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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 154   ABV: 5.12%
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Upstream Brewing Company’s Red Lager is based on a style of lager developed by brewer Anton Dreher in Vienna Austria in 1841. Its popularity in Europe eventually faded, but Austrian brewers who immigrated to Mexico revived the style in the late 19th century. This beer derives its color and taste from a combination of four different styles of specialty malts that are roasted at a high temperature longer and more slowly than most malted barley. It is deep garnet in color and produces a thick head on pouring. It has a fruity yet low hop aroma to deliver a smooth, delicate palate rich with subtle hints of toffee and light caramel. This is a beer with a very high drinkability.

A deep red style lager similar to a Vienna. A medium body brew with light hop presence and a mellow malt character. Uses two row, Munich, German specialty, and a bit of roasted barley/Carafa malts for deep red color. Saaz and Magnum hops. 10 IBU’s.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csaso (1342) - Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Tap - small foamy head, deep red/amber color, sweet malty flavor with mild hop balance

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2011
(draft 7/30/10). Clear amber color. Medium off white head. Light sweet malt aroma. Moderate toast/malt flavor. Short duration. Very light bitter finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (8970) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Tap @ brewpub. Clear, burnt orange appearance. Caramel/toffee malty, mild hoppy nose. Pretty nice caramel malty lager flavor with a mild earthy hoppiness. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2011
[Tap] Ruby red pour and thin beige head. Sweet aroma is mainly toffee and toasted bread. Hazelnut, caramel, sweet grains and dry toffee in the taste. Better than expected mouthfeel, with a rich and creamy palate. Light citrus hop finish. A pretty tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpreo (1545) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2011
A lot better than I expected, since I am not typically a fan of Vienna’s. Surprised me, I guess.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Draft at Upstream. Filtered orange-brown. Watery, thin, sort of your 1990 homebrew. Doughy, some amber malt pungency. Overall just a little too insipid to hold my interests.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Nice red-brown pour with a tan head and nice lacing. Dusty, malty aroma. Pleasant dry, roasted malt palate. Very well crafted.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 21, 2010
From the growler, thanks to Mike Hall. Same name, but definitely not the same beer as the former Upstream Firehouse Red. This has a wonderful toasted almond aroma. The flavor has a mild caramel toffee taste in a very light bodied beer. Nice quick and drying finish. A definite improvement from the previous namesake.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Tasted from growler at beer judging school. Slight almond aroma. Looks like the color of a Well-worn saddle. Drying palate, sweet flavor, roasted malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2009
New brew, not the ESB. A really good deep red lager. A brisk and bright lager with a hint of fruit and good hop bitterness that is well balanced. Smooth but a slight grape aftertaste. One of the better efforts at Upstream.


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