Vienna Red Lager - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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3.93/5 rDev +12.9%
Had on tap at one of the Iron Hill Restaurants.
A pretty copper color, clear, very little foam, yet for reasons that are not clear to this novice, a decent amount of carbonation (many bubbles, little foam).
Smell too subtle for my preference (I like hops), but I get Earl Grey tea.
Taste is nice: again, a distinct sense of iced Earl Grey tea, some brown rice. Light maltiness and sweetness, minimal hoppiness. Works nicely with a lemon wedge. Rather refreshing and crisp, almost like an unhoppy wheat beer, but lacks that sweet, hoppy thickness that I enjoy from Imperial reds. Not sure if Vienna reds are "supposed" to taste this way.
Mouthfeel: the original taste lingers nicely without turning bitter, but I get no new dimension.
Very drinkable and refreshing. Versatile too, a safe bet for a non-connoisseur friend who doesn't know which beer to order. I can even imagine sipping on this one while playing softball on a hot summer day.
12-27-2010 23:45:54 | More by ddean
4.08/5 rDev +17.2%
A clear, deep amber body is capped by a short, off-white head that holds OK before dropping to a thin creamy collar and leaving some spotty lace. The nose is gently malty, and a touch toasty. There is a very minimal fruitiness to it but you have to look to find it. The body is medium and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays the 'juicy' malt that Vienna style lagers are known for. It's lightly fruity (red berries) and toasty. The bitterness is restrained as expected, but firm enough to balance, and it finishes dry with some lingering toasty malt and fruit. Very well done; very clean. A highly enjoyable lager that satisfies. It offers enough full flavor and complexity to maintain interest while still remaining quite drinkable. It's worth trying, and since the food and atmosphere are so good it's definitely worth making a trip.
03-07-2003 22:42:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Poured a salmon orange, a bit off color from the marzen I was expecting. Clarity was bright with a compact and creamy bright white head that was ultimately smooth, whispy and thin allowing for maximum beer allowance in the glass. Extremely tame visible carbonation while the lacing was once again thick and lustrious providing a full sheet coating on the way down giving props to either the brewing technique or very clean glassware, either way this is a good thing.
S: The nose was soft toasted caramel bread with a touch of dry apple fruitiness. Overall was moderate in strength for a lager.
T: The flavor opens up with sweet toasted caramel and some spicness, fresh cinnamon that was lightly accented coming off more as a tweener beer. The flavor was smooth, tough a little light and lacking in substance. A good intro beer, when I think of a Vienna lager I think of Sam Adams as the staple. The hopping and caramel sweetness as well the body fall a bit under here.
M: The mouthful was really light perhaps a low point here even for a lager. Was expecting much more body here and substance. The Vienna malt seemed sparingly used adding just enough to be noticed, but not enough to be appreciated for the more demanding craft drinker body wise perhaps due to over filtering.
D: Easy drinkabilty and average enjoyment gives this a push to just slightly above average status here. Once again a good lawnmower beer or tweener but nothing to rush out or enthuse the more demanding craft driker.
08-17-2009 22:51:22 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Iron Hill Lancaster.
A: The Vienna lager is a full amber color, brown and red hues swirling together. Translucent despite the darker color, the lager supports a thin head.
S: The nose is toasty, malt-driven. Chewy pale grains are interspersed with fuller caramel flavors. Hops aren't much of a factor.
T: Chewy. The combination of pale breads, biscuity, and darker caramel is nice, a change of pace. Hoppiness is a nonfactor, allowing the malts to do all of the work. The result is a bready base that brings both darker and lighter flavors to the forefront. A nice warm weather lager.
M: The mouthfeel is hard to dislike, both bready and light. Full caramel adds depth.
06-18-2011 19:56:50 | More by akorsak
3.73/5 rDev +7.2%
Very solid lager- slightly reddish tint, nice head- strong hop aromas. Taste was balanced but surprisingly dominated by a strong, crisp hop presence. Slightly bready malt,not too sweet, but it lends the brew a lot of weight. Slightly thick wih moderate carbonation. Very refreshing; great session brew with a moderate ABV.
02-10-2007 15:36:55 | More by kernalklink
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
An under appreciated lager style in my opinion... looks the part with a clear copper tinted amber body, minimal head. Scent is pale with notes of caramel, dried malt, light toast, faint earthy hops. Taste follows suit, maybe a bit too clean lacking a little bit of malt depth and sweetness preferred in the style. Lighter bodied, could use a tick more carbonation. Fresh and decent, but lacking something that even some of the Mexican macros offer in the style.
04-22-2013 14:40:08 | More by rfgetz
3.55/5 rDev +2%
Had on tap at the brew pub.
A clear orange golden color, not very red, and light fizzy head.
Nose has light reddish malts, hint of toasty, fairly light overall nose.
Taste toasty reddish bready malts, light crisp lager flavors, no real caramel flavors which is good, touch of hop profile.
Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.
Overall not bad, nothing really wrong, a bit on the light side.
09-23-2011 23:31:47 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
Once upon a time, I eschewed lagers, opting for what I felt were more flavorful ales. My FerMentor, TheRealBeerFly, told me that I was misguided, but it was not until one of the BA fests that centered around lagered (the word is German for "to store") beers that the scales fell from my eyes. Sure, I still tend toward the hoppier pilseners, but I have a greater appreciation for the style as a whole.
This came with a good, foamy finger of tawny head with good retention. The color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The malt was much more evident on the nose than it had been with the Light Lager, sweetish with a bready accent. Mouthfeel was medium with a red raspberry flavor on the tongue. I was put in mind of Jell-O. I do not know if that is good or bad, but I liked it. I also liked the biscuity finish. This was head and shoulders over the Light Lager, but they were both very light for my taste.
07-11-2009 13:41:05 | More by woodychandler
Vienna Red Lager from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
80 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.