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

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RATINGS: 109   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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (8995) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (8724) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle: Almost clear, small stable off-white head, copper to amber coloured; dry dark-malty to roasty nose, suppressed hops detectable; light to moderate dry bitter flavour, light bodied; hints of bitter-chocolate in the relatively short bitter and dark-malty finish, followed by a hoppy tail. Good......

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maeib (8574) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 11, 2011
(bottle, 33cl) Clear, amber colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Moderately sweet and toasted cara-malty aroma with subtle fruity notes and herbal hops. Mildly bitter and sweet flavour, light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Slightly ashy caramel-malty taste with a tinge of dark fruits and herbal accents; dry-ish moderately bitter and slightly hoppy finish with nutty notes in the aftertaste. 09.IV.11

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7923) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7772) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2007
Very thick-creamy yellowish head over dark amber beer. Cakey nose, thick malts, ambrée, caramel; quite rich and powerful nose; hints at orange(zeste) but generally quite sweet. Seems a bit of ureum too, but blending in the general complexity. Caramel flavour, not overly sweet, with some undistinguished hops, but mainly determined by very rich and selected malts of various colouring, making it way more complex than expected of a less than 5 ABV beer. Some burning in the MF, pretty thick texture without becoming porridge-y or overly sweet by too many restsugars. After some drinking, the Vienna characteristics establish themselves more clearly, but it remains a beer with some Barley wine aspirations; which does not prevent it from being very well made indeed.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2006
Draught. Half pint served as Meantime Union at The Beer Wharf in London. Very nice dark brown in colour. Almost missing head. Roasted malty to the nose. Caramel maltiness in flavour gets support from a dash of dark fruits. Moderate to high carbonation level. Quite flavoursome dark lager (16.09.2006).

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (7663) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2006
Draught at Brew Wharf, Southwark, London. Bright. mid brown colour. Some debate about what style this was. Seems our gbest guess of Vienna was right. Plenty of dry malt on the nose and palate. Straightforward but pleasant enough.


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