guzzler67 (1575) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright amber appearance with a small, off white head. Malty, mildly spiced aroma. Caramel malts add a touch of sweetness to the taste. Grainy, herbal flavors further enhance the palate. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. Clean, dry finish does not linger. Nicely put together.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an almost three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, but is a nice red color, which I wasn’t expecting, when held up to the light the beer shows a red-hued, copper color. The aroma is a nice mix of fruity hops and sweet malt. The hop character, while somewhat soft, has a real nice mix of spice and herbal notes to it; touches of cinnamon, hints of sweet basil and perhaps a touch of lemon grass. Soft, sweet malt character that is lightly caramelized and has a touch of berry-like fruitiness to it (though this is most assuredly contributed by the hops as well) is found up front, while the finish has notes of crushed soda crackers and dusty malt to it. The aroma, while somewhat subtle overall, is really quite nice; I really am enjoying the interplay between hop and malt and how much each of them bring to the aroma.
Lightly sweet as it hits the tongue for the first time, the beer quickly picks up a nice herbal hoppiness as well as a soft, nip of bitterness. Underlying caramelized grain notes and sweet grain contribute a slight body to this brew that provides a palate coating fullness that I was not necessarily expecting of this brew (meaning it drinks a little bigger than its 5.5% might suggest). This has a ton of malt and hop character; herbal, almost mint-like, fruity with berry notes, touches of bergamot, slightly astringent / green hops in the finish, biscuit notes, crushed soda crackers, chewy bread crust and perhaps a touch of grape-like or honey like malt character.
Quite clean tasting (as a good lager should be), but it has a nice full flavor of malt and hop character. Really the only thing keeping this from being incredibly good is that the hop character gets a touch too astringent and green in the finish. This is definitely a really pleasant surprise, I wasn’t expecting much when I cracked the top of this brew. I have no idea what "style" this beer is, the interesting use of American hops here puts this in a category of its own, but it is quite tasty and certainly worth tracking down for the lower-alcohol lager lovers out there.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper/amber beer with a tan head. Malty, light spice aroma. Clean malt flavor with a bit of grass and spice. Medium-light body. Easy drinking. LIngering light malt, light mineral, light spice.
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer doesn’t have to be big and heavy to be well crafted and this one is done nicely.
Clear deep copper with a small off-white head.
Juicy caramel malt aroma.
Lots of Munich malt flavors here with some nice hop dry notes coming in towards the finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper orange with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly toasted and sweet caramel malts with a touch of lager yeast. Body starts fairly full and semi-sweet with a bready maltiness and a drier toasty finish. A pretty good Vienna.
ChainGangGuy (4565) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a nice, orangey-copper body with a full, frothy off-white head. Tiny-bubbled effervescence.
Smell: Mild, toasty caramel maltiness with a touch of graininess. Bright Saaz noble hop bouquet with further notes of grass, citrus, and floral to enjoy as well.
Taste: Light caramel and pale maltiness with a slight toastiness and sweetness. Lemony, grassy, even herbal hop flavors with a medium bitterness is fast on the malt’s heels, though. Hint of orange. Floral, fruity finish with a lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: That being said, I defy any person with a soul to not enjoy this Vienna.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at stevo’s. Pours light copper with decent ivory head. The aroma is grainy with some melon and spicy wheat notes. The flavor has grainy sweetness, tree bark, and melon. Dry-ish spicy finish. Not bad... kind of a pleasant surprise, I must say.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Faint spotty lacing. Has a very light toasted malt aroma. Flavor is light malt and herbal hops. Light to medium body. Easy drinking with no lingering aftertaste. A good beer.
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
That label...Man, that’s just good old fashioned nightmare fuel right there. Copper, with a decent sized head. Grainy, rye-ish aroma. Some malty notes at first, then a few smokey, peaty notes. very clean tasting. Would be a pretty good summer beer. Thanks to Springslicker for sharing this one at Stevofest!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Sampled at Stevofest 08, courtesy of Springslicker. Label looks like a cover of a Dangerous Toys album! Pours a deep copper with a diminishing white head. Aroma of german malts and a hint of maple. Medium bodied with a nice comfortable carbonation. Malt profile really dominates here, which has notes of munich malts- bread and dark caramel. There is a soft herbal bitterness mid-palate. Clean finish. This was sort of blend of a Helles and Vienna. Could use a little more spicy bitterness for me if Vienna was the intent. However, a very clean beer that would be great for a summer cookout