DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) Another Snake River bottle of beer with volcanic activity on the pour. It took every effort to keep the light-tan, frothy head at only two inches. However, it subsides to a quarter-inch with a few minutes, leaving large chunks of foam on the glass. Deep amber in color with a slight ruddy tint and a thick haze. It smells toasty and lightly sweet, but also fairly fruity and a bit soapy, not horrible though. And fortunately, the flavor is still pretty solid. Itís very toasty and only lightly sweet, with a mild tartness and hoppy bitterness for pleasant balance. The fruit and soap I got in the nose is barely noticeable in the flavor, and in fact, those qualities have faded considerably in the nose as well. What I will say about this Vienna is that it doesnít seem lagerish in any way to me; maybe itís that slight up-front fruitiness that is distracting me, but this beer doesnít even finish with any hints of being a lager. Itís medium bodied, slightly dry, and quite carbonated on the palate, but because itís not really a sweet beer, itís reasonably clean and easy to drink, never tiring out the palate. As I near the end of this session, the beer has still maintained a complete layer of head. Different from most Viennas Iíve had, so I donít know how "to style" it is, but itís quite flavorful and enjoyable enough.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a short white head. Aroma of caramek malt, some peaches and a little bit of light hops. Flavor is of caramel malts, a touch of peat adds some earthiness. It actually finishes slightly bitter. Palate is smooth and easy drinking. Medium bodied. Not bad.. just not a very exciting style.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light amber in color, small head. Very creamy texture with hints of toasted malt mixed with a little dried apricot. Nice clean finish.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper appearance, moderate head formation. Nutty, slightly sour fruity aroma. Smooth palate, creamy, nutty, mild chocolate, mild balancing bitterness in the finish. Not my favorite style but a pretty tastey version.
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Pours golden orange with a thin frothy off-white head and excellent spotty lacing. Malt (straw, corn) and yeast (dough) aromas. Bitter malt flavor with faint yeast notes. Light acidic palate.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer with a great flavor. I felt this needed more flavor and maybe more time with the hops. Lagers are tough to brew So I understand the hard work.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear lite amber with a whipped white head. Aroma is heavy cookies with a very lite grassiness. The flavor is caramelly, with cookie maltiness and some diacetyl. Body is med. Finish is fairly clean and crisp with a lite hop bitterness.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, copper color with a creamy head of foam. Sweet, toasty maltiness with a campfire mashmallow character. Acidic crispness underpinned between layers of sweet, toasty maltiness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Pretty much perfect for style but also a pretty boring style. If this had a lusher, more saturated flavor it would probably receive higher marks. Perfect with a slice of pizza.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Amber color with a thin white head. Malts, light fruit, juniper aroma. Well balanced. Initially sweet with some light berry and a apricot notes a little toast as well. Finishes crisp.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cascade hops. other than that basic lager. a lot like sierra nevada. light color with little head, but a decent lager over all