Josephs Brau Vienna Style Lager
Trader Joe's Brewing Company

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Vienna Lager
3.48 | pDev: 12.93%
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everything here comes off as expected and average. Appearance looks like a standard lager, if not very slightly darker. Aroma is mild, muted and clean.

Taste drops the mild lager yeast, fractionally sweet, fruity in a very restrained and familiar way. Mild barley feels in the mouthfeel, upped carbonation. Its a heartier version of a macro lager.

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Photo of stanzy1
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack at TJs. Not familiar with Vienna style lager but now know it is much darker than most lagers. More brown than gold. The taste was heavy and on the sweet side. Straightforward flavor, not much complexity. I would definitely try it if you like the style and you can't beat the price. Just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Caesar024
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Malty for the style. Seemed like a bit too much caramelization in the malt making it taste more line an American Oktoberfest than a Vienna lager.

Still, no detectable flaws and for $7/6pk, I'll gladly drink plenty of this beer.

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Photo of hophead723
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Brilliant, clear copper with an off white head. This beer is very crystal clear.

Smell: Nutty, like roasted chestnuts and a hint of honey. Bit of barely and sweet corn as well.

Taste: Multi-grain sweetness, bit of honey, yeasty dough, a bit of biscuit, grassy hops and lemony hops too.

Feel: Classic medium body. The finish is like an amber ale but crisper.

Overall: This brew reminds me of a marzen, which is high praise. Very good representation of the style.

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Photo of stevoj
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Decent looking but mostly bland Vienna. Nice creamy head, but aroma and taste are weak, and musty. My first experience with Trader Joe’s house brews. Not impressed.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, there's a Trader Joe's right around the corner, and I've seen the house brand. Hadn't bought it before now because, well, Two-Buck Chuck lingers on the memory. (Then again, who knows, it's been years ...) After a little research—all the while trying not to laugh at the must-have-been-tongue-in-cheek yo-sefs-broy branding—I decided to try three varieties. Last up, the Vienna.

A – Iced tea. Crystal-clear, light amber. Decent head on pour disappeared almost immediately. Minimal lacing. (Porter glass. All I've got. I'm not THAT serious about beer ...)

S – Very minimal. Some bread, pepper, fruit notes. Took several minutes in the glass before I could really pick anything out.

T – Surprisingly complex, given the aroma. Starts and finishes carbonation and what little hops make themselves noticeable. Malt takes over, then gives way to bittersweet chocolate and banana peel ahead of the finish. Caramel and pepper linger.

M – Creamy, filling.

O – Could be hoppier, a la Fat Tire, but this may be my new on-a-budget go-to. Really tasty for a "house" beer.

(Edit: Though I refuse to drink sh*t beer, I'm not swimming in money, either. One of my favorite tricks to save a buck here and there is to add an ounce of water to each beer, effectively stretching a 12-pack into a 13-pack. Naturally, the beer has to be flavorful enough to handle it. With the Vienna, while it thinned the creaminess a touch, it didn't hurt the flavor. Quite the opposite—muting the carbonation allowed the hops to come out from underneath. Either this means I have no clue what I'm talking about, or the Vienna is a better 13-ounce beer than a 12-ounce beer.)

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to drink this one from the bottle - not my preference. Very smooth going down. Great as a thirst quencher. Kind of sweet and malty with a slight carbonation. A very good lager.

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Photo of codekiln
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: bubbly, sorta cloudy
S: quite sweet, malty
T: a hint of hopps, sweet, metallic aftertaste. clean. it sounds authentic to me ...
F: fairly carbonated - almost like a soda. not oily - light.
O: crisp, almost sessionable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A : Pours a fluffy popcorn-colored head about 2 fingers tall. The body is golden amber colored, 60% opaque. Head eventually recedes to a mossy cap. Decent appearance.

S : Doughy aromas with juiced orange and baked grains. Some faint raisin and musty (sub-par macro) aromas as well.

