Vienna Style Lager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Vienna Style LagerVienna Style Lager
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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #10
Ranked #27,266
3.8 | pDev: 9.47%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Vienna Style LagerVienna Style Lager
Notes: 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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tracycramer from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I pretty much do not like lagers at all due probably to not getting out much and not knowing what is out there. That said, this is very drinkable. Not the usual sweet lager at all.

Very nice. Enjoyed in Austin 10/20/19.

Oct 20, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper tinged amber with a wonderful yellow blushed head, 2 fingers and active, bubbles holding out like almost cooked pancakes.
Smells like a lightly sweetened rustic pastry with just a smidge of caramel. some floral and grassy hints around the edges.
Taste is very light bread with some herbaceous bitterness. very clean taste, not super muddled or overly complicated.
Mouthfeel is excellent, crisp and clean with a decent body mid palate and a nice dry finish.
Overall I get the hype around this one and definitely wish it was a regular presence from SN. Super drinkable with enough character to fit in well as the weather starts to turn. Great beer.

Sep 19, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden copper amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some

S: Grainy, slightly toasty bready malt, grassy, herbal, spicy, and herbal notes, faintly fruity, and a touch of honey sweetness.

T: Bready slightly toasty malt, a bit grainy, spicy, herbal, grassy, and earthy notes, a little fruity towards the back end, pear and apricot, and touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O: It might not be my favorite style, but this one is well done.

Dec 11, 2018
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber-honey in color with an icy haze.

S: Caramel malts are highly represented. White pear, summer's end peach jelly.

M: Light to moderate body propped up some by a its sweet slickness.

T: Lots of honey, sweetened white bread pudding with peach compote; quince syrup. Drier, toastier notes as it warms with some peppery hops as well.

Nov 22, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review of a 12 pack variety pack by Sierra Nevada.
Pours a crystal clear light gold with an abundant head that slowly reduces itself to a thin skin with excellent side glass lace.
AROMA: Surprisingly, I get some light hops with lemon scents along with some breads.
TASTE: Yum! A little more of bread malts. Some sweetness with a hint of caramel. Some spicy hop balance present.
Dry at the finish.

Nov 21, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear, beautiful amber producing 3+ fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves motes and strings of lace. Aroma is thin but a blend of toast & biscuity malt, fruity with white fruit hints, honey and floral hops hints. Taste is malty-sweet and fruity up front with jelly/marmalade like notes of pear and peach cobbler, more honey than the nose followed by notes of biscuit, toast, caramel with floral and earthy hops. Drying late in the finish. Aftertaste is soured fruit, increasing bitterness and faintly astringent with a hint of mineral & metallic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth but not clean with a nice prickle over the tongue.

Nov 18, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay Vienna lager and quite enjoyable. Not quite as good as a few others I drink such as Double Nickel and DB but good none the less. Malty and slightly sweet yet lacks some of the thick taste I look for.

Nov 16, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another decent offering from SN...

A lager that has some very good qualities - dark amber-colored liquid with a nice thick head; the smell was malty but light; a mouthfeel that's carbonated but crisp; and a taste that was tangy and spicy; overall, finding it pretty good though not the best lager I've had.

Nov 10, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks a translucent light honey/straw color. Minimal head but some residual lacing with a trace of lacing on glass. Smell is quite muted- mild vanilla,biscuit,earthy smell. Taste is more pronounced than most style lagers. Toasted malt,fresh baked bread,caramel. Reminds me of a "fest beer" in many ways. Feels well carbonated, not slick in any way,almost a dry finish.Some different toasted nut taste is a bonus. Well done, I swear this could pass for a marzen style.

Oct 12, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is from the Sierra Nevada Fall Pack. From the back label in white print: "PKGD 07/18/18 2027"

Appearance: The beer has a body with excellent clarity and is a medium shade of gold in color. It has a frothy head that is just a hint off-white. Very good lacing and retention.

Aroma: The beer has a very faint hop aroma which gives off the scent of lemongrass.

Taste: As the beer crosses over the palate it has a very light bit of cereal grain with just a hint of lemon. It is uniform across the palate.

Mouthfeel: It is on the upper side of light bodied and it has just a faint bit of chewiness to it. It's not as crisp as one would expect but it falls into that category of where most average Vienna Lagers settle.

Overall: It's pretty average fare for a Vienna Lager. It doesn't present itself that well on the palate so I really wouldn't recommend it one way or another. There are better Vienna Lagers on the market and there are worse. This one happens to rest pretty evenly in the middle. I doubt I would buy it again given the alternatives. It's only really worth drinking if you are curious about how Sierra Nevada would craft a Vienna Lager.

Oct 07, 2018
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's German for has that in aroma and taste. it pours a nice bold yellow with nice whit foam that doesn't last long, but is there and carbonated nice.
The aroma has nice sweet bready malt and slight hops with it. The taste is along the same line...with a sweet caramel malt with a spicy hops finish.
Not my cup of beer, but a very drinkable brew for the right bratwurst occassion!!

