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Vienna-Style Amber Lager - Tommyknocker Brewery

Vienna-Style Amber LagerVienna-Style Amber Lager

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kojevergas on 08-05-2011)
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Photo of Mebuzzard


3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer they call an amber beer, but really it's a Vienna style lager that is only "amber" relative to BMC stuff.
It's a light copper color with a nice little white head. Could use more foam, but it was poured to the brim, so have to factor that in

Aroma is sweet and malty, with a slight zip of hops on the end. Doesn't seem malty until you take a swig off of a saison or something.

But that maltiness isn't overwhelming in the taste. Nice balance with that and noble hops, grassiness. Easy drinking, nice light weight feel and good carbonation fizz. Would go well with many menu items, or as a beginner in a flight.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 23:46:46 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of TMoney2591


2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sure, but when am I gonna finally get my hands on an Innsbruck-style amber lager...? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, straight barley, light biscuit, and a hint of lemon pepper. Didn't see that last one coming... The taste brings in more of the same, along with some very light sweetgrass and a thick veneer of some strange, vague fruitiness, one with a bit of vinosity buoying about every now and again. It's a kinda odd combination, really, and it has me vacillating between bemusement and very minor disgust. It's hard to explain... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a sub-standard Vienna lager, one that just comes across as off-the-mark to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:52:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BEERchitect


3.04/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If you tell me that there's a Vienna-style Amber Ale that takes on the taste of dark, dried and pitted fruits- that it was earthy with tobacco-like properties- and that is dry and light on the palate, I would have rushed to the beer store to sample its wares. But...

Tommyknocker's Vienna-style Amber Ale pours a honey amber color. Its tame eggshell foamy head holds a semi-firm lace. Its cascading lace trails back into beer after each tilt of the glass. To the eye, the beer does what is expected.

Strong grain aromas start sweet and hold tobacco notes that couple with, estery fruit dates, and herbal teas. Slight robust character nearly gives a whiff of root beer. Not that that's all bad, but this is a Vienna-style lager here.

Its high grain taste yields a cola-like sweetness that's hard to accept. Twangy with hay-flavored hops and lemony tartness is the only semblance of balance. A light peppery spice of peppercorn begins to remind me of Mr. Pib sodas with a more minerally finish.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is where the pleasantries end. Its medium-light body is grainy, water, and alkaline- making the beer feel like the metallic sensation of placing your tongue on a battery. Also harsh in its astringency the final impressions of the beer is much like biting into a grape seed. Low on warmth, crispness, or cleanliness- the beer's mouthfeel seems to have little to celebrate.

Problematic on many fronts, the beer in extremely very few ways resembles a Vienna Lager. If this is the style you seek, then you'll find great favor in Samuel Adams Lager, Negra Modelo, and Flying Dog Old Scratch. But if you want a real delight, Great Lakes Eliot Ness is a must-win choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 06:43:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by March 12, 2013 (woops, a day late, my bad, I`ll try to find this fresher next time I`m in PA:

Into a pilsener:

A: light red body with a two and half finger head, some carbonation is seen rising

S: light caramel, malts, slight subdued weird "cherry" (I wonder where that is coming from)

T: sweet combination through previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, sessionable, carbonation is slightly felt

O: standard Vienna Lager other than the smell, blame it on me for not paying better attention to the best by date, I`ll come back to when I find it fresher

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 14:12:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of metter98

New York

3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high dense off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and dots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and buttery bready malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts and hints of sweetness. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels a little shy of medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little too malty and sweet for the style; it could use a little more bitterness from the hops. It's easy to drink but I'm not sure if I would have another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:53:16 | More by metter98
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Magic Hat glass that some dude at Fox & Parrot gave me while my wife and I visited Gatlinburg, VA on vacation. Rock on!

A: Huge head on this bastard... about 2 heads worth. The brew itself was a translucent amber color.

S: Melted cherry "Jolly Rancher." Malty and then some. Definitely not a Vienna Lager in the strictest sense.

T: Fairly smooth, non-offending, but infinitely too sweet for this style. A tinge of bitterness, but I could have used more.

M: Carbonated enough, insane lacing left on the glass, and so, so American in its disposition.

