Brewed by Meantime
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
London, England


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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 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 (8750) - 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 (14978) - 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 (13848) - 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 (11562) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
Draught at Greenwich Union. Reddish coloured. Hoppy aroma. Sweet flavour with some fruitiness, maltiness and hoppiness. Slightly bitter finish. Balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2003
Draught, at the Greenwich Union, London.
Amber, nectar coloured body with a fine, almost creamy head, that faded away before really appreciating it. Good malty notes on the nose. Well round flavour, that covers all the bases. Good, medium and well balance palate. Despite SilkT's comments this was the best on the day for me (a different session mind).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5229) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 Another offering from Meantime, the adventurous but not always successful microbrewery in Greenwich. The Union of the title refers to a 'fusion of lager and dark beer made from two-row barley malt and Cascade hops.' Or, in other words, an attempt on a pre-Pilsner dark lager, the rare Vienna-style that is perhaps best exemplified by Mexico's Negra Modelo. The result is a stale beer aroma with a hint of sour fruit, then a mouthful of thin homebrew with a rancid Tate & Lyle mucus. This is a terrible beer. It is an insult to put it in a bottle and expect people to pay for and drink it. I'm all for breweries experimenting, and for British brewers to reach for the complexity of some of the continental beers, but failures should be fed to the pigs and not released to the public. If Union was one of the ten green bottles on the wall it should be the first to fall. Picket any shop selling this abomination and demand something interesting - demand chocolate mice, softer loo paper, and good looking students to pack your shopping - but do not put this vile object in your shopping trolley unless you are a masochist.
Re-rate. Union bar, Greenwich. Fly's friend Doug says that the kolsch has more flavour than this. bob says it is a perfect beer for someone who doesn't want a lager and doesn't want an ale. Nice ruby colour. This time round it tastes like an Alt, but without the long bitter finish. Hummm.

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