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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 teyuders
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a big, frothy tan head, which quickly recedes to a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Smell is of caramelized malts, toasty grains, and nuts.

T - Taste is of toasty caramel malts with a hint of nuts. Lightly herbal notes are detected, but the hops are kept to a minimum here. A bit more basic than the smell of the beer would suggest, but not bad.

M - Medium bodied (for a lager), very mild carbonation. A bit more would actually work to the beers benefit here. Lacks that crisp finish typical of lagers, but is still remarkably drinkable.

O - Despite a few minor flaws, it's a decent beer for the price of Budweiser, which is always welcome in my book.

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Photo of kneeland
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had never tried a Vienna beer, I didn't even know what it was. After I poured it, I was very impressed with the look and the smell. But I was not a fan of the taste.

The color was a beautiful amber gold, with some decent lacing. A great looking amber.

The taste was a little malty, with some good spices, it just wasn't to my liking. It's caramelized very well, but something else was holding it back for me.

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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 karait95
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice reddish amber color, not bat looking but the carbonation is a little poor, the initial head is medium with somehow fast dissipation leaving no traces behind and there is no permanent layer on top of the beer, the color is a very light brown.

S: Malty smell and some caramel can be sensed, the malts are toasted a little and finally some little alcohol.

T: The flavor is nice, the tasting is good mixed with malts toasted and regular also some caramel and very little hops are present.

M: The feeling is nice pleasant, starting with some sweetness and a little bitterness ending.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, solid head retention, no lace.

S: Real nice Vienna malt nose, light hoppiness.

T: Sweet Vienna malt and caramel. Light piney hop character, good balance.

M: Light-bodied, creamy and smooth, soft carbonation.

O: A very well made beer to style. The flavour is right where I need it to be. At $5.99 a sixer this is a steal.

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Photo of samie85
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber color with three fingers of dense light beige head.

S-Smells of biscuity malt and some hints of dark fruit.

T-Sweet malt with hints of dark fruit and with a light bitterness on the finish.

M-Medium bodied yet a little chewy and a slick feel.

D-I wish I had known this was made by Gordon Biersch, because it tastes exactly like their Marzen, which isn't exactly my favorite Marzen.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hard Rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: One finger head of good thickness, nice cream, and good retention. Textbook copper colour.

Sm: Heavy caramel, light cream, and malted barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Light caramel, a full barley body with well handled malt, and nice hops (I can't place which type). It's nicely constructed and decently balanced, but doesn't feel bold or inspired. It's not taking any risks, but succeeds at playing it safe.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit sharp. Kind of suits the flavour of the body.

Dr: It's very drinkable, decently priced, and of pretty good quality. I'd have it again, especially if it were on draught.

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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 DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liquid bread to fullfill my midnight craving. On to the beer:

The head on top looks like soapy root beer foam and it dissipates quickly. Even a second pour is unable to rebuild any head. The color is pale orange and clean in the body, though not translucent. Just by its look, it's closer to a soda than to a beer. The aroma does bring some hope back to the scene, but I should trend carefully 'cuz I remember what happened just a few nights ago with its Bohemian Pilsner stablemente. Nose is slightly toasty with a slightly sweet and fruity note.

This is a nice surprise. This vienna lager is loaded with malty goodness. It could be confused as an O-Fest, though with little doubt this is tasty. Sweet darker breads, toffee, nutty, bread crust, a kiss of alcohol. Carbonation has a gentle snap to the palate, body hits around medium. There's an echo of sharp alcohol and lots of malty sweetness riding long into the aftertaste.

Here's a little shocker to come out of Trader Joe's. And what has been mentioned many times over, as a bonus, the price is tough to beat.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color with a nice one finger cream colored head.

S: The smell is pretty faint. Some hints of caramel, a little alcohol, roasted malt and baked bread.

T: Roasted malts come out first and there's a slightly bitter quality to them. Almost like they were overroasted a bit. Slight bit of breadiness creeps in with some faded hops on the finish. The final taste is slightly off with a hint of aspirin.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up down at the Whole Foods in Westfield a week or two ago. At $6 a six-pack, how could I not? Like most reviewers, the Sam Adams Boston Lager is about the only Vienna Lager that I'm experienced with so I figured that this would be a good measuring stick against it. This came out well and was quite enjoyable not only for for the money, but just on its own as well!

This poured a nice deep amber and clear with a good head and lacing that lasted a lot longer than I would have guessed, given the slightly thin mouthfeel of this beer. This had a very roasted, caramel taste to it without the stickiness usually associated with that. Quite malty with a lot of grain too, a slight apple taste emerged in the back and even though a lot of people compared this to a Marzen, this was slightly more full both in flavor and body.

The carbonation was good too, and it wasn't until I worked my way down my glass that I was able to pick up any of the alcohol. It's present but not enough to detract from having more than one in a session. If more of the Trader Joe's carried alcohol, I'd certainly get this again. For a cheap beer, this is about as good as it gets!

