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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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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 08-05-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-01-2013 06:36:57 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

04-16-2013 19:43:36 | More by pcsnyder
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2.99/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:52:26 | More by TMoney2591
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3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-13-2013 06:46:38 | More by Zachtheporter
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New York

3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +11%
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
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

02-22-2013 03:15:02 | More by RudnicsMEB
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-25-2013 06:19:28 | More by GRG1313
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

01-05-2013 05:54:21 | More by sendbeer
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

12-26-2012 19:16:50 | More by dsuedbeck
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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

12-22-2012 04:33:06 | More by ejimhof
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3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

10-26-2012 03:49:44 | More by Hacksaw34
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

10-25-2012 03:59:43 | More by norinco


2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

10-23-2012 04:58:40 | More by THEGENERALISMO
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-04-2012 01:23:16 | More by GiantMidget
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

09-19-2012 21:09:07 | More by MumboJumbo
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-11-2012 00:50:53 | More by onewitchymom
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

08-08-2012 01:30:44 | More by Moby
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3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

07-27-2012 02:34:44 | More by Mick-e-d
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3/5  rDev -5.7%
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
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-25-2012 22:56:53 | More by AndrewMichael
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

06-24-2012 16:57:31 | More by Zakk
Vienna-Style Amber Lager from Tommyknocker Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.