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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of mikeg67
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours copper in color with a nice, lacy, white head. Not much carbonation. Aroma is malty, bready but very weak. Watery on a palate with a caramel malt upfront and week spicy hoppy finish. Not the best Vienna, but very drinkable and inexpensive.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I wonder if a Chicago-style lager would be thick... The brew pours a clear amber-orange topped by a bit less than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuits, some crumbs of rye bread, and a touch of orange. The taste butters everything up, literally, while simultaneously increasing the orange flavor. Interestingly, this ends up being a good thing, tasting pretty...tasty. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. After being underwhelmed with the look and smell, things turned for the positive. Always nice to have a happy ending (insert massage parlor joke here).

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Photo of jadpsu
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good one. Pours a clear bright amber with a tight mearly white head that has less than average retention but some decent side glass lacing.
Aroma is bready malts with distant fruity hops.
Taste is creamy, with some sweetness up front with maltiness throughout to a dry finish.
Got the hops in the aroma but didn't come through in taste, but I still liked this quit a bit.
Easy enjoyable with good drinkability.

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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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper color with a bit of an off white head that has a bit of staying power but then does not leave behind too much lacing. Served into a pilsner glass. The nose is light with some bread and a bit of caramel malt. Not too much involved. Maybe a bit of yeasty dough. Light to medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Average drinkability--nothing wrong with it but nothing good about it either.

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Photo of david18
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new Trader Joes opened up in my neighborhood on 72nd Street on Broadway on Manhattan's upper west side. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers. They seem to have a number of brands: The basic "made in mexico" brand. The Mission Street, which is a collaboration with Firestone Walker. And the "german" series, which this is part of.

I got a bunch of the German Style beers and assumed that the Vienna lager, i.e. Corona, Dos Equis, would be mundane and uninteresting. I was looking forward, however, to the Pilsner. The opposite is what happened. I loved the Vienna. Very good color, flavor, aroma and balance. Very good and I'll have it again. The pilsner, however, is not so great.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper brown color, with a small off-white head. The head does not retain well, and there is no evidence of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Delicate sugary caramel, crystal malt.

Taste: Quite malty compared to what I was expecting. Caramel sugar up front, toasted malt throughout. No real hop presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but still retains a bit of a crisp character. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew to sip and relax, without having much complexity to think about here.

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Photo of hmk22
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer...a little light in the mouthfeel department, but a decent hop profile without the malty syrupyness I sometimes find in so-called "Vienna"-style beers. I think Trader Joe's does a much better job than Costco with their in-house brand beer (although I have not tried all of TJ's offerings)...I think it's great that mass-market retailers are finally trying to make beers like Vienna. The price is good, too, and TJ's is a good shopping experience (with no Whole Foods attitude).

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

Pours moderate amber with thin white head.

Aroma is grainy and sweet, nothing special.

Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and light biscuit, better than average. Leaves a nice sweet malt character in the mouth.

Refreshing but a little underattenuated and thick, nit a bad beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Light caramel in color with a fairly large off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind a small amount of lace.

Smell: Smells similar to a malty pilsner.

Taste: Begins with sweet grain flavors, finishing with a buttery flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with sharp carbonation up front that rounds out and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This is a decent representation of its style, though even Sam Adams Boston Lager is better. Still, this is vey cheap and cheaper than even BMC beers (at least here in NYC) so is definitely something worth buying, even more than once.

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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 ruckus232
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Clear amber color with a decent amount of off-white head that diminishes quickly.

Smell: Sweet caramel malty scent with a little bit of a bake bread smell as well.

Taste: Starts out with a nice sweetness that leads into a slight bitterness. Nothing outstanding but still pretty good.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

This beer pours a clear copper/amber color with a tall off white/tannish head. Good head retention that turns into just a small ring around the top of the beer, virtually no lacing to speak of.

Quite weak in the aroma dept., but there are some light grainy malt and caramel scents. I also get some bready notes. While the nose is weak overall, it is clean and appealing.

Biscuity and bready with some sweet caramel malt, the flavor is crisp, clean and light. A slight hint of floral hops lends a little bit of bitterness to this fairly well balanced beer. Medium/light bodied and well carbonated, this is really a nice light lager that is very easy to drink. Unfortunately, I think it falls short of what a good Vienna Lager should be, but it is a decent, enjoyable lighter beer

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Photo of BigIrishman
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light brown with hints of gold around the edges, an offwhite soapy head on top leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Mmmm malty. There is a dominant caramel smell that is mixed in with a a bit of a hoppy undertone.

