bbrock81 (309) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber brown with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is pretty hoppy, floral and grassy, with a decent bready malt backing it up. The flavor is quite a bit more subdued, however, bringing in a disappointing wateryness. There is some hops in the taste again, and the same general maltiness, but it’s all washed out. The palate, too, is thin and watery, and there is virtually no finish. It starts out looking ok, and even smells ok, but falls flat when you take the first drink.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper color with an off white head...Mild malt aroma...Slightly bready flavor with a medium body and carbonation...Good balance...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - Aroma of toasted malts and leather. Flavor of caramel, toffee and toasted malts. Palate is sticky. Not a bad dark lager.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and residual sugars. Flavor is sweet malt and cardboard with a weak palate and some sweet grains. Not very tasty at all. This is just bad...
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Wow. After the maple porter I thought I must have gotten the worst of the winter pack out of the way. Now I’m just terrified to try the rest. Corn. Creamed corn. Corn syrup. Goddamn government subsidies.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bock like aroma and taste. Sweet and with yeast, but not overly artificial. A distinctive taste and aroma. One of the better brews from them.
beastiefan2k (2580) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Its not impressive but for some reason I like it. Its far from a good Vienna, its dark enough but not much else. The beer has a bit of a skunkiness to it, the malts are very clean but no perception of caramel or light sweetness that I want from my Viennas. There is a bit of the house lager mineral character. Its not the worst beer Saranac ever made.
12oz bottle out of the winter mix pack, small lambic tumbler glass.
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear burnt amber with very quick fading tan head. Nose is grainy, vaguely vegetal, and a bit bandaid, but not offensive, and with a hint of spice. Flavor is toasty, verging on burnt. Some caramel, but mostly a 7 grain piece of toast. Moderate carbonation and fairly full bodied mouthfeel. Not the best I’ve had from these guys, but not too bad for a vienna. I’d still take a negra modelo over this any day.
obguthr (4170) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
From the Winter variety 12 pack: Walnut and sweet roasted malt nose, remiscent of maple syrup, but only a little bit. Clear brown, no head. Soapy mouthfeel. Sweet malt flavor, but not cloying. A little tinny. Uninspired for the most part.
jb (2322) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Honey, caramel, a touch of brown sugar in the nose, amber color, very clear, with a faint bubbly head. Sugary sweet palate, some bit o honey, a bit of hops to balance. Very light body, not great but drinkable.