Beerito is a Mexican Vienna Lager from Oskar Blues Brewery, which is opening an Austin outpost later this spring. 

Beerito is a Mexican Vienna Lager from Oskar Blues Brewery, which is opening an Austin outpost later this spring. 

Oskar Blues Brewery

The beer: Beerito

Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.

Style: Vienna lager; originally a Viennese and German style, this malty, light-bodied beer became a classic Mexican-style dark beer, after German immigrants brought beer-making to Mexico in the late 19th century. It is also referred to as a Mexican lager.

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The pitch: Layers of malt flavor -- toast, nuts, fruit and a touch of sorghum syrup -- are nicely balanced with crisp, refreshing notes from noble hops. It's a flavorful yet easy drinking beer with more complexity than you'd expect given its low alcohol content (4 percent ABV).

Fun facts: This beer is made with four different malt varieties, including Colorado's own Troubador Blue Ballad.

In May, Oskar Blues plans to open its new Austin brewery. For information about the grand opening, visit the Oskar Blues Austin Facebook page in early May.

Serve it/pair it: Easy to drink on its own, but also a natural for Mexican food, steaks, grilled chicken and party snacks.

Get some: By the last week of April, it will be widely available at liquor stores and markets with large beer departments. A six-pack of 12-ounce cans sells for about $6.99.

Tina Danze is a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @TinaDanze.

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