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Fountain City Fountain Brew - Grays

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   ABV: -
Contract brewed by Gray Brewing Company for The Monarch Tavern, home to The Fountain City Brewing Company, Inc. Our flagship beer, Fountain Brew, springs from the pages of Fountain City’s own history. The original Fountain Brew was brewed here from 1862 to 1965. After the brewery was closed and later demolished, the popular local beer disappeared. In 1997, with the help of the retired assistant brew master and some historical brewing records, the Fountain Brew recipe was reborn. A true pre-prohibition American style lager, Fountain Brew is now brewed for a new generation of enthusiasts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (34708) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of spices as well as a light dusty hop note. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of dusty hops as well as light notes of fruit. The alcohol burns slightly in the throat. Somewhat boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Clear, amber golden with an off-white head. Lightly caramellish aroma with a whiff of flowers. Light in body again a lightly sweet touch of caramel and a floral edge. Almost no bitterness. 171107

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
Hazy golden color. Some caramel and fruity aroma. Some caramel flavor. Very simple beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Thanks to Skyview for the bottle! Poured a bright sunburst golden with a short cap of white head and streams of rising carbonation. Aroma picked up sweet grainy notes and corn with perhaps some floral accents. Flavor found caramel and sweet corn at the base with a mild dusting of floral bitterness surrounding.. some corn syrup sticking around through the finish. Very clean and crisp on the palate and lighter-bodied. This was a decent-drinking lager, but the story was certainly more interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a white head. Light caramel malt, hop aroma and a light sweet caramel malt, floral hop taste. Medium body with a light dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Thanks to Skyview for sharing a bottle. A dark gold color. Surprisingly clean, I expected something a little rougher with more character. This is a decent lager but just a touch of extra malt. Some corn in the flavor, a little malt. Very clean and it seems filtered as well. I wonder if this is really what beer was like 70 years ago. Thanks Bob.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2007
Stopped at the Monarch Tavern in Fountain City during Wisconsin Trip #3. The tavern has this beer both on tap and in 12-oz bottles. Pours a clear golden amber with a white head that dissolves fast and leaves behind a fine white film coating. Very good lacing on glass side. Aroma is sweet, light malt with a touch of sweet corn. Good balance of malt and hops. Taste has a medium body with a smooth carbonation. Thought this is listed as a "Premium Lager" category, this is more of an American Lager. This is one of the better American Lagers I’ve tried. Note of interest, this beer will be brewed by Viking Brewing in Dallas soon. Anxious to try the Viking version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Amber color with a somewhat fluffy off-white head.Mild grainy aromas with hints of fresh cut flowers and mild corn. Flavors of light caramel, mild toasted malt, bits of grain and corn and a backdrop of light fruit. Dry malt finish with only a hit of bitterness. Nice historical brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4840) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Draught sample at Fountain City Brewing Co. in Fountain City, WI. Clear amber-gold with a decent touch of head remaining...light sweet malty nose, seems to carry a bit of corn sugar...smooth, clean malty body, touch of hops late, fairly dry finish...just to bit too watery at the end to be really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (4084) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Interesting story and sense that it might be a different kind of beer than commonly found. Rich golden color, average head. Subtle grape and cat litter flavor. Dry, with a nice hop touch. Overall, more subtle than many standard lagers today. Interesting.

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