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

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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maris (914) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 From a 330ml bottle on 29/12/2009. Dark brown/reddish in colour, with almost no head. Smells of caramel and toffee, tastes the same - quite sweet, with some chocolate notes, and an almost lemony finish, with a touch of bitterness. An interesting drop, if not remarkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle at the Pumphouse bar, Sydney. Was a decent beer, but was expecting more. Quite malt heavy, with a small hop profile. Plenty of earthy flavours with a strong caramel/toffee sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (832) - SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle: Light, reddish mahogany colour that is quite clear. There is a small half-centimetre, light brown head that is quickly reduced to a soapy lacing.
Sweet caramel is the first thing you smell, this is blended with some background citrus aroma. There is a nice sweet malt smell that works well together with the dark summer fruits lingering at the back.
Warm sweet malts, a nice strong hop character and a mix of caramel & toffee all blend together nicely here to great a very well balanced beer that is a pleasure to drink. The finish has almost no bitterness to it & helps produce a very clean aftertaste.
On the light side of medium bodied and has a great, chewy texture to it that is smooth in parts. The carbonation levels are excellent.

Very good indeed, the beers main advantage over others is that it is incredibly well balanced throughout. It has a good, solid flavour and an excellent feel to it.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydian1 (826) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 29, 2009
330ml bottle into pilsner glass. Pours copper-brown with a thin tan head. Toasted malty aromas with subtle caramel and faint hints of dark fruits, coffee beans and dry wood. Tastes moderately sweet with a nice dry bitter finish that lingers. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation. Quaffable. Nice.

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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
renffisch (723) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dredd (684) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scanovajr (627) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - NOV 8, 2010
Bottled. An amber beer with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is malty with caramel notes. Taste is also very malty and sweet, notes of caramel, bread, toffee. Good beer

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdiBeer (593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
Aroma: weird nose. Appearance: amber/orange, small white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: malty bitterness, medium carbonation. Overall: mediocre lager. Pint at the Meantime Brewery, London.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2010
Pours vibrant red, off white head. Nice toasty biscuity malt aroma. Flavour is all about the malt - which is biscuity. Pretty much no bitterness, thin body. Clean finish. Clean but boring.


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