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Diamond Knot Vienna Style Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot Vienna Style AleDiamond Knot Vienna Style Ale

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72
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 29.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 10-04-2010

Not really a lager, but ale that imitates a lager style.
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1/5  rDev -66.4%

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1/5  rDev -66.4%

Photo of rtig
1.39/5  rDev -53.4%
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!!!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.75/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
1.79/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of Offa
1.81/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Photo of Alpha309
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of HamFon
2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.35/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of dertyd
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Jamstone714
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KStark
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.81/5  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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Fkoch
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cjgator3
3.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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Diamond Knot Vienna Style Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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