Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Trader Joe's Vienna Style LagerTrader Joe's Vienna Style Lager

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BA SCORE
79
okay

299 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005

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Ratings: 299 | Reviews: 170
Photo of Davidstan
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good beer to style. Thin and had a slight bit of macro feel to it were my only negatives. Very malty which I expected. Good beer to knock back during warmer months and affordable.

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 17 Feb, 2015.

Deep clear amber color; excellent clarity; decent head; limited lacing.

Aroma: a nice mix of malts and hops with a touch of caramel. Malts slightly dominate.

Flavor: follows the aroma although the hops and malts are more in balance. Very good bitter-sweet balance.

Feel: medium body and near medium carbonation.

O: a quite respectable version of the style, even ignoring the low cost.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and with a bright copper hue to go along with a finger width off-white head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Bready aroma. Hints of caramel. Mild spice hop aroma in the distance.

Taste - Mild but flavorful. Bready malt with touches of caramel. Hops come through faintly, with a touch of spice, light grass and a leafy character. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with crisp, lively carbonation. Slightly silky. Goes down easy before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good Vienna here if you aren't expecting the world, and there'd be no reason to considering the price. Bargain deal from Trader Joe's. I'd consider buying it again, though if I'm being honest it wouldn't even be close to my first choice at TJ's.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Pours a clear orange-ish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a slightly lighter aroma of grassy + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a very light amount of sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy + herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: Pretty good example of the style and easy to drink - nothing outstanding but certainly well worth the very reasonable price. Definitely a malty brew but that was to be expected with the style.

Photo of risendragon
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Bought from Trader Joe's (duh) in Nashua, NH and poured into a standard glass.

A- Thin white head, translucent amber color, almost bronze (4)

S- Sweet caramel, some biscuit and maple in there as well (3.5)

T- Toasted malt, sweet caramel again, but not much else, rather one note (2.75)

M- Lager-like for sure, very crisp, and refreshing (4).

O- This is my first time buying beer brewed by TJ's and it was not as disappointing as I thought it would be. Pleasantly surprised actually. I am drinking this one to do homework on a recipe I plan to brew. The recipe is a Vienna malt IPA, think it might work? We'll find out! In the meantime, if you want something different yet vaguely familiar, check out this brew.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Joseph Brau Vienna Style Lager has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and a light molasses. Taste is of those elements, with caramel malt, and light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Joseph Brau Vienna Style Lager finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as part of a Josephsbrau 12 beer variety pack for 9.99. Pours a dark amber color with an attractive head. Taste is mostly hops, pretty expected taste of this style of beer. Definitely better than some other red ale/amber lager style beers that I've tried.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange and clear, rising bubbles, very nice head and some decent lace.

Aroma is this brew's strongest point, fruity and malty, with a fresh spring day tossed in for good measure.

Flavor is somewhat octoberfest-ish, but more toasty, with bready and caramel malt flavors, enough bitterness to balance with just a touch of floral hoppiness.

Body is medium and kind of more chewy than expected, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Drinkability is high, I'm trying to savor it, but the beer could easily go down real quick.

Overall the beer is very tasty, and I can see myself picking up a sixer of this next time I'm at trader joe's. Very good job on this one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger ivory head kept intact by constant carbonation. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a touch of toasted malt, mildy spicy. Flavor is biscuit and lightly toasted malt, starts semi-sweet but turns somewhat dry, light grassy hops and hints of wheat and grain. Finishes with earthy malt and light vegetal notes. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A satisfactory example of a traditionally laid back style. Nothing too exciting here, but it is what it sets out to be, a decent budget Vienna lager. Finish is slightly off, but otherwise a pleasant accompaniment for a meal or sessioning.

Photo of jimmah120
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by next April

Clear orange with little head. Smells like dust and old leaves till it warms, then its gingerbread, oak, English hops. Taste is a good mix of sweet grain and muted hops. There is some cheap beer flavor too, but not bad, mostly in the mouth feel.

Will grab this one again.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass

Copper red with a small stream of carbonation leads to an off white foam cap. Not much, but, there are thick lacings near the foam cap.

