Diamond Knot Vienna Style Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery
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1.73/5 rDev -42.3%
I was interested in this as I love a good Vienna but this is not a good beer at all and it's a terrible example of a Vienna, tasting nothing like what I had expected.
Dark gold/pale amber, it has a big off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring no lace. It looks all right, not great but consistent with a Vienna.
Aroma is decent but also not great, caramelised barley toast, wet hay, hint of soap.
Taste is dreadful, ultimately settling into nothing but concord grape juice (think Welch's purple grape juice) with a hint of bread dough. In more detail, it has a slightly lemony-sour and caramelly element up front at first, hint of grain, and hint of yeasty, light sharp bitterness at the end which lingers but overall that concord grape character really dominates and that's not good here. It is thin and watery of character and feel.
02-13-2014 01:32:12 | More by Offa
2.35/5 rDev -21.7%
Pours a light coppery red color with a big head of fluffy white foam over two inches high. Patchy lacing remains after the head subsides to a slightly chunky film.
Smell is metallic, grainy, bubblegum and some lemon. Reasonably well balanced but not great.
Taste is grainy, metallic, citrus (lemon mostly), some yeast. Balance is good but the flavors aren't.
Medium body, lighter effervescence, combined with the lemon note, makes it seem like there is lemonade mixed into this. I hate that. I really wish this wasn't a bomber right now. Explains why it was only $4, too.
02-03-2014 01:13:50 | More by PorterLambic
2.85/5 rDev -5%
Pours a thin head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is spicy biscuits and lemon. Really nice.
The taste is sweet upfront with a sour middle. I'm not sure if it's intended to be sour... After a few more drinks of this I'm unable to keep drinking it. The sour cannot be right.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Maybe it was a bad batch. I'll try it again in a year or two.
11-03-2013 00:02:48 | More by Fatehunter
3.53/5 rDev +17.7%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: rich golden hue with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which is dissipating somewhat rapidly. Not too bad!
Smell: very nutty and bready malt character, with a little bit of biscuity aroma. Not bad, but more along the lines of a nut brown ale than a Vienna lager (or ale, or whatever this is supposed to be). Vienna is a bit toasty, though, so this isn't wholly out of character.
Taste: much like the aroma, it's very toasty and bready. It's quite biscuity too, which is a characteristic that is not usually my favorite, but here it seems to work. The overall effect is earthy; almost like a copper ale. An odd beer, stylistically.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a quite-decent creaminess. Not bad at all.
Overall: to me, very drinkable for such a biscuity beer. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse.
10-29-2013 23:21:34 | More by flagmantho
3.18/5 rDev +6%
A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is toasted malts and an odd tartness that seems out of place.
T- The taste like the aroma has sweet slightly toasted malts up front with that touch of tartness in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, there just seemed like there was something "off" in this brew. Judging by some of the other reviews, it doesn't seem like it was unique to my bottle or batch. Not something I would purchase again.
10-21-2013 01:02:04 | More by cjgator3
3.63/5 rDev +21%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, slightly sweet. Taste is good, malts up front, some hops at the finish, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a good beer on a hot afternoon.
11-15-2012 01:18:27 | More by tone77
1.35/5 rDev -55%
Should have known that this wasn't going to be a good one, as it was on sale before the checkout isle at Total Wine.
Serving from a 1.75 pt delivered a rich hazy caramel color with a with minimal head.
Could not define any significant aromas (kind of bland)
First taste was similar to the aroma of a malty lager but finished with a really awful aftertaste
Unfortunately, after the first several sips mouthfeel was overpowered by the aftertaste.
Bottom line: Excellent beer for putting out fires and beer pong!!!
11-13-2012 01:06:04 | More by rtig
3.98/5 rDev +32.7%
Here's an interesting one. I don't know if it's due to age or something, but there's some real interesting flavors going on here, in a pretty good way. Diamond Knot's Vienna Style Ale pours out a hazy golden color with a finger of head that quickly drops down. The aroma is nice and malty with a little ... tartness? Yeah, there's some tart aspects here that actually work pretty nicely. The taste is refreshingly tart with a touch of fruit at first, followed up by some nice doughy malts. Not at all what I expected from the label - but it's good. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, a bit of an odd duck, but I honestly think it all works out.
11-08-2012 02:01:15 | More by shand
2.13/5 rDev -29%
A: very hazy orangish amber with large off-white head but very little residual lacing
S: herbal, floral, green bell peppers
T: similar to smell - herbal and floral, substantial vegetal notes
M: medium light body with a tart bite to it
O: Not a good example of a Vienna Lager on several levels: it is cloudy (should be clear), and the vegetal notes in the aroma and flavor are off-putting, as is the tartness. This sample was disappointing.
04-15-2012 23:50:41 | More by HamFon
Diamond Knot Vienna Style Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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