DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Pailhead, thanks Kevin!) Not a whole lot of carbonation release when I popped the cap, and the pour has only yielded a quarter-inch tall, light-tan head atop the hazy, ruddy amber body. But fortunately, this beer has a well-carbonated mouthfeel, so I guess we’re fine. As expected, the flavor is fairly sweet and caramely, but there’s a nice toasty and earthy maltiness that adds a modest drying influence to the flavor, and the beer finishes with a touch of bitterness for some balance. But the sweet, caramely maltiness is strong and dominant from start to finish. Medium bodied and a bit sticky sweet on the palate well into the long-lasting finish. The nose is less dominated by sweet caramel, and is more malty and a bit dryer than the flavor. The head eventually fades to a small ring, and lacing is, uhm, non-existent. I like this beer quite a bit, especially the dry toastiness, but it’s still just a bit too sweet. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Light clear amber, big frothy white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Floral aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel, some citrus hops. Smooth finish. TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Thanks to Pailhead for the bottle! Pours a ruddy amber with a small off-white head. Nose is malty and sweet with citrusy notes (orange marmalade?). Taste is a big disappointment. Malty but laden with more citrus - lemon peel and tangerine. A littel bit too overdone for a vienna. The hops are there and aren’t overdone but the light spice and caramel are pushed too far into the backgorund by the citrus. Body is light and has a mild carbonation feel to it. Finishes with some light citrus fruit, caramel, and thinned malt. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2005
The commercial description says it all so there is no point of me repeating it. My second Vienna this one is a little bit more flavorful than the others that I’ve had. Decent. Liked it probably would get it again on tap where avaliable. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
clear, amber color, short-lived head.
sweet nose, caramel-y, deep and fruity, slightly spicy.
Taste: nice, hoppy a bit, fruity, ...but, a bit too mild on the palate. Dies off too quickly. Lays easily on the mouth a bit, but doesn’t make much of an impact.
An adequate, run of the mill amber ale, easy drinking, but nothing much.
Not a beer that I’d ever turn away, but nothing to knock your granny over to get, either.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Pours amber with a thick fluffy head that last a few minutes. Strong malt aroma. Sweet from beginning to end. With light hop finish. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Bottle: Kind of a grassy and lightly malty aroma. Pours a transparent amber with a decent size white head with fair retention. Nice lacing. Initial big caramel flavor is followed by very light bitterness in the finish. Has a little euro lager/pilsner character to it. Light to below moderate caramel aftertaste. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Pours a clear amber color, with a light tan ring of carbonation. Light, fruity aroma with grassy hops and cereals. Grainy flavor, with nice grassy hops flourishes and malts that sweeten as the beer warms, leading to a bready, fruity finish. Medium body. A solid lager. Cartoonkhaki (1280) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Orangy amber colour with a quick to go light orangy frothy head on it. Sweet malty aroma. Slight sour dry hop bitter in favour. Smooth creamy palate. Nothing too special but decent. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Yep, thats the color of a Michigan sunset! Big tan head,too! Nose is faint, malty sweet. Burnt, crispy maltiness. Sweetness of caramel lies underneath as it warms. Somewhat raisony aftertaste, some hints of peated malt as well.