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

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style LagerSamuel Adams Vienna Style Lager

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84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 ecoboy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, shows what happens when you take the time to really concentrate on something. I didn't know I liked this!

The head hung on like a champ through all 12 ounces. Lovely ruby color like the flesh by the pit of an apricot; pilsener fans might be frightened.

Sweet fruity (peaches, sweet cherries) and floral nose. Approaches maibock in aroma.

The flavor is more of caramel and bread... I was disappointed the fruit in the aroma did not extend to the taste. Floral hops character present for balance. Finishes clean, but not dry. The malt aspect resonates through swallow and thereafter.

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Photo of aaronh
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright red-copper body, outstanding clarity, topped by a frothy, rocky off-white head. A strong breeze from the bakery delievers fresh bread to the nose. A large chuck of caramel hits the tongue first, with some cereal notes at the end. Hops are there to curb the sweetness, but not to assert themselves. Maybe a little lingering tingle. Finish is fairly clean. Mouthfeel is smooth, not syrupy. A good drinking lager, sliding between the Boston Lager and Octoberfest is the Sam Adams family on the malt side. I've always thought Sam's winning percentage for lagers was higher than for ales, and this does not alter my opinion.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with fuzzy head that lasts but not much lace. Appealing musty aroma with solid malt backbone. Malts are the name of the game here, namely Vienna malts which makes this a very Oktoberfest-like beer but without the spicy hops. In fact there is not any hop bitterness or spiciness here at all, rather just a dryness towards the end. Malts are sweet and sturdy, the beer is thin and watery but this is more refreshing than it sounds. There is enough flavor here that the thinness is not a drawback. Also it requires no effort at all to drink. This style of beer is hard to come by, but Vienna malt is one of the few beer ingredients that pairs well with tomatoes, and the breadiness of the malts here should reinforce any good dough, and the watery character should wash down any sticky or fatty cheese that lingers in the mouth or on the palate --- so in other words this is a perfect pizza beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper color with medium head that was gone right away,smell was slightly spicey and caramelly sweet.Taste was nice and malty sweet with caramel tones,there was some dryness in there as well to keep it from being overly sweet.One of my favorite styles this one is a hit with me,very drinkable as well for the style.Good job on this one BBC.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting cordovan polish with ruby hues color. The off-white head fades to a thin layer and leaves a sliding lace. An almost creamy, caramel sweet malt body make for a gulpable beer. Sweet malt and light fruit, plus hop aroma. Lime-like hop bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Could provide a welcome balance to spicy BBQs.

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Photo of marburg
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow -- I put this thing back in a hurry. My cousin knew I was coming over and that Blue Light wouldn't quite cut it, so he grabbed a Sam Adams holiday 12-pk out of his closet and put it in the fridge for me. And I'm glad he did; I'd never had this before, but it's quite a drinkable beer. I often find that the malty sweetness of lagers gets to me after a while, but this was really smooth with a clean finish -- not dry by any means, but clean. The aroma and taste were, to my mind, a little nondescript. Faint hints of caramel both in the nose and on the palate mixed with that almost-sloppy malt-derived taste that I think is kind of common to a lot of lagers. Tasty and just so easy to drink.

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Photo of fattyre
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium dark brownish copper with a large clingy tan head with lace. The smell is of spicy hops with an underlying sweet malt. The taste has an almost perfumey front with a mild sweet malty middle and a spicy hoppy finish. This is a rather enjoyable crisp malty lager that is more good than great.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just bought a six-pack of this (didn't think it was available in sixers) I poured it roughly to produce a very large fluffy head. It's a brilliant amber color, with wonderful clarity. A pleasant toasty aroma provides a welcome greeting. It's a smooth beer with some enjoyable zingy carbonation. Some caramel and toastiness come through, but no flavors are outspoken. I don't want to call it bland, because it isn't. It's kinda close I guess. I enjoyed it very much, nothing too assertive, but plenty to enjoy.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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Photo of kelticblood
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not an impressive pour at all.Weak head but moderate lacing.Amber in color.A crisp clean mouthfeel.Basically tastes like Budweiser with a little more malt.A light bodied lager that lacks a distinct taste.Leaves a light wheat finish with a touch of bitterness.Easy to drink but I wouldnt want to drink alot.Not really an aroma at all.Needs more hops and maybe some spices.

