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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 Beer¯ style beer, but we’ve slowly been dropping the fermentation temperature to the point where it’s 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)

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4593) - 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 I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (156) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bottle from City Beer Store. The nose is yeasty with some hops. Taste is nutty, woody, creamy malt with a subtle floral, citrus bitterness that provides depth and complexity. Not over the top but definitely beyond a typical lager. Lively carbonation. Smooth mouth feel. Well balanced with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2138) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2011
22 oz from Roth’s Sunnyside Market S.Salem. $4.79 Light amber, slightly hazy body with a really nice thicK eggshell white head. Good hearty malt aromas,a little grassy hop. Taste is mainlly light caramel malts followed by a great grassy,zesty hop kin the end. I really liked how this one went down..very good balance/change over from malt to hops. Overall the bect Steam i have had..went down an absolute treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2012
Tasted on 4/23/12 from a capped 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade with hannont. Pours clear orange amber with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace, leaving soapy residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is nutty cereal malt and a lightly creamy aroma, with some pine needle and resin hops. The flavor is more of the same, with the nutty cereal and lightly creamy malt up front, moving to fairly intense bitter pine hops on the back. The body is fairly light with lively carbonation and a long nutty and bitter pine hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1742) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Rich, deep amber. Fairly cloudy. Nice blanket of white foam. Some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a solid hoppy character on top. Hops are mostly citrus and floral with a little grassiness. Biscuit and honey. Mild toffee, a bit nutty. The taste is lightly sweet with medium-light bitterness. Very tasty beer. Clean and refreshing. Light but full mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1764) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2015
22 oz bottle poured. Bottled on 9/14/15. I have an endless amount of respect and I applaud the breweries that can pull out an amber or pale lager and make it delicious. Heater Allen fits this category well. Pours a cloudy copper color with a ton of foam head and lace. Smooth flavor that isn’t too rich. Very nice balance of caramel malt and subtle hops. This beer pairs nicely with baseball.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a reddish tinged amber with an offwhite head. Nose shows some soft sweetness and clean, herbal hops, tending towards an English type character. Toasty malt with a drying finish. Medium bitterness and richly malty overall. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours orange copper with a clinging off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied red malt flavor with a dry more bitter finish. A nice Vienna.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle @ home. Clear, rich, amber colored beer with a finger of white foam. Plenty of toffee and toasty aroma. Good bready malt, slight fruits, and floral hops. Sort of leafy. Definitely on the sweet side. Dominated by toffee, toasted bread, and floral hops. A mild bitterness. Nice stuff.

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