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Vienna Woods | Valkyrie Brewing

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Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bighuge on 09-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 29
Reviews by tavernjef:
Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One solid looking Vienna with the color resembling a cloud of rust, thin off-white head with bigger bubbles on the opposite side from the pour, lace is in light stringy patches all over the glass.

Smell is quite nice of sweet roastyness and playing with a crispy biscuit tone and a pleasurable light dry hop and citrus likeness in the backing of dull orangey grapefruitishness, quite a nice little nose.

Taste is a subtle complex layering of roasty crisp but softish malts with nice sweet twingyness, very fresh, with a sweet yeasty bread dough coming through in the middle and entering into a very easy calm bitterness with a light smokey, deep woodish tang hovering over a very dulled orange and grapefruity easyness with a light crispy smooth, lightly creamy drying finish. Solid.

Feel is near perfect for a Vienna, solid medium body, a few missed areas in front but still chalked full of easy smoothness and a partially creamy drying finish lingering.
The drinkability is quite nice and easy, a nice surprise and one heck of a decent Vienna(non-Oktoberfest) Styled brew. Top notch and highy recommendable.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich creamy gold color with thick and lasting off white head.

Bold honey and grain notes dominate the flavor and smell. Tea leaf hops finish.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal as is drinkability. This beer is so silky smooth and creamy. Way too drinkable despite healthy amounts of carbonation.

Very simple yet thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent session brew.

Update: 8-16-06 - This sampling was far less pleasing. Flavor has some rather rotten Amber like malt that I don't find particularly well placed in this style. Drinkability suffers as a result and I'm downgrading taste from 3 to 3.5 and Drinkability from 5 to 4. Body color also appeared to be more amber-orange than gold.

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Photo of ADR
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Completely clear medium amber, yellowish head that's composed of different bubble sizes but lasts at 1/4 of an inch in height for almost a minute. Laces in lots of spots. Aroma is lightly buttery toffee with a hint of burnished leather. Mouthfeel on the light side with adequate but struggling carbonation. Starts briefly malty but quickly turns to an adhesive taste, like the gum that seals envelopes, with husky papery qualities and on odd astringency. More and more these flavors take hold, almost contributing to a funkiness that doesn't work for me. Strikes me as a not very agreeable Vienna Lager in a number of ways. On the other hand, it has better carbonation than a number of Viking beers I've tried lately.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Toasty Vienna malt leaps out at you in Viking's Vienna Woods! It dominates both the aroma and the flavor!

The hazy auburn body offers glowing golden and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of antique white. The head retention is a bit limited, particularly given the style; but it leaves walls of tiny-spotted lace behind.

Apart from the toasty and bready Vienna malt in the nose, there's also a delicate touch of floral and grassy hops in the background, as it should be. There's also a bit of yeastiness present, but that may be because I didn't let the bottle sit long enough, and disturbed the lees with a rough pour. Regardless, the yeast is an important aspect of this beer, affecting it's flavor, aroma, pH, and carbonation level.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly zesty and then gently crisp with a natural, bottle-conditioned median carbonation.

The flavor is a little less toasty and grainy than the nose suggests, with more floral and grassy hop flavors coming through, and a softer malty character that has a little bit of woody character, and some nuttiness to it - which may be due in part to the yeast. The yeast also adds a touch of acidity that helps cut through the richly toasty malts. A firm bitterness balances it, and it's pretty well-rounded and drinkable.

A touch more refinement could make this a world-class contender! Perhaps a yeast that settles into a tighter sediment; or maybe even less yeast altogether. Still, well worth trying!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, probably obtained at Riley's

appearance: pours into imperial pint glass...cloudy orange-copper body, creamy white head with pretty nice lacing

smell: strong german hop aroma, nutty, very bock-esque as is the norm from viking, caramel malt sweetness, lightly fruity

taste: similar trait to many other viking beer in a buttery biscuit and nutty undertow...a malt driven beer with a light caramel/apple taste, hops compliment...pretty enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium body, creamy, oily

drinkability: good

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Photo of morimech
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with just a thin film of head. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

I smell toasted malt and some earthy hops.

What happened to the malt? A bit weak in the flavor department. The aroma led me to believe some good malt flavors where to be found but I left disapointed. Just average.

