ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear amber color - this is darker than I anticipated. The head is one fingers high, and barely off-white in shading. Not much in the way of either retention or lacing.
S: The primary notes are toasted malts and a hint of noble hops. Some fleeting caramel sweetness also invades the nose ever-so-slightly. Pretty basic, but not bad.
T: Plenty of caramel and toffee to start, which turns slightly nutty and toasty near the middle...and also slightly metallic on the finish. Faint hoppy hints also appear on the back end; I want more of this to appear. If nothing else, the flavors seem to improve slightly as the carbonation slows down.
M: This has too much of a rough, coarse feel for me going down. The high carbonation is welcoming, but the way it cuts through the otherwise sweet texture isnít. Should be more drinkable, as well.
O: This should be reclassified as an amber, or perhaps even a Vienna lager. At the very least, itís an acceptably mediocre amber/Vienna (hey! ratebeer got it right!) Not bad, but I donít see much reason to pick this up over SA Boston Lager, which is cleaner, crisper, easier to drink, and available everywhere.
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Lagery and uninteresting. Not even a taste of rust that sometimes shows up in a distinguished can of vienna. Tap at Boundary Road.
kramer (4685) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a small fizzy white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is quite grainy and sweet with some caramel and toasty malt. Minimal to no hops in the aroma. The flavor is rather thin and sweet, lacking in much vienna malt character and any hop character at all. It doesnít really even come across as a lager, the finish is grainy and husky and completely lacking in smoothness. Light bodied and thin with fizzy soft carbonation. Pretty poor attempt at a Vienna.
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Sweet malt aroma. Classic amber with beige head. Lots of toasted malt in flavor balanced with hops. Slight bit of pepper. Bold and refreshing feel. Nicely done.
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corn and honey nose, similar to certain breakfast cereals. Clear amber, headless. Lightly sweet, less corny flavor. Clean finish.
fellebag (630) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle 33cl. Medium white head. A bit hazy amber color. Aroma is yeast, wine and rice. Taste is wood pile, wine and rottening leaves.
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Provisions Market. Golden pour with a soapy white head. Nose is really heavy on the fruit esters (mostly apple) and grainy sweetness. A touch of yeast, rice, and maybe just a hint of toast. Mostly sweet on the palate. Lots of rice, grain, and apple. Mild yeast and very minimal hop character. Not offensive, at least.
jrodooo5 (804) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clean & somewhat crisp is the only compliments i can come up w/ for this one. About as generic as they come w/ just a slightly better finish than macros. Forgettable & not recommended!
McWop (20) - Laurel, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper color...small head. It is moderately hopped and finishes with a light bitterness...nice beer.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is light with a touch of grass some sweet clean malt grain, very faint floral hop notes. Flavor is very balanced slightly bready malt with just a bit of hops to even things out. Very clean crisp, light body.