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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 Island’s 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 Lincoln’s 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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pablo951 (646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Had it on tap at Goose Island. This Lager is Luscious and delicious. I am not a lager fan, but I am a fan of this lager. Hickory Dickory drink this fuckin beer!!

   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 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 that’s why I keep coming back to Goose Island: just when you think you’re getting a stinker, they make a solid, tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1667) - 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 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tap at BT for the GI event. Pours a slight hazed amber - pretty dark almost woody- thinning off white head. Aroma at first (when cold) is sharp crystal and harsh caramel malts upfront with some light herbal hops and vegetal notes, but as it warms, some nice biscuit and toasty malts come through with a more floral easy going hop note. Flavor was similar- but as it warmed definitely gets nice biscuit toast, munich, and bready malts which were pretty nice, also get a slight fruitiness with some cherry skin and cherry juice and fruit look hints. Starts off a bit questionable, but gets better as it warms. Nice.

   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 thing’s for sure: it’s a goose island. this was actually a very good beer. i was surprised since i don’t really associate goose island with lagers. but it worked. great with the beer nachos

   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 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 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 Draught, Clybourn brewpub: clear, red-orange bronze; wisps of a white froth. Moderate Saaz-esk hops blend with a deep malt backbone – refreshingly different. Served extra cold, this one took some time to open up, but lightly toasted caramel malts are present throughout with a darker, slightly sour malt coming through in the end. A nice go at the style, but Goose’s cask conditioned ales are superior still...strangely enough this doesn’t taste pretentious...hmmmm

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