badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Sprecher's tasting room. Amber (duh) color with little head. A little hops and malt, maybe a hint of fruit. I didn't think it was a vienna, but it reminds me of just a good bitter. Very nice to have a few of.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Bought this beer in PA about 15 years ago. It was packaged as "Rathskeller" beer and I was really amazed at how ORANGE it was. Not much in the aroma or flavor category, but man, was it ORANGE!
UPDATE: In the pint bottle from Dirty Johns. This simply is not the same beer as the old Rathskeller beer from Pennsylvania. The link must be wrong. This pours deep gold with a white head. Mild malty aroma. Tastes like a Sam Adams Boston Lager without the sweetness. I don’t agree with the Vienna style characterization either. What a mystery!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at the Radisson Wauwatosa. The glass had an amber color with a decent head and very little lace. The aroma was mildly hoppy. The flavor was clean, malty, and somewhat hoppy. The palate was mildly rich. Overall, this is a good tap beer of which you can have several.
DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft Another beer served at Chicago's downtown Christmaskindlmart. This has a good full amber color under a thin head. Nice and sharp hop spice flavor sets it apart from others in this style. Very little else with the name "Amber" stuck on it is this tasty. Holding a swallow in my mouth excites both the sweetness and bitter portions of my tongue. Very nice, and sharper when served cold.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head, very little aroma. It's more bitter than I anticipated, which saves it from collapsing entirely. Some hop flavors.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got this in a variety pack - 16 oz bottles - modest aroma, good color, lacking in head, lasting after-taste (good), more hoppy than I expected. Easy to drink.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent amber beer, though a bit too bitter for my taste. Almost seemed to border on being a pale ale, which seems odd for a rich looking amber.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A surprisingly rich mouthfeel from a toasty, slightly peaty malty brew. Malts are long lasting, very full. I'm enjoying this side-by-side with the Sprecher Oktoberfest. This one is less caramelly and more toasted. Very similar otherwise.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good medium amber color,small creamy head that lasted fo a short time then died to nothingness.Roasty malt aroma with a decent hops presence and semi-sweet slight yeast appearance as well in the aroma,but nothing that gets to over whelming to offset the true flavor.malty taste with a medium hop presence slightly bitter with some mild caramel notes,The after taste comes on bitter sweet with hops.This is a fairly decent brew and well worth getting.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a clear ambery light coppery color with a thin but thickset foamed bubbly off-white head that fades fairly fast to a thin ring and minimal drippy lace. Smell has some roasty malts, lightly sweet of bread dough and hops come across as dry and herbal. Taste has about the same notions as its aroma with malts lasting throughout with some roasted character, lightly breadish sweetness rouse in and out, light crisp hops that are slightly dried sneak in towards its pilsner like finish. Feel is close to medium body, a bit thin, quite smooth though and very easy to drink, just not alot of action going on to make me like it any more then to just finish the off the pint and remember it not.