Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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86
very good

84 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 92
Photo of TheJudge
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As mass produced vienna lagers go, this was acceptable. The Hammer and Nail is vastly superior, but that makes sense, as it is more of a craft brew.

This had all the feel of a Sam Adams product. It was textbook, not creative. A heavy malt smell and flavor, without an overwhelming hop presence. It would, in fact, benefit from a stronger hop content. This is an immanently drinkable beer, but not one to go out of your vay to find. (434 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got to try this one from the Sam Adams World Class Mix Pack. I have to give credit to the BBC for brewing a Vienna-style Lager and trying something different. However, while drinking this I found this to be not at all that different. To me it seemed like a happy medium between the Boston Lager and the Octoberfest.

Sam Adams Vienna Style pours a nice medium reddish amber color. A 1 finger off-white head formed, and lasted for just over 40 seconds. The smell seemed light to me. There was some malty caramel notes, some nuttiness, and a light hop fruitiness in the aroma. The mouthfeel was more thin and fizzy than what I was expecting, but the overall mouthfeel suited the beer well because it did have a degree of smoothness to it. The taste had a decent malt flavor with notes of caramel, nuttiness, and toasted grains. Some very light butteriness. Decent hop bitterness with some spicy qualities. Moderate bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is pretty clean, as some leftover bitterness ensues. It all finishes out with only a little alcoholic warmth.

This was less hoppy than the Boston Lager and less malty than the Octoberfest. Overall, it was a good, drinkable beer, but for some reason I expected more out of the flavor, as it was a bit weaker than I thought it would be. I wouldn't mind having this every once in awhile. (1,345 characters)

Photo of palliko
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer: it has qualities that remind one of a bock. The initial contact is "brown" like the beer: malty, mild, but interesting. The middle is not sweet, but has a nice smooth mouthfeel. I like the after taste: mellow with a hint of coffee. It does have strength. If I were out somewhere and there was nothing else interesting on tap, I would order one. (365 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliant, dark copper beer topped by a thick creamy off-white head. Very good head retention. Nice malty aroma shows good biscuit and caramel notes, backed by peppery hops. The taste has nice caramel notes, some strong roasted flavors, and a good bitter finish. Almost a buttery component as well. The odd, lingering bitterness leaves a bit to be desired on the aftertaste, especially when the metallic notes come through.. The mouthfeel is rather creamy, with finely bubbled carbonation. The drinkability is OK, but the funky aftertaste holds this beer back. (560 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to an amber/copper color with a diminished head. The aromas are biscuity and toasty. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor, with low hop bitterness and flavor. It is a light-bodied beer, which is very smooth and finishes clean. It is a very easy drinking beer; I truely enjoy examples of this style. (302 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish copper color with a small white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, and taste is malty as well. AS the beer warms in your mouth the carbonation increases, and melds well with the sour/bitter hoppy aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good to - Sam Adam's seems to always be able to produce brews full of character, that can be enjoyed by anyone. While not exceptional, like I said, it can truly be enjoyed by anyone (426 characters)

Photo of DPMomutant
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer appears a medium amber with a small, short-lasting head. A swirl produces a small lace that flows quickly back down the side of the glass.

The smell is a malty, slightly sweet smell. The taste matches this description but doesn't quite match up to others I've had of this style but is good.

This beer is smooth as per the style, a little lighter than I'd prefer though.

While I could drink a few of these at a time, I probably wouldn't seek out this beer. I do see this was right at the end of the freshness cycle so maybe I should give it a try again if they put it out next year. (600 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice Vienna style, not great, but very worthy. The appearance is of a darker body than expected tending more to bronze than copper. The tan head is good, retains well, and laces down the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and light; virtually no hops noted here.

The flavor comes across as malt, primarily of caramel and the taste lingers a bit long in the finish as the finish is not at all dry. The feel is medium bodied and lacks a crispness. Still it is not too light nor watery. Good drinkability makes this a good Vienna to go to when something better, say, oh, Eliot Ness, is not available. (610 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a light cream colored head that settles slowly over clear, attractively inviting bright reddish-golden liquid. Nose is toasty malts with some underlying sweetness...hops, where art thou? The taste starts off with a ever so slight spicy/tart note thats followed by bready toasted malt flavors that mingle with a hoppiness that compliments, not overwhelms the delicate malt taste. Finishes a little bit dry and very crisp...all in all, a very nice take on the Vienna Lager style. (493 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m glad this one reached six-pack status

Slightly sticky, tan, standing head. Pretty darn nice looking amber body with some haze. Expected (albeit modest) Vienna malt nose Some caramel and slightly toasty flavors balanced by cleansing carbonation and reasonable bitterness. The only real probable that I saw was a slightly sticky-sweet finish. A little more hop character would have done this one well. (407 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Sam Adams Winter Sampler Pack.
Pours a ruby red with a thin white head that clings eloquently in patches. Initial smell is of roasted malts and that's it. Initial taste of malts, followed by a touch of caramel. The hops are noted as well towards the end, and it finishes with a syrupy taste. Another fine quality product from the Sam Adams lineup. (357 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty sweet musty smell. Clear rose colored look. The head is light brown and larger bubbles. Rich malt base to the flavor with hints of hazelnut and a touch of roast vanella on the back of the tongue. Quite crisp on the finish. Sweeter but rounded by hop. Medium mouth with lively carbonation. Aftertaste leaves a mellow vanella film on the tongue. (349 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a limpid deep copper color, the head massive, but desiccates quickly, leaving a fine sheet of lace, both light tan in color. Malts dominate the nose, but clean and fresh nonetheless. Front has light sweet malt taste, the top middling. This beer finishes with a gratifying hopped presence and is charmingly acidic with a droughty aftertaste. Quite a pleasant drinking beer as “Lagers/Pils”, as my past ranting and ravings has shown are not my favorite style, but I like this one. Ranks #686 on my current 1000 beer master list. (543 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably Sam Adams' best. Really enjoyed this one for it's color, and taste.
Dark brown with a decent foam.