Aroma of grassy hops, grains , malt and a hint of spice.

First taste of sweet toasted malt, carbonation fizzes on the tongue, hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Almost too much fizz when I swish it around my mouth. I like the balance of malts and hops. Medium mouthfeel.

I like the balance of malt and hops. A beer that I would repeat at $6.99 a six pack. Might even keep in the beer fridge. A Nice little beer.

Photo of GMB
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Vienna Style Lager yields an orange-amber body and very little foam. What head does arise quickly falls and disappears without a trace ("without a lace?"). Carbonation is vigorous; large bubbles surge towards the top as clusters of small bubbles race up the sides and burst on the surface.

The somewhat muted nose is malt-forward, but notes of mild noble-type hops are palpable. Mild aromas of toffee and toasted sugar cookies, and faint notes of lilac.

There's something off balanced about the taste. It's too sweet at first. Then the bittering hops assert themselves and the beer becomes too bitter. I'm a fan of bitter beers in general, but in this case the bitterness overpowers the toffee-like malt and isn't complemented by citral or floral hoppy notes. Consequently, the kinds of illusionary flavors that well-balanced beers produce (e.g., lemon, grapefruit, herbs and spices such as coriander and pepper) are absent.

The mouthfeel is fuller than I expect from Vienna Lagers. A quick whip around the palate tosses up a bit of foam.

Vienna Style Lager's confused flavor profile is utterly disappointing. The ingredients are obviously fresh. The yeast strain doesn't leave any unwanted flavors. It's got a lot of potential, but fails to deliver. I won't revisit this one.

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The taste is filled with flavors of toasted malts and has notes of sweetness and hints of caramel. Slight amounts of bitterness and spicy hops are also noticeable, particularly towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty but is also rather drinkable. It's a pretty good representation of the style.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appreance. The beer is amber with a fluffy tan head. with some lacing

Smell : Caramel malts and some grassy hops.

Taste: It was sweet taste with moderate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: thin and a bit watery.

Overall: Not a bad beer especial if is ice cold. If I was in mood for this style of beer I would buy it again. The price is right too!

Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 09/23/13-12:11. Sampled on May 27, 2013.;

Well it looks nice anyway. There is an attractive looking copper-amber look with a thin head to start. The head dissolves fast.

The aroma emulates the German Purity law with its malty characteristic and milder hop note. Enticing enough but not much better than Becks in this case.

Medium body and creamy.

The taste is too sweet and malty for my liking. Some folks may like that. Caramel and toffee notes up front. Low to played down bitterness at the end.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Crystal clear, orange-brown, very nice looking color but head (as usual for Trader's beer) is lacking, fades quickly to barely enough foam to cover just the edges with film

S: Characteristic bready malt, hints of a little metallic that can come from the combination of malt and herbal/spicy hops, hops a more present towards the finish

T: Very well balanced, flavor is a little hop forward, very clean hop flavor, slight spicy/herbal flavor, malt is mostly a very, very light caramel, not cloying at all, easy to drink

M: Pleasant feel, medium body, hints of dryness to easy to drink

O: This beer manages to be better than the sum of its parts. The flavors do not stand out in any way, but something about it is slightly better than average. Looks good apart from the lack of head and its easy to drink.

Photo of fx20736
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought at Trader Joe's in Pittsford on 3/23/13. Price $ 1.09.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: medium orange amber with a solid finger and a half of French Vanilla colored head that recedes to a creamy film, perfunctory lacing.

aroma: lightly toasted Vienna style malt provides a touch of caramel sweetness to a well restrained noble hoppiness.

mouthfeel: average lager lifelessness.

taste: maltiness gives way to too much sweetness.

notes: too sweet

Photo of GabeQ
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tumbler.
A- Decent 1 inch head. Really pretty copper color.
S- Buttery, Bready, sweet malt.
T- Sweet and malty, butter flavor is still present, floral hoppy finish helps offset some of the sweetness.
M- Thick, moderate carbonation.
O- A decent lager, probably won't get again.

