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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The rich amber color and caramel flavor of this beer are derived from the generous amount of caramel malt in our recipe, with just a dash of roasted unmalted barley for a subtle toasted flavor in the background. The sweetness, body, and mouth feel tell you that this is an all-malt beer. The finish has a balanced edge of Willamen and Casade hoppiness which cuts through the malty character, leaving a clean palate which beckons for more. Note: the terminology of "stein" refers to the appropriate drinking vessel and not to a type of beer made with hot rocks.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2005
In the bottle. Pours a hearty amber with a fluffy yellow head. Sally the cat types this about the beer while walking on the keyboard: wssssssbnnnne9oooooo. Decent malty aroma. First flavor is a slightly sour surge. Follow this with a weakly hoppy taste. This is the closest beer Ive ever had to a cheese taste. Odd. Light palate and well carbonated. Leaves a lasting bitter taste that is not particularly pleasing. If this is an all-malt beer, does that mean that this brewer usually uses adjuncts?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Medium amber color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel and fruity. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Nice slightly toasty malt front. Lively carbonation, but a touch watery. Nice drinkable Vienna. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6104) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to joeybgood for this! Pours copper with a small tanned head. Aroma is malty and leaning towards sweet with nice caramel notes. Lighter hops in the nose as well. Taste is sweet and malty with more caramel. Ever so slight hoppiness coming through to balance this nicely. Light bitterness. Body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation feel. Finish bring more of the hops forward along with light bitterness, creamy malts and caramel. Nice!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Came to this with high expectation based on the recommendation by a trusted friend. A little disappointed. Poured copper with an off white head. Slightly funky aroma. Some pears, caramel, malty, cookie dough. Medium bodied. The flavor was mildly fruity, malty, some caramel. Just not impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 This brewery continues to impress me. Several of their beers seem to rely on sweetness through heavy malt, and it works well for them. This beer is all about malt; it is there in the aroma and very much so in the flavor. Sweet, and the "subtle toasted flavor" is clearly present but not dominant. A great Vienna, and there are not many of those.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Reminds me of beers from Sierra Nevada. Floral note on the aroma. Although it is an all malt lager it tastes to me of hoppy notes, maybe just imagined.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
The brewery tour is wonderfull! The brewery bartender told me this is their best seller, and I must believe him. Beautiful to see, smell and drink, and i do whenever Im in Milwaukee.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Pours with barely a trace of a head. A very dark amber color that was as expected. Nice malty aroma of tobacco and some toffee. The taste is a toasted bread with some hints of pear at the edges of my tongue. Plenty of bite from the carbonation and an ashen finish. Thanks Frank.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4058) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Dont know if Id call this a Vienna with its strong emphasis on hops (American hops, no less)--not that that makes it a bad beer or anything. This tastes more or less like an APA without out the fruity ale-yeast character. Amber with a fluffy off-white head. Nose is hoppy with pine, toffee and citrus. Good malt depth but fizzy. I poured my second bottle roughly to dissipate the excess carbonation and that helped immensely. Gently assertive bitterness in the finish. Definitely a quality lager. I could see myself drinking this from a great one liter stein in a beer garden some summer afternoon.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bright ruby with a small off-white head. Sweet cherry soda aroma. Sweet cherry bubblegummy flavor, not much else, certainly no caramel. Medium light body. I could live without this one.


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