Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Vienna Style LagerSierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vienna-style beers are among the world’s first light-colored lagers and were on the brink of extinction until American craft brewers helped revive the style; it’s a good thing they did. These delicate and extremely balanced amber beers rely on semi-sweet and bready malt flavors but walk a fine line with both malt and hop character shouldering equal weight. Our take on the style features whole-cone European hops, which add to the dry finish.

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Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 851
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vienna lager pours a golden color with a small head. Very crisp aroma, very sweet. Taste is sweeter crisp with a noticeable light malt flavor. Great feel. Overall sweeter but full, maltier.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottle date of July 15th 2016 into standard pint glass.

L: Honey gold, finger width slightly off-white head that quickly recedes into a thin layer.

S: Caramel malt and earthy almost spicy hops.

T: Caramel malt again, some spicy hop notes but quite mellow, very well balanced beer but a bit weak for the style.

F: Light body, easy on the palate.

O: A bit disappointed in this one. Still good though.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a very thin cap; little lacing;

S: caramel, nutty, sweet, grainy; no hop character;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness from the middle to the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: easy drinking; very nice version of the style;

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Photo of twage04
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/gold with normal carbonation. Aroma is of continental malt/hops. taste is much of the same. Decent flavor but nothing too crazy. Less caramally/malty than what i'd expect from the style but overall still enjoyable.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden with clear body. Small head quickly dissipated leaving moderate foam and light random lacing.

Flavor is wonderfully subtle. Moderate hops with moderate malt.... the overall feel is quite carbonated. The general feeling is quite crisp.

Good but not great.

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Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a dark golden with a clear off white head. The head does not last that long. It has strong malt aromas that feature a strong toasty smell. There are toasty flavors with floral hops providing balance. It has a dry taste as well. It has a medium-light body with medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Overall, it is a fairly well balanced between the malts and the hops that produces a dry and slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Foodland
Clear golden color
Light-Medium mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Clean, light malt flavor, simple taste
Overall just ok. Nothing exciting to make me want more of it. Probably one of my least favorite Sierra Nevadas so would not buy again.

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Photo of Lewarcher1949
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Good copper color. Decent head when poured.

Smell: Malt-forward with citrus notes. Kinda mild though.

Taste: Well balanced on all fronts, with a nice hoppy finish. Not as malty as the aroma indicated.

Feel: Smooth without too much carbonation.

Overall, a very good example of a true lager. don't understand why people settle for bland, Soda-water adjuncts when stuff like this is on the market.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a beautiful clear copper tone with a fluffy but quickly dissipating frothy vanilla head. Aroma is yeasty and bready. Taste is malty with a little hop spiciness and bitter bite. Mouthfeel is a little crisp with a dry finish. Overall not too complex, simple and easy to drink. Thanks again SN for your excellent contributions!

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Photo of Riff
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker glass. Amber clear with a thick, white, foamy head. Smells of bready malts. Tastes primarily of malts, a little bit of hops bitterness towards the end. Overall a clean, crisp beer. I wish they sold this in a 12-pack.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a small but long lasting bubbly white head. Sweet bready pilsner maltiness with a hint of toast. Light floral hop moderate spicy hop flavor. Pretty nice drinker.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass, courtesy of Joanne. Thanks. Bottles 6/1/16, so about 4 months old.

Clear pale yellow body with small white head which dissipates to a ring. no lacing to peak of. nice carbonation

Bready malty aroma on the nose

Clean tasting, mostly malt. hops may have faded a little, but still a little bite on the back of the tongue

Solid medium on the mouth, a little "beery" on the finish.

Overall, good sessionable flavorful lager beer. makes you wonder why the bmc crowd don't make their beers this way instead of the adjunct crap.

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Photo of mjurney
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-gold color, clear. Lots of carbonation. Nice foamy head.

Bready, toasted, some spicy noble hops, crisp, clean.

Rich, bready, toasted, biscuit. Hop bitterness is moderate, mostly spicy. Finish is crisp, clean and semi-dry. Light-medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, well carbonated, super drinkable.

Its a well made Vienna-style lager!!

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale copper color with thin fizzy head. With lots of bubbles rising in the body.

S: Malty sweetness.

T: Bready malt and caramel up front. Mild hops and a touch of honey in the finish.

F: Moderate carbonation, light body.

