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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In the mid to late 1800s, Viennese brewers produced a series of amber lager beers. The strongest was what we now call Marzen or Oktoberfest and the middle beer was just called Vienna. The weakest of the three was called Abzug, which means discount or reduction in German. With less lagering time and a much lower original gravity, Abzug lacks some of the smoothness of Bobtoberfest, but it make a very nice session beer. (1.013 BG, 3.80%, 28 IBU, 8 SRM)

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3.4
marcus (10234) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours golden brown with a modest off-white head and a sweet malt aroma. There is a watery smoked mslt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.

3.7
oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours light amber /copper. Not much white head. Taste is crisp with a light bitterness. Nice but not much to it

3.5
bhensonb (15253) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle from Craft Beer King. Pours copper with a beige head. Caramel aroma. Near med body. Flavor is caramel with noble hop. Nice, but not exciting.

4.1
Marheb (5783) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2016
(Bouteille provenant de Bottlecraft): Des malts biscuit, un bouquet floral expressif et une touche d’érable. Le corps est fabuleux, difficile de croire au taus d’alcool.

3.6
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 26, 2016
22 oz. bottle. It pours a clear deep orange color with a fluffy, khaki colored head. The aroma is dry and toasted with a subtle woody character to the malt with some black currant and floral hops. Mild hop aroma, but it’s there. The flavor is very smooth, toasty and dry with some nice soft, sulfury lager yeast notes. Terrific balance of yeast, hop and malt. Almost too drinkable. I could’ve downed three of these no problem, but at $7 a bottle it’s pretty pricey for what you get.

3.3
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to GT2. Light toffee colored pour. Nose and flavor bring caramel and light spicy hop profile. Drinkable, but to be expected for a <4% brew. Definitely a Vienna and true to style, but not really captivating in any way. I could crush a bomber, but I didn’t really love the stuff.

3.1
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
651mL thanks to brainlair. Pours a clear, orange with soapy, white foam. Okay to weak formation and soapy lacing. Nose is celery, tomato, whole wheat cracker, German malt, some soap. Taste is lemon detergent, some oil, mild wheat cracker, strange. Palate is densely malty, light grassy bitterness. Feels extremely German, but not necessary complete, fresh, or very good.

4.2
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 26, 2012
Copper pour, clear and bright, with a nice white head. Fresh ’field-grass’ hops, wholesome biscuit-like vienna malt, and a touch of nutty caramel in the nose. Flavor is hearth-baked bread, light caramel and spice, with pleasantly herbal hops layered throughout. The malt is not like ’modern’ bread ... but a little more coarse, like hand-ground grain straight from the earth. Body is light, carb is creamy, with lingering but mellow bitterness in the finish. Rustic, charming, and wholly rewarding after a day of outdoor endeavors. This beer is like a firm handshake from a well-trusted friend ... 3.8% seals the deal ... simple, honest, and true.

3.7
keenanrobbins (19) - - FEB 7, 2012
A bit of a dry finish. Perhaps I shouldn’t have tried this for the first time whilst sick. Anyhow, my least favourite out of the Heater Allen beers I’ve tried - but that says more about the quality of HA than this beer - which is not bad.

3.7
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2011
As always these guys hit it on the mark once again. Beautiful wet grass filled nose, hints of German malts. Wet at first on the palate, moving into a bittered grass note, and ending with a soured barnyard touch, all blending very well. The aged bitter note is beautiful. Quite a nice representation of the Vienne style!


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