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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We like to call this a Northwest Amber Lager, but it is often categorized as a Vienna style lager. The beer originally started out resembling a Steam Beer style beer, but we’ve slowly been dropping the fermentation temperature to the point where it’s really just a lager beer, and too smooth, to fit that category. The color looks like a Vienna style lager, but the amount and type of hops, and the grain bill are quite different. We use Magnum and Cascade hops in this beer, and they blend well with the American (51%), German (43%) and British (6%) malts we use. The beer features strong hop character, along with smooth malt, caramel, and toffee flavors and aromas, with a refreshing bite in the finish. This beer goes really well with pulled pork and brisket. (1.012 BG, 5.0%, 36 IBU, 9.0 SRM)

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3.2
bytemesis (8451) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy amber, medium off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, decent residual lacing. Aroma of caramel, a bit nutty, pine, bread. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, a bit of a bite to it, nutty and caramel/toffee flavors, dark bread. Medium body, a touch of acidity.

3.5
VastActiv (7134) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle at Belmont Station, Portland. Bottled on 1/12/15. Colour is clear deep orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, some sweetness, caramel, some dry fruits and malts. Very pure like all the others beers from Heater Allen.

3.6
vyvvy (6486) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pours fairly clear copper / orange with a white head. The aroma has smooth toasty malt, lager rounded notes, fresh bread and light hazelnuts. It has a medium body that is fairly smooth and has semi-soft carbonation. The flavor begins with dry caramel malt, crackers, crustiness, woody hops and some spice. The finish has dry toffee, pepper, spice and paper / woody notes. Nice lager.

3.3
bmink (9) - - JAN 11, 2015 does not count
Very nice combination of European and West Coast styles. It's a hoppy Vienna lager. Would drink it again!

3.9
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Rich, deep amber. Fairly cloudy. Nice blanket of white foam. Some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a solid hoppy character on top. Hops are mostly citrus and floral with a little grassiness. Biscuit and honey. Mild toffee, a bit nutty. The taste is lightly sweet with medium-light bitterness. Very tasty beer. Clean and refreshing. Light but full mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

3.7
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Thanks to Eugene for sharing this. Clear amber, white head. Caramel, toast, biscuit. Light body, lively carb, short finish, crisp and flawless as Heater Allen is.

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loubar (157) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bottle from City Beer Store. The nose is yeasty with some hops. Taste is nutty, woody, creamy malt with a subtle floral, citrus bitterness that provides depth and complexity. Not over the top but definitely beyond a typical lager. Lively carbonation. Smooth mouth feel. Well balanced with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Excellent.

3.8
marcus (10232) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours orange copper with a clinging off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied red malt flavor with a dry more bitter finish. A nice Vienna.

3.3
b3shine (8878) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bomber to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Bottled on 09/22/14. Looks good; a very hazy amberish orange with off-white head. Smells malty with notes of toffee, caramel, lager yeast, and some bitter hops. Tastes like it smells, but not as rich, with a touch of biscuit as well. Medium-bodied on the palate. A solid lager.

4.1
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottled 9/22/14. Hazy amber brown color. Aroma is mild toasted and faintly caramel with some lightly bitter hops. Flavor grows strong on the hoppiness. Very simple, clean, just a wonderful beer. Too simple to add too many adjectives.


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