of flavor. Vienna Style.”
Location: Enjoyed a pilsener glass, at Crescent City Brewhouse in New Orleans, LA.
Numbers: 5.8% ABV, ~ 182 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was very clear and red in color. There was a decent sized head, which fell after a minute or two of sitting in front of me. The aroma was light and slighly caramel malty.
Taste & Feel: The beer was light medium bodied and the mouthfeel was smooth, but slightly crisp from the carbonation. The flavors were very light, but it was lightly sweet up front with hints of caramel maltiness growing in the middle. The finish was clean and sweet with a hint of earthy bitterness.
Food Pairing: This was light in body and flavor, and would go with almost anything. The light hints of caramel make me want to pair this with a hearty meal, like a stew, or even a thick, juicy burger.
Overall Impression: All of the beers on the menu seemed particularly light, and it was evident that they try to appeal to a very broad range of drinkers. This beer matched the rest of the menu and was light in both body and flavor. It was very clean and drinkable, but it was a little too watered down for my tastes.