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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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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

I picked up a Bottle of Sierra Nevada's Vienna Style Lager today in their Fall Variety pack at Krogers today. I've never had this beer and it's been a little while since I've had a Vienna style Lager, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for Sierra Nevada and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with over three fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left lots of patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice toasted, bready, slightly grainy, doughy and sweet malt like aroma and it's followed by just a slight nutty aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart a light earthy aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be exactly the same as the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a very light nutty flavor. On the finish comes a very light amount of hops that impart a light earthy flavor with hardly any bitterness and it had a sweet malt, grainy, toasted and bread like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, the taste mirrored the aroma nicely and it was very true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium sweetness. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a good example of a Vienna Lager, I don't drink this style too often simply because there isn't a lot of them available to me, but I know enough about this style to be able to pick out a good one and I can tell that this is what a Vienna Lager should be like. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these without getting bored with it and I think it would make for a nice Lager to enjoy during the fall. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had everything that I've come to expect from the style and nothing seemed out of place or unnecessary. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change about it. I would buy this beer again and on it's own, I think a six pack for the fall would be pretty nice. I would recommend this to people who like the style or anybody who's looking for a nice easy drinking beer with a little bit of flavor to it. All in all I was happy with this beer and it's just what I want from the style, Sierra Nevada did this style justice. This isn't my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada, but it's got to be one of the best Vienna Lagers I've had. Nice job guys, keep up the good work.

StoutHunter, Aug 21, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
2/5  rDev -47.6%

mojohawk21, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a lovely, bright gold , crystal clear with plenty of bubbles and a creamy, white head that compacts nicely and leaves lacing all down the glass.
The aroma is bread and toffee and spice and everything nice.
The taste is spice up front for me with caramel, bread and biscuit up next followed by a pleasant dry, bittering and peppery finish.
The mouth is medium bubbly.
Overall, a very tasty Vienna lager. Looking forward to my next one.

SD-Alefan, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The label has a short description of the beer and it lists the abv at 5.3% abv.

Appearance: The body has a nice orange amber color with great clarity and some visible carbonation. This is topped off with an average one finger tall head which is off white in color and settles down to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is slick and mostly just slide right down the sides of the glass as I drink.

Smell: It has a light overall presence. What is noticeable is mostly sweet and malty. It has nice toffee and nougat like notes with just a touch of floral hop spice.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is well balanced leaning just towards the malty sweet side. Like the aroma it has a very nice malty sweetness with light toffee and nougat like sweetness that is delicately balanced by Noble hop spice. It has a medium body and a smooth easy drinking feel. The drinkability of this beer is crazy good.

generallee, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of chossboss
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

chossboss, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with moderate off-white that mostly settles back.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, biscuit and toast.

Taste: Sweetish cherry and caramel mostly, with some bread characteristics. The hop balance is minimal with light spiciness and a hint of citrus.

Feel: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: This is an exceedingly drinkable Vienna Lager but a little too sweet to be among my favorites for the style.

bsp77, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

GOBLIN, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

briandaube, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -11%

On tap at the source in beautiful Chico, CA, circa summer 2011. Crystal clarity, nice mild orange sunset like appearance, perfect 1" of head on it, above standard retention and lacing. Mild fall like aroma of toffee and miniscule grassy hop aroma.

Mild heft and sweetness to the malt, it does taste like the empending doom of fall. Lots of carbonation, gives the hops and citrus a little more gusto, but doesn't take the beer too far astray from style guidelines. Everything is "light" but far from flavorless with the beer. A nice twinge of caramel, toffee, noble hops, and the smell of leaves falling.

In terms of the malt forward Octoberfest styles, this one is better than average. Right amount of sweetness and smoothness, but far from being insubstantial in any regard.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Appears a clear amber hue in the tankard style glass fits about two bottles of this great looking Vienna style lager. Bright collar of slightly off white head builds a exuberant billowing head, and leaves even thick spaced lacing with each sip.

