Josephs Brau Vienna Style Lager | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

335 Ratings
Josephs Brau Vienna Style LagerJosephs Brau Vienna Style Lager

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of steveh
4.85/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, so I'm going to rate this beer against the style guidelines of both BA and BJCP. It's dead on to style, can't find huge fault anywhere, really.

I know this is basically Gordon Biersch's Vienna repackaged for TJ's, but that just adds credence to both GB and TJ's, IMO. GB for the outstanding beer, TJ's for recognizing a good beer.

12 oz brown bottle, pry-off cap.

A - Soap suds foam that settles in a nice cragy lace. Maybe not as persistent as it should be, but it revives well. Outstanding clear, orange-amber color.

S - DMS (a little heavy to style, but not offensive), to light toasted malt, to mellow noble hops - in that order as you inhale.

T - Light malty character that starts bready and sweet and finishes dry with a fresh hop finish.

D - Very easy to drink and very satisfying for this style. Even if you don't know the style, this is a smooth and drinkable beer. I've always called this style a sort of Oktoberfest light, this beer epitomizes that, wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Treath
4.76/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into a glass. Has a very nice amber orange/gold color. With a 2.5 finger cream colored head that lingers. Good lacing.
It looks great.

S- The smell tingles the nose. Malt. Hops. Maybe some honey.

T- A lot of malts. Bready. Sweetish (honey/caramel). Very little hop bite...almost none but has a slight hop bitterness. It tastes good and balanced.
For some odd reason, it reminds me of Cola and tea.

M- Slick, watery, smooth, not too bubbly.

Drinkability- Very high. I can drink this easily. It goes down nice and smooth.

Overall, I think this is a very easy drinking lager with a great taste. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of yhoshijima
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Brewno8it
4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good representation of the Vienna lager style. Pours with nice foamy white head and biscuity aroma characteristic of the style. Color is a rich amber hue. Taste is enjoyable with carmel biscuit malt favor reminicient of fresh bread, perfect for fall. Body is medium, but matches what I would expect for this style. I tried this by only purchasing two bottles. I will easily pick up a 6-pack next time at Trader Joe's. Good brew.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.37/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Short, off-white head doesn't last very long. Transparent, amber colored beer holds a few streams of slowly rising bubbles. Mild aroma of spicy noble hops. Faint malt flavor up front. Crisp carbonation washes it away making for a mild bittnerness goes well with the dry finish. Although the abv is low there is just a hint of warming alcohol. Overall a crisp, clean, malty beer that goes down quite easily for a 5.7% beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear, copper amber color with a cream colored 2 finger head that melted quickly to a mere ring in my glass.

Clean aroma of lightly roasted malts and a mild citrus from the hops. Diacetyl is present at the end as a light buttery aroma.

Mouthfeel is thick with tons of tiny bubbles.

Taste is a really nice balance of what appears to be Munich and Pilsner malts making it taste much lighter than it looks. Citrus hops are present from beginning to end making this a very refreshing Lager.

This is really light and wonderful with a nice drying and only a mild citrus aftertaste. I could definitely drink these all day and will be buying more...especially at under $6 a 6'r at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber, med.-small pale tan head steadily shrinking to thin foamy ring; tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is nice toasty grain, dry bread, faintly earthy-caramelly.

Taste is very nice toasty bread & grain, caramelly nuttiness, light sweetness with balancing light spicy-peppery-toasty bitterness. It has a nice, firm well-rounded character with good balance and some complexity. Overall, it’s an excellent Vienna.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy with this brew. Creamy off white head atop a clear, beautiful mahogany-amber colored lager. sweet caramel in the nose and on the tongue, with some molasses sweetness and just a touch of earthy hops. stays pretty sweet.

smooth mouthfeel: just right and extremely drinkable. Excellent beer as an amazing price ($5.99 for a sixer). Very good beer, nice as we easy into autumn.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber body with a one inch white head. Smells initially malty (caramel) prior to a hoppy bite. Slight EtOH in the nose. Tastes pretty much the same as the smell, somewhat bready and a good hop complimentation to support the caramel malt backbone. Feels somewhat slick but not too much to make this beer off-putting. Overall, a great TJ beer and the best of the three TJ's I have had so far!

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Photo of iespinosaruiz
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deafcat
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/6/10 poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass

a - dark amber with decent 1 inch head - nice ridge of head sticks around for awhile, good retention

s - caramel, malty goodness, surprisingly strong for what i expected to be a pretty bland beer

t - this is a nice, full-bodied brew with great taste. sweet caramel malts, a tiny hint of corriander, some hop presence as well

m - sweet, nicely carbonated, not too light but definitely not heavy - appropriate for the style

d - excellent, could (and have) sipped this one all night - this is a highly drinkable beer

Overall this is a choice brew. Definitely my favorite in the style that I've tried - yes, even better than Sam Adams. Especially for the value, this makes a great "standard" brew to keep around, is both enjoyable enough for me to appreciate it, and "simple" enough for non beer-loving friends to enjoy. Also, certainly the strongest in the Trader Joe's line of these apparently german-inspired brews. Will continue to pick this one up.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. I had mostly written the Trader Joe beers off as not worth serious consideration, but this is definitely the best one I've had so far. I have a feeling that a beer like this will receive unfair judgement, given its source, but I have to give credit where credit is due.

A: Orangey-gold, like a glass full of orange blossom honey.

S: Crispy malt and a little german eurolager.

T: Just what you'd want from a Vienna lager. Bready, toasty malt, barely perceptible hops. Tasty.

D: Honestly, I could drink these all night, and they're probably no more than 5.99 per six pack. Could get dangerous.

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Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miami66
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of magnj
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Perfectly clear amber body, 1 finger head falls quickly leaving no lacing, few bubbles.

S - Malty, mildly caramel, lightly toasty. Really pleasant.

T - Malt forward obviously, subtly sweet. Just like the smell it's somewhat toasty, somewhat caramel. Flavor lingers (good), occasional metallic aftertaste but otherwise super clean.

M/D - A little sticky but the body is still thin and it feels appropriate for the style. Very easy to drink and not light on the ABV.

I really like this , especially for the price.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
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 montageman
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

The Vienna lager is one that is not brewed as much as it should be in my estimation. To me, this style is an excellent first beer for those unfamiliar with craft brewing. This particular take on this style is well done. Sweet, malty and crisp, there is nothing objectionable here. The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but overall this is a well made lager that is very easy to drink. Recommended.

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Josephs Brau Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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