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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 weve slowly been dropping the fermentation temperature to the point where its 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3628) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3540) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2013
Draft at Baileys Taproom in Portland (from notes). Light coffee and caramel aroma. Some light caramel roasted in the initial /mid offers up some grassy hoppiness / final has a moderate bitterness and light chocolate notes. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a reddish tinged amber with an offwhite head. Nose shows some soft sweetness and clean, herbal hops, tending towards an English type character. Toasty malt with a drying finish. Medium bitterness and richly malty overall. Really nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 20, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 bottle. pours a clear amber with a foamy offwhite head. leaves some decent lace. aroma of toast, crackers, bright bitter grass. touch of rye bread and a touch of doughy caramel. taste is bright grassy caramel kissed dough. toast. bread. clean. crisp. surprisingly bitter. pretty good. original score 3.8

another bottle. consumed feb 1st. wow. must have been super fresh or something. phenomenal. caramel, bright tropical fruit hops, luscious toasted dough. everything pops. a little too good. more recent rate. with what i presume was a fresher bottle 4.5. ill giver heater allen the benefit of the doubt and weigh the better bottle more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3215) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours deep red with a huge foamy off-white head. Crackery malt on the nose, dry with lightly spicy herbal hops. Taste is a little fuller, with notes of caramel that mix with the lightly bready malt. Hint of lemongrass and lots of spicy herbal hops. Medium body and nice carbonation. Wonderful.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Doughy malts with some light citrus and floral notes. Taste us fairly dry and moderately bitter, somewhat medicinal with a bit of aspirin.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3089) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2015
22 oz bottle poured. Bottled on 9/14/15. I have an endless amount of respect and I applaud the breweries that can pull out an amber or pale lager and make it delicious. Heater Allen fits this category well. Pours a cloudy copper color with a ton of foam head and lace. Smooth flavor that isnt too rich. Very nice balance of caramel malt and subtle hops. This beer pairs nicely with baseball.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2843) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Beautiful amber with a white head. Aroma is more floral hop than I was expecting with light toasted malt. Some bread, and pine. Flavor is heavier on the pine in the floral notes, a bit of lightly caramel malt, toasted malt. A very hop driven Vienna Lager. Highly enjoyable beer but I could use a slightly stronger maltbackbone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Deep copper with a smooth off-white head. Nutty caramel up front, smooth with a medium bitter finish and some fruitiness. The hops don’t come through as much as the bobtoberfest, but the malts give that nice warming feel that I got out of it. Another solid offering of theirs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2652) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2012
Tasted on 4/23/12 from a capped 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade with hannont. Pours clear orange amber with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace, leaving soapy residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is nutty cereal malt and a lightly creamy aroma, with some pine needle and resin hops. The flavor is more of the same, with the nutty cereal and lightly creamy malt up front, moving to fairly intense bitter pine hops on the back. The body is fairly light with lively carbonation and a long nutty and bitter pine hops finish.


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