Vienna Style Lager
von Trapp Brewing

Vienna Style LagerVienna Style Lager
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Style:
Lager - Vienna
Ranked #11
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,459
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
365
From:
von Trapp Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  56
SCORE
86
Very Good
Vienna Style LagerVienna Style Lager
Notes: Named for the city that created the style, our amber lager is malt forward with a grassy, crackery hop aroma. A classic blend of German malts and hops gives this complex lager notes of biscuit and caramel in its finish.

33 IBU
Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 365 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, wine glass, best by 12/26/21.

The beer is a surprisingly light to moderately hazed autumnal orange. Initially it has a finger plus of antique paper tinted head.

Very toasty, crackers that are more sweet than hearty, and a hint of green apple.

It’s a very dry example with complex hints of vanilla, dried apple, and rye. The middle is rounded out with a fleeting sweetness.

Light, dry, medium carbonation. I’d say it’s a touch lighter than most relatives.

It’s dry and complex.

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MrOH from Malta

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber, thick white head, superb retention, nice lacing
Rich bready malt, a hint of caramel
Tastes like it smells, with a hint of dried tart cherry
Medium-light bodied and appropriately carbonated
A well made, nice easy drinker

Sep 24, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look..yellow brown and a little unclear. light white pillow foamy head
Smell..light but present hop citrus. nice smell even though it is faint
Taste...a nice sweetness of the bat with a round fullness. Nice bitter in the end of the taste but tapers of roundly with little crispness or drying. Very complete taste with no earth shattering crispness of a pilsner.
Feel..a nice bold carbonation that feels perfect with the flavors of the beer. Moderate to bold carbonation with a pretty sticky lacing
Overall... This is a beer of the 12 pack variety i would buy independently of the others. Well crafted beer i will definitely buy again

Sep 06, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

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

Review 1603
Vienna Austrian Style Lager
von Trapp
Date: Best By Date 12 Sept 2021
I have five of these beers to consume tonight from this brewery. I have drunk the Dunkel and the Helles; they were good. This beer is 42 degrees, and I use a pilsner glass. The pour created a frothy and airy off-white head with excellent retention. The head dissipation left some lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 7, pale amber with golden hues. The clarity is clear, with a few carbonation bubbles visible.

The aromas are malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, light floral esters, bready, and caramel.

I taste a malty sweetness, subtle toasted crackers, bready, floral esters, a touch of herbal, a touch of caramel, and the ever so slight pharmaceutical.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and light finish.

This beer was good, but I wanted more flavors. I was expected depth and complexity, but I did not get that. A solid beer to enjoy any day of the week.

Sep 01, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with slightly less than a finger of head. The nose is nicely toasty with a touch of caramel. The flavor profile is biscuity and malty and the body is light enough to make this offering sessionable.

Aug 26, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber ,orange color. About medium carbonation with also about a medium body. Overall the body is nice and makes for a beer that goes well with food or if you want to have a few while relaxing.
Aroma isnt overpowering but has a nice malty, bread, dark malty bread,grain, cereal, with some floral honey.
Taste is really nice, malty bread, grain, floral with a mild bitter hop finish.just a bit sweet but just to right amount.
Overall I thought it was a really great beer,would satisfy craft beer lovers but could see other people being able to enjoy it as well

May 16, 2021
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Kendo from New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pilsner glass. Body is hazy golden-amber with a half-finger of fluffy white head on top.

S: Modest nose of grains and crackery malt. Toasted bread and a hint of sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, with a faint sweet fruitiness up front, then the underlying grain and malt foundation are noted: wheat crackers, wheat toast, and a bit of doughy malt. Hint of grassy and lemony bitterness on the finish, but this one's a little more sweet than bitter or "crisp."

M: Good feel to it - light in body, modest carbonation.

O: Good, not great. An easy drinker and nice curveball from the usual NE IPAs I've been drinking of late.

Apr 18, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

Cloudy amber orange body with a big white head. Smell captures the biscuit, caramel, toasty malts, and springy hops you would expect from the style with a cracker yeast expression to give it some more character. Taste is one of the best representations of the style had to date, malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, rise up before the grassy and floral hops crash it down beautifully, not overly sweet up front either, instead more lager centric. Feel is smooth, frothy, somewhat bready and hoppy and crisp. The wife loved it. Heck, I love it

Mar 18, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

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

Best by 3/30/21

My first beer from von Trapp as well as my first review of a Vienna Lager, though I have had Boston Lager many times before, which I hear is nothing like an actual Vienna, so I'm hopeful that this one will be good

