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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The rich amber color and caramel flavor of this beer are derived from the generous amount of caramel malt in our recipe, with just a dash of roasted unmalted barley for a subtle toasted flavor in the background. The sweetness, body, and mouth feel tell you that this is an all-malt beer. The finish has a balanced edge of Willamen and Casade hoppiness which cuts through the malty character, leaving a clean palate which beckons for more. Note: the terminology of "stein" refers to the appropriate drinking vessel and not to a type of beer made with hot rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Possibly Lakefront’s best beer. Love the Vienna style. Nice malty flavor. Too bad this is only regional!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2002
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2002
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2002
Hazy amber; vienna malts and slight pear fruitiness in the nose. Decent cara-toasty malts; smooth, but seems subdued.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2002
A good amber. A good malt nose and good balance. Lacks some toastiness that I look for in this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnymilwaukee99 (6) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2002 does not count
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!

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