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Diamond Knot Vienna Style Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

Diamond Knot Vienna Style AleDiamond Knot Vienna Style Ale

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 30.64%


Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not really a lager, but ale that imitates a lager style.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 10-04-2010)
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Offa

California

1.73/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was interested in this as I love a good Vienna but this is not a good beer at all and it's a terrible example of a Vienna, tasting nothing like what I had expected.

Dark gold/pale amber, it has a big off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring no lace. It looks all right, not great but consistent with a Vienna.

Aroma is decent but also not great, caramelised barley toast, wet hay, hint of soap.

Taste is dreadful, ultimately settling into nothing but concord grape juice (think Welch's purple grape juice) with a hint of bread dough. In more detail, it has a slightly lemony-sour and caramelly element up front at first, hint of grain, and hint of yeasty, light sharp bitterness at the end which lingers but overall that concord grape character really dominates and that's not good here. It is thin and watery of character and feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:32:12 | More by Offa
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a light coppery red color with a big head of fluffy white foam over two inches high. Patchy lacing remains after the head subsides to a slightly chunky film.
Smell is metallic, grainy, bubblegum and some lemon. Reasonably well balanced but not great.
Taste is grainy, metallic, citrus (lemon mostly), some yeast. Balance is good but the flavors aren't.
Medium body, lighter effervescence, combined with the lemon note, makes it seem like there is lemonade mixed into this. I hate that. I really wish this wasn't a bomber right now. Explains why it was only $4, too.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:13:50 | More by PorterLambic
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a cloudy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is spicy biscuits and lemon. Really nice.
The taste is sweet upfront with a sour middle. I'm not sure if it's intended to be sour... After a few more drinks of this I'm unable to keep drinking it. The sour cannot be right.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Maybe it was a bad batch. I'll try it again in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:02:48 | More by Fatehunter
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flagmantho

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which is dissipating somewhat rapidly. Not too bad!

Smell: very nutty and bready malt character, with a little bit of biscuity aroma. Not bad, but more along the lines of a nut brown ale than a Vienna lager (or ale, or whatever this is supposed to be). Vienna is a bit toasty, though, so this isn't wholly out of character.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's very toasty and bready. It's quite biscuity too, which is a characteristic that is not usually my favorite, but here it seems to work. The overall effect is earthy; almost like a copper ale. An odd beer, stylistically.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a quite-decent creaminess. Not bad at all.

Overall: to me, very drinkable for such a biscuity beer. Not perfect, but you could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:21:34 | More by flagmantho
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cjgator3

Florida

3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish color with an off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and an odd tartness that seems out of place.

T- The taste like the aroma has sweet slightly toasted malts up front with that touch of tartness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, there just seemed like there was something "off" in this brew. Judging by some of the other reviews, it doesn't seem like it was unique to my bottle or batch. Not something I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:02:04 | More by cjgator3
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, slightly sweet. Taste is good, malts up front, some hops at the finish, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would be a good beer on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:18:27 | More by tone77
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rtig

Florida

1.35/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Should have known that this wasn't going to be a good one, as it was on sale before the checkout isle at Total Wine.

Serving from a 1.75 pt delivered a rich hazy caramel color with a with minimal head.

Could not define any significant aromas (kind of bland)

First taste was similar to the aroma of a malty lager but finished with a really awful aftertaste

Unfortunately, after the first several sips mouthfeel was overpowered by the aftertaste.

Bottom line: Excellent beer for putting out fires and beer pong!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:06:04 | More by rtig
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shand

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's an interesting one. I don't know if it's due to age or something, but there's some real interesting flavors going on here, in a pretty good way. Diamond Knot's Vienna Style Ale pours out a hazy golden color with a finger of head that quickly drops down. The aroma is nice and malty with a little ... tartness? Yeah, there's some tart aspects here that actually work pretty nicely. The taste is refreshingly tart with a touch of fruit at first, followed up by some nice doughy malts. Not at all what I expected from the label - but it's good. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, a bit of an odd duck, but I honestly think it all works out.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:01:15 | More by shand
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HamFon

Florida

2.13/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: very hazy orangish amber with large off-white head but very little residual lacing

S: herbal, floral, green bell peppers

T: similar to smell - herbal and floral, substantial vegetal notes

M: medium light body with a tart bite to it

O: Not a good example of a Vienna Lager on several levels: it is cloudy (should be clear), and the vegetal notes in the aroma and flavor are off-putting, as is the tartness. This sample was disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:50:41 | More by HamFon
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.73/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up for a whopping $1.99 at Total Wine. Poured a murky orange and brown color, ugly muddled haze to a beer that should have lots of clarity. Aroma was lots of vinegar, copper pennies.

Taste, more copper pennies, terrible off flavor of vinegar/metallic sourness. Can't really discern any of the Vienna malt here, any mild sweetness or body is enveloped by the weird off flavors. I mean drain pour weird.