Pours a lightly cloudy golden amber with 2 fingers of rocky off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves patchy lacing

It sounds odd, but this smells like what I want a Marzen to smell like. I know they are relatively similar styles, but I think I prefer Viennas already. Anyhow, I get aromas of dark toasted bread, honey sweetness, grassy hops, lime, a touch of pepper, and soft doughy malt

At first this is light and citrusy before the swallow where the malt bears more weight. On the front end, I taste grassy hops, lime, general citrus, pepper, and biscuity malt. The swallow brings notes of sweet honey, floral hops, fresh cut grass, toast, and doughy malt

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation for a super easy drinking brew. Finishes a bit sticky but the relative smoothness takes care of that

A damn good beer here, really makes me wanna try more example of the style, as well as more beers from von Trapp

Jan 19, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yeah, I'm partial to this style of beer and Von Trapp does it exceptionally well! Pours medium brown color - not too dark but not too light - with a bit of white foam, which does rapidly recede. Great malt taste with very subtle hops. Great beer... one of the best in my humble opinion.

Dec 30, 2020
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Manta200 from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single 12oz can from Half Time
Pours a medium amber with a nice fluffy off white head, great retention.
Bready malt taste with a light bittersweet finish.
Light body, very drinkable. I enjoyed it!

Dec 29, 2020
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TDog802 from Vermont

2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Overall: Really not the best. Had high expectations going in. Crazy light brew for color, light foamy layer on top. Simple notes of Vienna sweet grain with a buttery feeling left over. For years Von Trapp has put out some amazing brews and this one, well... just wasn’t up to snuff.

L: Golden Amber with a simple buttery glow to it.
M: Nothing to write home about. Medium carbonation to it. Almost takes away from the flavor of the brew.
S: Light grains and herbal notes here. Typical for a Vienna style. Just by the look you’ll expect more.
T: A pretty heavy mouth full of grains and mixed breads. After a moment, you’re left with the lasting sweetness of the hopps. Certainly not the worst.

Dec 22, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear amber color with a two-finger foamy white head that has great retention long after the pour, and leaves some lacing behind

S- toasted caramel malts mix with grassy, peppery and floral hops on the nose. Toasted bread crust closes it out

T- caramel and toasted bready malt makes for a sweet and malty base up front, followed by a nice dosing of floral and grassy hops mid-palate. The finish brings out a honey sweetness, while adding toffee, crackers and a bit of peppery grassy hop on the linger

M- medium body wit moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, dry finish

O- an outstanding full flavored Vienna lager that is equally balanced with a caramel biscuit malt and grassy & floral hops

Nov 29, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Amber with a touch of haze, nice head, and good lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt, light herbal, spicy hops.

T: Very bready and somewhat sweet, good hop bitterness and flavor for balance.

F: Light bodied, crisp, dry.

Overall: A very tasty Vienna lager. I am sure it would be better fresher although it was still well before the best by date. Definitely worth trying.

Oct 31, 2020
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beeragent from Texas

3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy light copper, forming a thin white head, with light lace on the glass.

The aroma has a slight metallic note along with a noticeable sulfur presence and a light toasted bread finish. No very robust in aroma.

The taste is all malty toasted bread, but with a more pronounced hop bitterness to finish. Not as balanced as expected.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I think this one is way past its prime. A lot of flaws, but I believe they're mostly age related. I'll have to see about getting one thats more fresh, and do a fair assessment on it.

Oct 01, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From can marked BB 10/01/20

Pours into my shaker pint glass a clear brassy amber-gold with a reddish tinge and a creamy bubbly ecru head. Decent retention and some soapy lace. Very attractive beer.

Scent is caramel, floral, light spice lemon crackers and bread crust. A hint of grass.

Taste is sweet doughy bready malt. Caramel. Toffee. Biscuit. A very light floral hop note with a characteristic German style clean mildly bitter finish. A touch of lemon. A hint of peppery spice.

Mouth is a creamy medium with a soft fine carbonation.

Drinkability quite good. The crisp bitter finish encourages another sip.

Based on the Best By date this is not particularly fresh yet it is still quite good. I suspect a fresher example would have a touch more hop presence and bittering. As always von Trapp brews a subtle and well crafted lager.

Sep 13, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy amber color with a nice head and slight lacing
Aroma has slight malt and caramel hints
The taste follows the nose with slight malt and caramel flavors
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Vienna Lager

Aug 30, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge for $1.99. Best By 10/13/2020. I'm guessing that could mean that this was canned on 7/13/2020? If that's true, then this would be just over 5 weeks old.

