Some fakes are so good that it's hard to tell them apart from the real deal. In the case of Deep Fake, I have strong suspicions that it isn't really a fake at all.
This raises questions. Why would Yeastie Boys be trying to pay homage to a lager that's been around since 1907 and is, by all accounts, terrible? Is that the fakery? Is it all an illusion?
Rather than tieing myself in knots trying to figure out the mystery, I decided to just drink it. It's either a terrible fake of a rubbish beer or a brilliant original with a tongue in cheek attitude.
Deep Fake: Taste Test
The style is a Vienna lager, which are normally pretty heavy and flavoursome. Deep Fake pulls the wool over my eyes again though with a flavour that's got the depth of Austrian lager, but with the lightness of a pale.
The honey-sweetness and malty flavours battle nicely against each other on the tongue and the slightly bitter aftertaste, similar to lime, rounds out the flavour nicely, with the pour a very aesthetically pleasing dark amber.
Like all good lagers, there's plenty of carbonation to keep you coming back for more, but this doesn't compromise the flavour like it can with some lagers.
I still don't know what's real and what's fake with this one, but I know I like it.
Deep Fake: Can Notes
Immediately I think Cold War with this one. Bleak and miserable housing blocks form the background with a couple with their back to us that could be straight from an English seaside town in the 50s making up the foreground.
This design just adds to the mystery to be honest. I like it a lot, but I wish I knew more. Luckily, the beer is more than satisfying enough to sate my thirst for knowledge. For now.
Buy Deep Fake Vienna Lager
You can buy Deep Fake somewhere. I just don't know where. I got it from Beer52
but nobody seems to be selling it since.