O: Much more "amber" than "Vienna." I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:22:40 | More by Chaney
Photo of Tone


3.93/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plays a hazy, copper/red color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, slight floral notes, hint of citrus, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight hops, hint of bread, hint of citrus, and a hint of floral notes. Overall, good appearance, decent body, blend, and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 10:11:21 | More by Tone
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Served chilled.

A) Foggy looking, kind of rust colored. Really no head to speak of at all. No lacing. This looked like an iced tea.

S) Sweet aroma, actually kind of buttery, light fruit punch. Not to impressed thus far.

T) Malt sweetness, caramel, lightly toasted whole grain bread, a little fruit. There is some grass and hops presence on the backend.

M) A lighter medium body, light carbonation, but not under carbonated. Pretty smooth, finishes clean. The mouthfeel is the highlight thus far.

O) I've had my share of this style. This is middle of the road at best. I have plenty of local options that are superior. I don't see myself revisiting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:36:58 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of phishsihq


3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker Vienna-style Amber Lager pours a reddish-amber, with one-inch of cream colored, frothy head that provides some spotty lacing. Bready malt and some caramel quickly gives way to a graininess and some grassy hop notes. Caramel malt dominates with a slight breadiness under that caramel. A light fruitiness is also detectable in this smooth, mildly bitter brew. Medium in body, this beer is moderate to light in carbonation.

Zum Wohl!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:22:40 | More by phishsihq
Photo of Beer4Baltimore


3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a mix pack.
A - hazy dark amber with a one finger receding head.
S - pleasantly sweet malty caramel fruits.
T - fairly sweet with a lingering mellow fruity almost raisin(barely) background and a small bite of hops keeping in line with the 33 IBU.
M - moderately heavy for a lager with good carbonation. Alcohol is buried.
D - maybe not my first choice bit it's an easily drinkable and enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 00:53:20 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Photo of TheCondor


3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured cold from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy rust or amber color, true to form and the name on the front of the bottle. Although it produced a decent head, it quickly vanished and left little lacing.

Smell - Mild, a little on the fruit side, with a tinge of hops to spice things up a bit. Not too bad.

Taste - I was mildly impressed, although certainly not taken aback. There is a slight malty hint to it, along with some fruitiness and slight hop bitterness. There is a lot going on, but nothing really stands out as remarkable.

Mouthfeel - Actually fairly good. Finishes decent, good level of carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but nothing stands out either. To sum it up in a word, it's forgettable. The flavors seem to compete with each other, no real defining characteristic. I'd drink it again if offered, for sure, but I wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:44:23 | More by TheCondor
Photo of JayS2629


3.98/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color with great clarity. The white foam started out about two fingers but faded fast. Still ok lacing.

The aroma was much fuller than expected from a lager. Still clean, but nice bready notes and toasted nuts. Grassy hops balance things out.

Nice clean, hints of freshly baked bread, touch of cocoa, caramel, and nutty notes. Great malty front with a grassy hops to balance things out.

Overall, crisp, clean and refreshing.

A great tasting to lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 18:21:16 | More by JayS2629
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a english tea colored copper. The head dissipates quickly to a wisp of bubbles with light lacing down the glass. The aroma is amazing as sweet chocolates come through from the chocolate malts. The beer tastes as good as it smells -- toffee and semi-sweet chocolate wash over the palate with a slightly dry finish from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes clean, easy to drink.

Overall, I'm surprised at how well i liked this one. The smell and taste of sweetness is present without being overdone. Highly drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 11:50:29 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale amber with a half inch of foamy, bubbly white head that has decent retention. The nose is initially a little soapy, but once the head settles it becomes grassy. The taste is sweet and caramelly up front with some grassy, floral hops in the finish. There's a fruity, sweet characteristic throughout. It's medium bodied, crisp, and well carbonated.

Not a bad beer, but the malt and hop character seem to be at odds. For the style it's a little sweet. This probably won't be a beer that I seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:28:20 | More by tdm168
Photo of GilGarp


3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cold into a pint glass.

Amber lager is a hazy redish brown color with thin white head. It settles quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Aroma is mild and slightly fruity with a little bit of green apple and yeast.

