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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
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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

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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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a very clear copper color with a decent cap of tan head. Nebular retention and little lace.

Nose is caramel popcorn, straight up. It like opening one of those Christmas tins with the 3 sections of caramel popcorn, cheese popcorn and buttered popcorn.

Taste is caramelized toast with a dollop of creamed corn. Not really a good example of the style, or a beer for that matter. But it does not really taste all that bad...I have a soft spot in my heart for diacetyl in ambers so this is somewhat enjoyable for me. Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style due to the sweetness, and the carbonation is ample. Not too bad despite all the flaws, but I am ok with just having this single.

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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass. Best before February 5th, 2013.

Clear, burnt orange body that glows amber when held to the light; delicate yet lasting off-white head which recedes to a modest cap and gently soapy collar. Delicate arcs of lace; good retention.

Lovely German malt in the nose - toasty and distinctive (everything their Oktoberfest was not!). Earthy yet clean.

Nice malt complexity on the palate, though there is an almost-metallic sharpness to the flavor profile as well. Low bitterness offsets the malt, though the latter continues to blossom throughout the finish. Very low hop notes, mostly earthy with the slightest hint of peppercorn. While imperfect, still well balanced.

Soft, medium-light body with sufficient carbonation.

A decent take on the style, better than most mass-market lagers utilizing the name (along with an excess of adjuncts) while ignoring the traditions associated with it.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of jpro
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz bottle from Trader Joe's. Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: copper amber; cream, puffy, one-finger head; decent retention but no lace; looks good.

S: thick caramel malt; bread; some light vegetal notes.

T: sweet bread; light toast; full malt flavor; some dry, husky hop flavor, but not much; could definitively use an extra dose of hoppiness to counter the malt.

M: medium feel and moderate to high carbonation; has a really nice feel - full yet crisp.

O: a nice beer from TJ's - perhaps the best of the Joseph's Brau line; extra hops would make it perfect.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Poured into a flute.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper with two fingers beige head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is minimal. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Bready, with some malt sugar and a bit of toastiness.

T: Immediately hit with a nutty toastiness. More caramel malt than standard pilsners. Light, but noticeable hoppiness, a touch of grassiness and malted grain flavor that permeates the experience. Perhaps a bit of dark fruit, but that is very subdued. Flavors are malt dominant.

M: Good, crisp lager feel. The mouthfeel seems "mismatched" with the flavors of the brew. I expect something a little less carbonated and little higher in body when I sip on something with a nutty or toasty characteristic. I don't find the beer to be at fault so much as I simply disagree with the style.

O: Good Vienna Lager. Just not a fan of Vienna Lagers, per se.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is light-chestnut with a small whitish head. No lacing.

S: Not terribly strong - roasted grains and a touch of toffee. Roasted grains seem to give it a slightly "off" scent.

T: Not a lot going on here, either. Again I get roasted, toasted grains and sweetish malt. Overall taste impression, however, can be summed up with a word that describes both the taste and the mouthfeel: "watery." Finishes fairly clean with some lingering sweetness.

M: As noted above, thin and watery in feel. Carbonation is modest, but there.

O: I don't know how much I paid for this, but I know it was cheap. So it's got that going for it. Inoffensive, but nothing memorable.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My house on July 8, 2012. Bottle into pint glass. One-to-two fingers of head. Caramel amber red color. Light gray lacing with below average retention.

Was digging hard for a smell, but eventually got caramel, red malts.

Taste was a bit better than the smell. Got a nice smooth caramel taste with a red toffee backbone. Maybe some dark fruit - plums, grapes, etc., but nice balance. Even want to throw in some chocolate there.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Below average carbonation. Abrupt, smooth finish.

Not a bad beer overall. The smell is the only thing that held it back.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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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