NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Just balancing out the overall here. This is a fantastic beer. Not my favorite style, but still a delicious and unique version of a steam. A bit sweet and bitter - really nice. hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours hazy orange-amber with a meringue-like dense off white head. Nose is grassy, citrusy, bready, biscuity, and toasty. Flavor begins grassy, some doughy bread takes over, some floral honey, followed by a biscuity, crackery, and toasty malt finish that lingers. Great balance, mouthfeel, and complexity for the style. Another almost perfect beer by the northwests most under appreciated brewer. notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2011
This just isn’t fair - sure, your pils was out of this world, but your Vienna, too? - a truly lovely balance of crisp, crackery malt and spicy hops - again, like the pils, words do not do you justice - underlying toffee and toasty malt richness, while still retaining a dry, crisp character - full and refreshing at the same time - I want a pint of this every day for the rest of my life - it just isn’t fair. SrSilliGose (3331) - 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 brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 22, 2012
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. i’’ll giver heater allen the benefit of the doubt and weigh the better bottle more.
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Brilliant copper with a lasting, fine-bead, cream colored head. Toffee, fresh dough, yeasty peach-like esters, and light herbal hops. The solid malt base is wholesome, like toasted seedy bread. The body is light, carb is creamy, and the lightly sweet flavor is superbly balanced with earthy herbal hops. Bitterness in the finish is pleasant and restrained. An absolutely delicious, extremely drinkable, 5% gem.
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.ricke49 (50) - La Pine, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2017
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.
Few breweries can match Heater Allen in producing excellent European style beers. This coastal common is an outstanding Vienna lager...and northwest fresh as can be. Love their (new?) 500 ml bottle. Caramel and bready malts...late background earthy hop notes. Mouthfeel just right for accomplishing the ultimate in refreshment. These guys are g o o d !caramel, bread, grass, leather, woody, 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 hello my new love. you’re stunning, you’re gorgeous and you’re everything i want in my life right now. memories of your rich toffee doughy sweet vienna malt make me cry when you’re gone. i can smell your perfumed peach fuzz and banana esters all over my clothes and pillow-case. it’s intoxicating and confusing and stunning... i’m out of my element here... all of this layered atop a perfectly toasty / seedy / baked cracker-y firm malt body, it’s a bit much to handle. your hops are restrained beauty: earthy, musty, lightly spiced and herbal. you’re not too big and not too small - somewhere between fit and petite... that’s kinda my thing, you know? you’re firm and soft at the same time, and dear lord is your carbonation tight. i love how your sweetness isn’t overbearing and your bitterness is kept in check. this is a long-distance relationship, i know, but i’m in it for real. madvike (3271) - 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. beastiefan2k (4007) - 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.