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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

256 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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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gregu2

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

10-10-2013 01:55:43 | More by gregu2
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GMB

Japan

2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 18:20:13 | More by GMB
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%

09-27-2013 00:44:38 | More by MrBallz
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truesolution

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

08-29-2013 05:41:42 | More by truesolution
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kushlash23

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

08-28-2013 15:56:25 | More by kushlash23
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yhoshijima

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

08-17-2013 14:13:52 | More by yhoshijima
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rabbitguy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-13-2013 20:42:55 | More by rabbitguy
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TwoTrees

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-30-2013 19:25:47 | More by TwoTrees
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-28-2013 05:47:44 | More by mpayne5
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-15-2013 01:49:01 | More by jrohrbacher
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Unchi

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-14-2013 13:30:30 | More by Unchi
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Tschnab

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-25-2013 19:09:59 | More by Tschnab
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:03:27 | More by metter98
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bbluemzbeer

California

3.01/5  rDev -13%
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!

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 16:44:24 | More by bbluemzbeer
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herrburgess

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-28-2013 16:46:41 | More by herrburgess
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 21:48:56 | More by puboflyons
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rhizomatic

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

05-23-2013 03:35:13 | More by rhizomatic
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:44:14 | More by dpodratsky3
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fastrodney

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

05-10-2013 23:34:26 | More by fastrodney
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ranger7

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

04-29-2013 00:04:43 | More by ranger7
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-25-2013 16:38:35 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Daktah

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

04-24-2013 17:09:08 | More by Daktah
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fx20736

New York

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 07:09:02 | More by fx20736
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RichH55

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-15-2013 15:48:33 | More by RichH55
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shick1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-11-2013 16:30:53 | More by shick1
Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.