Vienna Lager | von Trapp Brewing

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Vienna LagerVienna Lager

Brewed by:
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, full-bodied traditional amber lager.

IBU 33

Added by kingcrowing on 04-21-2010

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Photo of PMakowski
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - golden yellow color, medium foam head and some decent glass lacing
Smell - sweet grains, some bread crust. Hops, yeast, malt. Good basic beer aroma.
Taste - Good beer. It has a perfect balance between the hops and malts. I like that there's some bitterness, it adds some character. Flavor has some pepper, herbs, floral hops, and it's balanced with a nice sugary malt. Carbonation and body are both medium.

Overall, it's not the best ever, it's solid and it's fresh tasting. Grade is an A-

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I took a brief detour on/from Happy Loads of New (Mainly) Lager Beers Sunday (Week 718), but now I'm back on track. I purchased several bottles from von Trapp Brewing at Hunger-n-Thirst & as the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody rolls on, these are next in line.

From the Bottle: "'A little of Austria[,] a lot of Vermont'"; "A crisp, full-bodied traditional amber lager"; "By the family that inspired 'The Sound of Music'"; "Brewed on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, this lager is crafted with the finest traditional ingredients and our pure Vermont spring water."; "IBU: 33".

I have been Pop!ping caps off of bottles at a furious rate today & it feels good. It also felt good to perform a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. This one actuall evinced a pseudo-cascade as it foamed up to form just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all anxious for a taste. Nose had a caramelized quality, not caramel malt, but caramel-like along with a light breadiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, big for a Lager-style beer. The taste was caramel, but not the sweet, cloying caramel that caramel malt can impart. Instead, it had a caramel flavor with very little sweetness, accompanied by a toasty breadiness or a bready toastiness. Mmm. Finish landed in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry with a case easily made for either/both. I have liked averything from them thus far, but I just wish that they would put these beers in CANs. 8=(

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left a path of bubbles in the center, a narrow collar around the edge, and lacing on the surface in between.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather malty, with flavors of both toasted and biscuit malts. No bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough underlying hops to mask any apparent sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some cleanness.
O: This beer is nice and malty but doesn't feel as heavy on the body compared to other beers in the style. It has unique aromas and flavors of biscuit malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewAskew
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I wrote a review and somehow lost it. Good vienna lager with some minor style deviations. Worthy.

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Photo of AD17
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spiceepicklez
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid easy drinking beer. Color is a little muddled unfortunately, takes away some appeal, smell is rather malty and a little caramel. Lacks a strong nose. Taste is of a solid amber lager, would definitely be able to crush several of these. Feel is a little thin, but that does make it more drinkable. Decent overall beer. Solid lager.

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Light amber with substantial eggshell 1-finger foamy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Lighter caramel with bread crusts and light sulfur/mineral note and floral hops.

T: Bread crusts and light caramel with some Munich graininess. Old school lager for sure. Sulfur note in the finish, slightly flinty but not off-putting. LIghtly spicy, floral hop note in the finish. Low bitterness and clean from yeast standpoint.

M: Very crisp and clean, light-bodied with above-average carbonation. Dry finish but not overdone.

O: Very Solid Vienna lager, not at all sweet caramel, good malt character. Would go for it again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustCamIt
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle, amberish-copper body with a thick but quickly fading head. Aroma of hops, graham crackers and dark bread. Tastes of caramel and candied dates. Mouthfeel is medium with lingering hop presence.

Overall this is a decent brew at the right price point to be part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear amber with a small white head. Solid retention, and rings of lacing.

S: Warm toast and honey. Simple but brilliant.

T: Toasted brown bread, honey, and a hint of grass. Clean and crisp.

F: Medium-light, well-carbonated. Slightly sticky on the finish.

O: A phenomenal Vienna Lager.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amendm
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. bottle poured strongly into a 16-oz. mug creates a finger sized foamy white head made up of small and larger bubbles that quickly fades to a thin cap with spotty lacing.
Almost clear amber/copper color changes to goldish yellow in front of light.
Smell features toasted bread, sweet malts and hops plus a hint of lager yeast.
Taste has added bitter malt at first with sweeter malt in the middle and finally a kick of spicy hop bitterness.
Just shy of medium bodied with average carbonation that evens out the feel and a dry clean finish.
Smooth and easy to drink, warms well with a faint alcohol bite. Malty and hoppy yet balanced.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Philly's Craft Beer in Langhorne, PA. Make-your-own 6 pack single bottle. I liked this one. A lot. Had I not known it was from a craft brewery in VT, the hops profile and taste was European. Some of my favorite beers are Austrian. So this was a wonderful surprise. "Caramel" color in the glass with a nice lacing foam. Subtle carbonation and a rich mouthfeel. Very well balanced flavor--caramel/biscuit with the perfect hops behind it, complementing the sweetness of the malt with a welcome bitterness. Went down very easily. Went back and bought a 6 pack.

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Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Velivolus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heftklammer
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kelly10359
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: April 13, 2018... OCCASION: Friday night watching The Office with Shan... GLASSWARE: Paulaner lager pokal... pours a bright golden body with random sized bubbles floating upwards... the head is white, thick but not clumpy.... damp, dank hops aroma spells a toasted malty base... sweet and malty, though a light phenolic waft interjects some brake on the allure... smooth, buttery and pronounced at the throat... highly drinkable and bright at the introduction, and light-bodied overall... the combination of hops makes a sharp, confident lager with soft toasted malts and oats sweetening the crisp finish... lemon, grass, and light spiciness make this a reasonable finish to a week, and one that could accompany a number of events...

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Photo of Holderness
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L -- Pours a filtered amber orange body with a two-finger off-white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and good lacing
S -- Pale malts, grassy hops, honey, lemon, dank basement
T -- Good amount of grassy, herbal hops alongside a strong honey-bread malt backbone. Some metallic bitterness on the finish
F -- Crisp and dry. Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Great mealtime beer
O -- A crisp, hop-forward lager


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Vienna Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 267 ratings