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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Ratings: 855 |  Reviews: 184
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

I picked up a Bottle of Sierra Nevada's Vienna Style Lager today in their Fall Variety pack at Krogers today. I've never had this beer and it's been a little while since I've had a Vienna style Lager, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for Sierra Nevada and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with over three fingers worth of fluffy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left lots of patchy and spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some nice toasted, bready, slightly grainy, doughy and sweet malt like aroma and it's followed by just a slight nutty aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart a light earthy aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be exactly the same as the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspects that they did in the aroma with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a very light nutty flavor. On the finish comes a very light amount of hops that impart a light earthy flavor with hardly any bitterness and it had a sweet malt, grainy, toasted and bread like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, the taste mirrored the aroma nicely and it was very true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium sweetness. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a good example of a Vienna Lager, I don't drink this style too often simply because there isn't a lot of them available to me, but I know enough about this style to be able to pick out a good one and I can tell that this is what a Vienna Lager should be like. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these without getting bored with it and I think it would make for a nice Lager to enjoy during the fall. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had everything that I've come to expect from the style and nothing seemed out of place or unnecessary. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change about it. I would buy this beer again and on it's own, I think a six pack for the fall would be pretty nice. I would recommend this to people who like the style or anybody who's looking for a nice easy drinking beer with a little bit of flavor to it. All in all I was happy with this beer and it's just what I want from the style, Sierra Nevada did this style justice. This isn't my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada, but it's got to be one of the best Vienna Lagers I've had. Nice job guys, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French baguettes or English muffins. There are also aromas of caramel, black pepper, and a touch of floral, piney, citrusy, hops. Really, really, delicious!

Taste: Wow! Delicious! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt, up front, followed by caramel-like sweetness, black pepper, and a touch of floral, piney, citrusy, hops. Really, really, delicious! Exceptional, actually!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and very effervescent as there is a lot of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an exceptional American-version of a Vienna lager! One of the best I’ve had in fact. It’s definitely up there with Devil’s Backbone’s Vienna Lager, which is my favorite American-made Vienna Lager. It’s Malty, slightly sweet and beautifully balanced with floral, piney, hops. Sierra Nevada’s knocked this one out of the park!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is bready and sweet. Goes down super smooth with just a faint spiciness. This was in the SN fall sampler and I can see why, it's delicious and could be an everyday beer when the temps start to drop a bit. Just a touch of caramel stickiness at the end.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Served in a tumbler.

This here wedding is winding down, and there's some Sierra Nevada at the hotel. Let's get some, eh? This stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit malt, light dried honey, a twang of mild sweetgrass, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the relatively mild sweetness of the malt balancing very nicely with the floral, lightly-grassy hops. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very strong Vienna lager, one that's far too easy to drink for its own good (or, rather, mine). Quite the pleasant cap to a wonderful day.

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Photo of CASK1
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass.
L - Beautiful amber color with brilliant lager clarity. Fluffy off-white head fell fairly quickly.
S - Moderate levels of bread crust and toast. Hints of melanoidin sweetness. No hint of hops in the aroma.
T - Similar to aroma, but more intense. Nice biscuity, toasty malt with melanoidin complexity. Moderate hop bitterness offsets the malt and makes this beer very drinkable. Hint of spicy hop flavor adds to the complexity.
F - Medium bodied, but crisp and dry makes this easy to drink several of. Carbonation level is spot on.
O - More breweries need to make this style. Tasty and easy drinking. Can't wait until it's actually fall to enjoy more of this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour one and a half bottles into a becker with a nice rich copper color and tightly formed bone white half finger resulting,a very good pour.Some leafy hops and German malts in the nose,it has a light iron/metallic note to it wich is spot on.Dry and bready on the palate with a good smack of herbal/leafy hops in the finish.This is a great Vienna lager,one of the better true to form ones out there.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of woodchipper
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a lovely, bright gold , crystal clear with plenty of bubbles and a creamy, white head that compacts nicely and leaves lacing all down the glass.
The aroma is bread and toffee and spice and everything nice.
The taste is spice up front for me with caramel, bread and biscuit up next followed by a pleasant dry, bittering and peppery finish.
The mouth is medium bubbly.
Overall, a very tasty Vienna lager. Looking forward to my next one.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of chip26
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The label has a short description of the beer and it lists the abv at 5.3% abv.

Appearance: The body has a nice orange amber color with great clarity and some visible carbonation. This is topped off with an average one finger tall head which is off white in color and settles down to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is slick and mostly just slide right down the sides of the glass as I drink.

Smell: It has a light overall presence. What is noticeable is mostly sweet and malty. It has nice toffee and nougat like notes with just a touch of floral hop spice.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is well balanced leaning just towards the malty sweet side. Like the aroma it has a very nice malty sweetness with light toffee and nougat like sweetness that is delicately balanced by Noble hop spice. It has a medium body and a smooth easy drinking feel. The drinkability of this beer is crazy good.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrUse
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of chossboss
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with moderate off-white that mostly settles back.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, biscuit and toast.

Taste: Sweetish cherry and caramel mostly, with some bread characteristics. The hop balance is minimal with light spiciness and a hint of citrus.

Feel: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: This is an exceedingly drinkable Vienna Lager but a little too sweet to be among my favorites for the style.

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Photo of innominat
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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