johnnnniee (3740) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the source.
Comes to the table a light golden almost amber color with a small quickly disappearing head. Buttery caramel and light bready malt with barely enough hop aroma to balance the sweetness. Light bready pilsener malt flavor with a small shot of spicy hop bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Decent light pilsner brew but needs a bit more breadiness.
BVery (9503) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the brewpub. Clear light orange pour with bubbles. Cereal and caramel sweetness - not bad. Slightly sweet.
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-offwhite-gold. A-med malt-caramel, fruit. T-med malt, fruit, some earthy hops.
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
3 Oz sampler. Mildly caramel sweet notes in the nose with the typical City Steam licorice aroma. Transparent copper color with an off-white head. Start is lightly caramelly with some roasted cereal malty in the middle with mild spritzy hoppiness to finish.
muzzlehatch (4601) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
So I dunno, after walking 3 blocks in downtown Hartford on a sunny early Saturday afternoon and feeling like I was going to get killed (I walked past a group of teens who looked at me and mouthed obscenities, then threw an iceball at me for absolutely no reason), after feeling all nervous about my car parked right on Main Street, I thought, well maybe this brewpub will live up to the hype more than the last one. Maybe this will be nirvana in the midst of a shambles, a vortex of light in the middle of one of the worst urban darknesses in America.
Sadly, I was mistaken. My first beer, this "vienna" is solid, medium-sweet caramel-apple flavored, but has no hops at all, little nose, and a very light wispy conclusion. Oh well darker is better right? On to the IPA...