DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Clear amber body with a thin white head. Aroma has caramel and brown sugar, no hops to speak of. The flavor does a 180, featuring bitter and grapefruit hops. Some caramel sweetness in the finish. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Bottle: Lite nose, carmel/toffee, and sourdough. Orange color. Clear. Small head that disappeared quickly. Roasted malt, carmel, touch of grapefruit in the flavor. Clean bitter finish. Tasty, easy drinkin. Good for mowing. I like the whole better than the parts. badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Tap at Sprecher's tasting room. Amber (duh) color with little head. A little hops and malt, maybe a hint of fruit. I didn't think it was a vienna, but it reminds me of just a good bitter. Very nice to have a few of. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Bought this beer in PA about 15 years ago. It was packaged as "Rathskeller" beer and I was really amazed at how ORANGE it was. Not much in the aroma or flavor category, but man, was it ORANGE!
UPDATE: In the pint bottle from Dirty Johns. This simply is not the same beer as the old Rathskeller beer from Pennsylvania. The link must be wrong. This pours deep gold with a white head. Mild malty aroma. Tastes like a Sam Adams Boston Lager without the sweetness. I don’t agree with the Vienna style characterization either. What a mystery! Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Had this on tap at the Radisson Wauwatosa. The glass had an amber color with a decent head and very little lace. The aroma was mildly hoppy. The flavor was clean, malty, and somewhat hoppy. The palate was mildly rich. Overall, this is a good tap beer of which you can have several.
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Draft Another beer served at Chicago's downtown Christmaskindlmart. This has a good full amber color under a thin head. Nice and sharp hop spice flavor sets it apart from others in this style. Very little else with the name "Amber" stuck on it is this tasty. Holding a swallow in my mouth excites both the sweetness and bitter portions of my tongue. Very nice, and sharper when served cold. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
No head, very little aroma. It's more bitter than I anticipated, which saves it from collapsing entirely. Some hop flavors. djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Got this in a variety pack - 16 oz bottles - modest aroma, good color, lacking in head, lasting after-taste (good), more hoppy than I expected. Easy to drink. burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2003
A decent amber beer, though a bit too bitter for my taste. Almost seemed to border on being a pale ale, which seems odd for a rich looking amber. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
A surprisingly rich mouthfeel from a toasty, slightly peaty malty brew. Malts are long lasting, very full. I'm enjoying this side-by-side with the Sprecher Oktoberfest. This one is less caramelly and more toasted. Very similar otherwise.