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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 52 | 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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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%

dgeebs07, Today at 01:07 AM
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass. Liquid comes out a nice golden amber color. After an aggressive pour the bubbles rise up quickly producing a thick head about two and a half fingers thick, mostly small bubbles. Head goes away after a little bit, not much in the way of lacing. The golden liquid glows a bit if you hold it up to the light, absolutely perfect clarity. Nice looking beer.

Smell is really good, smells of nice hearty somewhat sweet bread with a solid crust. Almost as if there's a modest honey glaze on the malts, caramel and pale if I had to guess, maybe even honey. European hops provide a nice spiciness in addition to some solid floral notes. Pick up the lager yeast at the end. Really well balanced.

Taste is a slight step up from the smell, it really has a lot of flavor. All of the above mentioned malts seem to make their way through in the flavor here, sweet, and even a little buttery. Picture a hearty slice of freshly baked then toasted hearty homemade bread with butter and then sprinkled with honey. After that they European hops provide a nice earthy, spicy, almost herbal flavor. Again this is perfectly balanced, both bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Nice medium body so it's not too light or heavy, yet it possesses a nice full flavor. While it's buttery, it's still clean and pretty smooth. Carbonation isn't too strong, but I wouldn't describe it as modest either, it's perfect for the style. Hits both the sweet and bitter parts of your tongue in a big way and balanced perfectly. Starts sweet yet gets a nice buttery and spicy (somewhat) dry finish. Crazy drinkable, could be a year round beer for anyone who likes beer. Really solid brew.

AndyAvalanche, Yesterday at 03:17 AM
Photo of Satsuma
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Satsuma, Yesterday at 12:40 AM
Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Mongrel, Monday at 07:03 PM
Photo of psmithmkt
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

psmithmkt, Monday at 01:27 AM
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Hellpop65, Sunday at 10:07 PM
Photo of corywalston
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Easy poor ¼ inch white head. No carbonation. Color is a beautiful gold/orange. 4
S. Alcohol, citrus, rice? 3.25
T. Taste like the bottle says very bready, light orange peel. After taste is thick and skunky in the best way. 4.25
M. Crisp and slightly chewy, dry. 3.5
O. Pretty good I’m not a big fan of the style of beer but still pretty good. Give it a try. Hard ass buzz for 5.3% ABV. 3.75

corywalston, Sunday at 09:01 PM
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +5.5%

AngusOg, Sunday at 02:02 PM
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Gagnonsux, Sunday at 01:27 AM
Photo of curasowa
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of fluffy white head that fades with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Bready malt, some faint graininess and floral hops.

Taste: Bready malt up front, slightly sweet with a dry, resinous hop bitterness building, becoming quite pronounced on the finish. Also some faint nuttiness and a little spice on the back end.

The Rest: Great looking, excellent body and carbonation, this is a stand-out lager.

curasowa, Saturday at 06:00 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

sloelco, Saturday at 07:08 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BigRedDog, Saturday at 04:29 AM
Photo of timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber, nice head. Aroma is roasted malt, some grassy-like hops. Taste is much like the smell, some sweetness from the roasty malt, and a very nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very crisp, almost full-bodied, not like a normal lager. Overall, I really liked this beer a lot. It is a very refeshing and well-crafted beer - but that's what you've come to expect from Sierra Nevada, and they deliver nicely.

timontheroad, Saturday at 03:44 AM
Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into craft tumbler.

A- Light amber in color, with great clarity. Off white head is foamy and holds at one finger.

S- Mild toast, even more mild malt sweetness, and a slight noble hop sting.

T- Toasty malt again, and the sweetness is really mild. The hop bitterness balances the sweetness out, and is a bit spicy.

M- Great balance of malt and hop characters. The malt has a toasty bite with a mild sweetness, and the hops are mildly spicy and dry. Body is medium light. Finish is crisp and dry.

O- Nice beer. Really drinkable, crisp and flavorful. Love the balance of toast, sweet, and hop bitterness.

BWED, Saturday at 12:11 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Much darker in hue than your average lager this displays a proud foamy cap. The nose is a touch bitter and piney but it leads with a biscuity, bready and tea leaf maltiness. The flavor is malty at the front end with a finish of sweet caramel malt. The front presents a grain, biscuit and bready malt with an almost amber like toast. It finishes rather dry and bready.

KYGunner, Friday at 10:41 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

buzzedup, Friday at 02:41 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

rbmjr1, Friday at 11:50 AM
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Friday at 12:55 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

nhirsch04, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Meyers1023, Oct 15, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.