Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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Reviews by GMB:
2.85/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
10-04-2013 18:20:13 | More by GMB
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3.3/5 rDev -4.9%
Probably my go-to cheap beer for entertaining non-beer geeks, or for bringing to a housewarming or a bbq. First off let me be very clear - this does not compare to any of the drinkable beers in the craft beer movement, it is merely a step up from your typical budweiser/coors/etc. People associate Trader Joe's with being fairly healthy and quirky, so they aren't as reluctant to give it a whirl. The beer itself uses sweeter malts so it is good for female company, but don't expect much in the way of hops or depth of flavor. Its main highlights are its smoothness and acceptence by non-craft beer drinkers.
Oh and the most important part - the price. In Manhattan a six pack goes for $1-2 less than a sixer of bud light.
04-14-2010 14:57:24 | More by punkindrublic50
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a crystal clear amber orange color with a small patchy off white head on top that falls to a ring. Aroma is a mix of caramelized grains and a grassy, herbal hoppiness that exhibits a hint of fruity spice. Not half bad.
First sip brings a nice pale/caramel maltiness upfront along with some roasted grains. A nice, fairly mellow herbal, spicy, grassy hoppiness brings up the rear. I'd say this is a nice, refreshng vienna style lager..nothing incredible but a refreshing brew overall.
Mouthfeel is rather nice with a chewy body that has a creamy profile. An easy drinking beer that doesn't require too much thinking. Refreshing and under 6 for a sixer. I'd say it's a good crossover beer and I'll pick it up again if the mood strikes me.
05-26-2005 02:43:40 | More by orbitalr0x
3.7/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a clear red amber with a one finger head and little retention or lacing. Aroma is all malts, mostly sweet and no hops. Taste is mostly mildly sweet malts, not too sweet but a nice balance for drinking with food. Mouthfeel is pretty good although it's a little clingy. Very drinkable and could be sessioned. Excellent beer for less than $1.
04-09-2007 11:02:41 | More by Duster72
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
12 oz brown bottle with a batch # and freshness date on the back label along with a blurb about the beer.
A- Three fingers of foam rise quick and leave some sea foam colored head in its wake. Clarity is perfect in its sparkling amber hue.
S- A bit of malty goodness in the aroma with hints of caramel and Portuguese sweet bread.
T- Solid malt character, lightly crisp in a moderate body. Toasted maltiness throughout. Kiss of hops with a hint of herbal flavor in the malty finish.
D- Very easy to drink. Perhaps the best to come from this Trader Joe's brand, I definitely recommend it if you like malty lagers and @ 5.29 a 6-pack it is a steal.
01-17-2006 04:05:48 | More by Jason
3.78/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Decent sized white head quickly fades into a patchy layer. Lacing is pretty light.
Smell: Very malty with caramel and toasted grains. Hints of honey and citrus hops.
Taste: Toasted caramel malts and biscuit are followed by hints of honey and citrus. Light hint of hops. Tastes a lot like a marzin.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth.
Overall: A decent lager that tastes a lot like a marzin. Very malt forward but still good.
05-19-2011 06:07:50 | More by MattyG85
3/5 rDev -13.5%
Looks like a lager, a little more color to it, unlike an American adjunct type. No noticeable aroma other than "beer" if you know what I mean.
Taste, a faint sweet yeast strain I'm guessing, little hop character. Probably a better summer beer. Not bad, just a polite, mild beer.
Mouthfeel, remains constant, doesn't develop any nuances throughout. Gets some drinkability props for being cheap.
01-30-2010 20:25:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured a rich amber color with an average amount of white foamy head on it. Doesn't look like a ton of carbonation throughout the glass. Smells like malt, not much else coming through. Taste is decent. Nothing spectacular, kind of bready or grainy. Light-medium mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable - wouldn't be my first choice, but it's not bad.
03-01-2011 00:46:12 | More by richkrull
4.3/5 rDev +23.9%
Pours a crystal clear, copper amber color with a cream colored 2 finger head that melted quickly to a mere ring in my glass.
Clean aroma of lightly roasted malts and a mild citrus from the hops. Diacetyl is present at the end as a light buttery aroma.
Mouthfeel is thick with tons of tiny bubbles.
Taste is a really nice balance of what appears to be Munich and Pilsner malts making it taste much lighter than it looks. Citrus hops are present from beginning to end making this a very refreshing Lager.
This is really light and wonderful with a nice drying and only a mild citrus aftertaste. I could definitely drink these all day and will be buying more...especially at under $6 a 6'r at Trader Joe's.
