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, Mncheners 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 On draught at the brewpub in Borough. Clear, chestnut brown with a small, but stable off-white head. Very hoppy nose with notes of citrus. Flavours start with caramel sweetness, but is balanced by citrussy hoppiness, ending quite dry. Rather soft. Another highly enjoyable beer from this microbrewery. Rerated Sep 2006: On draught at Brew Wharf as Meantime Union. Sweet caramel flavours with some nuttiness. Less impressed. (4-3-6-3-10)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2006
Tap @ Greenwich Union Pub. Has a little bit of red body in this drop but more tawny brown. Malt characters in the taste that last but little else. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2006
Draught at Brew Wharf, Southwark, London. Bright. mid brown colour. Some debate about what style this was. Seems our gbest guess of Vienna was right. Plenty of dry malt on the nose and palate. Straightforward but pleasant enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2006
Tap @ Greenwich Union: Ruby in colour with a short beige head. Sweetish clean malty notes. Dry biscuits. Ok, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2006
Draught, Brew Wharf. Amber beer with a fine carbonation and a tan head. Malty, fruity aroma. Malty taste with some caramel, background fruit and little bitterness. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2006
On tap - Brew Wharf Borough London. An amber brown coloured beer with an unusual aroma where straw and diacetyl combine. The taste is odd with grass and hay notes. Very unusual on this ocassion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
Keg at the Brew Wharf, London
Beautiful amber color; creamy head. Nice malty aroma, almost fruity. Medium body (less malty than expected), lacking any complexity, very simple final as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2005
Tap@Brew Wharf, Borough, London. Quite decent. Served a bit too cold. Nice nutty caramel, slightly toasty flavours come through as it warms, touches of berry fruit. Slightly stale, dead mouthfeel, otherwise OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2005
Keg at Brew Wharf, Borough. Always happy to go against the grain and so I find myself doing so on this one. Dark brown, chestnut colour, lasting light beige head. Really nice malty aroma with red fruits and toffee. These flavours carry on to the finish which is very drying and gives good balance to the toffee.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
argo0 (12501) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
(draft) Clear amber body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some astringent. Taste is medium sweet, astringent, grassy. Light body.

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