RobertDale (6853) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red amber with a nice white head. Aroma of malt with some orange and some hops. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel and hops. Middle of the road brew. Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2003
I've rather liked some of the James Page brews, but this didn't please. Nothing special in appearance--bright, light copper/orange color with a loosely formed and quickly dissipating head. The aroma was enchanting--caramel and effervescent apple. Then the flavor was a mess--some nuttiness and caramel, but also metallic, oddly bitter, and ugly sweet. Although a bit flat, the palate had a nice butter edge to it. Still, this beer couldn't make it past the fact that when it was in my mouth, my tastebuds were in revolt. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Draught. Aroma is a bit off. First sips were not pleasant, but I had previously been having a Fosters, which is different enough to require a palate adjustment period. Light amber in color. No lace and small head. Some bitterness on the tongue but too much malty off-ness. With the exception of Finnegans, my experience with James Page's beers has been less than stellar. whiskeyfairy (27) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Poured from a bottle with a pretty clear amber/copper color. There wasn’t much for aroma. I detected some sort of sweet flavor to it under all the maltiness... possibly a caramel taste??? Palate seemed a little sticky leaving my mouth somewhat unsatisfied. Overall though i wouldn’t mind trying it again. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a tall glass.
Appearance: Clear amber with thin off-white head; no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet caramel and bready malts. That’s it.
Taste: Where is the taste? Light bready malts with the slightest touch of noble hops.
Palate: Moderately high carbonation, very thin, watery body.
Overall: I have a hard time believing this is a Vienna. Nothing offensive here, but certainly nothing worth returning to either.
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2012
From bottle. Poured rust color with quick dissipating head. Mild taste of barley. Easy drinking beer but nothing to remember it for. vyvvy (6732) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2007
Pours clear amber with a soapy beige head. The aroma is another James Page diacetyl-fest ~ at least they’re consistent. There is also some toasted malt and honey like sweetness. Medium / thin body with soft frothy carbonation. The flavor starts with toasted malt and lots of popcorn butter and medicinal malts. The finish is spicy and astringent. I bought three James Page labeled beers - this is the last of the three and also the last James Page beer I will ever have. This is obviously at thumbs way down beer. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2004
Rich gold color with small head. Muted roasted malt nose. Med weight with a sweet to drying finish. Old malt flavors some roasted notes and faint cherry quality. Eh! JK (6294) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
On tap at the Metrodome. Very light malt aroma. Light red. Flavors of malt and citrus. Heavily carbonated and sour. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Appearance: ruby and garnet under an off-white head both thick and smooth with lace along the sides. Fades with a thin film lingering in the middle. Swirls bubbly.
Nose: apple mush – flesh than skin and starting to turn brown from sitting out in the open air. Moss and hay bales in back. Nondescript dry crunchy breads in the back. A tad musty and dusty.
Palate: apples – sweet flesh than bitterness of the skins. Cinnamon sticks, twigs, and dried old bread underneath. Dried apple skins in the back. Hint of staleness along the edges.
Final Thoughts: a marginal amber lager in a market of mostly marginal amber lagers. While quite possibly on its way south, the beer itself was still okay. Nothing to write home about and nothing to remember though certainly not a drain pour.