T : Baked and yeasty raisin bread, pale and caramel malts, and fire-roasted orange, and cardamom. A pinch of cinnamon and plant. It's a very filled-out, unique flavor, but it doesn't completely come together and leaves me feeling as if something here is "off".

F : Starts and ends pasty/dry, with moderate carbonation.

O : It's fair, but I probably wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, thick creamy off white head. Rich amber color with brilliant clarity.
Clean lager aroma with some dark dried fruit notes. Has some damp cereal-like characteristics.
Clean fermentation character with big malty presence. Strong cereal qualities.
Medium bodied and effervescent.
As a Trader Joe's beer goes, this one is not half bad. A very good, cheap, malty lager.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber/copper with a moderate head. Smells like bready/toasty malts. A bit more roasty/caramel than some others I've had. Taste progresses from that breadiness to a bit of floral hop finish although I wasn't getting the hops on the nose much. Lively carbonation. Overall drinkable and a great value. Decent for the style, not the best but far from the worst.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Given to me as a gift 6-pack mixer from my brother-in-law. Poured right from the fridge into a weizen glass.

L: Pours a beautiful ruddy amber with about an inch of off-white head that dissipates after a bit and leaves minimal cling on the glass. Crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Lots of sweet malts in the nose--they have a bit of a raisin bread quality. Just a bit of grassy/earthy notes coming through as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts at the front, with a hint of earthiness coming through, as well. The middle gets a bit brighter, with some more of the earthy notes and a touch of grassiness--just a little bit tart. This one finishes where it started, with more of the sweetbread caramel malts and a touch of earthy hop presence.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with nice carbonation to lend some smoothness and roundness to the flavors. Again, bright and a touch tart in the middle, with a very clean finish.

O: This is my favorite of all the Trader Joe's brews I've tried. It's got a lot of nice malt flavor and a bit of complexity to shake things up. Great feel--very easy to put back. At this price point, this is a great buy.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good beer to style. Thin and had a slight bit of macro feel to it were my only negatives. Very malty which I expected. Good beer to knock back during warmer months and affordable.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - caramel color, modest head, decent lace retention.
Smell- a hint of fruits on the nose. Some caramel. Mostly clean
Taste- clean taste. Some caramel malts
Feel- a little thin. Still drinkable
An ok beer. Nothing special

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of 17 Feb, 2015.

Deep clear amber color; excellent clarity; decent head; limited lacing.

Aroma: a nice mix of malts and hops with a touch of caramel. Malts slightly dominate.

Flavor: follows the aroma although the hops and malts are more in balance. Very good bitter-sweet balance.

Feel: medium body and near medium carbonation.

O: a quite respectable version of the style, even ignoring the low cost.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and with a bright copper hue to go along with a finger width off-white head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Bready aroma. Hints of caramel. Mild spice hop aroma in the distance.

Taste - Mild but flavorful. Bready malt with touches of caramel. Hops come through faintly, with a touch of spice, light grass and a leafy character. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with crisp, lively carbonation. Slightly silky. Goes down easy before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good Vienna here if you aren't expecting the world, and there'd be no reason to considering the price. Bargain deal from Trader Joe's. I'd consider buying it again, though if I'm being honest it wouldn't even be close to my first choice at TJ's.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Pours a clear orange-ish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a slightly lighter aroma of grassy + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a very light amount of sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy + herbal hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Somewhat smooth.

O: Pretty good example of the style and easy to drink - nothing outstanding but certainly well worth the very reasonable price. Definitely a malty brew but that was to be expected with the style.

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Photo of risendragon
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Bought from Trader Joe's (duh) in Nashua, NH and poured into a standard glass.

A- Thin white head, translucent amber color, almost bronze (4)

S- Sweet caramel, some biscuit and maple in there as well (3.5)

T- Toasted malt, sweet caramel again, but not much else, rather one note (2.75)

M- Lager-like for sure, very crisp, and refreshing (4).