O: First vienna lager, so I'm not sure what to expect. It's simple and drinkable. Not very complex but still good.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Vienna lager pours a copper color with a fairly thick foamy white head and a lot of carbonation. The smell is bready with a little spicy snap, somewhat akin to a pilsner, but with a little more malt character. As the smell suggested the hop character is very similar to a pilsner imparting a spicy, somewhat acrid flavor and a dry finish, but there is also a little bit of floral, grassy character as well. The malts are quite different from a pilsner, with a much stronger grainy, toasted bread flavor. The body is fairly light, but definitely heavier than ultra-light styles. Overall this is a very nicely balanced beer, but it’s very simple flavor-wise which leaves me a little bit bored. It’s about as good as the Sierra Nevada pilsner, Nooner.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 8/1

A: Small tiny bubbled white head. Body is a light amber with great clarity.

S: Honey, toffee, light sweet breads, soft nuttiness

T: Great deep rich bready sweet, toffee, caramel notes. With a light bit of honey and just a touch of floral hops.

M: Lighter to medium with a nice crisp clean finish

O: Excellent vienna lager smooth easy drinking deep rich malts accentuated by light hops.

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Photo of ricke49
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired with the 2016 Fall variety pack. Decent price of 13.99 for 12 beers at BiMart (local NW chain). Great lager that hits the grassy notes perfectly, and presents a freshness sometimes lacking in European imports. A bit hoppy for style, but to be expected from west coast brewery. Refreshing, sessionable, tasty. Glad I bought the variety pack.

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Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, crisp, effervescent golden color. Pillowy white head dissipates down to a thin white head.

Smell has aromas of bready malts, with a hint of grain, sweetness, and hops. Simple but smells good.

Taste is a smooth flavor with notes of bread, grain, slight grassy bitterness on the finish. Definite hop presence noted in the beer. Seems a tad bit strong for the style, but it tastes great.

Feel is light and crisp with medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall I really liked this beer - its an easy drinking great tasting lager. Might be a bit on the hoppy side for the style, but it isn't overly hopped. You just get some hop character with grassy notes in the taste.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a crisp amber color with decent foam and lacing. Smells of malt and hops with a nice bread mix. Taste is very pleasant, good malt feel to it with a nice spice hint and finishes very smooth and balanced. This is a very nice beer, exceptionally easy to drink and the taste is very nice, will be enjoying more of these for sure.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper, amber color. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes sweeter and maltier. Tastes similar to their Oktoberfest. Feel is medium. A perfect beer for not too hot, not too cold evenings outside.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear, dark gold with a thin bubbly white head leaves moderate lacing.

S: Grass, apples, biscuits, toast and honey. Herbacious Noble hops dominating with some crisp sweet malts.

T: Grass, basil, and white pepper dominate. Noble hops in the forefront. Toast and biscuit malt in the mid-palate, very grainy with a crisp, tart red apple note. Finishes dry but very crisp and clean, with a lingering pepper and lemongrass aftertaste.

F: Medium-light, very carbonated. Some lingering sticky-sweetness, along with herbal resins.

O: Not what I would expect from a Vienna lager. Is brewed more like a pilsner. A solid beer overall, though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Regrettably brief impression from a bottle:

Hoppier than any classic expression of the style, lacking the subtle toastiness of even the most ubiquitous examples (e.g. Sam Adams Boston Lager). Does that make it worse? Hop fans will enjoy its committed floral hop flavour, but ultimately it comes off tasting like a brewer's finest imitation of a pale ale in pale lager form. To be honest, I don't taste any Vienna malt.

While traditionalists would consider it far too hoppy, it's nevertheless an enjoyable beer. When regarded outside of the intended style's conventions, it's a rather enjoyable brew and I'd definitely like to see it in future Sierra Nevada variety boxes. But it's a poor example of a Vienna Lager, and a classic example of marketing over matter - good as it is.


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Photo of JRed
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden in body with a white film on top. Aroma of bready malt sweetness, lemon. Tastes of bready malt sweetness, lemon, light bitterness, light citrus. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of matcris
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very clear deep golden in color. A finger of white foamy head that slowly settles to a ring. Minor lacing down the glass. Like their Oktoberfest, the aroma and taste are in lock step. Nice grassy quality with a pleasant sweet overall note, a little caramel maybe, and fresh out of the toaster bread. Medium full carbonation, medium full body, dry and crisp. As good as the previous year. It'll be a regular thing, come the Fall. Nice beer.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

S: The malt is upfront, with some bread/biscuit and caramel.

T/F: Nicely balanced flavor with the malt coming through. Definitely some sweetness, but not too much, and a little floral hops in the mix. Medium body and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: A nice change of pace from my standard IPAs. Goes down smooth and pairs well with many types of food.

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