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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4764) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle @ joes. Amber colour, small off-white head. Smells malty, caramel, some hops, sweetish. Tastes sweet, caramel, slightly iron. Thin to medium body, soft to medium carbo.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ClubGonzo (4724) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2011
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. First rating from Meantime coming up; this is a brewery that seems to be "craft-oriented" but is listed as "commercial brewery" here on RB so I’m kinda curious to make my own opinion about the level of craft represented. :-) Pours a deep, near-brown orange body with a small white head. Aroma is extremely faint, with only a few malty tones barely making it into my nostrils. Taste is slightly better; roasted malts, hints of caramel and toffee. Still weak. All in all a pleasant but mediocre vienna-style lager. Oh well, for this one my expectations were rather low.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2006
Draught at The Beer Wharf London SE1 16 Sep 06. Served as Meantime Union. Brown colured. A tiny head. Hoppy aroma. Some caramellish flavour with malty hints. OK to food.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (4649) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle 33cl, a clear amber beer with good creamy head. Nose is very malty, toasted with acrid notes. Aroma is caramel like, dry, malty, quite hopy for the style, lot of vienna malt a bit acrid notes, not bad but less round to be really great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4301) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2009
330ml bottle. Large dense tan blanket of foam that sist atop a base of deep dark brown and copper coloured liquid. Aroma of malt and hops that fills the nose. Tasty with a dry finish that lingers in the mouth. Refreshing and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4278) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle.Brown and quite clear. Slightly fruity and left no lacing.Pleasant but average.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3987) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 6, 2014
Tap. Clear redish amber color. Medium size, thick white head, stays. Looks fizzy, but I suspect dirty glass. Hops, malty, sweet and faint iron, jam and apples in aroma. Caramel, apples, hops, hay, strudel, sweetish taste. Short buttery bitterness in aftertaste. I like it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arve_Christian (3929) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
Backlog from autumn 2011 Bottle Golden hazy color medium/light body & medium complexity Enjoyable

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3925) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 14, 2011
Easy drinking deep amber beer the colour of an aged whisky. Gentle carbonation with no head whatsoever. Sweet smelling with a slight hint of soap, this does not follow through into the flavour. Contrary to the description above, this beer does contain cascade hops, though there is very little bitterness, just a slight pepperiness in the finish. Predominant flavours are a light caramel with some bready undertones. Very light and understated complemented well by a light cheese such as gouda.

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.


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