La Yuma is a Vienna Lager produced by Veza Sur Brewing Co that balances toasty malt with floral hops and a hint of caramel.

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La Yuma is a Vienna Lager that’s brewed by Veza Sur Brewing Co, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 330 ml bottle.

Packaging art for the La Yuma by Veza Sur Brewing Co

Packaging art for the La Yuma by Veza Sur Brewing Co

What You Need to Know

La Yuma is the first of three packaged brews distributed by Veza Sur and their bottles are short and stubby, an homage to the brewery’s Latin roots. But how’s the beer? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The lager pours a clear dark burgundy color with bright ruby highlights. The lager is topped by an inch-thick cap of tan-colored foam that shows good retention. A smattering of residue sticks to the glass after the head’s reduction.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright with floral hops, a hint of toast, and a sweet note of caramel.

Flavor

The palate is led by a taste dark of bread that turns downright toasty. There’s a slight smokiness that’s met by a dose of floral hops whose bitterness is rounded out with toast and sweet note of caramel.

Mouthfeel

The feel has a smooth, almost creamy draw that transitions to a moderately dry finish. The body is medium with matching carbonation. Bitterness is mild as is the astringency.

Overall

The color is a little darker than some Vienna-style lagers and its head retention isn’t quite on par with better examples. But that’s nitpicking. The aroma is strong, pleasant, and right in line with style expectations. The palate is tasty enough with its balanced mix of toasty malt and floral hops. The feel is spot on.

Overall, just because La Yuma is produced by a brewery owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, that doesn’t mean it’s not pretty darn good. If you find yourself in the Miami area, visit the brewery or look for six packs in local retail stores.

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