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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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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005)
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Photo of MattyG85
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

MattyG85, May 19, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber, med.-small pale tan head steadily shrinking to thin foamy ring; tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is nice toasty grain, dry bread, faintly earthy-caramelly.

Taste is very nice toasty bread & grain, caramelly nuttiness, light sweetness with balancing light spicy-peppery-toasty bitterness. It has a nice, firm well-rounded character with good balance and some complexity. Overall, it’s an excellent Vienna.

Offa, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of trettinma
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

trettinma, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

richkrull, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of treehugginslug
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Very sweet malts. I can smell caramel, tasted nuts, and honey. Barely any hops

T - Taste was a little too sweet for me. I did taste the honey. With a aftertaste of freshly milled grains.

M - Good amount of carbonation

D - I liked it, but it was just too sweet for me peronally. So, I could drink a couple, but not a sixer.

Would I buy it again? No
Would I drink it at a party? Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend? If they liked sweet beers.
Did my wife like it? "I didn't dislike it, but I wouldn't drink it. It falls right in between that spectrum"

Overall: It was a nice, sweet, inexpensiv beer. But it was just too sweet for me, good honey taste.

treehugginslug, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Amber color with a foamy, white, 2-finger head that left no lace.

S - It smelled malty/bready. Not much else.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt...fairly sweet...pleasant. Finishes dry with dry grain notes.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied. A pleasant stickiness lingers.

D - This is decent vienna lager. Very easy to drink. At 5.99 a sixer...serious consideration to have on hand as a flavorful session option. Still better than most macros.

Brunite, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of phantos
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a American pint glass frosted in the freezer.
A nice one inch white foam head, great lacing.
Beautiful rich amber color. Nice bubble.
Toasty on the nose.
Malty and medium bodied. Nice finish.
A real sleeper at $5.99 a sixer.
Marzen drinkers should appreciate this one.

phantos, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Erish
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: clear copper color, aggressive pour produces a one-finger caramel-colored head that quickly falls into a scant cap with thin lacing.

S: caramel malt, apple, subtle dried fruit aroma, light floral hop aromas.

T: loads of caramel up front, the middle shows some dried fruit and vanilla, the finish is buttery crackers with the barest kiss of herbal hops lingering alongside the dried fruit.

M: light to medium-bodied, watery to slightly silky texture, well carbonated, palate-cleansing.

D: There is nothing really remarkable about this beer, but it is very drinkable.

Erish, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer is a beautifully clear amber color with an off-white head and some moderately ok lacing. There is sweet toasted malt in the aroma and a hint of caramel that is inappropriate for the style but inviting none the less. The initial flavor is sweet toasted malt, but the sweetness is not at all overwhelming. The flavor immediately transitions to a slightly bitter finish but overall stays very balanced. The flavor could use some more complexity, but it is quite good. An average Vienna Lager, but the quality to price ratio of this beer are more than enough reasons for me to recommend it to anyone.

SuperSpy, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber body with a one inch white head. Smells initially malty (caramel) prior to a hoppy bite. Slight EtOH in the nose. Tastes pretty much the same as the smell, somewhat bready and a good hop complimentation to support the caramel malt backbone. Feels somewhat slick but not too much to make this beer off-putting. Overall, a great TJ beer and the best of the three TJ's I have had so far!

Beerbluesbiology, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of cbak999
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all, this is a real solid Vienna style lager. It's sweet and malty, with just a hint of hops in the after taste. The beer pours an crisp amber color, with little head and just a little bit of lacing on the glass. It's not a go to style for me, but this is a session lager that I'd go to instead of a macro offering.

cbak999, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours copper in color with a nice, lacy, white head. Not much carbonation. Aroma is malty, bready but very weak. Watery on a palate with a caramel malt upfront and week spicy hoppy finish. Not the best Vienna, but very drinkable and inexpensive.

mikeg67, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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).

TMoney2591, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good one. Pours a clear bright amber with a tight mearly white head that has less than average retention but some decent side glass lacing.
Aroma is bready malts with distant fruity hops.
Taste is creamy, with some sweetness up front with maltiness throughout to a dry finish.
Got the hops in the aroma but didn't come through in taste, but I still liked this quit a bit.
Easy enjoyable with good drinkability.

jadpsu, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of deafcat
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/6/10 poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass

a - dark amber with decent 1 inch head - nice ridge of head sticks around for awhile, good retention

s - caramel, malty goodness, surprisingly strong for what i expected to be a pretty bland beer

t - this is a nice, full-bodied brew with great taste. sweet caramel malts, a tiny hint of corriander, some hop presence as well

m - sweet, nicely carbonated, not too light but definitely not heavy - appropriate for the style

d - excellent, could (and have) sipped this one all night - this is a highly drinkable beer

Overall this is a choice brew. Definitely my favorite in the style that I've tried - yes, even better than Sam Adams. Especially for the value, this makes a great "standard" brew to keep around, is both enjoyable enough for me to appreciate it, and "simple" enough for non beer-loving friends to enjoy. Also, certainly the strongest in the Trader Joe's line of these apparently german-inspired brews. Will continue to pick this one up.

deafcat, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

I got a bunch of the German Style beers and assumed that the Vienna lager, i.e. Corona, Dos Equis, would be mundane and uninteresting. I was looking forward, however, to the Pilsner. The opposite is what happened. I loved the Vienna. Very good color, flavor, aroma and balance. Very good and I'll have it again. The pilsner, however, is not so great.

david18, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper brown color, with a small off-white head. The head does not retain well, and there is no evidence of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Delicate sugary caramel, crystal malt.

Taste: Quite malty compared to what I was expecting. Caramel sugar up front, toasted malt throughout. No real hop presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but still retains a bit of a crisp character. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew to sip and relax, without having much complexity to think about here.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of hmk22
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer...a little light in the mouthfeel department, but a decent hop profile without the malty syrupyness I sometimes find in so-called "Vienna"-style beers. I think Trader Joe's does a much better job than Costco with their in-house brand beer (although I have not tried all of TJ's offerings)...I think it's great that mass-market retailers are finally trying to make beers like Vienna. The price is good, too, and TJ's is a good shopping experience (with no Whole Foods attitude).

hmk22, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours moderate amber with thin white head.

Aroma is grainy and sweet, nothing special.

Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and light biscuit, better than average. Leaves a nice sweet malt character in the mouth.

Refreshing but a little underattenuated and thick, nit a bad beer.

SShelly, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Little red amber with big tan foamy head with okay retention and uneven lacing. Light hop aroma and what reminded me of an adjunct lager. Smokey hop balance that muddies the waters until their is nothing but a generic beer flavor by the end. High carbonation with a mouthcoating numbness and slighly tacky feel.

There's just not much to say. It really wasn't anything in the way of interesting. oh well...

Bfarr, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Light caramel in color with a fairly large off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind a small amount of lace.

Smell: Smells similar to a malty pilsner.

Taste: Begins with sweet grain flavors, finishing with a buttery flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with sharp carbonation up front that rounds out and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This is a decent representation of its style, though even Sam Adams Boston Lager is better. Still, this is vey cheap and cheaper than even BMC beers (at least here in NYC) so is definitely something worth buying, even more than once.

Mosstrooper, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

IntriqKen, Aug 11, 2010
Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.