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

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80
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335 Ratings
Josephs Brau Vienna Style LagerJosephs Brau Vienna Style Lager
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -13.5%
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 aufie
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of stanzy1
3.02/5  rDev -13%
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 Michael_Lopez
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Caesar024
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Skillz
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chubenzino
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophead723
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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 cleve1212
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 RoyBrentJr
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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 MicTar
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrDarcy
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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 cuvtcuv
2.59/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cb8282
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgrunin
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of codekiln
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +7.8%
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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Josephs Brau Vienna Style Lager from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.47 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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