adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in hotel room, picked up at a Hy-Vee in Lincoln, NE. Clear, dark gold appearance with an off white head. Sweet creamy, grainy, light citrus, hay aroma. Easy drinking, sweet grassy, lightly herbal, straw flavor. Easy drinking and pretty nice.
Ratman197 (12938) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, light carmel and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, light grapefruit and light pine with a crisp moderatrly bitter finish.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light amber pour with moderate foamy off-white head. Nose is light citrus and some bready malt with light caramel. Biscuit and caramel flavor with some faint citrus. Lightly bitter finish. Quite nice overall.
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle - Pours clear yellow with a touch of amber and a thin foamy off-white head. "The hopping of a pale ale", huh? So I should get lots of hops on the nose? Yeah, those kind of aren’t there. Metal? Check. Light crackery malt? Check. Touch of sugary sweetness? Check. And okay--a bit of herbal hopping? Check. Tastes about the same, but with a grassy hoppiness that builds through the finish, but feels separate to the rest of the beer. There’s mineral dryness in there as well that isn’t all that appealing. I’d like the beer in the description, because it doesn’t taste all that much like the one in my glass.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at Winterfest 2012, hazy orange with white head, aroma has notes of nice pine and citrusy hops, touch of biscuit as well, but otherwise a bit indescript. Taste is a nice mix of biscuit, toffee, some nice citrus notes, finishing fairly dry and bitter. Pretty nice.
jcwattsrugger (12108) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours amber with an offwhite head. Aroma is bready light malt-some caramel, some citrus. Taste is bready light malt-some caramel, some herbal/citrus hops, grain.
ccex (1185) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from a Schell’s sampler 12-pack. Label (from late 2011) does not mention anniversary. Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head and moderate lacing. Nose has some ctirusy hops. A good balance of bready malts and hops. Fairly bitter taste with a hint of pine but nothing nasty afterwards. Nothing outrageous, but refreshing and well crafted. Not one of my favorite styles, but worth a try or three.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an amber color with a good off white fluffy head. aroma is toasted malt and a nice piney light citrusy hop aroma. flavor has the same elements but a bit stronger. this is a vienna?! kind of a blend of an apa, vienna, and bitter. i like it though a nice anniversary beer for them.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle 8/1/10). Clear light amber color. Small off white head. Light toast/malt aroma. Mod toast/malt flavor with light bitterness. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit multipurpose glass.
Appearance: Clear, darkened orange with thin head and decent lacing for a lager.
Aroma: Very dry, somewhat bitter and tart, with apple, citrus, spice and grass.
Taste: Caramel, apple, toast and hay-like malt body countered by dry German (spicy) and American (citrus) hops. Long lingering bitterness. Doesn’t come together quite as well as I hoped.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, exceedingly dry.
Overall: While I can see the synthesis of styles (Vienna, Pils, APA), it ultimately tastes like a bitter, slightly citrusy, Vienna. Actually, it somewhat reminds of SA Boston Lager, which is an off-style Vienna. Quite good overall, but I would just rather have SA Boston Lager or Schell’s own true Vienna (FireBrick).