johnnnniee (4405) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle from Market Basket
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a small but long lasting bubbly white head. Sweet bready pilsner maltiness with a hint of toast. Light floral hop moderate spicy hop flavor. Pretty nice drinker. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 7A Vienna Lagerbulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2016
AROMA: Malt-forward nose with mostly pale and amber malt. Slight toasty character. Faint floral hop presence. Clean fermentation character. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Dark golden/amber proper hue. Crystal clear with effervescence visible. Average, white, foam; little to no lacing. 2/3
FLAVOR: Mostly amber malt with slight honey-on-toast flavor. More malty than sweet. Firm hop bitterness on the finish with medium-low floral/spicy flavor. Malts and hops both linger in the aftertaste. Clean fermentation. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-ish body and carbonation. Consistently crisp. Goes down smooth. Aftertaste is a bit starchy, but faint. 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the best commercial examples of the style. It’d be perfect with just a few tweaks. 9/10
TOTAL SCORE: 42/50
NOTE: I am a rank-pending BJCP judge. I am reviewing commercial beer to BJCP specs to hone my judging skills.
Rating #2237 - 2015.12.09 - Draught @CraftBeerYYC. Clear dark brown pour with a foamy tan head, medium retention. Aroma is doughy, hints of pastry, butterscotch, and a mild citrus/fruit sweetness. Medium carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. Taste is a hint of toffee, toasted pumpernickel. Lovely malt-forward amber. brownaler (699) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Solid hop balance with a grass body, a bit of vanilla, and a bubbly finish. Chudwick (3332) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - SEP 20, 2016
12oz. Bottle from fall sampler - nose is cardboard, grass, and toast. Sip adds wild grass and cereal. Lots of flavor and balanced. Cloying finish but not too much.
Onslow (1522) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Deeper shade of gold with thin fizzy head that instantly vanishes leaving no ring or lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with toasty notes, a little citrus and hay. Taste is light sweet malt up front with some grass and lemon citrus in the finish. Even though the tastes are all very restrained it comes across as somewhat clumsy and unbalanced. Palate is somewhat full bodied but both bottles I sampled were very weakly carbonated. Disappointed. Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2016
It is a very tasty beer. Yeast, malt and hops all playing their part, but playing it lightly. It’s tasty and well-crafted but I’m not sure I’ll remember it y’know. HighlanderOne (1366) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Poured from bottle. Smelling malt, lemon, spice. Looks more gold than amber. I taste dry malt, hay, crisp hops, touch of citrus and vanilla. Refreshing feel. Not bad. bth122 (1629) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear golden beer with modest head. Has slight caramel and bread notes with light fresh hops. Light bodied. Average carbonation. This is very refreshing. Smooth and crisp with just enough flavor. Well done! Once in a while it is nice not to have to drink a hop bomb beer. They are getting way overdone. This is just what the doctor ordered.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone LinusStick (3498) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2016
A decent Vienna. Light aroma of lager yeast and sweet malt. Pour was a nice medium gold with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was typical lager. The caramel maltiness combined with a slightly sweet graininess for a light refreshing beer. Just a slight hint of hops in he finish. Finish was dry and quick. Not a huge fan of the style but this is as good as any. Good carbonation.