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Vienna Red Lager - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A European amber lager, medium-bodied with a delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: Phatz on 11-27-2007)
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

J_Ross, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Gmartin75, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Phoenixville. Pours amber hue with a white head and light carbonation. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and hints of hops. Full, crisp body. Caramel malt is nicely balanced by herbal hops on the palate. Long, dry finish. Very fresh, excellent Vienna.

mikeg67, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just happened to get a growler of this Iron Hill offering the other day...

Appeared a nice copper color with a thin lasting head and very little carbonation noted in the beer. Produced light lacing as well. Aromas of bready malt, all the way. This followed through in the flavor which was an airy bready malt with slight roasted quality as well. A little sweet too. Mouthfeel was nice and full, but not overbearing. This was a perfect summer beer, consequently, I think I'll have some more!

tomthumbsblues, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2003
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Lang44, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

akorsak, Jun 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Mudawg, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

salthemonster, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

funkel81, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

8/16...take away growler. Pours bright copper amber with burnt red tones. Fizzy white foam. Bready caramel nose. Taste is a light sweet, bready, and roasted. Quite smooth and toasty. Good bodied lager. Really tasty.

KTCamm, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of ddean
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ddean, Dec 27, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iron Hill, Media.

A: Clear amber brown with red hues and nice bubbles. Small, white head. Nice lacing.

S: Toasty aroma. Bready and malty.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Toasted and nutty with caramel and fruity sweetness. Earthy hops. The finish was about average. Nice and nutty.

M: Light to medium body that was refreshing. The carbonation was lively.

O: Nice and drinkable Vienna lager. Always my default choice at Iron Hill if there's nothing seasonal that's interesting (which is rare).

SolipsismalCat, Aug 14, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium amber colored with with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows some bread-like malt and a light hop presence in the background.
Taste blends the malt and hops nicely, but the flavor is a bit thin.
Finish is also a bit this, with only modest taste retention.
An OK beer, but nothing great.

tgbljb, Jan 21, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this tasty brew while celebrating my 5 yr wedding anniversary with the wife.

Appearance: Had a nice reddish color to it. Some head that didn't linger around too much.

Smell: Could smell the malt, but nothing overwhelming.

Taste: A lighter beer, it had a nice sweet taste to it with a refreshing, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for a lager. Slight carbonation, smooth texture.

Drinkability: A tasty brew, one of my favorite for the evening given the selection I sampled. It was drinkable, but average tor a lager.

krisandajt, Nov 08, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

woodychandler, Jul 11, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Bouleboubier, Mar 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ncworster, Apr 19, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kernalklink, Feb 10, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear amber color with some orange highlights. The head was 1/2" and broke apart quickly.

Smell: light bready malt sweetness is all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: definite bready malt profile with some fruit sweetness and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfell: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: another easy drinking beer from IH, but the style is usually lackluster in flavor overall. Not a bad beer, but not overwhelming.

Gavage, Apr 30, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber in color, with off white head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Great clarity to the beer as well.

Smell- Sweet and Malty, touch of ginger. Low in overall aroma. Notes of honey, as well as citrus notes on back end.

Taste- Touch of nuttiness, possibly hazelnut. Slight bitterness on front end, nutty on middle (nutmeg). Slight notes of green bell peppers in middle. Slight bittery / sour note to finish.

Mouthfeel- Smooth feel on palate, crisp carbonation on front end. Smooth and coating and finishes well. Very robust.

Overall- Excellent and interesting red considering it was a lager. The mix of flavors of a traditional red with the lager yeast notes was very interesting. Great warming property and excellent drinkability.

vfgccp, Aug 03, 2011
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Vienna Red Lager from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.