Since my last foray into discounted Diamond Knot beers at Total Wine was a total bust, I made sure to wait until I was able to split this four ways. It was pretty much unanimous this was a terrible beer.

I like Diamond Knots hoppy stuff not bought at Total Wine, but other than that, their discounted stuff is that way for a reason. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 16:54:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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GRG1313

California

3.93/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I review this one to help it get sufficient reviews for a score.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber orange with hints of red and gold and a short yellow/white head. Nice color.

Nose is initially sweet honey that softens and has a bit of an orange undertone but the honey character is very pleasing.

Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated and has a tart/sour character. Highly acidic (which is a good thing for my taste).

Flavor profile is somewhat unique to my experience and I confess I am not an expert with Vienna Lagers. Flavors are full with green ivy, crisp green celery and peppers and with green vegetable undertones.

I like the tart green acidic flavor profile and find it great with food. Finish is a nice pine/green pepper bitter that lingers.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:59:53 | More by GRG1313
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Nerudamann

Oregon

4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute glass.

Look – soft amber color, a little hazy, with about half a finger’s worth of white or off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – hoppy, but with an interesting floral essence to it. A little sweet-smelling too…reminds me of butterscotch for some reason.

Taste – Much like the smell, it’s obviously hoppy, but it has this other essence to it that’s somewhat masking the hop’s taste. It has a tang and muskiness that almost makes it seem more like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, but maybe leans a little more toward the creamier side.

Overall – very interesting brew to sample, taste, and think about. Good taste and intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:20:01 | More by Nerudamann
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

1.73/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: sort of a hazy orange hue. too hazy for a vienna. head is reasonable and there is some pretty lacing here. i guess since it's an "ale" i can accept the haze.

S: smells more like apple cider than beer. kind of confused by this brew. a vienna ale? what should i expect? probably not apple cider no matter what.

T: fruity. a bit cider-like. apple cider. i think there is something wrong here...acetaldeydhe? and cider? booo.

M: moderate mouthfeel on a light body.

D: what exactly is this thing...how can you be a vienna and be an ale? not possible in my opinion and this bottle proves my case. regardless of the off-flavors, i dont think this would have worked.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:51:27 | More by Jimmys
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that becomes an oily film on the top of the beer. Random patterns of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty malt and some light fruity aromas. Taste is actually a bit sour with some malt and fruity flavors. It doesn't completely ruin the taste, but it's not so good. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is not too good of a beer based only on the sour aspect found in the taste. I think that this could be something decent if that issue wasn't present.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:17:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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elNopalero

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy golden-yellow. Almost resplendent in the sunlight. It presents a bold malty-sweet aroma that dominates. Tastes sweet, ends dry, with a thin finish that disappoints. Looks are unfortunately everything for this one. I like the idea behind it, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 19:01:15 | More by elNopalero
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, amber-orange body with a smallish, frothy (for the time it's around), white head.

Smell: Homemade apricot jam spread over lightly toasted bread and biscuit tops and a teeny tiny sprinkling of herbs and old dried lemon peel.

Taste: Bready malts forward with some slight chewiness to them, gaining some biscuit-tasting momentum, while delivering a scant caramel sweetness. It has that tangy apricot fruitiness noted from their other brews. Minutely herbal, dully citrus-hinting hops with sufficient bitterness to balance. Drying, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Certainly a non-traditional Vienna, what with it's ale yeast strain producing a scorching case of fruitiness that starts to become grating after awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 20:55:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a nice and tempting fruity overtone. It pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with a decent off-white head. Malty flavor has a firm hoppy undertone and just a hint of fruit. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz to it. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:58:55 | More by Cyberkedi
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5.6% ABV. per bottle label.I bought this thinking I was getting a Vienna lager,it says ale on the bottle!Iam not sure where to categorize this.Poured into a becker a copper/bronze with a large fluffy slight off white head that settled into frothy mass leaving a full ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Sweet fruit ale esters in the nose,much sweetner than expected,a little vienna lager-like doughiness as well.Starts out sweeter on the palate with juicy fruit flavors followed with some drying spiciness in the finish,it gets a little toasty after a bit as well.It has some Vienna lager qualities but its a little to fruity and sweet.its still a decent Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:26:32 | More by oberon
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy copper orange, great carbonation beads; thin but creamy head
S: very light, sweet aroma
T: buttery flavor; Viennese-style; darkly spicy; not malty; well hopped
M: yummy and smooth

Quite a good beer; try 'em on!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:44:29 | More by Arithmeticus
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear amberish color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Toasted malt, hops, butter and bread, grains

T: Nice crisp hops, bread, nuts toated notes and just very tasty

M: Good carbonation and sweetness, crisp, light booze and good body

D: Easily drinkable and good

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 15:47:13 | More by barleywinefiend
Diamond Knot Vienna Style Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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