Look: Pale amber color with perfect clarity. Small frothy off-white head with tiny bubbles effervescing. Looks pretty.

Smell: Smell is malt-forward. Toasty, bready, doughy aromas. Getting a nutty smell that resembles hazelnut or chestnut. Sweet caramel notes on the finish along with subtle spicy, crisp, and floral hop notes. Some fruity notes in the nose as well like dried cherries? Relatively simple nose. Smells good for what this beer is.

Taste: Very easy to drink. It's light in body, flavorful, and uncomplicated. While this beer is malt-forward, they did a good job with the bittering hops to provide balance to the caramel malt backbone of this beer. The finish is surprisingly dry, which prevents the beer from tasting cloyingly sweet and makes you keep going back for more.

Feel: Mouthfeel is very light. Finish is initially sweet and then it feels like my mouth has dried out and I need to drink more beer. The carbonation level on this beer is spot on.

Overall: Well done Vienna style lager. This is the kind of beer that you want to drink when you don't want to think too much about what you're drinking yet you also don't want to sacrifice on flavor or balance. I see this as the kind of beer that you would want to pair with a soft pretzel with spicy mustard or anything with sauerkraut (I am thinking about a corned beef sandwich or a hot dog). I enjoyed this and look forward to trying other von Trapp beers!

Aug 19, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What's not to like? Poured from a 12-ounce can into a vintage hollow-stemmed goblet. In terms of appearance, it can't get any better: slightly hazy light amber in color, with a thick head of sudsy white foam that leaves lots of spotty lacing as it settles. Lovely aromas of biscuit and light caramel, with notes of grassy / herbal hops and an undertone that I can only describe as wild-ale funk. Notes of tart apple begin to come through as the beer warms from fridge temperature. This is very clean and crisp, no off-flavors or aromas. Pleasantly bitter, with light peppery spice on the palate and a mostly dry finish. Overall, an outstanding beer. Highly recommended.

Aug 19, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a 1 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma is caramel malt, bread, citrus, floral, lemon, spicy.

Taste is earthy, lemon, grass, slight pepper, slightly sweet.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry finish.

Another great one from von Trapp.

Jul 26, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mix pack of bottles from the Vermont lodge, visited by my youngest daughter in November 2018. I found this to be not that sweet, with low hop. There were mild malt notes. The beer is not very red for a beer billed as amber.

May 04, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful caramel color with some haze and an off-white head. Beautiful beer. Caramalt aromas on the nose, and noble hops as an accompaniment. Spot on to the style.

The caramalt flavors lead on the taste, but it is the noble hop flavors that elevate this - just an excellent representation of the style.

If I lived around Von Trapp, this would be in my glass at least once a week. Wonderful beer, IMHO.

Apr 06, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, best by 03/22/20 - hey, that's today!!; purchased single can off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: clear, orange-gold liquid, brush of mist with last couple oz poured in; fantastic, Beer Hunter-ian, mashed-tater crest of off-white, open-build, cottony foam... suds slowly crumbles, lacing in thick splotches, remarkably messy, chunky cap and collar keeps

S: apple peel, rose wine, fresh-baked fridge-cooled multigrain muffin; subtle hints of dough and light caramel... overall aromas rather mellow; subtle hint of toasty bread crust slowly emerges... definitely bready

T: toasty and pungent, front-to-back; lovely dry finish, but begging for a little more malt to linger... second sip fills in a few flavor gaps, adding some almost rye spice, earthy grass, clove-y phenols... spice, bitter herb oils, nutty toasted grain keep humming long after each sip; kiss of musk, little sweetness, but clipped depth

F: delicate touch of plush residual viscosity with each sip, but like their Helles, its sharpened bitterness and slashing dryness of this beer ramps up its moreish drinkability... palate still lit up

O: I could totally get down with this one... firm, hard-cut malts and hop bitterness resulting strident dryness... this can's best by was today, and it seems fantastically vibrant and fresh... definitely grabbing this again (1656)

Mar 22, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light copper in color with a half inch of creamy off white on top. The aroma is of faint grassy hops and light crackery malt. I’m tasting just a touch of grassy hops and crisp, light crackery malt. The mouth is light and easygoing.

Feb 15, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery during a ski trip around NVT. Canned, BB 05/04/20. Been excited to try this for a while because you don’t see this style very often and I know this brewery will knock it out of the park. And they certainly did. It’s the kind of beer I’d drink every day and in mass quantities when in Austria. Delicious, rich, sweet, caramel malt with a hint of smoke, wood, and earth. Easy drinking, smooth, with a great feel and finish.

Feb 14, 2020
Vienna Style Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 365 ratings