Later review:Pour was exceptional with a huge chunky,thick,and foaming beige head.Malt flavor with a hint of lemon.Mouthfeel could be a bit more crisp.Dark amber in color.Sweet flavor with an aroma of hops.A bit too much malt but it did give it a nice taste.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper color with sheets of fine bubbles and a large and rocky cream-colored head, and lots of sticky lace, which rings the glass beautifully.

Aroma: Rich aroma of toasted malts, caramel, herbal hops, and dark fruit.

Taste: Taste begins with dense sweet and toasted malt flavors, a bit reminiscent of dark bread, sweet brown sugar notes appear in the middle of the taste. Near the finish the toasted quality of the malt dominates, along with some mild and lingering herbal hops.

Mouthfee: Quite smooth and creamy. Despite the abundant carbonation, it imparts no sting or harshness.

Drinkability/notes: As a fan of malty beers, I must applaud loudly. Hopefully this beer will be available in six-packs soon.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like most SA products so when I saw this I didn't hesitate to grab it. This beer poured a very deep ruby color with a nice sized almost white head. This brew had excellent lacing, more like sheats of foam on the glass. The smell was kind of hidden but I could sense a little maltiness and not much else. The taste was pretty crisp with a nice malt like taste. This brew was not as sweet as I thought it would, however a slight sweetness is detectable. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this brew was easy to drink. I think this might make a good session brew, I could probably drink it all night.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew was a nice copper color that poured with a big, tan head. A thin layer persisted the entire drink and left a little lace on the glass.

Smell: The overriding aroma of this beer was a malty sweetness. To a lesser extent, there was a spicy aroma that reminded me of licorice and coriander. This was very faint, though. Also, there was a bit of hops on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very impressive. A rich, smooth, full-bodied beer.

Taste: This was a sweet brew, though the sweetness was subtle and malty, not artificial tasting. The roasted malt flavor really filled the mouth. The finish was prickly on the tongue and cheeks. Any hops presence was more noticeable in the mild spiciness of this beer rather than by any bitter flavors.

I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of kwill
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a nice amber color. Pours with a decent head that lingers longer than most. Beer has a nice malty smell with hints of sweetness.

The taste is quite good with a nice balance of malt, caramel, and a bit of spice. Beer finishes clean with no aftertaste except a faint bitter taste in the back of the mouth.

Nothing really stands out too much and nothing is too overpowering. A good beer that is enjoyable and very drinkable. Unfortunately I have only seen it in the winter 12-pack sampler.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a light tan colored head, solid, creamy, good retention. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy. On the nose the aromas of grain, light toasted malts, hints of dark fruit. On the palate flavors of bready grain, light toasted malts, hints of dark fruit, sugar sweetness (little to much), herbal hoppiness. Decent brew, a little too sweet, but still drinkable.

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Photo of chilidog
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As you open thisone the malty aroma is noticed first. It pours a nice deep amber color with a full fluffy off-white pillow.Lace is good and plenty. The taste is more of toasted malt with a smooth as cream mouthfeel. A great lunchtime, sandwitch brew. I too hope they put this in sixers sometime soon.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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).

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vienna Style Lager? Well I am no expert on Vienna - And I don't recall much history from Vienna regarding lager either. That said - this is a good and drinkable beer. I tend to like lagers after a choice from Belgian beers and German wheats. This is a pleasing taste and a light hop flavor compared to most Boston Beer Company styles. Very drinkable though.

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Photo of Brent
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a keeper from Sammy. Low-key, but tasty. The aroma cold from the fridge was was malty, with a suggestion of chocolate, and the flavor was quite malty. As the beer warmed, it thinned out a bit and let the hops jump in. Slightly tart, but quite pleasant and a good companion for food.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.