The body is a bit watery. Carbonation is good without being harsh.

Just an average lager. Maybe my sample was not very fresh but as it is it is mediocre.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, cloudy orange tone. The unfiltered yeast slowly descends in a spiralling tornado column. An inch of dense foam rises to the top of the pilsner flute, but not over.

Smells like caramel apples, a winner in my book. A little grain or hay as well.

Taste has a juicy apple quality, smooth and lightly malty, with a full body and noticeable yeast character. Almost like an extremely light Weizenbock. Toasted malt in the aftertaste. It has a slight tartness that is also reminiscent of Dortmunder. Carbonation is fairly low, but the tart element seems to take the place of a spritzy bite. This was an interesting beer, and i'll try it again when I have the chance.

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Photo of happygnome
2.94/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a very nice orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving a little lacing
s: caramel malts, earthy piny hop notes that arent too prevalent but are deffinatly present
t: caramel malts a very sweet malty beer, theres a very odd sour flavor that i dont really understand, not much hops, the sourness makes it not such a good brew
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, im not a fan at all of the sourness that is so strong i wont buy this again

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.88/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is as muddled and murky as the other offerings from this dissapointing brwery. Not crisp, the flavors all run together. Not well carbonated, not much head. Not a lot of hops, not any crisp, well-defined malt. This is another ho-hum beer from Viking.

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Photo of KeefD
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety sixer from Amy's Cheese and wine in Stanley Wisconsin. It was one of 6 Wisconsin beers I've never had, sampled over the weekend. Review is from notes I took Friday and Saturday May 8th and 9th.

Pours a nice dark amber color with no head and little lacing. Carbonation is ok. Very malty and fruity. Has an apple cider sort of taste to it and the hops are very mild. Veyr smooth and easy to drink and rather tasty. It's an average tasting Vienna-style lager, but not bad quite an interesting find in a small town.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass pours a pretty nice amber orange with decent short lasting head and ok lacing. Aroma is weak, very light fruitiness to it... all I can really say about it is.. 'mmm, lager.' Taste is better, a nice hoppy citric middle, dry grains at end, short lasting slighly bitter finish. Also, maybe a bit sour (though that maybe be just the way my taste buds are precieving things lately). Mouth is lively, medium bodied, and overall not too bad, not going to write home about it, but I'd consider this a good everyday beer.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been sitting in my fridge for over a year so this might be somewhat different from those who have a recently brewed beer.

A - Pours a one and half finger head that dissipates very slowly. The body is a solid brown in color and is hazy in appearance.

S - Barley, hops, malts and faint bitter caramel sweetness that is rather faint.

T - Malts, hops and the caramel bitterness hit your mouth. The beer isn't all that full or complex so I have a hard time giving this much higher than a 3. It has good initial flavor but it seems to die off midway through.

M - Good initially. This is a good beer for those who are new to lagers. The beer is pretty smooth after the initial flavors hit your mouth but it isn't complex enough to rate it any higher.

D - Decent session beer. I could have a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of brakspear
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a Vienna style lager, not an Oktoberfest, and thus is more subltle that the typical beer from this family.

Pours a nice copper/orange with a slight tannish head, moderate carbonation.

The aroma is sweet, malty (perhaps Briess caramel malt) and faint floral hops. Decent all around flavor, with malty dominating...primarily carmamel and roasted malt taste, with finishing sweetness and faded hop bitterness. The only real flaw I can find in this beer is that is seems a bit light-bodied and watery for the style. Overall a decent beer, that has some nice notes and flavors.

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Photo of kmeves
2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber color with a very smallish head. Aroma is very sweet with caramel and sugary bubblegum. Flavor is really more of the same. Very thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This would have been a drain pour but my wife opted to finish it. I doubt I will try any more Viking beers.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a mostly clear amber color with a small off-white head. Cloyingly sweet and fruity aroma. The flavor is very much like the Viking Sylvan Springs. Sweet and lemony. The three Viking beers I've had have really rubbed me the wrong way. They've all been overly sweet and tart. No bitterness at all. Not much malt flavor either. Just sweet oranges. This is perhaps the best of the three Viking beers I've tried, but that's really not saying much. I'm swearing off this brewery for the third time.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice clear amber color and for a 1/2 inch very light tan head that leaves a full coverage lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

A bit mild but definite malty sweetness mixed with a earthy/piney component.

