Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: Superior Vienna. Smooth, round and very pleasant lager.
How: Tap (many times) at brewpub
The look: Clear amber body with a long-lasting small off-white head
In long: Soft, bready, round and smooth. Limited sweetness and timid aromatic hops leaves a lot of room for the lager yeast. The chewy malt brings a flavour of caramel with the sweetness removed (if such a thing even exists). Some wet grass. A good beer although it is below par considering the rest of lineup of this excellent brewpub. These guys are undoubtedly the masters of czech lagers and this Vienna is pretty much as good as they get but the Vienna style is rather constraining. I mean, there’s only so much Van Gogh could do with a Home Depot paint roller and a bucket of white paint.
solidfunk (5989) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn’t know what this is classified as when I had it but thought it may be an altbier. Smells a bit musky. Taste is pretty bitter - surprising because aroma has a lot of caramel in it but there isn’t any sweetness in taste. Pours orange clear. On tap at brewpub.
notalush (5513) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber, with a frothy, lasting head - a nice combination of fruit, caramel, grain/rye in the aroma - smooth, medium bodied, and lightly tart up front - gets a little sweet and bready, with some nice caramel flavor to it - the hops get stronger and more herbal near the finish, and the malts get more biscuity - a decent vienna.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours an amber body with a white head. Light malty body with dry malt notes, a hint of oats, nuts, and almonds. Caramel and a noble hop bitterness. Nice offering.
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body was dark copper with a white head. The taste was sweet toffee with some cake icing. There was also some tea. The taste was old leather with some toffee and cherries. There was a nice dry finish. A pretty good Vienna.
CapFlu (4916) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Thin white head and an orange body. Faint whiskey nose. Watered whisky and sweet malt flavour. Very good!
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had this one quite a few times, most recently on 9/28/07 at the brewery.
Dark for a vienna, with more a light brown colored body than the typical auburn or tan. Medium-sized beige head is well-retained, with light lacing left behind. High clarity.
Sweet munich and pale malts in the nose certainly give a full, malty aroma, as a good German lager should. Chocolate malt gives mostly color, but there’s a hint of light roast and dark chocolate, before the finish is transformed by the yeast and juicy, grassy hops. Authentic lager yeast crispness surfaces through the sweet malts and the fresh character of the yeast is endearing as well. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, no flaws.
Quite sweet up front, but with a light breadiness from the munich malt lengthening the flavor and providing good transition in to the more dry, hopped and crisp finish. Some very sweet pale malt and light chocolate sticks to the back of the palate, and overall, this batch could be probably a bit more dry. But I applaud the relative lack of breadiness. Not as fruity as some viennas I’ve had, but just as supple and well-malted as the best German examples. Soft, grassy/floral hops with low bitterness. Fantastic stuff as usual from Lamere a boire.
JulienHuxley (4637) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Dark pour, even for a Vienna, with a generous off white head. Aroma of lime, vanilla, banana and grain, completely unexpected aroma - Wow. Taste is quite sweet, chocolatey with some banana and grain. Very smooth carbonation, slightly creamy palate. The surprise.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Pronounced fruity malt aroma. Clear copper body with amber head that recedes slowly to ring. Fruity, toasty malt flavour. Mouthfeel is lively with good carbonation. Medium body. Very enjoyable. On tap at the brewpub.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught pint at the brewpub in the company of Goldorak. A very small head tops the clear dark copper-amber body....nose is full of caramel, with grassy-herbal qualities fighting for dominance early on, but eventually losing to the luscious malts....on the tongue, a beautiful creamy mouthfeel holds spaces for herbal and lightly acidic characteristics, lots of caramel again, faint nuttiness....very pleasant if not earthshaking example of another Euro lager style that is the forte of this great brewpub.