shrubber85 (11382) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Tap. Light raspberry malt aroma. Dark amber color with moderate head. Light sweet malt flavor. Light body. Very light but tastes good - nice for the style. Holdwine (1228) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pretty average micro. A little going on, and I mean a little. This is a good lawnmower beer. Crisp and easy to drink with enough malting to give it some character. A bit watery with a litle bitterness to remind you that this is an America fest beer. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Crystal clear amber pour releases a nicely lasting off white head, and the appearance is quite promising. Light caramel aroma, perhaps some faint hops. Malt dominated flavors with some citrus hops coming through a well carbonated, even fizzy, light to medium body. Pleasant enough, but nothing special. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Weeping Radish Fest Amber Lager pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a creamy white head, and a good amount of carbonation. The nose is very well done on this beer with an excellent balance of toasty/nutty malt aroma and grassy/herbal hop aromatics. The palate is firm, with plenty of sweet, toasty, and nutty malt flavors. The body is round, and clean, making this beer very smooth and drinkable. Fest Lager ends with more sublime balance, good toasty malt flavors up front and some nice herbal hop bitterness at the end.
This is a truly exceptional example of marzen/Oktoberfest bier, with fantastic toasty/nutty flavors, and great balance austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
I’m surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did, given how bitter it is. This beer has a fairly sweet caramel malt, and an uncomplicated flavor profile with a touch of medicinal hops that’s oddly enjoyable. I so rarely have Viennas, but they DO indeed have a distinct flavor. Though I can’t put it into words, that flavor is certainly present in this Weeping Radish brew. Very nice.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
A nice straight forward festbier that is clean and malty. Well made and enjoyable. demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Thin color but great head. Not much on the nose, a little sugar and hops. Thin and crisp. A decent quaffer but nothing to write home about. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 21, 2005
Orange-amber body, thin looking. Big eggnog colored head. Decent looking. Smell is fresh hops, very sweet sugar, caramel malt...lacking complexity. Taste is roasted hops, pit fruit, nuts, butterscotch, tootsie rolls, and some fresh vegetable/carrot like flavors. Taste is suprisingly complex, given that the body and aroma were mediocre. Some woodsy, bourbon notes as well. Glad to see this a Vienna, as it certainly is nothing like the ’amber’ tag this beer sports on its bottle. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 1, 2005
(12 oz bottles: Obtained in trades with jasonp and suttree, thanks Jason and Phil!) Pouring the first bottle of this beer, this is one of the darkest amber lagers I can remember; deep ruddy amber color, bordering on light brown, and it’s quite hazy as well. The light-tan head pours to half an inch in height, and gradually subsides to a filmy layer, leaving no lace. But the second bottle? It’s a few shades lighter in color, more like an orange-amber. That’s a pretty wide variation in the batches in my opinion, but I’m not a brewer, so maybe it’s quite common. Another difference is the amount of carbonation bubbles, with very few rising in the first glass, but a veritable army of bubbles rising in the second glass, which aids the retention of the light-tan head. While the first bottle is quite flavorful, the second one seems thinner in flavor and body, so from here on out, my comments will apply to the first bottle, the more flavorful one. It’s moderately sweet, but seemingly less sweet than many of the other Viennas I’ve sampled, and the toasty flavor is readily apparent. A bit of earthiness comes out as the beer warms up, and caramely maltiness is a pretty important component of the flavor as well, but it’s not overwhelming either, so this beer isn’t tiring out my palate at all. Despite appearing like it’s lightly carbonated, the mouthfeel is actually carbonated quite nicely. Body is light-medium, so a bit thin for the style to me. The aroma is only lightly sweet, a bit toasty, perhaps a touch earthy, and somewhat "lagerish." Overall, this is an okay beer, just about an average beer to me. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep, crystalline ruby with thin, off-white head. The aroma is very caramely and malty. So is the flavor. In fact, I was recently making some homebrew and boiled over the wort (messy), and when it hit the stove burner, it put off an aroma almost identical to that of this beer.