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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

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | 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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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%

templar316, Aug 20, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -11.8%

woodchipper, Yesterday at 12:30 AM
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4/5  rDev +5%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

chip26, Yesterday at 05:37 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SunDevilBeer, Friday at 02:36 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

chossboss, Aug 23, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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
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4/5  rDev +5%

WeymouthMike, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

GOBLIN, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

briandaube, Aug 29, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

pjvie, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kneary13, Monday at 06:46 PM
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

acurtis, Thursday at 01:26 AM
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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%

PatrickG, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Urge_isaiah, Friday at 06:48 PM
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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.