One Drop Vienna Lager, High Grade (with Dogma) & We Jammin'

Vienna Lager, IPA & Smoothie Sour
5.1% & 7.0% & 6.2%

After a few weeks of themed releases, we’re going back to One Drop basics with a trio of incredibly disparate beer styles. One German classic, one collaboration IPA, and an amazingly viscous fruited sour. It’s a proverbial whiplash of extremes and that’s just the way we like it.

Vienna Lager. No silly names, no fluorescent can art, no special hopping regimes, no adjuncts. Just a pure as the driven snow lager beer. And what a bloody beer it is too. Honestly, it’s hard to image a beer that could possible look better in a glass than this one. It’s almost a shame to have to drink such a beauteous sight. It’s a dazzlingly clean and clear light copper with a fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass.

Hopped with the closely related noble hops Saaz and Tettnang, the aroma is heavy on the spice and light on the floral with toasty malts shining through. There’s a lovely coterie of malt flavours at the base with honey biscuits and lightly toasted bread playing off against a hefty bitterness that finishes crisp and dry. Superb gear.

Yet another collaboration IPA, this time with Serbia’s Dogma Brewery. High Grade is a proper collaboration with both breweries developing the recipe together and then brewing the beer at their respective breweries at the same time. For many, this will be the first taste of the Styrian Wolf hop variety, one of a new generation of fruit-forward European hops. Together with the Slovenian Wolf, we’ve got Aussie Vic Secret and Nelson Sauvin direct from Aoteroa. This results in a tropical fruit punch of passionfruit, mango, pulpy orange juice and elderflower cordial. The very light colour on the beer is indicative of a malt body that exists purely to serve the hops. It’s smooth and fulsome with a sticky bitterness and a lengthy finish. High Grade is a thoroughly balanced and delicious example of a modern IPA.

Finally, we have one of the most unlikely entries into the GABS Hottest 100 of 2022, We Jammin’. This beer has been a big hit at One Drop HQ so they’ve rebrewed it for all your smoothie heads out there. At only 6.2 percent ABV, this is at the lighter end of most of One Drop’s big fruity boys, but that’s just about the only thing that’s light about it.

It’s been a few months since the last time I’ve had a smoothie sour and I feel like I’m never quite prepared for just how thick these things are. They don’t pour as much as thud into the glass. No doubt kilos upon kilos of mango, guava and banana purée have turned this kettle sour into a breakfast juice smoothie. Added vanilla, lactose and oats bring a cake batter character and a mouth-coating pulpiness. I don’t know what could possibly be the cause but the sourness appears as a sort of mouth-tingling acidity that’s held at bay by a sort of superficial sweetness that quickly evaporates. When you’re good, you’re good. And One Drop are very good.

Judd Owen

Published May 8, 2023

One Drop Brewing Co

5 Erith Street
NSW 2019

Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: midday to 9pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 10pm
Sunday: midday to 8pm

Regular events

Happy Hour(ish): $5 core range schooners every Friday throughout summer, 4.30pm to 6pm
First Thursday Of Each Month: The Excuse To Have A Beer Run Club

Gypsy Hub
WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 1

More from One Drop Brewing Co

One Drop's Fifth Birthday Beers
Various Styles As Indicated
6.5% & 6.5% & 5.1% & 8.0%
One Drop Nego Što, Island Time, Hoo Bangin' & Super Freak

One Drop Yo Yo Yo, Cooked, Stacked & Electric Eyes
Various Styles As Indicated
8.5% & 5.3% & 5.8% & 6.4%
One Drop We Jammin', Call It Out, Combi Nation & Hard Raspberry
Various Styles As Indicated
6.2% & 5.8% & 6.0% & 6.0%
One Drop x Slow Lane Drop It Slow
Barrel-Aged Fruited Sour Ale
One Drop Cali Dream, Dark Lager & Dark Cherry
Cali Pilsner & Dark Lager & Imperial Cherry Sour
5.8% & 5.2% & 8.0%
One Drop Prohibition, Mango Sour, Monte Grande & Double Vanilla Custard Pancake
Various Styles As Indicated
4.5% & 5.3% & 6.9% & 10.1%
One Drop Yujo, Ethereal Wave, Skankin' Mallard & Bougie
Various "Styles" As Indicated
6.5% & 7.9% & 8.0% & 10.5%
One Drop With & Without Clean Fusion Hazy IPAs
Hazy IPAs
Both 7.6%
One Drop Rainbow Country, Swamp Funk, Pie Head & Triple Take
Various Sours As Indicated
6.2% & 8.2% & 9.0% & 12.1%
One Drop Whero, Wonderland By Day & Liquid Motueka
Various IPAs
6.2% & 7.4% & 8.4%
One Drop Fairy Floss II, Vibration Positive & Three Cubed
Fairy Floss Sour, Fruited Sour & West Coast IPA
8.5% & 8.1% & 6.9%
One Drop The Fiddler & T-3022 Synthetic IPA
IPA & Synthetic IPA
5.9% & 6.5%
One Drop x Duckpond Chase The Crazy & Duck For Cover plus Roads of Creation
Imperial Berry Sour, Triple IPA & DDH DIPA
10.1% & 10.8% & 8.3%
One Drop Alcoholic Lemonade, Onskiis & Fairy Floss Sour
Various Styles As Indicated
6.0% & 4.7% & 10.4%
One Drop Lucky Old You & It's All Gravy
NZ IPA & Imperial Pastry Stout
6.9% & 10.0%
One Drop Blackcurrant Imperial Slushy Sour
Imperial Slushie Sour
One Drop Slow It Down & Cali Bud
DDH Pale Ale & California IPA
5.4% & 6.7%
One Drop Flipside & Tropical Super Highway
NEIPA & Smoothie Sour
6.2% & 8.1%
One Drop On Your Feet & Keep Up
8.0% & 5.9%