hayduke (4925) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours hazy amber with a light tan head and light lacing. Nose is caramel malts and dome citrus. Medium body. The flavor is lightly roasted caramel malts but there is a hop bitterness hat is not really pleasant, and some sourness that dominated the finish. Not a very enjoyable beer.
ChainGangGuy (4802) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, amber-orange body with a smallish, frothy (for the time it’s around), white head.
Smell: Homemade apricot jam spread over lightly toasted bread and biscuit tops and a teeny tiny sprinkling of herbs and old dried lemon peel.
Taste: Bready malts forward with some slight chewiness to them, gaining some biscuit-tasting momentum, while delivering a scant caramel sweetness. It has that tangy apricot fruitiness noted from their other brews. Minutely herbal, dully citrus-hinting hops with sufficient bitterness to balance. Drying, tangy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Certainly a non-traditional Vienna, what with it’s ale yeast strain producing a scorching case of fruitiness that starts to become grating after awhile.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma has paper, caramel malt, mixed grains, and hops. The appearance is medium amber with an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall nothing special.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle. Hazy, light brown color, big bubbles/fast moving carbonation. Light tan head. Aroma of yuck, infection. There is some cereal in the nose, but mostly sour apple. Some tart flavor, distant bread. Definite infection. Finishes with a toasted malt essence, harsh earthy bitter tannin-like character. Too bad, I was really craving a full flavored, toasted Lager tonight. (3256)
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate white frothy head. Slight, yet malty nose to this. Taste is also malty, like a fermented cereal. Meh.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. a bit of hazy in this orange beer with a small white head. nose of sweet white cake and mostly floral hops to me, but there’s some orange/apricot too. malty flavor with vanilla moderate sweetness and mild bittering hop(apricot) finish. medium body with a juicy texture. haven’t seen anything from this brewery for awhile. this one is good!
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber sent to me by bvc. Pour is a hazed orange copper with a smallish off white head. Aroma is some dirty sweetness, along with a touch of honey followed by straw and grass. Taste is the caramel honey malt, along with straw, a bit of dirty earthiness and a grainy finish. A bit unclean. This may have had a light bottle infection. Palate is medium to thin bodied, the grainy finish dries out nice enough. Thanks Brandon, fun to try a lager by Diamond Knot.
BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber-orange with crisp cream top. Very little aroma with some light caravienne/vienna malt sweetness. Easy vienna malt flavor with slight sourness. Light to medium bodied.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured an orange-amber color with a fairly large off white, frothy head. Aroma of vegetables, yeast, caramel, bread, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor was very bready with a good dose of vegetables. A touch of wateriness and fruit. Just ok overall
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
This was a discount offering from a trip to Washington, DC. Now I know why - it is an average and unremarkable vienna lager. Maybe it is better fresh but the taste profile here was lackluster. Only the low price tag keeps it from dropping a few more points.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy liquid the color of watery maple syrup poured from the bottle and was soon embraced by a thick white head. The nose is warmed over maple syrup on wheat pancakes, sweet icing on a plain cupcake, and not much more. Thin and confusing this is mild as if waiting for permission to show its full colors.
Flavor / Palate - Semi-sweet chocolate chips, caramel and a dry yeasty finish are the main aspects of a relatively dull profile. The finish is a bit nutty and makes me wonder if this lost a bit of its edge in traveling from coast to coast. For that reason I wouldn’t mind trying another Diamond Knot beer - this time on the West Coast near the source.