Formerly brewed at Meantime (Asahi)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Greenwich, England


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
330 ml bottles. Unpasteurised, but filtered and artificially carbonated. Now mainly sold as Sainsbury's Viennese Style Amber Lager (Summer only).
A 'small batch' copper coloured lager combining lightly kilned Vienna and Munich malts to create a gentle balance of caramel and fruit flavours. Its subtle sweetness and rich barley taste is underpinned by the gentle spice of its Hallertau and Spalter hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2005
sweet malty fruity aromas, slightly sour. thin lagery body. strange , but not that good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DanielBrown (4474) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2004
Bottle from Sainsburys. Beautiful red hue, with a tasty caramel aroma, with a slightly sour malt edge. Head quickly bhuggers off. Thin body with a metallic quality on top of a lagery malt body. A very sweet, sugary quality. Rich, yet lagery; good, yet rubbish. Not bad - perhaps its just not my favourite style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
Bottled for Sainsburys. Deep amber body, frothy yet short lived head, dry biscuity aroma, crunchy malts with a little hop biting through. Rather refreshing, another decent offering from Meantime who should be applauded (along with Sainsburys) for trying to introduce such a variety of styles into the UK market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2004
Sainsburys version from Sainsburys, High Wycombe, Bucks. 4x330ml. A rich, malty and pleasent beer. Very tasty, so tasty infact I drank the entire 4 pack in one sitting. This is nice with spicy food

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (5306) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2003
A reasonable try at imitating a lovely but rare, certainly in Britain style.Red appearance with a rather thin hoppy taste. Suppose we should appreciate a brewery that is prepared to be different and a supermarket chain that is prepared to move away from the ordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (891) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
fruity/flowery aroma, pours with a dark tawny hue and a large and rapidly disipating head, rich caramel flavour with a malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2003
Malty nose. Copper hue, white head. Highly hopped flavour similar to IPA. Decent beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5689) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2003 Attractive bottle bought at the Greenwich Union pub. At only 330ml but with a 2.90 price tag, this is an expensive purchase for a delicate and tasty, but rather unimpressive lager. Darjeeling colour with light, frothy, fast vanishing head. Slight biscuit aroma. Low carbonation, quickly becoming quite flat. An iron bite with mild sweetness finishing in a nice, clean bitterness. Delicate, but dull. Added comment: The finish went on for ever. A long, soft and quite delicious hoppy bitterness that stayed with me for the rest of the evening. Lovely! I'm upping the points a bit. I wish there was a mark for Finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3867) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 Bottle, from Sainsburys. Deep bronze, thin shortlived white head and gentle condition. Sweet toffee and caramel in the nose, slightly smoky and with spirity esters as it warms, good earthy hoppiness in the mouth with some sweet caramel and a gentle roasted bitterness which lingers into the finish with a low caramel sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness at the end.

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