tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2006
Saint Andre Beer 4.6% Toasty malts are joined by bready munich, some caramel and fairly spicy, crisp, herbal hops in the nose along with a hint of butterscotch. Clear deep amber-copper coloured body is topped by a low white head that recedes to partial cover. Caramel malt flavour stands out above a lightly toasty character with fairly apparent herbal hops that are lightly spicy in nature along with moderate bitterness. Malt sweetness lingers in the lightly fruity aftertaste. Medium light body with sharp, pointy, aggressive carbonation that does not last throughout. Can’t really agree that this is close to being either a vienna lager or a bohemian lager as the commercial description suggests, but it is entirely drinkable. Stem glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (Gift, Mar-06). Thanks, Seb! pootzboy (1713) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
Re Rating this one after many arguments with fellow beirophiles over this beer’s nonconformity to Vienna style characteristics. It is still less toasty-sweet and richly malt pronounced than is acceptable in a Vienna. Color is light amber-orange from the bottle, a tad too pale for the vienna style...white-ish, rocky head that dissipated too fast to a small ring...this indicates thin malting, another deep compromise of the Vienna style. Heavily carbonated...subdued nose ... I get sweet caramel malts and a wisp of mustiness....(caramel aroma instead of toasted vienna/Munich toasted tones is not allowed in the Vienna style) deep compromise #3..... Starts sharp and peppery then the carbonation subsides a bit and the body goes weakly silky where the malts are detected...not the toasted malt wallop expected of a Vienna but overly sweet caramel, but the malts are overshadowed by sharp hops ( another compromise as a proper Vienna is malt pronounced with antennuated hop profile) however, the hops don’t grab you in the finish...as they shouldn’t in this style....the finish is medium dry but lightly malt pronounced with a nice biscuity after taste. Others here have stated that this beer went through changes when it switched brewers....I can’t say, but I do think that this has the potential to be a good Vienna.. IF.. the carbonation was toned down and some real Munich or Vienna amber malt presence was cranked up a knotch....This may be an inoffensive amber lager... no technical brewing flaws or off tatstes, but it is not a Vienna styled lager as per its marketing pretense....as a Vienna it is lacking too much style characteristic, so for that my rating is lower than most. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2006
Tap at the Alex P Keaton, in London, Ont- Props goes out to Mark< Andrew, and Jeff for getting this one in! Deep amber pour marker with an off white creamy cap. Distinct malty sugary aroma with caramel and a well delivered hop aroma. Flavours are subtle and balanced. The right amount of sweet malt with a decent hops bitterness and caramel finish make this one a winner. Glad I got to try it, and thanks again to the guys at the Keaton for getting it in. gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Odd weak scent that reminds me of Tomato soup. Rusty brown clear pour with negligable head. Watery taste but some aftertaste. Somewhat nutty and slightly warming. A bit of flower/grass like bitterness. Carbonation is very high. But of a sour aftertaste. Overall not bad and better then most Macrobrews, but nothing too special. pintbypint (3584) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2006
341ml brown bottle. Poured brassy orange, small rocky white clinging head. Nice malt aroma, faint sweetness. Flavour is toasty, woody malts, hops come through in the finish, fainty herbal and earthy, lending some dryness and a very restrained bitterenss.
MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
It’s really St. Andre and not Ste. Good tasting beer with copper-red body. Rich colour. Taste of caramels. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
draught. copper-red bdy with a very small white head. caramel malt, yeast, and fruity aroma. body is predominately malty and fairly mild in most respects .some sweet grain and soft bitterness. not too bad. average. JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle. Nice, solid amber in colour. Aroma features dark cherry and caramel, with a slight floral scent in the background. A little too fizzy on the palate. Good balance between malt and hops, but the taste is too bland, with no major flavour notes standing out. Very enjoyable on tap (earthy, excellent bitter finish) but practically lifeless in the bottle. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
Draught at Beerbistro. Pours a clear amber-orange with a small fizzy white head -- I was quite surprised by how nice it looked. Mild aroma of roasted and caramel malts along with a touch of hops. The flavour is the biggest surprise of all: WOW! Quite possibly the best lager in Canada? It tasted that good too me. The flavour, like the aroma, was a great blend of sweet malts and light hops and, like HogTownHarry mentioned, with a bit more hops this would have been a perfect beer. Just fantastic. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Draught. at BeerBistro. It has been pointed out - at length - that the reason I don’t hate this is because it’s a "Vienna Lager", rather than "Pale Lager," which is what I - and many others also not quite so educated in true beer vernacular and styles - always assuming is inside when I/we see "lager". Which is therefore why it actually looks nice, doesn’t smell or taste like micturated barn scrapings, and there’s actually malt character to it. Anyway. It poured a clear deep copper-red with an average, mostly white head. Aroma was very mild, but medium-roasted malty, oaky, ferny and sweetish - there’s a bit of hop aroma, but it’s more sweet and woody. The taste is again mild malt, maple wood, not much in the way of hop or bitterness - starts and ends a bit sweet. No corn! Average to litght, slightly slick mouthfeel, not much linger. Needs more hops, but I’m surprised how much I liked it.