rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Joey Capps. Copper body, thin head. Slight toasted malt/herbal hop nose. Toasted up front with a nice herbal finish. As the beer warms the herbalness becomes almost medicinal.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draught. copper-red bdy with a very small white head. caramel malt, yeast, and fruity aroma. body is predominately malty and fairly mild in most respects .some sweet grain and soft bitterness. not too bad. average.
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Light clear mahogany with off white head. Lots of malt, sweet, bit of plum. Moderate carbonation, mild body, malty and a bit of dough on the palate, bit cloying on the finish.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Alex P Keaton, in London, Ont- Props goes out to Mark< Andrew, and Jeff for getting this one in! Deep amber pour marker with an off white creamy cap. Distinct malty sugary aroma with caramel and a well delivered hop aroma. Flavours are subtle and balanced. The right amount of sweet malt with a decent hops bitterness and caramel finish make this one a winner. Glad I got to try it, and thanks again to the guys at the Keaton for getting it in.
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
golden in color, decent white head, sweet nose, malty flavour, some stale hops decent product
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours gold/amber, thin but persistent off-white head, that reduces to a thin ring, lacing is spotty to nonexistent. Nose is toffee, crystal malt, fruit, really just those three, trying to find more here, but its just not there. Flavors of bread, noble hops, lemon, crystal malt/caramel, light fruit, rather sticky, slightly sour doughy finish. I’d have another one if you offered it to me.
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Re Rating this one after many arguments with fellow beirophiles over this beer’s nonconformity to Vienna style characteristics. It is still less toasty-sweet and richly malt pronounced than is acceptable in a Vienna. Color is light amber-orange from the bottle, a tad too pale for the vienna style...white-ish, rocky head that dissipated too fast to a small ring...this indicates thin malting, another deep compromise of the Vienna style. Heavily carbonated...subdued nose ... I get sweet caramel malts and a wisp of mustiness....(caramel aroma instead of toasted vienna/Munich toasted tones is not allowed in the Vienna style) deep compromise #3..... Starts sharp and peppery then the carbonation subsides a bit and the body goes weakly silky where the malts are detected...not the toasted malt wallop expected of a Vienna but overly sweet caramel, but the malts are overshadowed by sharp hops ( another compromise as a proper Vienna is malt pronounced with antennuated hop profile) however, the hops don’t grab you in the finish...as they shouldn’t in this style....the finish is medium dry but lightly malt pronounced with a nice biscuity after taste. Others here have stated that this beer went through changes when it switched brewers....I can’t say, but I do think that this has the potential to be a good Vienna.. IF.. the carbonation was toned down and some real Munich or Vienna amber malt presence was cranked up a knotch....This may be an inoffensive amber lager... no technical brewing flaws or off tatstes, but it is not a Vienna styled lager as per its marketing pretense....as a Vienna it is lacking too much style characteristic, so for that my rating is lower than most.
DerWeg (1525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool-brewed version on draught at C’est What, Toronto. I found the original Guelph beer very good with an almost ale-like softness and easeful coating of the mouth. A recent six-pack (2006?) was like drinking mildly-flavored water. This pint was far better. I liked the texture, the slightly nutty/sweet flavor and the restrained hops. Good session beer.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright reddish Amber colour. Lightly toasted malt aroma. Creamy, Medium body. Complex maltiness w/ moderately bitter finish. Well-balanced.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber colour, fluffy white head. big caramelly malt aroma. more sweet malt and faint hops in the mouth. overall quite malty, but the hops still let you know that they’re there. quite enjoyable.