Brewed by Meantime (SAB Miller)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Greenwich, England


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
330ml bottles and Keg. Formerly known as Meantime Vienna. Also includes Cascade hops as well as those mentioned below.
100 years ago Pilseners, Müncheners and Viennese lagers formed a trio of major lager styles brewed in central Europe. Gradually the lighter Pilseners swept all before them and Vienna style beers fell into an undeserved decline.
Traditional Bavarian Perle and Spalter hops and delicately coloured malts produce a deep copper coloured beer with a firm fruity caramel aroma, a smooth complex malt character and a long crisp clean finish. This beer is slow fermented and cold-matured over long periods to ensure perfect balance and gentle natural carbonation. Union goes with bread and wheat based foods such as pizza and pasta or more mid-weight dishes like duck or noodle stir-fry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (25193) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2007
Draught. Dark rubyish brown colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is strong caramel, big malts and some hops. Flavour is herbs, malts some anis and hops. Quite out of balance and hard to place into a style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 13, 2007
Tap, Brew Wharf. Dark brown, thin white head. Malty with some sour hop, some dry dusty malt. Mouth is malty with roasted malt and some winter fruit. Palate is dry, but not all that descript.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12712) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2007
Dark brown with a small white head. Malty aroma with caramel and obvious presence of munich and vienna malts. Dry with a rich malty flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 9, 2007
Draft at Brew Wharf. Weak aroma of caramel. Brown/amber color with very little head. Caramel flavors, overly sweet. The mouthfeel was over carbonated. An ok, but not a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9389) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2007
Very thick-creamy yellowish head over dark amber beer. Cakey nose, thick malts, ambrée, caramel; quite rich and powerful nose; hints at orange(zeste) but generally quite sweet. Seems a bit of ureum too, but blending in the general complexity. Caramel flavour, not overly sweet, with some undistinguished hops, but mainly determined by very rich and selected malts of various colouring, making it way more complex than expected of a less than 5 ABV beer. Some burning in the MF, pretty thick texture without becoming porridge-y or overly sweet by too many restsugars. After some drinking, the Vienna characteristics establish themselves more clearly, but it remains a beer with some Barley wine aspirations; which does not prevent it from being very well made indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6659) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2007
Draught at BrewWharf, London, UK Dark amber, small off-white head. Some light aroma from figs and prunes. A bit thin but fresh with some toffee-flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6675) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2006
Draft at the Brew Wharf. (Also tasted bottled) Dark red lager. Lots of barley flavour, very rich, a hint of plums. Cascade hops give a crisp finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (6281) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2006
Draught at The Beer Wharf London SE1 16 Sep 06. Served as Meantime Union. Brown colured. A tiny head. Hoppy aroma. Some caramellish flavour with malty hints. OK to food.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (11052) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2006
Draught. Half pint served as Meantime Union at The Beer Wharf in London. Very nice dark brown in colour. Almost missing head. Roasted malty to the nose. Caramel maltiness in flavour gets support from a dash of dark fruits. Moderate to high carbonation level. Quite flavoursome dark lager (16.09.2006).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2006
Half pint poured at the Greenwich Union in Greenwich (London), a clear dark amber with a light tan bubby head. Too cold to note any aromas, maybe some light caramal. Chocolately flavours abound, combining with a hoppy bitterness, followed by a clean finish. Nice.

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