The flavor seems driven by the caramel malt sweetness with some toastiness. It has a cidery and mildly spicy component that briefly appears. Earthy hops are also noted, primarily at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Carbonation is quick and somewhat intense, but disappears quick as well and leaves a mild dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonable beer to drink. Nothing really stands out in either direction, beyond my initial thoughts on the appearance and the solidness of the parts that are present.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tballz420
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very tiny and fleeting tan head tops a pretty hazy copper colored brew. Scent is the typical vienna malt scent. Taste is fairly intense malt-wise. Seems kinda strange the malt mix, not bad necessarily. Vienna malts mixed in with fruit tastes, touch of hops. Malt is intense, yet muted, somehow. Kinda hard to describe this one. Thinner mouth. Dunno

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden amber, half finger head.

S- Malt aroma is a good blend of toasted and caramel malts. This is accented by a light noble hop aroma.

T- The caramel malt sweetness gets nearly bullied out by an assertive toasty flavor. Some malt sweetness sneaks back up just before the pleasantly smooth and dry hop finish.

M- Slightly fizzy but all in all smooth.

D- Not bad I just might grab the six pack.

Not quite as good as Eliot Ness, but still a very good vienna lager nevertheless. This beer is worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy copper-orange color with just a ring of white for head. The aroma is malty and biscuity with a souring yeasty smell, typical of Vikings beers. The flavor is malty and lightly biscuity with an apple-like taste as well. Pretty thin mouthfeel...could use some more body. An alright brew.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Appears a mostly clear copper color with a half inch off-white head that goes down to a skim quickly. Spotty lacing throughout.

Aroma has some caramel maltiness, a bit of toasty malt, and a pretty good nose of grassy hops with a bit of a pine scent to them.

Taste is very strange to say the least for the style. Up front it is actually kind of sour, a bit like white grapes. A bit of malt taste, though not sweet at all. Grassy and earthy hop flavors round out the back end and make it quite interesting actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth and creamy. Not hard to drink but I think it would be more so if it was a better Vienna lager.

Well this beer is terrible for the style, but I actually am finding myself enjoying it. Don't expect a good Vienna lager.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an opaque, light nut-brown with a small butterscotch head after a vigorous pour.

S: Surprisingly, very sour smell (infection?) that seems to dwarf everything else. Smells like a Vienna lager mixed with a NG Olde English Porter.

T: The sourness is definitely manifest in the taste as well. Acidic sourness dwarfing just about everything else. The smell pretty much covers it. Not at all what I was expecting...

M: Thin with low carbonation.

D: Luckily I enjoy sours and this tastes slightly reminiscent of a watered down NG OEP. For a Vienna Lager though, this is miles away.

If Viking wants to be taken seriously, they need to get their QC in order...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear golden amber with a large off-white head that slowly fell to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly nutty with vienna or munich malt, but restrained malty aromas. Slight toffee.

The flavor was caramel and surprizingly chocolate. Diacetyl is just at the threshold level, but should not be in a Vienna Lager. Hop bitterness is just high enough to keep the beer in check.

The finish was dry with slight bitterness and very slight chocolate lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium light and just a bit watery.

An easily drinkable beer, with no major flaws, but nothing very exciting to note.

22 ounce bottle, thanks to Skidz and BIF10.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a scarlet red/orange in color. A slight bubbly beige head tops the brew and has nice staying power. Lacing ability is pure. The nose is primarily sweet malt and flowery hops. A nice little blend. Also, a very slight medicinal character also. Very creamy mouthfeel. Seems to be a staple with Viking brews. Lightly carbonated, but it fits nicely with this one. Taste is primarily toasted malt and caramel tones. There's a nice little subdued smoky/woody characteristic too. Some slight flowery hop accents are also noted. Another highly drinkable tasty brew from Viking.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a rich amber color with very little head and its appearance was not very reassuring as it did not promise me a very pleasant beer experience in my near future. Quite syrupy looking. Aroma was caramel and copper. Flavor is so carmel-y as to be cereal-y with some other off notes I could not quite identify. Mouthfeel is tremendously (too) thick. Struck me as being quite like a bock I wouldn't like.

I would not recommend this beer, which I bought at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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