TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Clear rust. Wispy collar of eggshell foam. Aromatically malty, with polished notes of fallen leaves, poundcake, molasses, jelly cookies, marzipan and honeysuckle and candied fennel seeds (Hallertauer). Unabashedly malty and rich with chewy browned biscuit notes and a zingy hop licorice hop tickle. Flavorsome oily hops ensue and boost the hefty yet clean and vivid maltiness. An artfully incorporated splash of orangey fruitiness provides brightness and induces saliva, before a palate-cleansing mineralic firmness and lager-yeast snap confidently arises. Vibrantly sappy residual sugars give a maple sugar effect which dovetails beautifully with the earthy dried leaves and nut skin malt. Very cleanly fermented though and not at all overly sweet. Exemplary malt definition. A lightweight dusting of hay rises above the sturdy browned biscuit notes and ripe poundcake malt, which almost suggests the mouthwatering succulence of melanoidins. Hallertau-derived honeysuckle and herbal shades elegantly pervade and maintain balance with a nectarlike sweetness. A glimmer of hop spiciness and hop leaves seamlessly fuse with dried leaves as poundcake, cookie and hay dust linger. Even in in Franconia it’s very rare to find maltcentric lager with this kind of refinement, but the brewers have done exactly that with this lovely Vienna. While this is a full-on pastry-rich malt bomb, it offers a little bit of everything, namely a delectable punch of orangey fruitiness and German hop sparkle to complement the intricate maltiness and to attain harmonious balance. Perhaps a touch more cleanness and a snappier, more mineral-rich body to assist with the residual sugars would take this closer to 4.0 level, but all in all this is a refreshingly unpretentious and solid example that does nothing wrong. fidemaster (327) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Aroma is caramel, and spicy hops. Beautiful Amber color. Starts off sweet, caramel, honey, malty. Following is spicy, grassy, bitter taste. Has clean finish, and creamy. Excellent Lager! balloonbuffoon (394) - - JUN 5, 2017
12floz bottle bought as part of mix-six for $9, there is no visible freshness dating on this particular bottle. Poured it into a nonic glass. Appears with a 2-3 finger head with large pockets of air atop an amber body. The aroma is not great is one way to put it as there is a strong soap presence. Flavor isn’t too bad. It is actually quite tolerable, tastes like sawdust and dirt. It’s at least drinkable. Scipio (1118) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Pours a clear amber with a medium, bubbly white head. Malty aroma consists of caramel, nuts, bread, and earthy malts. It isn’t very potent though. The taste is bitter. Its exactly like the nose, only stronger. Caramel and earthy malts come through on top, and they are pretty heavy. Bread, nuts, and floral hints are found underneath. Caramel aftertaste. Medium in body, smooth in texture, and average in carbonation. Very easy to drink. As this one advertises, it feels like it will go well with just about any food pairing since nothing is too extreme here. Enjoyable. Cavie (4725) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Tap at Pour House. Clear copper orange color. White bubbly head. Big malty aroma. Soft caramel grains, floral hop notes. Malty sweet aroma, floral hops, caramel notes. Low bitterness. Finishes fairly crisp. Very drinkable.
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Cgeib12 (2) - Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2016 does not count
If you want a beer that pairs well with anything, here it is.
Pours a copper color just like any amber lager.
With a hoppy after-tone.
Leighton (21551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle at Ben and Alida’s wedding - Chicago. Pours clear, deep copper-gold with a white cream topping. Caramel and bready malts in the nose. Medium sweet flavor with notes of cereal, rich bread, light berries. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sugary finish with some toasted grains, caramel and light, leafy hops. Pretty decent amber lager. akoeninger (764) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2016
Tap at Graze. Great cooper clear color with white head that lingers. Aroma is mostly toasted malts, slight spice, honey. Taste is similar and enjoyable. Smooth and drinkable, finishes sweet ben4321 (6550) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Draft. Clear amber color with a thin tan head. Light and malty aroma. Clean, earthy hop. Not overly sweet with a mild bitterness as well. Solid beer. asaphelps1 (13) - - MAY 26, 2015
Love this lager, pretty much has become my goto, and it goes well with plenty of different foods.