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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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We like to call this a Northwest Amber Lager, but it is often categorized as a Vienna style lager. The beer originally started out resembling a Steam BeerĚ style beer, but weíve slowly been dropping the fermentation temperature to the point where itís really just a lager beer, and too smooth, to fit that category. The color looks like a Vienna style lager, but the amount and type of hops, and the grain bill are quite different. We use Magnum and Cascade hops in this beer, and they blend well with the American (51%), German (43%) and British (6%) malts we use. The beer features strong hop character, along with smooth malt, caramel, and toffee flavors and aromas, with a refreshing bite in the finish. This beer goes really well with pulled pork and brisket. (1.012 BG, 5.0%, 36 IBU, 9.0 SRM)


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Just balancing out the overall here. This is a fantastic beer. Not my favorite style, but still a delicious and unique version of a steam. A bit sweet and bitter - really nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (244) - Bend, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours hazy orange-amber with a meringue-like dense off white head. Nose is grassy, citrusy, bready, biscuity, and toasty. Flavor begins grassy, some doughy bread takes over, some floral honey, followed by a biscuity, crackery, and toasty malt finish that lingers. Great balance, mouthfeel, and complexity for the style. Another almost perfect beer by the northwests most under appreciated brewer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2011
This just isnít fair - sure, your pils was out of this world, but your Vienna, too? - a truly lovely balance of crisp, crackery malt and spicy hops - again, like the pils, words do not do you justice - underlying toffee and toasty malt richness, while still retaining a dry, crisp character - full and refreshing at the same time - I want a pint of this every day for the rest of my life - it just isnít fair.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 bottle. pours a clear amber with a foamy offwhite head. leaves some decent lace. aroma of toast, crackers, bright bitter grass. touch of rye bread and a touch of doughy caramel. taste is bright grassy caramel kissed dough. toast. bread. clean. crisp. surprisingly bitter. pretty good. original score 3.8

another bottle. consumed feb 1st. wow. must have been super fresh or something. phenomenal. caramel, bright tropical fruit hops, luscious toasted dough. everything pops. a little too good. more recent rate. with what i presume was a fresher bottle 4.5. iííll giver heater allen the benefit of the doubt and weigh the better bottle more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Brilliant copper with a lasting, fine-bead, cream colored head. Toffee, fresh dough, yeasty peach-like esters, and light herbal hops. The solid malt base is wholesome, like toasted seedy bread. The body is light, carb is creamy, and the lightly sweet flavor is superbly balanced with earthy herbal hops. Bitterness in the finish is pleasant and restrained. An absolutely delicious, extremely drinkable, 5% gem.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
In short: An exemplary golden lager with a freshness sensation that you donít expect from a bottled lager. Excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after receiving it from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Clear golden-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention.
In long: Aroma is discreet but very inviting when you bury your nose in a full pint. A toasted cereals freshness and also a freshness in the yeasty esters that I cannot put into words. Taste is expressive toasted cereals with just enough caramel, leafy hops, toasted bread crust, soft freshly baked cookies, some homemade iced-tea, dry tree leafs, grassy notes. A dry and refreshing finish. A full body that feels light. A beer with expressive sweet flavors but never actually tastes sweet. A freshness sensation that I normally only experience in brewpubs. Kick-ass Vienna that at times tasted a bit like a dunkel. Superb session beer that is really a standout in North-America where beers like this one are occasionally brewed in brewpubs but almost never bottled. This might be one of my rating ever, yesterday was dec 21 2012 and apparently lots of people are afraid the world is ending in 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, well, I donít wanna freak everybody out but my desk calendar also ends in 2012.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 hello my new love. youíre stunning, youíre gorgeous and youíre everything i want in my life right now. memories of your rich toffee doughy sweet vienna malt make me cry when youíre gone. i can smell your perfumed peach fuzz and banana esters all over my clothes and pillow-case. itís intoxicating and confusing and stunning... iím out of my element here... all of this layered atop a perfectly toasty / seedy / baked cracker-y firm malt body, itís a bit much to handle. your hops are restrained beauty: earthy, musty, lightly spiced and herbal. youíre not too big and not too small - somewhere between fit and petite... thatís kinda my thing, you know? youíre firm and soft at the same time, and dear lord is your carbonation tight. i love how your sweetness isnít overbearing and your bitterness is kept in check. this is a long-distance relationship, i know, but iím in it for real.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2658) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours deep red with a huge foamy off-white head. Crackery malt on the nose, dry with lightly spicy herbal hops. Taste is a little fuller, with notes of caramel that mix with the lightly bready malt. Hint of lemongrass and lots of spicy herbal hops. Medium body and nice carbonation. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keenanrobbins (19) - - JAN 24, 2012
Beautiful golden beer in a 22 with a stylish label. Light, fresh, and hint of fruit. More bitter than I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is berry sweet with light cherry syrup and Munich malt richness. The flavor is dry and floral with dark Munich character. Toasty with multigrain complexity. Strong, grassy dry bitter finish. Wow. One of the best of the style Iíve had.


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