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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 Cityís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 I travel to Fountain City once a summer with my girlfriend for her family reunion. The best thing about the whole trip is the great beer they serve at The Monarch. Itís hard to describe how good this beer is. Great aroma and taste.I have only had it on tap and it is excellent. I am not sure I am rating the correct brew because they had summer ale sticker on tapper with Fountain Brew.

   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 Iíve 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 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
On tap at the Monarch Tavern during a brew tour with Skyview. A pale amber with quickly dissapating white head. Faint corn and malt aroma with a nice corn flavor. Phenomenal for a lager.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Thanks Skyview. The beer pours to a thin pale amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is cascade hops. The flavor is extremely toasty with cascade hops. Average palate with a medium light body. I thought it was decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2005
In the bottle from the Monarch Tavern. Pours a rich golden color of straw. Head was enormous and pillowy upon first pour, but rapidly settled to a thin white coating that lingers with the beer. Delightful mild fragrance of fresh mown hay. Great balance between hoppy mid bitterness and malt coating. Medium body and carbonation. If this is indeed what average beer tasted like in the pre-prohibition days, then fire up my Way-Back Machine, Mr. Peabody!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (4083) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5667) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5808) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
12oz bottle from Skyview, thanks! Slightly hazed amber with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma of heavy caramel, sweet malt and a spot of grains. Taste of caramel, pale malts, some corn and a pretty clean finish. A tad boring but held okay considering its age.

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