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Vienna Red Lager - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Vienna Red Lager
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

mwz5021, Jun 06, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -18.3%

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Poured a clear amber with a small white head that receded to a film. Light malts in the aroma and not much more. Starts off malty and nutty, but sort of gives over to a watered down taste. Grassy hops are just barely noticeable. Light body. It's not a bad beer, and good for casual drinking, but not something I'd go back for.

Rifugium, May 12, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -18.3%

On tap at the brewery. Couldn't see the pour as it was served in a clay Pub Club mug. 24oz for $4.50! Nose was grainy, some off corn sweetness. Mouth was grain, lightly hopped, a residual corn-type sweetness that was disconcerting. Longer finish was a pleasant remembrance of German hops. But overall, this style should be dry, crisp, and snappy, and it was over sugary and cheap tasting.

JAXSON, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14%

LXIXME, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

mikefuski17, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

flyingmick, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14%

bcgeiman, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

BeerThursdays, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14%

jnardone235, May 20, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

One of the IH staples, on draft in Lancaster in a Mug Club mug.

Pouring a sample out for the appearance, looks like a nice reddish amber with a thin off white head. Nose is slightly too sweet, carmel malt, toasty grain, and minimal hops. Biscuit malt in the flavor, with a grainy sweetness and bready finish. Medium light body with high carbonation. I'm indifferent to this beer most times, but when I want something for my mug for dinner, this usually works.

yourefragile, Dec 31, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

BeerMick, Sep 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Rhettroactive, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

paulhargus, Jun 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

jniagar1, Dec 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

JamesGWittel, Mar 17, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Served on tap at the Maple Shade location.

Pours a dark golden yellow color with some subtle burnt orange hues but it's not red at all. Kind of a misleading name for the beer. Half finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with some toasty biscuit malt, subtle hops and earthy grass notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with some nice toasted malt, biscuit and subtle spiciness. Nice crisp hop presence balances things out pretty nicely. Slightly dry finish. Well balanced easy drinking session beer.

corby112, Oct 11, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

I had a 10 oz glass of this at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA. It came in a fat tulip glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear amber color with tons of bubbles floating to the top. The head is a silky eggshell shard, two fingers tall, great retention, thin spiderweb like lacing, and the tiniest bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeast, earthy hops, and stale.
Taste: The flavors are nutty, strong undertones of roast, and a slight citrus note.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin, with a dirty finish.
Drinkability: This is a fair beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 29, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured a clear amber with some red hues, but not as red as I was expecting it to be, little head, but good lacing. Smells of biscuits and grassy hops. Taste is very similar, sweet biscuity malt up front followed by a dry grassy and floral hop finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Good for a staple beer with nice hop flavors, very sessionable.

HopDerek, Jan 09, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

On tap in Media.

Lovely appearance. Clear amber body with a small, slowly settling head and lace sticking in patches to the sides of the glass. The whole thing has a really attractive, shimmering quality that makes you want to drink it. I found this to be the best aspect of this beer.

Mild aroma, smells of toasted bread, caramel malt; faint honey; hints of floral hops. Nice enough. The flavor follows suit but is a bit blander than anticipated. Again there is a gentle maltiness; lightly toasted bread, caramel and honey lending sweetness; finish is thankfully fairly dry; floral, grassy hops, with restrained bitterness, emerging mostly in the finish and aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation; the feel is smooth enough. Decent session choice, I suppose. This beer has a lot going for it in terms of feel, appearance, and even aroma, but ultimately winds up a little bland and muted for my tastes with just a smidge more sweetness than I'd like.

tobelerone, Nov 01, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

On tap at Iron Hill Media

The Vienna Lager is not a style I am overly familiar with, so I was eager to give Iron Hill's version a try. Beer is a pretty, dark red color accentuated by a one finger head.

The aroma is bready and very malty, but you can definitely pick out the crispness of the Saaz hops in the nose. The taste is similar to the aroma. This lager is crisp and very clean with a spiciness of the hops and the bready malts.

It's medium bodied, but all that malt makes the lager drink a little chewy at points. It was like to body of the beer was not consistent from start to finish. It's an eminently drinkable lager though with an ABV of 5%. It was a good introduction to a style that you do not often see.

pburland23, Nov 07, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

beerthulhu, Aug 17, 2009
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Vienna Red Lager from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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