ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This attractive dark, reddish brown brew was the highest rated Winter beer at a tasting I hosted a week ago. On the Ratebeer scale, it averaged a 4.2 overall score among 10 raters and beat out the Winter offerings from the following brewers (in order): Full Sail, Anderson Valley, Hales, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Redhook, Petes, Summit, Lake Superior and Shiner. On my list, it tied for 4th, with Sierra Nevadas 2002 Celebration and Deschutes Jubelale tied for #1.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a decent beer, but didnt make me think of a Vienna. Sweet on the tongue and almost wood like. Not their best.
igneous1 (1520) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
color is reddish/amber. head is initially quite large but thins out...lasting though. oak, malts, caramel and a touch of nutmeg was picked up by this nose. flavor is sweet with some woody notes as well. overall, surprisingly thin, but did have a decent aroma in my opinion.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vienna? Didnt seem to "Vienna" to me. Nice nose, very woody and malty with residual spiciness. Has the usual caramel malts, but theyre quite good here.
BillKismet (3562) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a thick creamy head and a delicate, but nice malt smell. The flavor was of malt and carmel. A well-balanced, highly drinkable, good tasting vienna.
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light aroma, sweetness and not much else discernible. Sweet flavor, hints of oak and malt, but pretty light for a winter. Not bad, but nothing special.
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
sweet with dark fruit. medium red / brown in color. little hopping. not much malt - but not really thin either. reminds me of their aass bock. a different spin on the winter beer style - I like it - but it needs to be stronger.
Crit (3606) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5836) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Try the stronger klasse F version of their Juleĝl instead. Rerate 2002: Has the good caramel sweetness, maltiness and spiciness a Norwegian Christmas beer should have - theres just too little of everything! And 4,5% ABV is simply not enough for this style. The klasse F (6,2%) is still A LOT better!! I believe the version sold in the US is 5,9%.
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown color with a ring around the collar looking dirty white head. Rather sour milk-like aroma. Quite sweet with a very restrained hop presence.