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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States
greatriverbrewery.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nice maltiness with hints of caramel and a clean finish.

12 IBU

Added by bennetj17 on 04-25-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
37
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 37
Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber, almost brown, with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Aroma is not very strong, but what I can smell, I like. A combination of floral hops and caramel malt. Pleasant enough flavor. Has a German malt character with some sweet fruity hints. A touch of floral hops to round things out. Not a big beer so it is light drinking, not too bitter or sweet. Probably could knock a few of these back without a problem.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce cans. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is deep caramel brown. A half-finger of light, off-white foam disappeared almost instantly, leaving behind a skim and thin ring around the edge.

Smell: Hairspray, or faint nail polish, is most noticeable at first. (It is nowhere near as strong as it is in some Schell beers, though.) Underneath are toasted malts, caramel, and a little toffee. There are hints of dark fruit esters hanging around in the background, and there is a surprise dusting of cinnamon. As it warms it becomes very bready. It kind of oscillates between a salon and a school lunch cinnamon roll.

Taste: The first couple sips are an awkward fusion of the hairspray (I really have no clue what that would impart that; floral hops?), bready malts, and caramel. As the beer warms, the mix becomes much more pleasing and tasty. Hairspray continues to dominate, though.

Drinkability: This is the last Dos Pistolas I will drink from a glass. The rest will be straight from the can, baby!

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Too dark, though not by much. I liked the flavor, though it could have been more malt and less carbonation. The aroma though was weak. I'm excited to see the product though, and I will be buying more of it this summer. The format is great, 12 oz cans and six packs are very freindly to the fire pit.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very characteristic dark brown color, clear, with amber hues. Wispy, off white foam creates a thin head that leaves a fine ring and a few suds behind. Not a strong aroma, but I do get some faint sweetness from the malt, very clean with a touch of nutty caramel. Not bad.

Doughy, caramel malt taste throughout. It has a hint of roast and a mild bitter finish. The beer has a light thickness, though the carbonation is somewhat fine but works. I'm surprised there is actually a degree of robustness here which I did not expect. Alcohol is well hidden though.

Beating the Mexicans at their own game, Great River has made a decent dark beer. Good balance, with rich enough flavor for a session brew, it could be a bit more refined but overall it works. You could drink this with a lime but I'm glad I didn't. Worth a try while it's fresh.

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Dos Pistolas from Great River Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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