pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 Bottle ...thanks Brooklynboy...I may have made a mistake by waiting for oktoberfest to crack this beer (dated best befrore Sept 29 ) but I wanted to stack it against some Oktoberfest Vienna/Marzen/Oktoberfest beers out this time of year....It came out flying despite the 10 day lapsed freshness date. 2 inch deep sand colored sticky cap after a hard pour. Beautiful deep copper-red hue. Nose is of toffee-caramel sweet graininess, slight wisps of spicy-mustiness. Nice substantial chewy malt delivery up front...silky mouth feel...malt sweetness is kept in tow with woody, rustic hop departure leaving a light toasty- toffee and fresh cut maple impression. Finish is moderate with the hops coming forward and leaving a musty sweet toasty taste. Damn fine rendition of the Vienna style....I wish this was available in Ontario, It would be my favorite Fall quaff. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Reddish/Amber Coloring. Good Malt and Hops Flavors. Balanced Well. Some Spice, Bread Dough, Grains... Very Nice Brew. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Moderately aromatic with notes of toasted and caramel malts, slight spice and apples.
Solidly crafted, nice malt body, apples and caramel with toasted malt and berries.
Another well crafted brew from Great Lakes. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but very good nonetheless. OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
355 ml bottle courtesy of jsquire. Bright red amber colour with a creamy and frothy off-white head. Caramel, nutty, and lightly fruity aroma. Caramel, toasty, and dark fruit flavours with a roasty and fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied and smooth. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Bottle - sweet malty aroma. Deep, dark amber color. Aggressive hop and malt flavor. A nice balance and contrast at the same time. A Vienna lager that is interesting and quite delicious.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Reddish color, small white head. Smells of sweet malts and caramel. Tastes very sweet with caremel and small hints of toffee. Hardly tastes like it is over 6%. Quality beer. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Huge light tan head. Clear dark amber. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor moderatley sweet with the taste of caramel. Finish is mostly malt with a light bitter background to balance it out. Light to medium bodied. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours dark amber with a tannish head. Strong malt aroma. Taste is sweet malt and very rich. Caramel aftertones. This beer is very high in flavor. Well done. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Lovely dark red/purple/brown color, starting with a two-finger light brown head that disappears into nothingness. Aroma very sweet, lots of malts and a sharp sweetness, perhaps cherry. Yummy with the caramelized malts in the beginning; the middle is sweet and subdued; the finish brings out the hops as the malt flavor mostly wears off; nice, mellow balance. Medium thickness, slightly sugary/syrupy. Very different from the last "vienna" I had; for the best-of-the-best, this isn’t "that good." But it is very solid and pleasant to drink. Good beer. mstockton (238) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2004
A lot of quality in here, but these heavy, hoppy beers (a la Sierra Nevada) seem a dime a dozen to me. If I want to take a half hour-40 minutes to drink 1 beer, I’ll take a bourbon or a glass of wine.