undsioux7 (789) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber/copper/reddish hue with medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, spice. Taste is pretty much the same with a hint of bitter chocolate. Good stuff.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is auburn red. Small head which mostly disappears after settling. Aromas of bread yeast, spices, cookies. Flavor features a touch of bitterness, especially in the finish. To me, this has some similarities to Boulevard Bobs Munich lager, which I consider to be very good within the Vienna style. Solid effort from Schell, who I have been quite impressed with, based on their latest efforts.
bluemooner (573) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very deep amber with a medium white head. As the description depicts, this beers somewhat complex flavor includes hints of sourdough, giving a bit of an original flavor for me. Also tastes of malt, chocolate, and a fair amount of hops for medium bitterness. A pretty good beer overall.
fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Wow, only the 10th rater, I think thats my lowest number ever. I just finished a Firebrick...not impressed, lets see if they did a little better with the second Vienna from the same mix-pack. Pours medium burnt orange with a 1 finger dark beige head. Aroma is nice, walnuts, toffee, toasted yeasty bread and a really bright grainy note that must be the rye. Flavor is very nice, crusty french bread, a touch of baking cocoa, grainy malts, a really nice spicy, herbal middle that extends to the finish when the bitter hops come in and make a pretty good showing with a little citrus. All in all not bad at all.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber in color. Roast malt aroma. There is a big toasted malt taste up front with some caramel and rye. Some nutty notes as well. Some bitterness as it warms. Another good effort, but I liked last years brew just a tad better.
Guerde (1112) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 bottle. Pours dark amber with a white head. The aroma contains some toasted malt, rye, bread, chocolate, and a bit of ketchup as well. The taste is predominately chocolate, but there is a bit of caramel and raisin as well, which then switches to a lightly bitter and bready finish that is considerably dry. This is a pretty simple beer, but that does not make it any less sessionable.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a decent size head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, nuts. Nice balanced flavor, good mouthfeel.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite dark in color. Lots of coco, ultra malty, I didnt taste much in the way of any rye. Slight hint of the hops in there. Another good snowstorm.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from HyVee CB. Pours a very dark brown with ruby accents. It’s almost black with a serious off-white head that lasts. This has an understated aroma of hazelnuts and roasted coffee with caramel splashes. The flavor is very chocolate-like with a nice hop wrap-up. This is way thicker in body than regular Schell’s offerings. Very festive and delightful.
msjacilynn (26) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber-brown with a thin white head. Smells mostly of caramel with hints of spice and malt. Lacing dissipates quickly while drinking. Taste initially of caramel but quickly becomes an explosion of various malts. Very decent aftertaste (not too bitter). Enjoyable beer...and warming!