michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
No aroma. Color was med-dark brown, with no head. Color was consistent. Flavor was malty. “Rich malt flavor,” and a little sweet. More “amber” than “lager. ” Slightly dry finish. Palate was not too bad, not too good. Overall, it is what it says. Clearly more of an more amber than lager. Sweet and malty, and not my style.
screigh (511) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I'm not sure what all the fuss is about theis beer. I thought it was middle of the road amber. Zero head to speak of and lasted about 3 seconds. I thought it almost tasted like "candy" it was so sweet and it didn't last long on my palate. Would be a great beer if I didn't pay $10 a sixer!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer after seceding from the bottle pours a deep translucent burnished copper color, the head cyclopean in size, the texture spumescent and the color a resplendent light tan with the lace a glutinous sheet to eclipse the glass. Nose is a slightly musky with a big malt sweet backing and the start mildly sweet with a pleasing malt presence, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is pesky in its acidity, the hops bountiful and pleasing in their spiciness, droughty aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a great beer from a great brewery.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Solid rust/coppery color with a slight chill haze, medium, softly topped chicken meat colored head that sits a good while before settling to a favorable skim and thin, speckled curtains of lace sticking as we go. Aroma is quite light on the nose with some light toasty grains and bread with just a bit of sweetened fruitiness. As it warms a nice smokey-like dryness, roasty hazel nuts, and hard caramel appear in the nose making it much nicer and even a bit stronger. Taste is mild but eager with a small easy start that remains in some mixed maltyness of slight sweetness and light toastyness, but that gains with a gradual presence of uniquely thick seven grain pancake-like toasty roundness. Perfectly milding light grassy spice and hops poke through. Add in the teriffic finish of smokened grains and malts slightly drying and lifting into the finishwith mixed roasty nuttyness. Very intriguing flavors indeed, well put together with a delicately rich and smooth body that keeps convalescing. A true showmanship of the meaning behind hand crafted. Wow, what a recipe, great stuff! Try it and see, you'll be impressed no doubt! Absolutely drinkable to the fullest! My new Vienna/Marzen to keep around at all costs! Yum times ten!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color w/ tan head. Aroma is slightly malty, with that typical lager bite ia the finish. Fla vor is smooth slightly -sweet a touch of bitterness in the finish Palate is a little thin
flemdawg (541) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish orange color with an offwhite head that was decently lasting. Also some carbination through out the tasting. Aroma of sweet dried fruits,, alot like the apricots I have, and a bit of dates as well. Malty taste up front, followed briefly by those dried fruits, and a stong hop finish. Usually I am not a fan of Vienna's but this one blew my mind.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice bottle, mentions on the label that Eliot Ness is "untouchable".
Nice, deep amber color with a tannish head which proves ephemeral. A touch of spotty lacing remains.
Smells like a caramel factory. Sweet burned sugar aromas and hints of molasses and toasted raisin bread.
Big malt up front, riding on just enough hops to carry it through. Well carbonated, this beer has a medium to full mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Faint hints of caramel and chocolate abound. Final kick of mild hops really makes this drinkable.
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany like color with an off-white head that lasts the whole way down the glass. Lots of malt flavor and aroma, but something that distinguishes it from a doppelbock. Maybe it's a hint of fruit or citrus? Doubt it, but that's all I can guess on. Maybe just more hops. Anyway, it's a very nice and drinkable beer. It doesn't have that "whole meal" feeling like a doppelbock.
hershiser2 (1423) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2004 Beautiful dark amber with a LOT of carbonation (up the whole glass, and stayed that way). Smells decent, not great. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but not TOO much. Mouthfeel was a bit too heavy for my liking, making me wonder just how many I could have before I felt bloated (two). It's a drinkable beer, but not nearly as drinkable as some of the others in the Great Lakes line.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright red-amber. Creamy beige head. Sweet, buttery, malty aroma w/ notes of honey & lightly roasted nuts. Soft, creamy feel. Rich, buttery malt flavour of caramel, cane sugar, & honey. Slightly sour w/ some smokey & oaky notes. Clean finish w/ fresh bitterness. Elegantly balanced.