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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
A delicate balance of toasted malt and fresh hops give this medium-bodied German style lager an intriguing complex flavor. A creamy head, deep golden color and an impressive hop bouquet make this a very special beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 4, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (11248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1534) - Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
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.

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