Flavor is also mild with more of that green apple. A little nutty, sweet, and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderately carbonated.

Overall not a really exciting beer but not half bad. Also not worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:23:03 | More by GilGarp
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great looking for an amber, clear and coppery red with a monster head that lasted a long time and left great lace.

Smell was slightly fruity, slightly woody, with some caramel malts.

Caramel malt is the primary flavor, with fruity accents and a somewhat light bready taste.

Body is quite light with less carbonation than I expected from the head, but ample. Aftertaste is fruity and dry.

Overall it's a pretty good red but isn't outstanding in any way.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 22:06:24 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of RobertColianni


3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Very interesting orange color. Almost red. Very pretty.

S: At first, the scent was similar to a Belgian Trip. I was a little confused from that. After I tasted the beer, the scent was more understandable. Fruity, citrus-like, but absolutely the scent of a good amber.

T: This beers tastes like a common witbier. It has a sour peach finish that lingers in my mouth. It's a little bitter. Doesn't really settle well, but when you initially taste the beer there is a "wow" factor.

M: Very light. Smooth, with some sting. Dry. Very dry.

OVERALL: I like the beer, but I think I only like it due to the fact that I didn't expect this whole Belgian spin on things. It's a wheat beer with lager tones. Very odd. Very original.

NOTE: Live review.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 06:38:01 | More by RobertColianni
Photo of JoeAmerican77


2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured fast and furious to create and equally pissed head of three fingers, vienna titled on the bottle, vienna sausage in color. Some sweet malts and raspberry mesquite notes on the nose. The flavor profile matches nose but with less pronunciation. I let warm a tad and unsalted pretzel bread comes into the background but nothing else. The body is barely a light middleweight contender as is the subtle mini-bubble carbonation.

Overall I'm not sure why they didn't blow up this style to a bigger beer. There are good flavors here but really this is one of the most pedestrian "craft" beers ever.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:04:05 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of russpowell


2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes, along with pears

T: Follows the nose, some caramel & dryness up front as well. Some woody hops mix with pears & oaky notes as this warms. Finishes crisp with hints of oakyness & watered down apple juice

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, okay balance

Not that great an example of the style, pass on this one, lack any real flavor or depth

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:22:39 | More by russpowell
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a stange glass. "Best By" date clearly marked on label, thanks for taking this step towards quality control Tommyknocker!

Pours a mostly clear light orange-amber colored body under a finger of white thick head that lasts well and never falls to less than a thick half-finger.

Smells of soft caramel malts and light noble hops. The aroma is soft and inviting but not particularly interesting. After some swirling a bit of warm bready malt comes to the surface.

The flavor is rather muted but not watery. Malt makes up most of the flavor, and it is rather dull and singular. There is a bit of crackery goodness in the end and aftertaste, but this isn't clear either. There is a bit of hop bitterness present, but only shreds of actual hop flavors. As it warms I can detect some dark caramel notes in the finish. Everything in the flavor is fine, there just seems to be a lack of clarity. No major flaws are present.

The mouthfeel is actually pretty nice, as it isn't watery or over-carbonated and biting.

Conclusion: This isn't a bad lager, but it seems to lack a clean crispness that the best of this style have. Amber lagers can be quite tasty under the right conditions. The flavors I can taste are good, but they don't mesh as well as they could.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 14:44:34 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of Haybeerman


3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber color. Poured a 1 finger cloud-white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in wavy broken rings.

S: Sweet bready malt. Muted noble hops.

T: Sweet bready malt. Very smooth with big malt character. Mildly bitter. A little flattish and a little dry in the finish.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and a little flat.

O: Good malt character. Needs a little carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 18:06:56 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of kojevergas


2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle served into a kitchen glass in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Clear copper colour.

Sm: Caramel, nuts, and light cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramel, nuts, and light cream. In that order, actually. The nuts are a bit too restrained. Not complex, but decently built. I guess it's balanced alright.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit too thick for the flavours.

Dr: Cheap enough, and pretty drinkable, but a bit too close to watery for my tastes. I won't have it again, but serious fans of the style might enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:55:33 | More by kojevergas
Vienna-Style Amber Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.