Aroma has a beautiful toasted caramel edge, with a slight earthy nuttiness to it…malt all day a bit of honey coated toasted bread notes. Euro hops enough to give it those herbal/earthy notes, barely noticeable but crafted so well.

Flavor has really great malt layers, sweet but not cloyingly so. Toasted bread, drizzled with honey slight buttery notes…the hops come out best with each hop burp. There’s a level of finesse here that’s highly sought after clean lagering, whole flower Euro hops give it herbal/earthy bitterness to edge out some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied meant to be drank by the liter, great beer excellent sturdy level of carbonation really carries the beer so well across the palate. Complex for such a simply executed lager, really layered malts and balancing hops tastes great.

Overall, I wish they made something like this year round…a nice complement to the excellent Elliot Ness Vienna Style Lager from Great Lakes Brewing.

WVbeergeek, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of pjvie
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

pjvie, Wednesday at 11:42 PM
Photo of kneary13
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

kneary13, Yesterday at 05:46 PM
Photo of PatrickG
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

PatrickG, Saturday at 12:30 AM
Photo of Mtooman
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Mtooman, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of wildcatboy
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

wildcatboy, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Seidel.

My aggressive pour produces a huge head requiring several waits to top it off, despite the use of the half liter glass. The head is a foamy pale white and dissipates fairly slowly leaving splotches of lace and a scattered layer over the body. The body is brown with bright blonde hues and above medium clarity. Trickles of carbonation are visible.

I'm not sure this is the best word choice, but this beer smells clean. There's light caramel and bread, and slight floral hop aroma, all which are mellow and understated.

Bread and caramel carry on to my taste buds, but this type the hops are a bit more pronounced.

The beer has a lighter medium body, a smooth quality, and a fairly aggressive bitter finish. It's a good contrast to the sweeter malt up front.

I'd say this beer's best quality is that it's very easy-drinking and lends it self to drinking many at a time. There's nothing that really shines in this beer, it's more of a low-key, subtle offering.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of mudbug
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

From the 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass results in a startlingly bright deep amber body capped by a lingering foamy head of about an inch. small bubbles rise to the top.
Aroma is freshly crushed cracker and earthy must with a clean astringent tang, very appealing.
Taste is toasted bread crust, hop spice and faint mushroom, finishes semi-dry very nuanced and balanced but far more flavor than what i was expecting
Oh Ya! This is what defines refreshing and drinkable to me.
Bravo Sierra Nevada, This one is a winner

mudbug, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

javlin624, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and is a golden orange color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edge. Small spots of lacing are left on the glass. 4

Smell - Bready notes off-set by a floral hop character. 3.75

Taste - Wow, what a perfectly balanced brew! Bready malts at the forefront with faint caramel sweetness, followed by a floral and slightly spicy hop kick. Faint hints of butter and honey. Finish is semi-sweet with traces of citrus. Superb all-around. 4.25

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with tingly carbonation. Smooth, silky texture. Goes down easy and is rather quite chuggable if one so chooses. 4

Overall - I'm loving this one. Easily the best Vienna Lager I've had to date. Such remarkable balance in flavor. Comes in the Fall Variety pack and, along with the Tumbler, is a strong reason to buy it again.

TheSixthRing, Today at 08:15 PM
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tdm168, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%

Bright amber lager with orange highlights; snow white head, decent retention, fading to a thin line. Transparent brew.

Strong caramel notes from the aroma; prunes; fruitbread; and nuts.

Flavor follows the nose: very bready, fruity, and nutty. Very balanced bitterness, but still just a hint oversweet.

Very lively brew, slight sting, a little oily. Long wet finish.

This is a pretty solid, tasty brew. Very drinkable. Not my favorite style, but it would be an enjoyable accompaniment on tap with a meal.

Roguer, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +4.7%

trocketsauced, Sep 03, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.