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Vienna-Style Amber Lager - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Vienna-Style Amber LagerVienna-Style Amber Lager

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.04/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of enelson
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Vienna-Style Amber Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.