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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke as part of our open trading series. We shared bottles via facebook chat. This had plenty of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle and fortunately I rolled mine. That caused considerable haze in the orange brown beer. A light colored tan head was one finger and never completely left. The nose was soft sweet fruit with caramel. Those were also tasted. The fruit was complex and sweet. Very nice. Bready caramel and soft bittering hops. The finish brought out some gentle spice. This was very subtle and very well brewed. A credit to beer craftmanship, especially when that 3.8% ABV is considered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2010
22oz bomber that I picked up at Belmont last Saturday. Pours a clear bright light amber with a orange/copper tint and decent size bright white head that is medium to loose in bubble size and settles down to a small loose layer. Bright lightly malted nose, ample amounts of grassy hop, some light orange and caramel. Crisp and light in the mouth feel and ample carbonation. Some bready malt, touch of caramel and bright grassy hop character. A touch vegital but still enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2009
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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