kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear orangish body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is fairly light with some graininess and a minimal touch of hops. The flavor is overly sweet and pretty boring, even for Saranac. Kinda reminds me of malta a little bit. Well lagered though, there’s no off flavors here, it’s just too sweet and boring. Medium bodied and a little clingy with light fizzy forced carbonation. Not one of my favorites from them.
freekyp (1452) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malty lager with a bockish sweetness, but a rich spicy hop character. Aroma is shows brown sugar, earthy malt and some noble twang. Pours a gorgeous auburn with a thick sticky white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Finish is well balanced with a little brown sugar sweetness showing through receding into a mellow malty lingering. Packs more flavor than most other Viennas I’ve tried. Well done.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely rich malty nose filled with caramel & brown sugar. Taste starts off full of malt then opens up to some dull nut and earthy dryness and a backgrond of burnt toast. Not as impressive as the nose but still comforting and hearty enough for a winter’s day. Finish is dusty and subdued. LIghtly carbonated and a peaceful light brown colour.
Frothmeister (479) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber, with a thin off-white head. Pretty obvious caramel/toffee on the nose. A little floral. Taste is slightly sweet with caramel, toasty malt, wood (pencil shavings?), with a bitter finish.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear amber with white head. Aroma is earthy with grain and caramel. Flavors of caramel and roasted nuts. Thin body with watery mouthfeel.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber pour with a nice tight white head. The nose is fairly swet with a bit of light toasty character. There is also a bit of light herbal hoppiness. Slightly nutty with a kiss of light woodiness. Fairly pronounced hop flavour and a lean to moderate bitterness. It’s okay.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours clear deep copper with thin loose off white head. The mild aroma has some malts with caramel hints and some lager yeast notes. The taste tries to be refreshing but a descent load of malty caramel and roast weigh on the experience. Behind those notes are thin layers of lager yeast and grains. Don’t know what makes this a “winter” beer
MarkBarnes (364) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dec. 27, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (winter sampler pack). Full-bodied winter lager; a slightly-heavier & spiced version of Saranac’s Octoberfest. Meh.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs a Dark amber with a tall offwhite head. Aroma is light and toasty with some caramel and spiciness. Flavor is suprisingly robust with a solid caramel malt base and some spiciness on the finish. Light enough for sessioning but solid flavor.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a deep copper/bronze with perfect clarity and a tan film of head. Malty, firm aroma- mildly sweet with a hearty Vienna/amber Munich malt biscuity presence- bready. Creamy carbonation- but it’s slightly thin bodied. Nice clean toasted Vienna malt flavor. Biscuity and toasted with a bready quality and mild peppery noble hop notes. A nice session with no off flavors (minus a touch a metallic character I get in many of the Saranac lineup. Goes well with pretzels.