krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasted beside a penn oktoberfest and a hacker-pschorr of the same persuasion, this vienna is mostly notable-- not for it's predictably toasty caramel malts-- but for the grapefruit-like bitterness that attends each swallow. it's a classic clear amber, like the back-lit tail feathers of a redtail hawk. the head is present, but it apparently has an architectural preference for 'ranch' as opposed to 'high rise'-- meaning simply that my sample remained kinda low to the surrounding landscape. aroma features a spritz of alcohol amid the pie-crust malts, the slo-poke toffee notes, and that ruby red grapefruit in the enchantingly conspicuous hops. it's a full-flavored vienna, and --given time-- features the usual arc of carbonation from brisk to soft. sweetness to bitterness aspects are in full accord. deservedly renouned.
a taste test among it's style-brethren will likely reveal more of it's singular depth and personality.
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hmm. I'm not actually all that blown away. The first adjective that comes to mind is watery. Decent flavors in there, but the whole thing comes off a bit too weak.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winey and somewhat toasty, red-brown and sparkling clear. Round, nice body, fruity, yet not too sweet. Ale or lager this? Clean finish that doesn't pucker. Thanks, David P.!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Color is a deep amber with a frothy head that lasts a decent amount of time. Initial taste is a little sweet, but not too sweet. The good part is that there is a nice medium body to back up and balance the sweetness. Overall, I like!
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful deep amber color with nice carbonation and a medium head. This beer is very smooth with a hint of sweetness. Very Good!
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piney hop aroma, which threw me off a little after reading the "ALL MALT AMBER LAGER" note right in the middle of the label. Amber lager's or Viennas, for that matter, are not known for their hops, and with a statement like "All malt" I expected no hops. Promising. Body is an attractive reddish amber with a small, whispy off white head. There are some visible particles, but not enough to make for as much as a cloudy appearance per se. Excellent lace. Initial mouthfeel backs up the aroma in that there are indeed hops. There are hints of thinness in the finish, but there is enough substance here to carry it. This beer is totally falsely advertised. It is a sweet hoppy beer, albeit with an abundance of caramelly roasted malt. Is it balanced? Yes. However, it's primary flaw would be that it is a little overly sweet. Still, this is very enjoyable.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow, I got my share of this in over summerfest 2003. dark burgundy hinted body, off white head. caramely, sweet and a bit floral. somewhat roastey and grainy, but caramel is most prevalent. ripe fruits, and toasty caramelized grains. cleans up well. bers like these are what make lagers so appealing to me.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, slightly hoppy aroma. Flavor of dark fruit and oatmeal, with a dry finish. Ample carbonation helps cut down on the malty sweetness.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy fruity aroma full hop taste with oily textureon tonguefades into malt taste with a little bitterness. Complex and satisfying.
jgb9348 (5437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazy dark amber colour with a very dense off-white creamy head. Smells of hops, a bit of sourness, malt and even a slight sweetness. Medium-bodied; Spicey character and taste with a bit of the malt showing through, but hardly any of the hops. Aftertaste fairly bland but pleasing. No really bittering characteristics on the aftertaste at all. Overall, a decent beer...I don't think this is a Vienna...but whatever. I'm very lucky to get a bottle of this...thanks go out to CaptainCougar for sending me the twelve ounce bottle! Thanks Tom :-)