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

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle@Hacket, Göteborg. Amber color. Stable offwhite head. Malty, caramel/toffee aroma with a fruity note. Buttery malts in the flavor. Mild bitterness, notes of mild spices. Light to medium body. Bitterish, light malty ending.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
Hazy dark amber with medium beige head. Swet aromaen with notes of roasted malt, dark fruits and caramel. Sweet flavor with notes of roa ted malt, caramel, plums and prunes.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deft (84) - SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2008
33cl bottle at Haket 23/4, thanks to gnoff & (non-rater) Micke. Clear red with little head. Some wood in aroma, burnt, fruits. Tastes very little. Smooth, high acidity.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (10485) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2008
courtesy of Laurent Mousson (WBA) - clear dark amber colour, no foam left; chewy malts, some caramel; poor malt body and astringent; short cornflakes-like finish - quite green

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1565) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2008
Sweet malt chocolate aroma. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing thit dissapears. Smooth malt chocolate flavour with bitter aftertaste. Fizzy palate.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (8332) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2008
Had this on tap at the Brewwharf pub, London 27-05-08 Pours dark amber in colour with good clarity, rapidly dissapearing white head. Tatse is initially quite malty some caramel and with some bitterness, its ok, there is some fruitiness there as well but all in all no great shakes.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2008
Clear dark brown with a tan head. Strong Rye bread aroma, a bit of earth, toffee and a burned toastedness. Kind of feels a bit stale, like cold coffee and burned toast with butter. Medium body, not much bitterness lends to the smoothness of the mouthful and lets the bready malt character shine nicely. A soft cocoa and herbal flavour comes through lightly. The finish is bready and a touch sweet. A really nice vienna, better in the flavour and body than the aroma.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dredd (727) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2008
Nice aroma on this, reminiscent of a Newcastle brown style ale of coffee, burnt toffee and caramel. Appearance is a but lackluster with a very flat pour and sudsy head that disappears very quickly. Flavour is ok, kind of thin body and a real hole in the profile with some cardboard in it amongst the dark malt elements. The finish is a bit grainy chocolate. Good but i wonder if there is something lost in the journey from the UK to Australia.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
renffisch (869) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2008
draught half @ the greenwich union.dark brown colour lacy white head. overly yeasty, very malty with heavy roast cereal notes, a bit like burnt cornflakes. not mine but well made.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2008
(33 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg) On April 23, 2008. Dark copper color, small white head. Stale sweet lager scent, also a bit fruity. Bitter, buttery, grainy, dry taste. Medium to full mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Quite boring. I feel like the guy on the label, rather plain and bored, when drinking this.


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