after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
22. Alright, this right here is a pretty serious effort at a California Common. Before we go any further, cheers to Heater Allen for that. Pours a hazy rubied medium amber with a dense, creamy tan head that fades quickly to a loose film and decent stringy lace. Gorgeous tangy hop nose, plenty of pine in there on top of a nice load of caramel. Creamy medium body with plenty of lively carb. Toast, caramel, biscuit, and pine on the mid palate, with a nice clean herbal hop wash for a finish, with a tiny bit of resiny linger. This might give Anchor Steam a run for its money, and that’s saying something. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a slightly off-white head. Aromas are fruity, bready, orange, citrusy, spicy, hoppy. Toasted malt and some caramel. Flavors are bready, toasty, cornnuts, nutty (nearly a victory like malt character). Some floral and citrusy hop character. Lively carbonation with a dry finish. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle (bottled Apr 14, 2014).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Simple and mild and a bit too sweet, but clean and reasonably pleasant. VastActiv (7749) - 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. luttonm (6979) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle in Portland. Creamy foam on darker, rosy copper body. Fantastic Vienna, rich bitter and copper. Absolutely the Vienna I’ve always hoped would exist.. Takes the style and really elevates it. Dark fruit, astringent delicious malt. I adore this. Bitter, astringent finish.
vyvvy (6839) - St. Louis, 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. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Reddish brown, sizey beige head. Smells like rye toast, with a touch of grass. Smooth and crisp palate. Hints of caramel, stone, rye and grass. Nice depth of flavor. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. It pours a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is berry sweet with light cherry syrup and Munich malt richness. The flavor is dry and floral with dark Munich character. Toasty with multigrain complexity. Strong, grassy dry bitter finish. Wow. One of the best of the style I’ve had. Marheb (6336) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
(Bouteille provenant de chez Bottlecraft): Des malts forts, grillés et amplement sucrés avec un déluge de houblons terreux, boisés et déchiqueteurs. Ça devient rapidement difficile à boire. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
In short: An exemplary golden lager with a freshness sensation that you don’t expect from a bottled lager. Excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after receiving it from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Clear golden-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention.
In long: Aroma is discreet but very inviting when you bury your nose in a full pint. A toasted cereals freshness and also a freshness in the yeasty esters that I cannot put into words. Taste is expressive toasted cereals with just enough caramel, leafy hops, toasted bread crust, soft freshly baked cookies, some homemade iced-tea, dry tree leafs, grassy notes. A dry and refreshing finish. A full body that feels light. A beer with expressive sweet flavors but never actually tastes sweet. A freshness sensation that I normally only experience in brewpubs. Kick-ass Vienna that at times tasted a bit like a dunkel. Superb session beer that is really a standout in North-America where beers like this one are occasionally brewed in brewpubs but almost never bottled. This might be one of my rating ever, yesterday was dec 21 2012 and apparently lots of people are afraid the world is ending in 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, well, I don’t wanna freak everybody out but my desk calendar also ends in 2012.