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Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of bubbles. Decent sized white head quickly fades into a patchy layer. Lacing is pretty light.

Smell: Very malty with caramel and toasted grains. Hints of honey and citrus hops.

Taste: Toasted caramel malts and biscuit are followed by hints of honey and citrus. Light hint of hops. Tastes a lot like a marzin.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A decent lager that tastes a lot like a marzin. Very malt forward but still good.

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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 trettinma
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked this beer, but overall, it is just a very average (good) beer.

A - I liked the reddish golden tint in the glass. Very little head.

S - Bright, citrusy

T - Again, bright and a little citrusy. I also felt it was a little bitter (perhaps in a good way)

M - very lager-ish, nothing out of the ordinary

D - A good all-around beer

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Photo of richkrull
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color with an average amount of white foamy head on it. Doesn't look like a ton of carbonation throughout the glass. Smells like malt, not much else coming through. Taste is decent. Nothing spectacular, kind of bready or grainy. Light-medium mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable - wouldn't be my first choice, but it's not bad.

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Photo of treehugginslug
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Very sweet malts. I can smell caramel, tasted nuts, and honey. Barely any hops

T - Taste was a little too sweet for me. I did taste the honey. With a aftertaste of freshly milled grains.

M - Good amount of carbonation

D - I liked it, but it was just too sweet for me peronally. So, I could drink a couple, but not a sixer.

Would I buy it again? No
Would I drink it at a party? Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend? If they liked sweet beers.
Did my wife like it? "I didn't dislike it, but I wouldn't drink it. It falls right in between that spectrum"

Overall: It was a nice, sweet, inexpensiv beer. But it was just too sweet for me, good honey taste.

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Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Amber color with a foamy, white, 2-finger head that left no lace.

S - It smelled malty/bready. Not much else.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt...fairly sweet...pleasant. Finishes dry with dry grain notes.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied. A pleasant stickiness lingers.

D - This is decent vienna lager. Very easy to drink. At 5.99 a sixer...serious consideration to have on hand as a flavorful session option. Still better than most macros.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-orange body with an inch of ivory-toned foam.

Smell: Sweet-scented, moderately fruity nose, smelling of honey, light caramel, and leafy hops overlaying delicately toasted, grainy baked goods.

Taste: Sweet, sugar-toned maltiness of caramel and honey-brushed coarse bread and biscuits. Slight baked apple fruitiness. A late-arriving hint of grainy Pils malt. Spicy, minimally earthy hops with a little bit of balancing bitterness. The grainy Pils malt grows a smidge bolder as this warms. Finishes drying, crispish

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A dollar won't get you much these days, but what it will get you is a decent, sweet, cost-effective brew for these tough, bitter times.

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Photo of phantos
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a American pint glass frosted in the freezer.
A nice one inch white foam head, great lacing.
Beautiful rich amber color. Nice bubble.
Toasty on the nose.
Malty and medium bodied. Nice finish.
A real sleeper at $5.99 a sixer.
Marzen drinkers should appreciate this one.

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Photo of Erish
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: clear copper color, aggressive pour produces a one-finger caramel-colored head that quickly falls into a scant cap with thin lacing.

S: caramel malt, apple, subtle dried fruit aroma, light floral hop aromas.

T: loads of caramel up front, the middle shows some dried fruit and vanilla, the finish is buttery crackers with the barest kiss of herbal hops lingering alongside the dried fruit.

M: light to medium-bodied, watery to slightly silky texture, well carbonated, palate-cleansing.

D: There is nothing really remarkable about this beer, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer is a beautifully clear amber color with an off-white head and some moderately ok lacing. There is sweet toasted malt in the aroma and a hint of caramel that is inappropriate for the style but inviting none the less. The initial flavor is sweet toasted malt, but the sweetness is not at all overwhelming. The flavor immediately transitions to a slightly bitter finish but overall stays very balanced. The flavor could use some more complexity, but it is quite good. An average Vienna Lager, but the quality to price ratio of this beer are more than enough reasons for me to recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

again a few more of these and thankfully i am done, cold day, snowed in, lots of ehh beer from mixed six packs and away we go. served in a pint glass on 1.11.11.

pour was a nice medium amber color with a decent cloudiness that actually suprised me as a nice head of white rose up and hing around for a good few minutes before dropping back down to earth, but leaving touches all along the sides. aroma is light as the touches of bread and grains give way to a muted earth hops that has touches of clove in it. flavor is about the same with only touches of interesting depth found every little bit and the warmer it got the less interesting overall. still light and went down smooth and fast.

overall not terrible, just an average beer, that was about it.

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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 cbak999
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All in all, this is a real solid Vienna style lager. It's sweet and malty, with just a hint of hops in the after taste. The beer pours an crisp amber color, with little head and just a little bit of lacing on the glass. It's not a go to style for me, but this is a session lager that I'd go to instead of a macro offering.

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