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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.


3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (2028) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a small head. Aroma malts, caramel. Flour stuffy feel. Medium palate. Not Bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2027) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Cask, Sheffield tap. Hazy deep mahogany. Sweet caramel aroma. Malt forward with some cherry and sugar.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Furseth (2025) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2009
Bottle @Haket Göteborg: Clear deep red colour, nice head. Aroma: Malty, fruity,citric nose. Flavor is almost the same, creamy mouth feeling, thin body, and a bit too short fruity finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2010
[330ml bottle, The Bottle, York] Pours highly carbonated, swiftly dispersing head with a regular rising carbonation. Clear caramel brown copper colour, little hop aroma. Gentle, subdued flavour - very dry, little hops but some malt to balance out. A smooth easy drinker. The prime character is malt, with a caramel flavour that peters out very quickly indeed and finishes quite thin. It’s a good approximation of a style, but not a great style. Interesting Ray Richardson label. [14062010]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1840) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2015
Cervesa suau, amb aroma afruitat i en gust toc a galeta amb un toc amarg. Cerveza suave, con un aroma frutado y en sabor toque a galleta con un toque amargo.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2008
First time I tried this it was quite badly skunked but this one looked a lot better. Classic appearance; darkish brown but with a cola-like clean appearance. Nose shows a nice elegant light chocolate note, maybe a touch of caramel, but definitely not much in the way of hops. Flavours are more more dry, and perhaps there is the mildest astringent hint from some roasted malt. Some bitter chocolate to finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1694) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 9, 2014
Tap @ Drink Baar as Union Lager. Pours copper with white head. The head stays. Aroma is caramel, malt, metallic, and cherries. Taste is malt, caramel, metallic, watery, mild bitterness and sweetness. Taste gets better as it warms up. Overall: this must be one of the most non-offending beers I have ever tasted, it is very easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1578) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2008
Sweet malt chocolate aroma. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing thit dissapears. Smooth malt chocolate flavour with bitter aftertaste. Fizzy palate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwik-lime (1517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2010
Nice balance of hops and malt but a somewhat watery palate. Inoffensive but hardly living up to the hype of the rather overpriced cocktail bar I had this in.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle@Home. Light earthy, light herbal, bit fruity, bit malty and even some citrus in the aroma. Not strong but interesting. Brown, beige head, fair lace. Light malty, very bitter - almost grassy - hops, light fruity, hints of toffee. Seems out of balance to me. Thinnish.


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