NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a glass of iced tea, with a frothy, disintegrating head. Nice whiffs of biscuity malt, honey, almond, and tangy Cascades. Startling complexity for a lager, with different aspects of this beer calling for attention at each sip. Seems to defy categorization, sometimes like a bitter, sometimes like an Oktoberfest, maybe even an APA? This rating is for the superb bottled version, but it is even better on draft in Milwaukee.
Also, a very neat, colorful label; in fact, one of my favorites in recent memory.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Possibly Lakefront’s best beer. Love the Vienna style. Nice malty flavor. Too bad this is only regional!
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I almost thought this was an ale--very fruity and complex. My first Vienna outside Mexico and I like it a lot. Nice hope bouqet and flavor--balanced well with malt. Smooth finish.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Y’know, I kinda like the Vienna style. For example, I thought the Aass Juleol and Smutty Lager were pretty good. Then, this weekend, I pick up a six of this. I had one each night at my Sis’s, thinking ’Holy cow, this is incredible!’ Malting is perfecto here; has more snap than European versions, more crispness, especially when warming. Then, there’s a hop bite not readily apparent in other lagers of any type. Outstanding.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Rerate: Not entirely sure what style this is, but it’s rather malty, with a touch of sourness (not a bad thing). Very flavorful. A hint of bitterness. Everytime I taste this (I’ve had four), it strikes me as being different from most other beers and somewhat unusual for a lager to be so flavorful. Fantastic stuff! Thirst-quenching.
Rerate 8/07: Perhaps more bitter than I remembered, but I like it!
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Smoky aroma and a very solid malt structure. Soft, perfumey hops; cinnamon, roasted coffee, and chocolate. Off-tan foam- little stick, great retention. Bronze liquid. Full mouthfeel; gentle carbonation. Medicinal edge in the forefront which numbs the palate. Red apples in the finish. Pretty good.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber; vienna malts and slight pear fruitiness in the nose. Decent cara-toasty malts; smooth, but seems subdued.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Not a whole lot going on, and rather metallic in the finish, but ok.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good amber. A good malt nose and good balance. Lacks some toastiness that I look for in this style.
johnnymilwaukee99 (6) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beers to come out of Milwaukee in many years. A draft pitcher of fresh Stein may be as close to heaven as I’ll get!