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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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very good

478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 91
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

blastoderm55, Today at 03:47 AM
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation and a one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Malt, caramel, not much else.

T-Similar to the nose; malt and caramel. Maybe a little grass but really lacking in a lot of flavors.

M-Medium to lighter in body, not much carbonation.

O-A bland an boring beer, not much in the way of flavor. But there is nothing bad about it.

rlee1390, Today at 03:12 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KoG, Today at 02:07 AM
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

warnerry, Today at 01:57 AM
Photo of secondtooth
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper with pleasing head of off-white foam. Thin and wispy lace.

Nose is caramel malts, toasty grains, and definitely a touch of citrus hops. Not bad.

Taste is toasty and malty up front, with a nice citrus hop zing at the finish. Light, balanced, and very well done. Enjoyable.

secondtooth, Yesterday at 09:08 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

Jufu07, Yesterday at 02:34 PM
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Ri0, Yesterday at 04:54 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Mikus, Yesterday at 01:39 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

302BeerGuy, Thursday at 02:27 AM
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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%

dgeebs07, Wednesday 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, Tuesday at 03:17 AM
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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

psmithmkt, Monday at 01:27 AM
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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
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Gagnonsux, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

vinylrooster, Oct 19, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.