elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample on tap. This actually turned out to be the most surprisingly successful brew I tried on the day. Aroma is a complex blend of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. The flavors also continue these notes, settling on the tongue with a deep malt presence that also included a hint of chocolate. Hops manage to keep the brew balanced. The finish is clean and refreshing. This is a lager done right: where the yeast steps out of the way to showcase a deep malt body.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a thin off white head. Light aroma. Flavor of caramel, nuts, malt, a very light hops. Little thin, but decent flavor.
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at my hotel. Clear amber color with a touch of white head. Light aroma of malt and caramel. Light-bodied, this was nicely refreshing after a long day. Primarily malts without much in the hops.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours a clear orange-amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly, and not much lacing.
smell is of caramel, nuts, and malt in the back.
taste is watery, malt, and corn grain, ends flat.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange red pour, not much for head. Aroma is pine hops and caramel malts. Flavor is bittersweet. Palate has a lingering spice that’s interesting, tho its a bit thin and a bit over carbonated. Still a decent drinker.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very, very nice Vienna and I was really quite suprised at it, as I didn’t really have much info going into this beer. The aroma had a huge caramel profile, slightly vegetal but mostly it’s just the sweet caramel angle, which was nice albeit one dimensional. Caramel sweetness on the palate really takes front and center also with some light nut and honey notes, but again...heaping doses of caramel. Nothing heavy, it finishes really clean and it’s quite easy drinking. 2 for 2 tonight with damned good, easy drinking beers.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
30/11/2009. 12oz bottle purchased in San Diego and brought back by a friend of a friend in a suitcase. Amber, clear, very very grainy and sweet on the nose - reminiscent of honey on multi-grain toast. Similar character in the mouth with the sweetness overpowering the toast and hops. Drinkable but far from moreish.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Bottle at the Marriott Hotel, Denver 25/09/2009
Amber coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and slightly dry full malt finish.
Capa (2209) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasted malts, some sweet caramel malts, and light hoping. It’s refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. Nothing bad here, just nothing great.
Kuzo (115) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very nice amber with an orange hue. Aroma is caramel and hops. Taste is malty sweet with floral hops. Not much of an aftertaste. The sweetness limits the drinkability.