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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Vienna style amber lager with a light copper color and nice malt sweetness. Rich, creamy and medium to full bodied, this lager uses seven different malts and three varieties of imported and domestic hops

Editor's note: A recipe formerly brewed by Independence Brewing in Philadelphia (defunct since 2000), and ressurrected for the 300. anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth by Lancaster Brewing Company.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
Draft at the brewpub, July 2006. An orange golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma is sweet with light notes of malt, and hints of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with light notes of hops and citrus, leading to a slighlty bitter end. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
on tap-pours an off white head that laces and gold/amber color. Aroma is medium malt, hops. Taste is mild medium malt-some sweet, mild hops. Mild carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8529) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap. Poured a deeper orange color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bread, citrus, and caramel. Tastes follow suit with a light fruitiness. Thinner body.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8212) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2008
Tap at the brewpub as the Festbier. Pale amber beer with a lightly flowery aroma. Soft sweetness as well. A little bit dusty and a little bit bland. Straw-like malts and some lingering floral hops. It seems a bit too similar to many of their other lagers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pint @ Lancaster Harrisburg. Orange copper colored body. Slick, wet palate, basic flavors of cracked barley, sweet caramel malt, a touch of brown sugar and rye, similar smell. Nothing spectacular, somewhat simple, and a little coarse/grainy, which I don’t like so much in Vienna. Tasted really similar to the Spring Bock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Draft at Malvern Brew Fest. Bill Moore is now brewing at Lancaster, and Bill is known as a lager guy. I had an opportunity to chat with him at this fest, and I am very excited to try his beers as he brews them. His Awesome Ale recipe is one of my favorite APAs ever. This is one of his flagship recipes. It is dark straw colored, with some aroma notes of pale malt, honey, hops, and slight citrus. The flavor is bold and complex for a lager, with honey maltiness up front giving way to a bready fruity element at the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Draft. Amber body off white head. Malty body hints of grain, citrus, and nuttiness. A thin earthiness about it as well. eh.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonas (5477) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2006
Tap@Philly Airport "Brewpub". No nose. Amber, creamy, offwhite head. Ok malty base, light fruity notes. Hayish, uninspiring.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4688) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Sampler, at Lancaster location, labeled Fest Beer Amber Lager. Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. The nose is slightly sweet toasted malt with a little bit of caramel and Vienna malt. The flavor is fairly dry toasted malt, pretty clean and crisp, with no flaws. Not really an exciting example of the style, but it is pretty drinkable. Light to medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. This could use a bit more chewness, but it was OK.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2006
On tap at the brew pub. Pours a translucent copper/orange with a smaller creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of orange, sweet malts, some caramel, more fruity than I was expecting from a lager. Flavor I was also picking up the citrus, some metallic, smooth, creamy and refreshing, crisp malt sweetness.


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