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

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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

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of smttycty
2.14/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a freshly rinsed pint glass the two finger rough white crown split the scene way too quick, leaving a clear surface through which to view the light amber body. It left some legs on the side of the glass when swirled but virtually no lace.

The bouquet while the head was there was pleasant enough. Grassy sweet malt, a little floral, and some faint brown banana peel. First taste contained some of the malt sugars, but also a strange nuttiness like cooked edamame. A tart, mild astringency came on the follow. On subsequent swallows an off-flavored sourness began to overtake the pallette.

There was quite a bit of fizziness in the mouth but I usually like that, and it was more full-bodied then the Mexican versions of this styly usually offered. The unpleasant after-tastes might be broken up with the right food pairing here to allow the initial flavors a chance, but even at Trader Joe's below-a-buck-a-bottle price makes it hard to recommend.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Briken
2.31/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Little red amber with big tan foamy head with okay retention and uneven lacing. Light hop aroma and what reminded me of an adjunct lager. Smokey hop balance that muddies the waters until their is nothing but a generic beer flavor by the end. High carbonation with a mouthcoating numbness and slighly tacky feel.

There's just not much to say. It really wasn't anything in the way of interesting. oh well...

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Photo of tongatim
2.37/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undistinguished Vienna lager. Clean, with clear coppery color, and weak, evanescent head. Very little maltiness, which is what brings me pleasure with this style. Bitterness was in balance, but no detectable noble hop flavor or aroma. The only plus was the $4.99 price on a six-pack, but if you like this style, I'd spring an extra buck or 2 for a six-pack of Negro Modela.

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Photo of Tone
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with decent head. Poor head retention and little lacing. Smells of lager cleanliness and some grass. Sharp, rather sour aftertaste that lessens with more drinks. Stronger than average carbonation. Rather bland characteristics plus the sour taste makes it hard to recommend this brew.

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2.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Of course I got this at Trader Joes..
Poured true to style, bright amber with a red hue. Nose is bit weak. The mouthfeel is very limited, watery. Lacks complexity and charachter of the style. This brew needs some TLC and I wont buy again or recommend. However, if you're looking for a cheap brew to down this is it.

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Photo of umustdrink
2.49/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - No head, no lace. Clear dark orange color.

S - Slightly sweet but slightly alcoholy smell.

T - Not bad. Not great. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A bit one dimensional.

M - Carbonation burns a little bit, makes it kind of hard to taste.

D - Except for the appearance, everything about this beer reminded me of olde english malt liquor. Easy to drink and the price was right.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.49/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear copper body, moderate white head fades fast. A little lacing.

Smell: Carmel maltiness, grain, a little fruity hops, really not all that much.

Taste: Bland and fairly boring. A little graininess combined with some carmel maltiness. Hops are underwhelming, this is a below average ber, for sure.

Drinkability: For the price, a good bargain, vs. the style, not so good.

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Beerchaeology
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of AndrewMichael
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of cleve1212
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BasementBrewerSF
2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It is not a bad beer, but it is not a good beer. It has a nice pour and a rich color, but the taste is nothing to be admired. It tastes like a cheep super market beer, except classy-er because it was purchased at Trader Joes. It is good for a cheep night before pay day, but I would not purchase it again.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.52/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clean, deep amber, with solid tree line lacing.

Malty and grainy on the nose...I get corn, wheat...simple.

Taste is sweet. Caramel malts and grains. Sweet and unbalanced, this brew is one-dimensional and nothing outstanding or memorable in the least.

Didn't like this one at all. Avoid.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bashiba
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a perfectly clear amber color with an inch of creamy tan head, light lacing and good retention.

The smell has a minerally and cardboard quality to it, not promising.

The flavor has a muted sweet malt taste with a light bit of tinny bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery.

Not real great, might be oxidized, but is several months before the best buy date, so its not due to age.

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Photo of stevoj
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
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 HalfFull
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a rather clear orange amber hue with a short lived head and light lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with a touch of floral hops. Distinctive Vienna malt scent. Has a bit of a smoky peat smell as well.

Nice lightly sweet malty taste, nothing too extravagant. Heavy carbonation gives the beer a light feel. As this diminishes the finish improves a bit and gives the brew a more moderate body. A bit bland in the end, lack of a lingering finish surprised me given the malt structure.

Edit: Tried again Jan. '09. Smell is lighter, taste is flatter and offers lighter carbonation. Dinged the taste .5 as a result. The dumbing down continues I guess.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 355ml (12 fluid ounce) standard looking brown glass bottle. The letters ‘T’ and ‘J’ sit aside a sheaf on an appropriately color coded dark orange crown cap. Main label and neck label has the words ‘Vienna Style Lager’. Described below as a ‘Smooth Amber Lager’. The reverse label has the Batch Number as ‘07:51 12/27/04 607’, plus the following Beer Stats: 5.7% alcohol by volume. 20 Bitterness units. Fermented using lager yeast.

Appearance: Off-white head quickly forms and builds into a 1” deep head. Dark orange copper body, clear and inviting. The Smooth head lasts a good while but the carbonation is average, head finishes at a ¼" covering with minimal lacing.

Nose: Grain encrusted caramel malts and a light Vienna hint but not much in the way of a nose on this one. Has a rather sweet odor.

Taste: Amber like entrance, sweet malts, some light toffee caramel. Minimal bitterness throughout. Rather boring…..Zzzz………

Mouthfeel: Smooth body, average conditioning and a clean drinker but a little thin overall.

Drinkability: Reasonably quaffable. Nothing detracts from this offering, it is just that it doesn’t have much to offer in the way of long term excitement either.

Overall: Not much happening in this one, far from awful but not one that I would buy again.

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Photo of prisoner1572
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of pepelemofo
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Wontonst
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a reddish copper color with good clarity but low translucence. The head is a one finger light mocha color, quickly fading to a thin, collared film. Not very impressive looking.

S: Weak, which seems to be a trend from the Josephsbrau series. Some caramel, amber malt, and a very slight hint of grassy hops. It's actually a fairly good aroma, just pathetically weak.

T: Light caramel, toffee, and amber malts throughout. There's a strange chalky note on the finish, but this is actually perfectly okay otherwise, if mildly flavored.

M: Weirdly heavy and sticky, to the point where its bulk is too much for the light flavors underneath it. Carbonation is spot on, at least.

O: These TJ beers seem to be doing a great job of lowering my rAvg (their Oatmeal Stout notwithstanding), but truth be told, this is decent enough. Nothing special at all, but like the other TJ beers, its price point help mask its deficiencies somewhat.

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Photo of GatorCoop
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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Josephs Brau Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 335 ratings
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