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a dense one inch dark cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick lacing.

Deeply caramelized malt, toasted bread, toffee, and a touch of dms form the initial stroma, with lightly grassy and floral hops adding contrast.

Flavor is sweet and bready, nutty, and caramelly, with an underlying metallic note and a slightly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, an astringent finish, and slight alcohol warmth.

The dms and astringent characters detract from the experience. Good melanoidin flavors, though.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a very clear copper color with a decent cap of tan head. Nebular retention and little lace.

Nose is caramel popcorn, straight up. It like opening one of those Christmas tins with the 3 sections of caramel popcorn, cheese popcorn and buttered popcorn.

Taste is caramelized toast with a dollop of creamed corn. Not really a good example of the style, or a beer for that matter. But it does not really taste all that bad...I have a soft spot in my heart for diacetyl in ambers so this is somewhat enjoyable for me. Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style due to the sweetness, and the carbonation is ample. Not too bad despite all the flaws, but I am ok with just having this single.

Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass. Best before February 5th, 2013.

Clear, burnt orange body that glows amber when held to the light; delicate yet lasting off-white head which recedes to a modest cap and gently soapy collar. Delicate arcs of lace; good retention.

Lovely German malt in the nose - toasty and distinctive (everything their Oktoberfest was not!). Earthy yet clean.

Nice malt complexity on the palate, though there is an almost-metallic sharpness to the flavor profile as well. Low bitterness offsets the malt, though the latter continues to blossom throughout the finish. Very low hop notes, mostly earthy with the slightest hint of peppercorn. While imperfect, still well balanced.

Soft, medium-light body with sufficient carbonation.

A decent take on the style, better than most mass-market lagers utilizing the name (along with an excess of adjuncts) while ignoring the traditions associated with it.

Photo of jpro
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: copper amber; cream, puffy, one-finger head; decent retention but no lace; looks good.

S: thick caramel malt; bread; some light vegetal notes.

T: sweet bread; light toast; full malt flavor; some dry, husky hop flavor, but not much; could definitively use an extra dose of hoppiness to counter the malt.

M: medium feel and moderate to high carbonation; has a really nice feel - full yet crisp.

O: a nice beer from TJ's - perhaps the best of the Joseph's Brau line; extra hops would make it perfect.

Photo of McStagger
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper with two fingers beige head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is minimal. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Bready, with some malt sugar and a bit of toastiness.

T: Immediately hit with a nutty toastiness. More caramel malt than standard pilsners. Light, but noticeable hoppiness, a touch of grassiness and malted grain flavor that permeates the experience. Perhaps a bit of dark fruit, but that is very subdued. Flavors are malt dominant.

M: Good, crisp lager feel. The mouthfeel seems "mismatched" with the flavors of the brew. I expect something a little less carbonated and little higher in body when I sip on something with a nutty or toasty characteristic. I don't find the beer to be at fault so much as I simply disagree with the style.

O: Good Vienna Lager. Just not a fan of Vienna Lagers, per se.

Photo of Brewno8it
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good representation of the Vienna lager style. Pours with nice foamy white head and biscuity aroma characteristic of the style. Color is a rich amber hue. Taste is enjoyable with carmel biscuit malt favor reminicient of fresh bread, perfect for fall. Body is medium, but matches what I would expect for this style. I tried this by only purchasing two bottles. I will easily pick up a 6-pack next time at Trader Joe's. Good brew.

Photo of Kendo
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is light-chestnut with a small whitish head. No lacing.

S: Not terribly strong - roasted grains and a touch of toffee. Roasted grains seem to give it a slightly "off" scent.

T: Not a lot going on here, either. Again I get roasted, toasted grains and sweetish malt. Overall taste impression, however, can be summed up with a word that describes both the taste and the mouthfeel: "watery." Finishes fairly clean with some lingering sweetness.

M: As noted above, thin and watery in feel. Carbonation is modest, but there.

O: I don't know how much I paid for this, but I know it was cheap. So it's got that going for it. Inoffensive, but nothing memorable.

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Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.