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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Four score and seven years ago, during Goose Islandís first few years of operation, this Vienna-style lager was actually our best-selling brew. Now it makes its yearly return every February to commemorate Abe Lincolnís birthday. Brewed with Caramel and Victory malts for a reddish color and smooth malty flavor.

Amber color, toasted malt aroma, Vienna malt flavor, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
750ml from chicagodori shared with wetherel and my girlfriend cyn. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is sweet with floral notes. Taste is sweet and crisp and all in all decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2009
on tap. pours caramel color with white head. nose of floral hops and toffee. flavors are very crisp, toffee malt, with a sturdy bitterness throughout. tasty lager beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Working my way through the 20th anniversary collection. 750 bottle pours a dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is grainy with some citrus. Traste is slightly bready, good amount of caramel malts coming through. A slightly bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
Still had this beer on tap...I ended up at the Goose Island Wrigley after going to DarkLord day so I was going on about 13 hours of drinking at this point (I did sneak a nap in). Pours amber with a thin off white head. Nice sweet malt with a balanced bitter finish. It was a solid beer, kind of surprised that they only make it once a year, I could see it being a good one in a regular rotation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Illinois (of which Chicago/Cook County is begrudgingly a part) is tauted as "The Land of Lincoln," and so Goose Island brews this Vienna (didnít know it was Abeís style) every February in honor of his brithday... and I wish him a happy one (if dead folk still celebrate such occasions) one day late. "Happy B-Day, Abraham! "

Not a bad lager, pouring a slightly hazed amber body with an ample head. Doesnít last long. It has an aroma of toasted grains accompanied by a caramel sweetness and a balancing earthy bitterness. It tastes bready, still carrying the caramel, and has a smoothly intensifying floral/earthy bitterness that lingers long throughout the finish. Not bad.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Listed as Goose Island Lager on the menu, this was clearly a Vienna though. Pour was full amber, short of copper, off-white head, solid lacing. The aroma was bready caramel, some toasted notes. The flavor followed suit and finished with a nice light dryness, steering clear of the sticky sweetness that tends to hit this style. Very nicely done brew, GI the star of IL brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Man, I was surprised at how hoppy this beer was. Nice rounded and balance flavor typical of a great lager. Full bodied, but drinkable. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
well, one thingís for sure: itís a goose island. this was actually a very good beer. i was surprised since i donít really associate goose island with lagers. but it worked. great with the beer nachos

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a hazy auburn with a light off-white head. Lightly-roasted caramel, toffee, and a hint of crisp fruit in the nose. The same lightly-roasted caramel, toffee, and a light astringency in the flavor. Medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate... well-balanced. This was a tasty, easy-drinkiní lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Slightly hazy amber body with red streaks and a fluffly, off-white head. Clean, malty nose of caramel, toasted grains, grassy, earthy hops and a touch of oily nuts. The body is smooth and moderate in heft, really enjoyable and thirst-quenching. The flavors lean toward the malty side, with bits of crisp hops near the end to balance and keep from cloying. The finish is elegant and smooth, long and satisfying. I came into this session expecting the worst, but thatís why I keep coming back to Goose Island: just when you think youíre getting a stinker, they make a solid, tasty beer.

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