ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had this one quite a few times, most recently on 9/28/07 at the brewery.
Dark for a vienna, with more a light brown colored body than the typical auburn or tan. Medium-sized beige head is well-retained, with light lacing left behind. High clarity.
Sweet munich and pale malts in the nose certainly give a full, malty aroma, as a good German lager should. Chocolate malt gives mostly color, but there’s a hint of light roast and dark chocolate, before the finish is transformed by the yeast and juicy, grassy hops. Authentic lager yeast crispness surfaces through the sweet malts and the fresh character of the yeast is endearing as well. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, no flaws.
Quite sweet up front, but with a light breadiness from the munich malt lengthening the flavor and providing good transition in to the more dry, hopped and crisp finish. Some very sweet pale malt and light chocolate sticks to the back of the palate, and overall, this batch could be probably a bit more dry. But I applaud the relative lack of breadiness. Not as fruity as some viennas I’ve had, but just as supple and well-malted as the best German examples. Soft, grassy/floral hops with low bitterness. Fantastic stuff as usual from Lamere a boire.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 On tap: Apperance is a clear copper with a light off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, honey and caramelic. Taste is caramel with hints at earth. Finish is dry, lightly hoppy and lightly acidic.
At last a very needed update on this. If you manage to catch it fresh and despite its consistency, one of the better batches, you’re in for a treat. An immensely drinkable, very fresh, bready, almost caramelly, but all in its gentle nutty, toasty munichs. Remarkable flowery, fresh, clean hoppiness. Superbly delicate hallertau. From 3.0 to 4.2!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: Superior Vienna. Smooth, round and very pleasant lager.
How: Tap (many times) at brewpub
The look: Clear amber body with a long-lasting small off-white head
In long: Soft, bready, round and smooth. Limited sweetness and timid aromatic hops leaves a lot of room for the lager yeast. The chewy malt brings a flavour of caramel with the sweetness removed (if such a thing even exists). Some wet grass. A good beer although it is below par considering the rest of lineup of this excellent brewpub. These guys are undoubtedly the masters of czech lagers and this Vienna is pretty much as good as they get but the Vienna style is rather constraining. I mean, there’s only so much Van Gogh could do with a Home Depot paint roller and a bucket of white paint.
tom10101 (5911) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ L’Amère à Boire. Clear amber with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, cereals, malt and light fruits. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet and about the same as aroma. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Ok beer, but nothing outstanding.
notalush (5837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber, with a frothy, lasting head - a nice combination of fruit, caramel, grain/rye in the aroma - smooth, medium bodied, and lightly tart up front - gets a little sweet and bready, with some nice caramel flavor to it - the hops get stronger and more herbal near the finish, and the malts get more biscuity - a decent vienna.
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Dark pour, even for a Vienna, with a generous off white head. Aroma of lime, vanilla, banana and grain, completely unexpected aroma - Wow. Taste is quite sweet, chocolatey with some banana and grain. Very smooth carbonation, slightly creamy palate. The surprise.
Marheb (5639) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Légumes bouillies, cuir, chocolat noir, sucre d’orge doux. Pas vilain cette vienna.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours an amber body with a white head. Light malty body with dry malt notes, a hint of oats, nuts, and almonds. Caramel and a noble hop bitterness. Nice offering.
SlovakSniper (5467) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Un verre. Une bière légèrement ambrée. Un col mousseux dense. Un nez touché par les malts caramélisés. Une touche fruitée bien discrète. Des saveurs diluées, des malts sans surprise, des flaveurs en manque de houblons. Un corps mince avec un pétillement modéré. Une texture qui rappelle légèrement la crème. Une finale qui n’est pas parfumée. Quelque chose qui cloche. À reboire, j’imagine.
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body was dark copper with a white head. The taste was sweet toffee with some cake icing. There was also some tea. The taste was old leather with some toffee and cherries. There was a nice dry finish. A pretty good Vienna.