Taste: Caramel and a slight toffee flavor mix with nice hints of hops and sweet austrian malt. Overall nicely balanced and goes down smooth without being overly sweet or tasteless.

Mouthfeel: A slight bit creamy but fairly light bodied.

Drinkability: A nice example of a great style. I could easily drink this all day long as it goes down real smooth and has a bit better of a flavor profile than many of the Mexican versions. Add to that the $6 price tag and this one looks like a winner.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-amber with plenty of creamy foam. Pretty transluscent. A well-bodied beer.

Smell: Some biscuit and caramel malts. A nice sweet smell. Not much else here to speak of.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, nice biscuit and caramel malts. I don't detect much or any spiced hoppiness, but there is a bit of hop bitterness. A good creamy finish.

Drinkability: The root beer of lagers.

Overall: Thumbs up to Trader Joe's here. A well-than-above-average brew.

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

12 oz brown bottle poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is amber with a fluffy tan head. Not much in the way of lace.

The beer has an aroma of caramel malts and some grassy hops.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of nuttiness in the finish. Given that Vienna Lagers make me think of Sam Adams, this one is less hoppy but does have that nice malt base. Beer stays consistent in flavor as you work through the glass.

The mouth has a decent heft for the style and I think it is pretty easy to drink. Would go great with Oriental chicken wings, pork chops and/or corn on the cob.

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Photo of punkindrublic50
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Probably my go-to cheap beer for entertaining non-beer geeks, or for bringing to a housewarming or a bbq. First off let me be very clear - this does not compare to any of the drinkable beers in the craft beer movement, it is merely a step up from your typical budweiser/coors/etc. People associate Trader Joe's with being fairly healthy and quirky, so they aren't as reluctant to give it a whirl. The beer itself uses sweeter malts so it is good for female company, but don't expect much in the way of hops or depth of flavor. Its main highlights are its smoothness and acceptence by non-craft beer drinkers.

Oh and the most important part - the price. In Manhattan a six pack goes for $1-2 less than a sixer of bud light.

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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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Vienna style lager from Trader Joe's. The beer pours clean amber color with an inch of head. The foam disappeared quickly, though. The aroma is pure malt. A pleasant and inviting aroma. The beer flows smooth and with a medium body. A big blast of malty goodness on the palate. Not sweet, just malty. The finish is quick with just enough hops to balance. Drinkable and enjoyable.

This is the best beer from Trader Joe's that I have tried. For the price you can't go wrong here.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a lager, a little more color to it, unlike an American adjunct type. No noticeable aroma other than "beer" if you know what I mean.

Taste, a faint sweet yeast strain I'm guessing, little hop character. Probably a better summer beer. Not bad, just a polite, mild beer.

Mouthfeel, remains constant, doesn't develop any nuances throughout. Gets some drinkability props for being cheap.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a decent foamy white head retention.

Smells of sweet malts with a touch of floral hops. Typical Vienna malt scent.

Taste is mostly caramel and toasted flavors. Becomes a little sweet then finishes nicely with a slight bitterness.

Medium body. The carbonation level is just about right, and really brings out the hops.

Great session beer, not terribly special, but very well done.

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Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear amber color with a fading white head. Aroma is sweet toasted grains and toffee, with a whisper of bubblegum and red fruit with warmth. Toasty grainy flavor, seems pretty similar to an authentic Vienna lager but without the earthy hops. Sweet and a little sticky for a low gravity lager. Could stand to be crisper. Medium/light body with ample carbonation.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a tumbler. While the bottle had a batch number on it, I couldn't interpret it to guess at a date for this beer.

Appearance: Slight tan head that died down to form a thin film of foam across the top of the beer as I drank it down. Nice orange-amber color. Lacing was minimal, but I observed some towards the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Strong malt smell, maybe a hint of honey. Pleasantly "beery" comes to mind.

Taste: Malt up front, then some hop bitterness in the middle, and finally a combined malt/bitter finish. The aftertaste in the mouth is a little bit biscuit-like. When colder I got some honey flavors at the beginning of drinking it, but that went away as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, but not a lot. Pleasantly coating on the way down and just thick enough to not be watery. Otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability: Went excellent with a meal - in this case a pork BBQ sandwich and fries. Could have another if I was having a big meal.

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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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