Drinkability is certainly not an issue with this "Vienna style" amber lager. It is smooth both in texture and flavor...but my interest level is pretty low.
This is how this beer goes. Ponder…sour…yawn…done…repeat if bored. But in all honesty it is not bad for what it is. Tommyknocker Amber Lager has an easy going flavor as a Vienna lager should. It carries itself well in that it has a body and flavor that complement each other very well. They are both smooth. There is a light malt roast here that gives tints of caramel and a twinge of honey. There is a yeasty and light wheat flavor that is definitely present and they have a sour property that I do not necessarily care for. That kind of sour vinegar like twinge pretty much ruined the beer for me.
Unfortunately, this beer, while smooth and extremely drinkable does not leave any lasting impression on me. There is a crispness that is lacking which I would expect from a Vienna Style Lager. I do not dislike Tommyknocker Amber Lager but I would talk about it with friends. I would not bring it up in a beer conversation. Would I drink it if offered? Maybe…but I would not order it again. The sour nature (exceedingly sour even for a Vienna) that holds the tongue hostage through most of the delivery made it something I would probably not recommend.
Tommyknocker Amber starts semi-sweet with a tiny bit of honey and a little bit of pitted fruit flavor, perhaps apricot. In the middle the yeasty flavor comes to the front and unfortunately it holds the tongue hostage because there is no other dominant flavor to pull back that sour presence. There is nothing to "crisp it up." The finish goes back to a slightly sweet and smooth experience but then that sourness creeps back up on you in the aftertaste.
While I think this beer has positive attributes; it is smooth, it has nice body, etc., I found the sourness of the beer unpleasant. But what really bothered me is that there was nothing to notice in the beer other than that sourness.
Full Brewery Name: Tommyknocker Brewery
Brewery Location: Idaho Springs, Colorado
Alcohol by Volume(ABV): 5.5
Drinkability: High - No Problem Putting These Down