brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Oakcrest. Special Amber is a copper colored lager with a decent amount of hops and a slight bitter-grassy aftertaste. Medium-to-light bodied, and not especially smooth.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Milwaukee. Clear amber with a small head. Toasty, bread aroma with minimal hop. Flavor is malty with a balancing hop bitterness. Medium to light body, active carbonation and a clean finish. Nice Vienna, fairly drinkable.
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Cavie) clear amber pour with fine tan bubbles. Nose of sweet grain, toffee, a bit of trash, banana laffy taffy and peel, plus alcohol. Taste of old stale grain, banana, bit spicy, clove, and stale linger.
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fresh bottle from the brewery. A little cheesy aroma. Much head that resulted in a small retained head, on light yellow body. Not very drinkable,medium body. A Vienna, just not so tasty.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Canned! Always interesting to see a new can on the market. Almost clear amber color with a medium head with poor retention. A little cilantro on the nose, as well as some canned corn, mint, and a general funky, herbaceous hop note. A little sweet cinnamon-spice cake as well. Lots going on in the aroma for a vienna. Bready and sweet with a medium body and a bitter, herbaceous finish and low acidity. Definitely some sweet melanoidin stuff going on, and hops also get in there and mix it up for balance. Almost a raw fruity, yeasty note to it as well. Flavorful and lingering in the finish with some bitterness. Not bad but a bit coarse, and I’m just not that into it.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, grass, and toasted grain. Flavor of grass, caramel, roasted grain, and light citrus.
jmohno (1051) - Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can a dark copper/gold.Small amount of head diminishing to a creamy ring of foam around the edge medium-full carbonation. Heavy sweet caramel malt aroma almost dark sweet fruti aroma maybe some hop and english.Some dry toast balancing the sweet malt,crisp taste with hops/ english present in flavor finished dry crisp kind of bittersweet citrus bittering that is pretty mild with a mild toasty base . A bit of mineral aroma and in taste also.
nearbeer (3629) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can. Clear copper-brown with a lasting ring of suds. Nose is caramel apple, fresh cracked grain, light citrus. Flavor starts sweet with caramel, turns to some toasted grain and pecan, with a light touch of citrus and tart apple on the finish providing a delicate foil to the sweetness. Medium body is soft and to the sweet side. A little too fizzy for my tastes, but the carbonation does provide some astringency to help balance. Nice sessioner for a warm fall day.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours orange/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel and floral hops. Flavor was toasted malts, bread, grains, caramel and floral hops with a bitter dry finish.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.
Appearance: Clear, golden amber with only a thin head.
Aroma: Caramel, bread, cherry and a strong metallic note.
Taste: Initial malt backbone of bread, toast, caramel and cherry before giving way to a moderate bitterness consisting of straw, pepper and some metallic notes.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, pretty dry finish.
Overall: Surprisingly robust Vienna Lager. Great flavor profile that is slightly dampened by a hoppy finish that is a little too metallic and just misses the mark.