Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color and slight aroma to it. Light head that doesn’t hold very well. Nice taste to it, lighter and slightly tangy. Prefer this to Bell’s
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer with a good approach to the vienna style. Malt taste went well
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A monstrous amber with a huge malt density. Tastes very smoky and had it with the breweries pizza,... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
igneous1 (1476) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
an overall decent beer...balanced pretty well, the malt flavor is definitely there, but still, i just didnt enjoy this as much as everyone else..perhaps it’s not my favorite style.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am continually impressed with the Great Lakes Brewing Company! I thought the Edmund Fitzgerald was the top of the line - but this one is damn close. A must try!
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2003 Another winner from Great Lakes. Excellent amber color and thick head. Viennas aren't my favorite but I will make an exception in this case. Nutty aftertaste and sweet flavor with a perfect amount of hops to balance. This is definitely one to keep on hand.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
rufous in color (that’s birdwatcher talk for chestnut). nice to behold when it crashes into a glass, but then, like the legend of sleepy hollow, we find were about one head short in this drama. no matter, this fizzes well upon agitation to prove it’s young and vital. the aroma is to die for, rich caramel, you could dip apples in this for haloween treats. they’d be just for grown ups though, ’cause i can detect the alcohol too. hypnotic whiskey bread-pudding aroma, flavor is sweet and full, enough bitterness for complexity. finish (of the glass) is way too soon. my favorite great lakes.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very deep orange color with a thick tan head that lasted. Very malty sweetness but balanced with the bitterness. I laughed when I read ultraspank’s comment about the hop burbs because I experienced the same thing but wasn’t sure how I could tactfully say anything about it. This is a very smooth beer that gets nicer as you drink it.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper/orange hue. Robust fruity hop aroma. Very hoppy, smooth palate. What all lagers should be. Nice
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Clear red/copper. Nice head and lace. Toasty, buttery malt nose with hints of caramel. Lively in the mouth with a palate full of burnt caramel and chewy soft malt. Nice spicy hop finish. Well balanced and damn tasty! Seems to vary from bottle to bottle. Can range from amazing to average. I think thats what explains the disparity in ratings.