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

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79
okay

282 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 3/13/12.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is malty and slightly metallic as well. Taste is malty and slightly fruity. There is a mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager that’s not too bad but I wouldn’t buy this one again. Cheap enough though at $1 for the bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper color with a bit of an off white head that has a bit of staying power but then does not leave behind too much lacing. Served into a pilsner glass. The nose is light with some bread and a bit of caramel malt. Not too much involved. Maybe a bit of yeasty dough. Light to medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Average drinkability--nothing wrong with it but nothing good about it either.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head which rapidly dissipates on a hazy amber with golden hues body. Nice lace. Very malt heavy aroma, almost like you are smelling it in the brew tank. A little musty. Flavor is also a thick sweet caramel malt flavor. Nothing watered down about this one. I actually really like this flavor. It's very cereal like. Medium to full body for the style and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

pour was a nice medium amber color with a decent cloudiness that actually suprised me as a nice head of white rose up and hing around for a good few minutes before dropping back down to earth, but leaving touches all along the sides. aroma is light as the touches of bread and grains give way to a muted earth hops that has touches of clove in it. flavor is about the same with only touches of interesting depth found every little bit and the warmer it got the less interesting overall. still light and went down smooth and fast.

overall not terrible, just an average beer, that was about it.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-orange body with an inch of ivory-toned foam.

Smell: Sweet-scented, moderately fruity nose, smelling of honey, light caramel, and leafy hops overlaying delicately toasted, grainy baked goods.

Taste: Sweet, sugar-toned maltiness of caramel and honey-brushed coarse bread and biscuits. Slight baked apple fruitiness. A late-arriving hint of grainy Pils malt. Spicy, minimally earthy hops with a little bit of balancing bitterness. The grainy Pils malt grows a smidge bolder as this warms. Finishes drying, crispish

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A dollar won't get you much these days, but what it will get you is a decent, sweet, cost-effective brew for these tough, bitter times.

Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I wonder if a Chicago-style lager would be thick... The brew pours a clear amber-orange topped by a bit less than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuits, some crumbs of rye bread, and a touch of orange. The taste butters everything up, literally, while simultaneously increasing the orange flavor. Interestingly, this ends up being a good thing, tasting pretty...tasty. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. After being underwhelmed with the look and smell, things turned for the positive. Always nice to have a happy ending (insert massage parlor joke here).

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an clear, bubbly orange/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head that left no lace.

S - It smelled malty and earthy. Not much else in the way of aroma.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt and slightly grassy hops. It was fairly sweet.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay vienna lager. Very easy to drink and very affordable.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear and golden, with a thin white head.

Malty aroma, clean, grainy, minor hops.

Smooth entry on the palate, if a bit grainy in the mouth feel. Easy drinking, but insubstantial in the flavor department. Thin-bodied, and ultimately unappealing.

You can drink it with no trouble, but boring puts it mildly. It's frill-less and thrill-less to the extreme.

Pursue the purchase of this one only if you're on a restrictive budget.

Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Extremely clear amber with big white head in the tall Peroni glass. Plenty of suds for a big gulp. Hint of damp cardboard in the slightly beery smell.

Not much to go on here. Some buttery flavor, a lot of club soda, and a finish with the earthy, murky hops. Sweet malt but a light body. Hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, along with a metallic note.

I guess it's a matter of taste whether you like this flabby style of lager. I suppose I should try some of the better examples of Vienna Lager so I'll know what it's supposed to taste like. 12 oz bottle from TJs.

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of good thickness, nice cream, and good retention. Textbook copper colour.

Sm: Heavy caramel, light cream, and malted barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Light caramel, a full barley body with well handled malt, and nice hops (I can't place which type). It's nicely constructed and decently balanced, but doesn't feel bold or inspired. It's not taking any risks, but succeeds at playing it safe.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit sharp. Kind of suits the flavour of the body.

Dr: It's very drinkable, decently priced, and of pretty good quality. I'd have it again, especially if it were on draught.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear deep copper almost amber color. It is topped by a frothy, approaching creamy, tan head that comes about from a slight carbonation. The aroma is almost non-existent, but for a lightly toasted biscuit type maltiness and a suggestion of spicy hoppiness. The taste is lightly sweet up front with malty notes of caramel. The finish is lightly spicy with a hint of balancing bitterness that comes to dominate the finish, but in a good way as it makes you want to take another sip. This is a simple brew, it is nice and refreshing, but is lacking a depth of flavor that I would like to see in a Vienna Lager.

Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02/26/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my favorite Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- I am getting really good pours from my recent beers...to bad they don't taste as good as the pour is nice. This one pours a nice amber color with an inch head that settles to 1/4 inch and remains throughout. The lacing is very nice as well.

Smell- Very small scent...a light grainy and malty smell. I had to struggle just to get that.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and a tad of a watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Nothing special here. Just a run of the mill lager. It tastes exactly like a Gordon Biersch beer should. No need to try again.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, solid head retention, no lace.

S: Real nice Vienna malt nose, light hoppiness.

T: Sweet Vienna malt and caramel. Light piney hop character, good balance.

M: Light-bodied, creamy and smooth, soft carbonation.

O: A very well made beer to style. The flavour is right where I need it to be. At $5.99 a sixer this is a steal.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Of course I got this at Trader Joes..
Poured true to style, bright amber with a red hue. Nose is bit weak. The mouthfeel is very limited, watery. Lacks complexity and charachter of the style. This brew needs some TLC and I wont buy again or recommend. However, if you're looking for a cheap brew to down this is it.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liquid bread to fullfill my midnight craving. On to the beer:

The head on top looks like soapy root beer foam and it dissipates quickly. Even a second pour is unable to rebuild any head. The color is pale orange and clean in the body, though not translucent. Just by its look, it's closer to a soda than to a beer. The aroma does bring some hope back to the scene, but I should trend carefully 'cuz I remember what happened just a few nights ago with its Bohemian Pilsner stablemente. Nose is slightly toasty with a slightly sweet and fruity note.

This is a nice surprise. This vienna lager is loaded with malty goodness. It could be confused as an O-Fest, though with little doubt this is tasty. Sweet darker breads, toffee, nutty, bread crust, a kiss of alcohol. Carbonation has a gentle snap to the palate, body hits around medium. There's an echo of sharp alcohol and lots of malty sweetness riding long into the aftertaste.

Here's a little shocker to come out of Trader Joe's. And what has been mentioned many times over, as a bonus, the price is tough to beat.

Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange amber beer with a quickly fading white head.

Smell is malty with a strong vegetable odor. There is the scent of roasted malt in this but the smell isn't that great.

Taste is a mostly malty with a fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. Bit of Biscuit and caramel in the malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinking beer. Not great but it will do for a watching TV beer. Not my favorite of the Trader Joe beers, but if this and Heineken were my two choices I would grab this. Like all the other TJ beers it is a good value for the price.

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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