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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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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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 SurlyDuff:
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Had this on-tap in Chico at the brewery. Just did a halfpint. Pours a clear golden color, with lots of carbonation but a weak head.

Aroma is sweet grainy cereal, wheat and powerdy yeast. Some light noble hop twang in here.

It's a light spicy taste with a some grainy barley and wheat. Hops are slightly metallic, but otherwise add a nice crispness. Sweet and grassy. This brew was true to style, and on the scorchingly hot day, when there was a wait for table yet the entire patio was empty, this brew really hit the spot as my favorite of the sampler and I ended up with a half pint of it. Very good lager!

08-11-2009 22:20:30 | More by SurlyDuff
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-17-2014 04:06:02 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-23-2014 03:19:17 | More by chossboss
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3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

10-08-2012 17:28:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

08-10-2014 04:13:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-23-2014 17:23:39 | More by javlin624
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-08-2014 16:15:18 | More by tdm168
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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

08-20-2014 21:49:02 | More by Roguer
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear copper color with a smallish white head that settles into a light ring. Not much lacing. 3.25

The aroma is of a light bready malt with caramel notes. A bit of a spice from the hops. 3.25

The taste is of a slightly toasted malt. Some bready notes. Its not overly flavorful but the malt is pretty damn smooth. The hops are peppery and plays well with the malt. A bit of a tin presence in the finish. 3.75

The body is light to moderate with airy carbonation. Very nice balance. Drinks crisp and is fairly clean. Its very refreshing. 4

An enjoyable vienna lager. Not overly malty or hoppy. I could drink a few of these. 3.7

08-24-2014 21:21:43 | More by Gmann
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-27-2014 00:24:27 | More by wrecknut
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-12-2014 01:01:59 | More by TrojanRB
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-25-2014 02:07:00 | More by mikeburd1128
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-18-2014 01:22:23 | More by TheWillMitch
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-24-2014 01:57:00 | More by jsh420
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clear dusky, orange color with a quickly fading, effervescent head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and a bit of floral hops.

Tastes of the nice toasted malt with some earthy, floral hops underneath. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and a bit of grain. Fairly sweet. Hops come next and add a bit of earthy spiciness and floral notes but not much bitterness. Leans towards the sweet side. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering bready malts.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice Vienna lager, but it doesn't really stand out.

08-16-2014 02:36:05 | More by ocelot2500
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-04-2014 12:07:28 | More by spark3148857
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New York

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%

08-17-2014 20:01:07 | More by campfirebrew
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-16-2014 23:32:53 | More by Lionhearted1987
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-23-2014 01:08:47 | More by JasonTaverner
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-27-2014 03:33:50 | More by TIMMA87698
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-19-2014 15:20:49 | More by ChipMurray
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-15-2014 01:48:00 | More by Voja
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel with a wave of grainy malts.

The taste was well balanced with a pleasant herbal hop. Good round malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty lager. Clean and nicely hopped.

08-25-2010 17:53:04 | More by plaid75
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

08-22-2014 23:34:34 | More by BBelch
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-21-2014 03:06:58 | More by StoutHunter
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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.