illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Light amber with lots of bubble columns. The aroma showcases an unusual hoppiness for a lager; sweeter citrus fruit comes through alongside the more classic earthy Saaz. The flavor has a nice maltiness that is part caramel and part cookie. The hops are mostly leafy and herbal but some of the citrus from the smell is detectable. Body is heftier than expected for the style, but this is still a very drinkable beer. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUL 6, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours to a beautiful, bright, copper color, with a tight white head that fades, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is nice with good herbal/grassy hop aromas, paired with some good pale malt aroma. The palate is crisp, and very clean, with good pale malt flavor, on a round body. This beer finishes with more good pale malt flavors, then ends with a slight grassy/herbal hop bite. Very balanced, very drinkable version of Czech pilsner. I would have enjoyed a little more hop aromas and bitterness in this one, but all and all a very well done beer, and stylistically pretty much on the mark. Good all around drinking beer, and a good beer to match with a nuimber of dishes. jtclockwork (16561) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2010
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Robust lager. Amber color with white head. Sweet mildly hoppy nose. Taste is grainy cereal with some citrus, caramel and floral herbs. Rated 9/20/08 presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Big bottle and a small bottle. Dark copper tinted amber with almost a finger of white-ish foam. They pack a lot of ingredients into some of these beers. Kind of a cedary woody malt scent. Lots of spice, caramel, nut, wood and biscuit with a lasting hop aftertaste. Pretty solid. DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pint draft at Lemon Tree, Downers Grove. Nice smell, hint of fresh yeast over a light malt nose.Cloudy amber body with just a few bubbles feeding into a lacy, creamy head. Taste is very full. Richly malted with toasty, nearly caramel Vienna malt, crisp with just the right choice of mostly noble hops. Some unfiltered yeast comes out halfway through, and a deeper caramel note toward the end.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle pours a clear dark amber with good head retention. Aroma is heavy caramel malt and light woodsy hops, a very rich aroma. Taste is clean (not fruity) caramel, bread, spicy hops and a long herbal finish. Body is medium but creamy with average carbonation, and a bitter finish that is not quite dry. Overall, a tasty, rich malt-forward lager. Not the best I’ve had from Schmaltz, but definetly an awesome lager. wlajwl (6801) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2012
Aroma is caramel sweetness and a hint of tea. The flavor is caramel malts, a good hop punch and a dry, bitter finish. A little different for a Vienna, definitely more hops, pretty good. degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle. Wow, this is dark, even for a Vienna -- almost reddish-brown with a definite chill haze. High head with noticeable lace. Nose is spice, apple, toast, yeast, and a darker, wine-line note. Amazing flavor -- it’s still a lager, but damn it has depth and width and a long, elegant finish. This is lager at its best. Bravo. joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours a rich golden with no head. Super biscuity malt with some honey and a light floral touch on the nose. Flavor is kinda muddled and confusing, but lends a sweet almost cotton candy, or honeysuckle type sweetness, with a nice floral hop finish. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Poured a bronze-copper colored body with a chunky and frothy beige-white head. Nose of grains and floral hops. An all-around nice afternoon beer!