O- This is my first time buying beer brewed by TJ's and it was not as disappointing as I thought it would be. Pleasantly surprised actually. I am drinking this one to do homework on a recipe I plan to brew. The recipe is a Vienna malt IPA, think it might work? We'll find out! In the meantime, if you want something different yet vaguely familiar, check out this brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Joseph Brau Vienna Style Lager has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and very little lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, and a light molasses. Taste is of those elements, with caramel malt, and light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and prickly, and Joseph Brau Vienna Style Lager finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as part of a Josephsbrau 12 beer variety pack for 9.99. Pours a dark amber color with an attractive head. Taste is mostly hops, pretty expected taste of this style of beer. Definitely better than some other red ale/amber lager style beers that I've tried.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange and clear, rising bubbles, very nice head and some decent lace.

Aroma is this brew's strongest point, fruity and malty, with a fresh spring day tossed in for good measure.

Flavor is somewhat octoberfest-ish, but more toasty, with bready and caramel malt flavors, enough bitterness to balance with just a touch of floral hoppiness.

Body is medium and kind of more chewy than expected, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Drinkability is high, I'm trying to savor it, but the beer could easily go down real quick.

Overall the beer is very tasty, and I can see myself picking up a sixer of this next time I'm at trader joe's. Very good job on this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger ivory head kept intact by constant carbonation. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with a touch of toasted malt, mildy spicy. Flavor is biscuit and lightly toasted malt, starts semi-sweet but turns somewhat dry, light grassy hops and hints of wheat and grain. Finishes with earthy malt and light vegetal notes. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A satisfactory example of a traditionally laid back style. Nothing too exciting here, but it is what it sets out to be, a decent budget Vienna lager. Finish is slightly off, but otherwise a pleasant accompaniment for a meal or sessioning.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by next April

Clear orange with little head. Smells like dust and old leaves till it warms, then its gingerbread, oak, English hops. Taste is a good mix of sweet grain and muted hops. There is some cheap beer flavor too, but not bad, mostly in the mouth feel.

Will grab this one again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass

Copper red with a small stream of carbonation leads to an off white foam cap. Not much, but, there are thick lacings near the foam cap.

Aroma of grassy hops, grains , malt and a hint of spice.

First taste of sweet toasted malt, carbonation fizzes on the tongue, hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Almost too much fizz when I swish it around my mouth. I like the balance of malts and hops. Medium mouthfeel.

I like the balance of malt and hops. A beer that I would repeat at $6.99 a six pack. Might even keep in the beer fridge. A Nice little beer.

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Photo of GMB
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A standard pour of JosephBrau's Vienna Style Lager yields an orange-amber body and very little foam. What head does arise quickly falls and disappears without a trace ("without a lace?"). Carbonation is vigorous; large bubbles surge towards the top as clusters of small bubbles race up the sides and burst on the surface.

The somewhat muted nose is malt-forward, but notes of mild noble-type hops are palpable. Mild aromas of toffee and toasted sugar cookies, and faint notes of lilac.

There's something off balanced about the taste. It's too sweet at first. Then the bittering hops assert themselves and the beer becomes too bitter. I'm a fan of bitter beers in general, but in this case the bitterness overpowers the toffee-like malt and isn't complemented by citral or floral hoppy notes. Consequently, the kinds of illusionary flavors that well-balanced beers produce (e.g., lemon, grapefruit, herbs and spices such as coriander and pepper) are absent.

The mouthfeel is fuller than I expect from Vienna Lagers. A quick whip around the palate tosses up a bit of foam.

Vienna Style Lager's confused flavor profile is utterly disappointing. The ingredients are obviously fresh. The yeast strain doesn't leave any unwanted flavors. It's got a lot of potential, but fails to deliver. I won't revisit this one.

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Josephs Brau Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 336 ratings