In the mid to late 1800s, Viennese brewers produced a series of amber lager beers. The strongest was what we now call Marzen or Oktoberfest and the middle beer was just called Vienna. The weakest of the three was called Abzug, which means discount or reduction in German. With less lagering time and a much lower original gravity, Abzug lacks some of the smoothness of Bobtoberfest, but it make a very nice session beer. (1.013 BG, 3.80%, 28 IBU, 8 SRM)
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Horse Brass. Nice clear amber pour with a nice bone-white head. Nice malt and bread aromas and flavors with a bit of a hop grassiness. Not a bad beer, but probably my least favorite from Heater-Allen so far.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bailey’s taproom. Dark copper pour, good clarity, with a smooth white head. Excellent maltiness up front. Toasted malts, caramel, and a touch bready. Hops were grassy and gave the beer a slight pilsner-like crispness. Clean and really well balanced.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of malt grains. Smooth, subtly carbonated palate with flavors of malted grains and caramel and/or toffee, A little hop bitterness for balance making this a very drinkable brew. Grainy, biscuit-like finish.
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