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Brewed by Hop City Brewing Company
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Brampton, Canada

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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When your brewmaster comes up with a recipe as good as this one, you let him name the beer whatever he wants. Here’s what makes our recipe so darn good: a rich burnt orange colour, darker than most lagers, a smooth, medium body with a bold, but pleasant, hop taste, full of flavour, unlike your traditional ’cold-as-ice’ beers with no taste, made with only the best ingredients, including Canadian & English Malts, and German & Czech Hops.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle. Light toffee malt aroma. Amber with large tan head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and mildly bitter herbal/pepper flavor. Not bad.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ccex (921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
12 ox. bottle pours a clear dark amber color with small but lingering tight off-white head and some lacing. Since this was labeled a lager, I was surprised at the nutty aroma, with biscuits, wood, and caramel malt, toffee and vanilla. Taste is on the sweet side with some bitterness in the finish. Body is medium with average carbonation but a bready mouthfeel. I’m not quite sure what to make of this one, but it was unexpected and enjoyable, and worth a try.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sam_rates_beer (4) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
The bottle I opened was skunked. Sucks, cause my rating may be only a shadow of what it could have been. Slight toasty and roasty taste. IBU of 24, really? It's good, although the film on the posterior of my tongue seems to be multiplying like a bad virus and encroaching the space nearest my lips. 10 cent bottle refund!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2540) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear amber/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, light nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice Vienna lager. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
martin00sr (561) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2014
Clear amber. Huge, frothy, offwhite head. Aroma has malt, hops and slight hint of butter. Flavour is smooth, caramelly. Light hoppy and spicy finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vadie (664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
Ambrée avec une petite tête beige. L’arôme du malt un peu sucre. Le goût à la même caractère avec un peu d’houblon dans la finale. Bien équilibré.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (5792) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Clear copper color with ivory head. Caramel, grainy malt, sweet fruity aromas. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet toasted caramel, grainy malt flavors with mild cardboard

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chopper925 (141) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber brown, small white head. Aroma is toffee and wood. Taste is rather sweet, light bitter, well balanced. Fresh carbonation with a medium Texture. Nice light smoky, roast malt Aftertaste. I enjoyed it!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jksipa (316) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Can from the LCBO. Clear dark amber with a tiny white head that quickly fades to a ring with some fine lace. Nose is toffee and vanilla. Sweet caramel and butter with a very light bitterness and some roasted nuttiness. Medium slick mouth with active carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (627) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Aroma is light crystal malts, pale citrus hop notes not much happening here. Taste is lightly roasted malts with light caramel notes and transitioned to a citrus and clove bitterness that isnt very complex. Appearance is a clear copper/brown with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1264) - SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
(Bottle). Interesting aroma with hints of caramel, raisins and fresh floral hops. Smooth taste of malt and hops. Not large and complex but easy to drink beer!


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