It has a deep, semi-sweet flavor - just like a dark should have. Heavy on the malty flavors and smells. There is a touch of brown sugar/molasses deep in the flavor, just enough to enjoy withou competing with the malt.
It has a bitter finish, but no lingering aftertaste.

Very nice, try this alone or in the Winter Sampler. (442 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice light amber/copper color. I had little to no head on mine.
Aroma was very malty and thats about it for the aroma.
Taste though was better than it smelled.Big malt pressence with some toasty sweet carmel quality. Crisp and smooth drinking.
Many better beers out ther, but this wasn't half bad. (300 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, with a two finger tan head, leaves tiny rings of lacing.
Flower like aroma, lemon and zesty/spicy, also a note of butter and a bit of mustyness.
Light earthy/herbal hop taste, ligthly toasted vienna malt. A minor note of orange. Very mild bitterness.
Medium feel, very easy to drink. (309 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper / orange color with a small 1/2" head. Very light lacing developed. The aroma is barely distinguishable, as some malt is the only item of notice. The flavor is quite malty and fruity with some very light bitterness. The malt begins to dominate as the beer is consumed.

Medium bodied that is smooth at the start but has a dry, metallic finish. The malt seemed to linger quite a bit on the tongue. The mouthfeel was a slight turnoff and brings drinkability down. (479 characters)

Photo of Amdahl
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet again, Boston Brewery makes a beer that that is most enjoyable, but not one that I will be picking up again. This beer pours a beautiful dark red with minimal lace. The smell is mainly of roasted malt. The taste is very well balanced, but the beer was severed too cold for me to be subjective for tasting. (309 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is scarlet red in color. Orange streaking accents the color. A small film of a head. Beige in color. Minimal lacing is observed. The aroma of this beer seems very grainy to me. Almost like stepping into the grain room of my homebrew store. Nice. Toasted notes and graininess form the foundation of the taste. Some slight toffee tones. Hops seem to be in place just for balance. The creamy mouthfeel is pleasant, but this seems just a tad too carbonated. Pretty drinkable decent brew. (Nowhere near as enjoyable as my benchmark for this style however, which is Great Lakes Elliot Ness). (595 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty straight-forward malt aroma, somewhat sweet with a slight roast quality. Attractive amber color, medium head that leaves fairly quickly. Nice malt taste with good balance of hops to take the edge off of the sweetness. Flavors lasts nicely. Slight toasted quality to taste. Carbonation feels a little heavy, which takes away from the softeness and creaminess. May actually be a little too strong of malt for style, which prevents it from being as soft as it could be. Still, this brewer sets standards that others a can be judged against, and this beer is no different. (575 characters)

Photo of genaro
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA Vienna Style Lager. It had a pleasing amber/gold color topped with a light coffee-colored head. There were some bits of lace. The aroma was floral with sweet caramel factored in. This was a mellow beer, not too hoppy and not overly malty. It had a decent bite with a bit of caramel. This was pleasant, drinkable session beer. (328 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and ruddy under a gummy lace. Beauty. Nose of Vanilla ice-cream sparingly drizzled with caramel sauce and replete with toasted nuts and Maraschino cherries. Mmmm. Toasty malt back is cut nicely by a small wave of laid back bitterness. Verging on thin and fizzy. If Sam's Vienna had a little more ass, it could be a brew to reckon with. (340 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: decent - brown 355mL brown bottle, a decent semi-craft label.

Appearance: awesome. Deep amber in colour with a thick and foamy head with great retention and slathers of lacing. Looks brilliant!

Aroma: spicy hops up front - smells of the typical pine and citrus seen with most American Pale Ales.

Taste: tastes more to me like an APA that hasn't been overly hopped. Quite a smooth palate with light spices and caramels.

Aftertaste: lingers for a short while. Same taste, leading to a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a steady stream of carbonation that carries the flavour well. Dry on the finish.

Overall: I'm not sure what the 'Vienna Style' ale is all about, but this is a quality American Pale Ale. Not sure it's worth the AU$70 a case (2013), but hey - a 6pack every now and then won't hurt. (829 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color with a rapidly-fading tan head. Fresh aroma, with a mixture of toasted malt and some "sweetness". Very malty flavor that is balanced nicely by a touch of hoppy character. A nice, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean and leaves you ready for another drink.

Another solid offering from the Boston Beer Comany. I would like to see this offered as a stand-alone product (only available in the winter sampler). (430 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown glass bottle from Winter Classics Pack. Reddish dark copper in color. Ivory colored creamy head which maintains a thin layer throughout the beer. Aroma is grainy, roasted malts and burnt caramel. Roasted malts with toffee notes dominate the flavor, but hops are sufficient to balance the sweetness and allow the beer to finish well. Adequate body and good drinkability. Another solid, but unexceptional Sam Adams. A good Vienna Lager, but IMO no where near the beer that the Great Lakes Elliot Ness is. (514 characters)

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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