jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - APR 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma, beautiful chestnut color, very little head, sweet hoppiness with lite carbonation and dry finish. Excellent brew.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
one of the first christmas beers i tried in the early 90’s it seems to be the same and still has those flovors that seem difficult to achive by just using malt. i miss the old labels with santa skating with a barrel under his arm
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fairly pleasant. I don’t taste any spices, but I agree with everyone about it being a fine Vienna. Reminds me a lot of Negra Modelo.
ElGaucho (2299) - 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, Pete’s, Summit, Lake Superior and Shiner. On my list, it tied for 4th, with Sierra Nevada’s 2002 Celebration and Deschute’s Jubelale tied for #1.
PhillyBeer2112 (2624) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2000
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labelled as a Christmas beer - unsure why. The description above
is pretty much my review. A really good beer.
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? Didn’t seem to "Vienna" to me. Nice nose, very woody and malty with residual spiciness. Has the usual caramel malts, but they’re quite good here.
Ernest (6699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served at BJ's winter warmer fest, 2002 bottle. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, nutty), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of peach and orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent. Very well-balanced and clean.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was very good. It poured a medium brown color with an off-white head. The taste was malty with nots of caramel in the flavor. Finish was dry and I would recommend this beer as it is a nice change to so many hoppy holiday beers.
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 didn’t make me think of a Vienna. Sweet on the tongue and almost wood like. Not their best.
larsga (6680) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Medium, creamy, tan head with a spattering of larger bubbles; clear,
dark winy red body. Sweet aroma of syrup, cinnamon, and some roast
malts. Aroma is quite thick and satisfying. Roasty taste, with a dry
finish, which lingers in the mouth, together with the roastiness. On
further acquaintance, a bit watery. A good Christmas beer; could use a
bit more sharpness, but a good effort. Certainly better than expected. (0.33l bottle.)