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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style LagerSierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vienna-style beers are among the world’s first light-colored lagers and were on the brink of extinction until American craft brewers helped revive the style; it’s a good thing they did. These delicate and extremely balanced amber beers rely on semi-sweet and bready malt flavors but walk a fine line with both malt and hop character shouldering equal weight. Our take on the style features whole-cone European hops, which add to the dry finish.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-24-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KeyWestGator, Friday at 11:17 PM
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright shiny crystal clear copper body, topped by a fist plus of billowing oatmeal-white foam. Drips of lace coat the glass.

Inviting fresh bread aroma.

Sweet but not too sweet caramel foundation. Floral Euro hops. Extremely well balanced.

Light smooth mouthfeel with a little lean toward medium.

An excellent take on a classic style.

RonfromJersey, Friday at 12:04 AM
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kevkize, Thursday at 02:22 AM
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2.8/5  rDev -26.1%

HiFives, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

twkirkby, Nov 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

EddieJoe, Nov 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

everlong353, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BryantForestry, Nov 15, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

John1985, Nov 14, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

animal69, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

beeragent, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, packaged date 7-22-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with one-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leavibg a ring of small bubbles around the glass, minimal lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowery, sweet caramel, bread and some spice.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then a mild, spicy, hop profile also the taste of bread.

PALATE: medium carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is my favorite from the SN Fall Pack, I'm not a huge lager guy but I would definitely buy this again, SN can do no wrong, even beer styles I do not normally like are good when they make it (see Black IPA), SN brew masters are like rock stars of the craft beer world.

HoppyBastard, Nov 12, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic pint at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Poured the color of clean synthetic motor oil, and when pooled into the glass, took on the color of the good, home-raised honey a friend of mine gets from his hives in northern Kentucky. Minimal head formed, and died quickly into a patchy cap and thick ring. Bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass like they're white girls heading for a Starbucks that just announced Pumpkin Spice Lattes at 50% off.

S: Lightly cinnamon-sugared toast with some caramel-covered toffees on the plate.

T: The flavors open with a lightly roasted caramel toffee toast, as promised by the aroma. This is quickly subsumed by a piney-earthy hop flood with hints of citrus underlying it, which plows into the forefront with all the grace and subtlety of a tanker truck loaded with nitroglycerine slamming into three school buses full of screaming children and a gunpowder factory. That hop barrage takes over completely through the middle, and lingers long after the finish, which is a severe disappointment to this malthead.

M: Very light, but saved from feeling watery by the lively carbonation.

O: I wanted to like this beer. I really did. I love Vienna lagers, to the point that the GLBC Eliot Ness is one of my favorite beers of all time. But when you take a Vienna lager and do your utmost to transform it into an Americanized hop monster version, you lose me completely. I am now sad I picked up two bottles of this in a mix your own six pack.

UrbanCaveman, Nov 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

FIN, Nov 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Ironred88, Nov 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

ToMakeEndsMeet, Nov 09, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

kilobees, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

khargro2, Nov 09, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%

ahroun, Nov 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

A- Looks exactly the style. Had a great big 2 and a half finger head that died to a nice rim. Light amounts of lacing. Body of the beer is a bright copper color. Pretty clear.

S- Toasted caramel malts. Toffee and caramel sweetness. Honey. Light fruitiness. Biscuity. Hop spice for sure. Light black pepper. I mean light on the peppery note.

T- Sweet, but not cloying. Toffee, caramel, and honey are the main flavors on the tongue. There is somewhat of a grainy quality here. Biscuty notes and a slight hop spice. The bitterness is higher on this one than in the Sam Adams Boston Lager. It's piney and earthy hop bitterness. I'd have to guess the bitterness is in the mid 30 IBU range. Biscuits and light black pepper is noticeable. The fruitiness is there, but the fruits are not identifiable. I notice light rosted coffee at the end as well. It's much spicer and hoppier than the Boston Lager.

M- Medium feel to it. It's crisp, clean, and it does refresh. Dries farily quickly. It is grainy with sweet toffee at first, then changes to a coffee type note before it dies.

Overall it's a fine beer. I wouldn't rush to the store to buy a 6 or 12 pack if that was available for this beer. But it's just slightly above average. The hop profile throws me off a little in something this malty. But that's just me. I'd say get the Fall seasonal pack of Sierra Nevada beers if you still see it in your area and give it a try for yourself.

ThomasMetal75, Nov 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

McAfee85, Nov 08, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: October 12, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstaphaner pokal... OCCASION: Happy sixth birthday, Michael... APPEARANCE: handsome dark amber body; reasonably effervescent; thick, rich three-finger off-white head that settles into articulate Cyrillic arcs and arches ... AROMA: slightly smoky; superior caramel malts; some pepper and peppercorn; some oats and dough late--a burnt toffee ending... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly creamy; slightly crunchy, with clean finish....TASTE:sweet, tempered toffee malts meld with spirited hops--bright and slightly floral--to develop a symbiotic sip... OVERALL: a crisp, malty/hoppy lager that delivers a sweet toffee reward; a good appreciation of the genre....

dacrza1, Nov 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

big2112, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ChainChompsky, Nov 06, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.