KyotoLefty (6314) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent example of the style. Hoppy for the style, but not over the top, so it works, with rich amber malt flavor, and perfect balance. A good beer, easy to drink and tasty. Reminded me of 7 Stern Maerzen from Vienna.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy golden color with a medium frothy off white head. Nose is fruity, floral and malty. Initial taste spicy, mild astrigent bitterness, rye, woody notes. Mid palate to finish displays the sharp hop bitterness touching upon some sweet malt but not very balanced. Some fruits and caramel are apparent. Average head retention, palate is average. Crisp, but lacks flavor and dimensionality.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from alldaydrinker)golden body with a white head.aroma is of sweet malts,perfume,and earth.flavor is much of the same.a bit to sweet but not bad.
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Alldaydrinker; Nose of sweet caramel, rye, and vanilla; hazy copper with a big straw head; flavor is spicy, , light hop bitterness, and malt. Good Vienna!
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt fans rejoice. Pours hazy gold amber with a nice sized head. Notes of malt on the nose predominate through the palte into a sweet yet balnced finish.
Sammy (8551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth drinking, and certainly lower alcohol vienna. Yellow with a decent head. Neutral malty aroma. More mouthfeel than expected. Clean and fresh. Very well done for the style.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Table and Vine in Northampton, MA (September 2006) enjoyed a bit below cellar temperature form a Hair of the Dog glass. Medium fluffy off-white head of average duration topping and oily solid amber body, just a hint of lacing....light malty nose reminiscen of rye & wheat toast, light spicy, faint woody hops....sweet, smooth body, juicy with a light banana-lemon character, lightly bready/doughy maltiness all supported by a just dyamite mouthfeel, really full and rich, naturally carbonated and redolent of German yeast with a faintly mineralic/metallic tang at the end that cuts the developing sugariness just perfectly. Very very solid, another fine addition to this underrated brewery’s portfolio.
mkgrenwel (567) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean lager character, but with full malty, nutty flavor. Not a lot of hops. Toasty malt. Reminds me of a loaf of good bread. There’s really just nothing else in here. Did they even bother to hop this? How is this not a Marzen? Tasty, but very simple.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle from Julio’s Liquors) Pours deep amber with about 1 1/2" of soft biscuit head, receding to about 1/2". Nose is mostly light hops - mostly fruity, slightly flowery. As head recedes there is more caramel aroma, then while drinking there is a great toasted caramel aroma. Sticking my nose in a willibecher full of this actually transported me to southern Germany - nice! Lacing somewhat sloppy. Mouthfeel smooth, pretty full, touch prickly in finish. Flavor is of mild hop fruitiness and bitterness overlaying the nice toasted caramel maltiness. Slightly bitter finish. Good.
MaBeer1972 (1283) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 This is perhaps the BEST Vienna I’ve had. Even though Z Street has now gone to contract brewing, they have apparently done their homework with this one. Pours lovely, frothy with a rich red copper color. Pleasant aroma, and a powerful nutty-roasty taste. Malt city! MMMMMMMM! Post-script: Z Street continues to have quality control problems, in my opinion, going back to their days in Fitchburg. Thus, I have demoted this beer on my "overall"... for some reason, this batch is hoppier - not cool.