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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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264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005)
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Photo of SuperSpy


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

01-24-2011 02:43:35 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

01-13-2011 02:10:45 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Beerbluesbiology


4.13/5  rDev +19%

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!

01-08-2011 06:48:12 | More by Beerbluesbiology
Photo of cbak999


4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

12-30-2010 23:50:53 | More by cbak999
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -15%

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.

12-17-2010 22:48:09 | More by mikeg67
Photo of TMoney2591


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

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).

12-04-2010 07:34:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jadpsu


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

11-15-2010 03:11:01 | More by jadpsu
Photo of deafcat


4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

11-07-2010 23:54:47 | More by deafcat
Photo of Thorpe429


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

10-23-2010 18:52:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of david18

New York

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

10-18-2010 21:37:41 | More by david18
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

10-11-2010 06:08:23 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of hmk22

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%

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).

09-02-2010 01:14:58 | More by hmk22
Photo of SShelly


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

08-27-2010 17:43:26 | More by SShelly
Photo of Bfarr


2.3/5  rDev -33.7%

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...

08-25-2010 23:32:09 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.18/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

08-11-2010 23:00:08 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of IntriqKen


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
Photo of ruckus232


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Clear amber color with a decent amount of off-white head that diminishes quickly.

Smell: Sweet caramel malty scent with a little bit of a bake bread smell as well.

Taste: Starts out with a nice sweetness that leads into a slight bitterness. Nothing outstanding but still pretty good.

07-25-2010 20:14:00 | More by ruckus232
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

This beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a tall off white/tannish head. Good head retention that turns into just a small ring around the top of the beer, virtually no lacing to speak of.

Quite weak in the aroma dept., but there are some light grainy malt and caramel scents. I also get some bready notes. While the nose is weak overall, it is clean and appealing.

Biscuity and bready with some sweet caramel malt, the flavor is crisp, clean and light. A slight hint of floral hops lends a little bit of bitterness to this fairly well balanced beer. Medium/light bodied and well carbonated, this is really a nice light lager that is very easy to drink. Unfortunately, I think it falls short of what a good Vienna Lager should be, but it is a decent, enjoyable lighter beer

07-15-2010 12:42:00 | More by CBlack85
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear light brown with hints of gold around the edges, an offwhite soapy head on top leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Mmmm malty. There is a dominant caramel smell that is mixed in with a a bit of a hoppy undertone.

Taste: Caramel and a slight toffee flavor mix with nice hints of hops and sweet austrian malt. Overall nicely balanced and goes down smooth without being overly sweet or tasteless.

Mouthfeel: A slight bit creamy but fairly light bodied.

Drinkability: A nice example of a great style. I could easily drink this all day long as it goes down real smooth and has a bit better of a flavor profile than many of the Mexican versions. Add to that the $6 price tag and this one looks like a winner.

06-30-2010 23:47:02 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of tjsdomer2


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
Photo of Redrover


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz brown bottle poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is amber with a fluffy tan head. Not much in the way of lace.

The beer has an aroma of caramel malts and some grassy hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of nuttiness in the finish. Given that Vienna Lagers make me think of Sam Adams, this one is less hoppy but does have that nice malt base. Beer stays consistent in flavor as you work through the glass.

The mouth has a decent heft for the style and I think it is pretty easy to drink. Would go great with Oriental chicken wings, pork chops and/or corn on the cob.

04-29-2010 00:03:58 | More by Redrover
Photo of punkindrublic50

New York

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
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.4/5  rDev +26.8%

Short, off-white head doesn't last very long. Transparent, amber colored beer holds a few streams of slowly rising bubbles. Mild aroma of spicy noble hops. Faint malt flavor up front. Crisp carbonation washes it away making for a mild bittnerness goes well with the dry finish. Although the abv is low there is just a hint of warming alcohol. Overall a crisp, clean, malty beer that goes down quite easily for a 5.7% beer.

03-13-2010 02:19:34 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%

A - Perfectly clear amber body, 1 finger head falls quickly leaving no lacing, few bubbles.

S - Malty, mildly caramel, lightly toasty. Really pleasant.

T - Malt forward obviously, subtly sweet. Just like the smell it's somewhat toasty, somewhat caramel. Flavor lingers (good), occasional metallic aftertaste but otherwise super clean.

M/D - A little sticky but the body is still thin and it feels appropriate for the style. Very easy to drink and not light on the ABV.

I really like this , especially for the price.

02-20-2010 23:16:54 | More by magnj
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

A Vienna style lager from Trader Joe's. The beer pours clean amber color with an inch of head. The foam disappeared quickly, though. The aroma is pure malt. A pleasant and inviting aroma. The beer flows smooth and with a medium body. A big blast of malty goodness on the palate. Not sweet, just malty. The finish is quick with just enough hops to balance. Drinkable and enjoyable.

This is the best beer from Trader Joe's that I have tried. For the price you can't go wrong here.

01-31-2010 02:27:06 | More by BeardedBoffin
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