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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%
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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
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2008
A Mes rate: Keg at the Market Porter.
Dark amber brown with a thin white head. Big sweet caramel malt and a none too great tobacco finish. Very dull, Meantime can do a lot better than this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle at The Howard hotel, London. Dark brown colour. Caramel and slight chocolate taste. Rusty malty flavours. Watery. A different type of Vienna.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38685) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2008
Draught @ Greenwich Union, Greenwich, London SE10, UK. Clear medium red brown color with a average to large, frothy / creamy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration. (Malt bitternes) Body is medium to light, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. (301207)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4234) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle.Brown and quite clear. Slightly fruity and left no lacing.Pleasant but average.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2007
Medium beige head. Deep dark red body. Sweet malty licorice aroma. Dry-sweet delicate roasty licorice malt taste with fruity notes. Very clear, distinct roasty notes in the taste, these are really what makes the beer. Sweet roasty malt aftertaste. (0.5pt draft at Greenwich Union.)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Very dark red and brown with a small head. Aromas are sweet mollasses and chocolate with roast coffee. Lightly herbal. Flavours are sweet chocolate and caramel with herbal notes and some metal. Dry and bitter on the finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 1
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 1     Lasting: 2     Lacing : 1
Aroma:
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulphur : XX  
Malt : 3   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : 3   Biscuity : 3   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : 3
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : 1  
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 1   Farmy : XX   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2   Clean : XX   Crisp : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 1   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX

Comments: Musty, bready, sweet and toasty generic beer with a tendency toward stickiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Deep amber brown beer. Aroma of dark chocolate. Light coffee and toffee with a fairly assertive herbal backnote. Flavour is full of black licorice, earthy herbs and a soft nuttiness. Further tasting brings out more rich licorice character. Hardly a vienna, but it is pretty tasty.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (10679) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Draught (Greenwich Union, London) Slightly sour malty aroma. Rubbery or marmite taste, a bit fizzy. No finish apart from the rubber.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6885) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2007
(Draught at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 10 Aug 2007) Dark brownish colour with ruby notes, brief beige head. Malty nose with chocolate and dried fruit (raisins, prunes). Malty taste with notes of dried fruit, chocolate, balanced malt sweetness and some spicy bitterness in the finish. Actually quite good try at the vienna style.


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