08-11-2010 22:38:45 | More by IntriqKen
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a clear darkish amber with a large tan head that leaves good lacing. The smell is nice with sweet malt and bread yeast. The taste is crisp with sweet malt,bread yeast,and some vanilla? The m/f is light and well balanced making a good drinker,not great,but not bad either.
03-04-2008 21:57:51 | More by jmz62565
3.13/5 rDev -9.8%
I liked this beer, but overall, it is just a very average (good) beer.
A - I liked the reddish golden tint in the glass. Very little head.
S - Bright, citrusy
T - Again, bright and a little citrusy. I also felt it was a little bitter (perhaps in a good way)
M - very lager-ish, nothing out of the ordinary
D - A good all-around beer
03-03-2011 22:04:43 | More by trettinma
3.03/5 rDev -12.7%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Darker copper with hints of amber, decent foamy white head retention.
Smell: There's an odd cidery aroma to this that seems like it's masking the malt flavors a bit, with earthy hops flavors and some bread and grain.
Taste: Again, the cidery residual sugars seem to be at the forefront and make it a bit too sweet, and a bit too cloying, letting hints of nice graininess and citrus hops in, but that's it, hints, with a quickly fleeting finish also.
Mouthfeel: A little thin and slick in the body with an over-ripe burst of carbonation near the end.
Drinkability: Not bad for the price I suppose, and it can be sessioned, but more flavor and a bigger body would do a lot for this brew.
10-29-2008 04:34:15 | More by asabreed
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-08-2012 03:16:49 | More by augustgarage
2.53/5 rDev -27.1%
Clean, deep amber, with solid tree line lacing.
Malty and grainy on the nose...I get corn, wheat...simple.
Taste is sweet. Caramel malts and grains. Sweet and unbalanced, this brew is one-dimensional and nothing outstanding or memorable in the least.
Didn't like this one at all. Avoid.
09-28-2011 03:05:37 | More by secondtooth
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
Appearance: Copper-amber with plenty of creamy foam. Pretty transluscent. A well-bodied beer.
Smell: Some biscuit and caramel malts. A nice sweet smell. Not much else here to speak of.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, nice biscuit and caramel malts. I don't detect much or any spiced hoppiness, but there is a bit of hop bitterness. A good creamy finish.
Drinkability: The root beer of lagers.
Overall: Thumbs up to Trader Joe's here. A well-than-above-average brew.
06-06-2010 16:40:16 | More by tjsdomer2
3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
TJ's Vienna Lager. I can see there's a little bit of slightly yellowed tan to the creamy one-finger head. Nice. The body is clear with a deep-amber/copper color. Pretty good head retention. Decent lacing. The aroma is solid, with a clean, distinctly grainy maltiness that's nutty and subtly caramelish. I don't find any hops, but they are there in the flavor - floral and spicy - backing the toasty maltiness. It's rich, but I don't want to say rich, I don't want to give the impression that it's bigger than it is. There's just the right amount of maltiness to it! And there's just enough Vienna malt in the grain bill that it's toasty, nutty and delicately caramelish with an almost fruity side as well. (Don't ask me to explain that, I can't, I don't know where it comes from but I find it in quite a few Vienna lagers/Maerzens where the grain bill has enough Vienna malt to do it). As usual, it's really well rounded with a malt focus and hop-spice accent; and it's perfectly balanced by a stiff bitterness that allows the malt to shine but keeps it from becoming cloying. It finishes dry, but with some residual malt and hops lingering behind. This can be a hard style to do because it's easy to go too light or too full, but they've nailed it. I'd even prefer this to some of the more watered-down versions coming out of Germany for Oktoberfest these days. Really nice! Worth trying!
05-15-2009 23:01:19 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours an orange-amber hue topped by a wisp of off-white head that doesn't have much staying power. Aroma of toasted caramel malt, some light adjunct malt, German lager yeast, and just a touch of hops, along with some notes of bread and light caramel. Palate is sweet and malty, with a nice biscuity character. Aftertaste is slightly astringent. Body is nice and substantial for a lager. The noticeable alcohol prevents this beer from becoming an all-day session type, but it's still quite drinkable. For the price at TJ's, it's difficult to beat in its category.
04-18-2006 08:11:14 | More by ElGordo
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
BBD of 2/26/07 a little late, figured they's turn their own beer faster than that??
Pours amber with 1" of white head. A little bit of lacing & head retention
S: Corny & sweet malt
T: Malty sweetness, some iron & a little floral hops up front. Grainyness shows up soon enough. Finishes with caramel, honey malt & a bit of metaliic twang and herbal some hops
MF: A little thin & metallic with moderate carbonation
Drank a little above average for the ABV, I didn't pick stale or oxidized characteristics up. This was dissapointing
03-29-2007 02:28:40 | More by russpowell
Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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