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

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (3974) - 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 (6206) - 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 (8068) - 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 (6128) - 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 (8411) - 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 (9344) - 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 (6137) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (20308) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1196) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11092) - 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.


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