Oct 02, 2018
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada Vienna Style Lager - 5.3% ABV - 25 IBUs.
Date: 07/18/18, tasted on 09/18/18.
Appearance: Clear, but rich gold in color with a rapidly dissipating fizzy white head.
Aroma: Smells…German. Standard German hops, some yeast, and a bit of bread like malts. Additionally, the is a faint spiciness. Vienna also smells a little on the sweet side.
Taste: Light spicy hop notes hit first before Vienna switches halfway through to more of a doughy taste. The hops are fleeting here, but the malts have a nice cooked biscuit flavor which lingers for a few moments. For a lighter style beer, this is actually quite nice.
Biased comments: While I don’t think this is one I would actively seek out, as low ABV more pedestrian style beers aren’t my thing, it is a decent brew. It would be perfect for cool weather session drinking or pairing with fatty meats in tube form.

Sep 25, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic optics, would have liked a little more assertiveness from those European hops, they malt is crisp & tasty just a little bit one-note, not a super deep style in general but still could use another layer

Sep 24, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in my Spiegelau pilsner glass. Pours a lovely burnt orange hue with a slight haze to the clarity and tight, quarter inch, bright white head. Clean nose - grassy notes and hints of noble hops. Taste reveals some caramel, bready sweetness with a mild earthy/herbal hops presence at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a consistent carbonation and a hint of dryness at the finish. Overall, pleasant and drinkable although it doesn't totally come together for me. That said, reminds me a bit of a festbier - perhaps the caramel sweetness.

Sep 23, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear golden color color with nice white head that settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Floral hops, malt, bread, spicy little citrus peel.

Taste - Big malt, bread, banana, caramel, slightly spicy like the nose.

Feel - Very light bodied, crisp refreshing light and easy drinking.

Overall - Very nice flavors clean crisp and refreshing.

Sep 14, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. bottle poured into a 16-oz. mug. A medium-strong pour was needed for a finger sized creamy white head with large and small bubbles. A ring was present from half the drink to the end with spotty lacing.
Clear amber with red highlights, appears golden-amber in front of light.
Smell has banana-like yeast and bready malt with faint hops.
Taste features sweet malt and caramel at first as a grainy bitterness and toasted nuts fill the middle with a spicy hop kick at the end, little spice for the after taste.
Medium body and carbonation, clean semi-dry finish.
Unpretentious flavor, great balance between sweet, bitter and spice. Smooth easy drinker. Alcohol is well hidden.

Sep 11, 2018
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mehak from California

2.26/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden color. Smells like grapefruit. Tastes like pale ale mixed with water. Light body. Overall not very happy with this brew as the sales guy said it would have a less grapefruit/citrus taste than the Oktoberfest for 2018 (which at least has a bomb after taste). For anyone, like me, who is overly sensitive to grapefruit/citrus this is going to disappointment.

Sep 08, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 7-25-18
1/2" white head with very good retention down to a thick cap and leaves behind thick, patchy lacing. Golden amber with excellent clarity.
Doughy malt aroma, grain (feed store). Light spicy, herbal hops.
Delicious. Spicy hops mingle with a pronounced bready/doughy malt bill. The hops are amazingly spicy and a little grassy/herbal.
Medium bodied, clean. Flavor lingers in a dry-ish finish.
This is the show. I'd keep a shelf full year round if it was available. Outstanding beer.

Aug 25, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - light amber colored, big foam head that fades at a good pace and some great lacing on the glass
Smell - Hmmmm strange aroma, it's not very strong but i pick up the malt and the sweet breadiness. Nothing hop oriented.
Taste - Very interesting..getting some unique hop flavors, lots of malt and white bread crust. Some spice, maybe white pepper. A mineral quality to the water used. It's certainly a flavorful beer. Sweet but not too sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall, a very fine beer that is drinkable, but not too light either. Some very nice flavor ranges from the hops, the malts, the spices. It isn't a profound beer that will blow you away but very solid and very tasty. Check it out if you like beer.
I give this a grade of A-

Aug 25, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass, from the Fall Pack. Bottled on '07/25/18 06:36'.
Clear, pale amber colored body. Skiff of head upon pouring disappears quickly and leaves some remnants and a very thin ring, fed by bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma of slightly sweet bready malts. Floral hops add in.
Taste is slightly roasted, bready malts, and slightly spicy, floral hops. Well balanced, with an enveloping flavor profile.
Medium mouth feel, with lager sharpness. Lower carbonation. Drier finish (but that just entices another sip).
Such a beautiful visual presentation of a beer, with a fuller than expected mouth feel, not that much from aroma, but a full mouth experience of balanced and rich flavors. Really a great example of professional brewing.

Aug 19, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 7/18/18 (27 days ago) poured into a tall slender Vienna style mug at fridge temp 5.3% ABV. The beer pours bright, light golden amber with off white head. The aroma is yeasty with honey sweetness and bready malt showing through as well. The taste is light semisweet caramel & bready malt intermingled with earthy and floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied and adequately carbonated. The finish is dry and pleasantly bitter. Zero off flavors or flaws in the feel. Overall, excellent. This is a delicious lager that would serve well in absolutely any capacity.

Aug 14, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy golden color with a thin fizzy head. Head retention is very mild. Lacing is decent. Bready aroma with some fruity and floral undertones. Very bready taste. Somewhat nutty. Floral with some slight fruity sweetness at the end. Lighter bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

Jul 30, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Dec 25, 2016
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Dec 19, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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;

Dec 16, 2016
Vienna Style Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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