Vienna Style Lager
von Trapp Brewing

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Vienna Lager
Ranked #7
Ranked #23,573
3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
von Trapp Brewing
Vermont, United States
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.
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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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)

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of moodenba
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

von trapp vienna lager undated bottle tasted at 50F in November, 2019. The beer has a healthy amber body that was slightly cloudy. There was a nice head but little or no lacing. The flavor is moderately malty with a good noble hop bitterness. This is a good, easy drinking lager. I don't think this can be compared with Great Lakes Eliot Ness, but that beer isn't distributed in this area anymore. So von Trapp wins by default.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent honey golden with a nice fluffy head. Smell hops,caramel,biscuit.Tastes malty , mild hop bite,some toffee notes. Feels rather full bodied for a lower ABV lager, almost somewhat viscous. Nice carbonation. Overall a delicious malt forward lager. I prefer Marzen style better. They seem pretty close. Almost a tad too sweet.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a best by 1-29-20. Opened 10-8-19.
2" off white head cresting over the rim of the glass on a copper/amber-golden body. Great clarity and tons of active carbonation streaming up. Full, thick lacing. Fantastic head retention and an outstanding appearance overall.
Clean grain, caramel, toasted bread and a light spicy hopping. Appealing.
Flavors match the aroma all the way - malty showcase of bread, caramel, grain - with a clean, spicy hoppiness.
Medium body, medium carbonation - some malt sweetness initially but dried out by the finish.
Definitely a session-able beer due to that fact. Full of flavor and right on to style.
Big fan of all the Von Trapp beers at this point.
Very good.

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Photo of Urtravel
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: hazy yellow medium bodied head and lace
S: nice upfront hops with sweet malt backend
T: swirls of hops and malt combine For a great experience
F: mild and light around the palate
O: really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light sunset orange coloring shows some haziness and a ton of active macro-bubbles. The head dissipates almost immediately. No window dressing. Pretty standard fair.

S: Light dry toasted grains, has some tinny hints. Semi-dry pear, caramel, and some sweetened corn syrup and oranges. Mid-level awareness factor.

T: The flavor was sweet from the Vienna malt, toasty, buttered grains, toasted bread and caramel-orange flavoring. Some syrup like sweetness, green hops, with a lightly dry toasted grain finish.

M: Mouthful was medium full, viscose, with a light carbonation texture.

O: Sweet caramel-orange flavor with a nice Vienna base of sweet buttered grains and toast. Syrupy, malty body, fair drinkability, may be a bit thick and heavy for general multiple consumption. My second Vienna style lager within a week for a lesser brewed and acknowledged style.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/26/19

Pours a clear deep gold topped with a sizeable white head of froth; great staying power eventually leaves a thin cap/collar along with layers of thick lacing healthily smattered around the glass.

Aromas are fairly short-lived but open strongly with honey cracker, caramel malt, and lightly smoked toffee, with a touch of bittering, grassy herbs to round the profile out.

Taste brings out a vague grassy hop tone quickly giving way to a deep malty prominence; earthy malt sweetness builds on the mid-palate to dried caramel malts, toffee, and fresh brown bread crusts on the finish; malty sweetness touched with hops and a woody earthiness lingers through the swallow.

Mouthfeel presents a medium-light body with moderate carbonation; dry, incredibly crisp throughout, but with an encroaching, subtly bitter prickle fading into a somewhat innocuous, slightly watery finish.

Very good Vienna lager doused with a formidable malt depth balancing out the beer’s thinner qualities, and yet another sample of von Trapp’s proficiency with a multitude of lager styles.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head, Smell is of toasted malts, a hint of honey. Taste is of toasted malts, a bit of hops, kind of mild. Feels medium medium bodied in the mouth and overall it ain't bad, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$ 2.43 (Including tax and deposit)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.202/oz) at Alkies, Massena, NY. Reviewed 7/25/19.
Undated bottle. Refrigerated overnight in hotel refrigerator then served in a hand washed and dried shaker. Stored on shelf in store.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Light gold, clear.
Body – Gold, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum nine cm, aggressive center pour), white, medium density, average retention, stabilizing at an irregular twenty-eight to thirty mm lacy crown and cap. Much torn curtain lacing remains as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! Irregular sheet of tiny to small bubbles, with short tentacles. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Light toasted malt, some floral hops.
Flavor – 4.25 – Malt-forward and moderately bitter with a long hang time. No alcohol taste or aroma (5.2 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 - (Lost 0.25 point for undated individual container.) Good Vienna lager with some nuttiness.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious beer. Each time I end up in New England I try and stock up on beers to bring back home. Pours clear pale amber (could be taken to be golden yellow) with medium foam reducing to a thin head within a couple of minutes. Cereal, malts, and caramel flavours and aroma given a nice sweet, smooth, creamy crisp taste. A hint of a bitter finish. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden with nice sustained white head. Not as dark as many Vienna lagers I've had. A little bit of floral noble hop character on the nose. This beer is smooth, nutty, delicious. Viennas are such an underappreciated style. We need more of them so the cream rises to the top. I bet this one would.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear, deep amber bottle pour with a very thin and fine foam cap. The aroma is light with honey and a grassy hop note. The favor is light with a bit of caramel and toast. The finish is dry. This is pleasant.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Gold. Good clarity. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Toasted bread, honey, grains, brown sugar, earth, and florals.

Toasted bread, biscuit, honey, and caramel covered grains. Well balanced earthy and floral hops with a hint of spice.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Excellent example of a Vienna Lager. Von Trapp is putting out some exceptional Lagers!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to WesMangina for this gem...

Golden orange glow to this beer. Not perfectly clear, but beautiful nonetheless. Capped by a frothy and sticky white foam, it just looks delicious and easy to enjoy.

Straight fresh baked bread on the nose. Biscuity goodness with a drop of caramel and the lightest touch of floral spice.

Actually tastes quite a bit more floral influenced than the aroma led on. The bready notes are nice and grainy, lead the charge, then come full circle long after sips. A little drizzle of honey is thrown in for good measure right in the center.

33 in and each one is accounted for. Still manages a sweet tone, but the clear winner on this Vienna is the bitter bite. Very crisp and carbonated, very easy to drink.

Another winner from von Trapp, but this does feel a bit more like an American Amber than your traditional Vienna to me.

Cheers and thanks again, Corey.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date. Arrived in December, so assume within BB date.

Pours slightly hazy amber(ish) gold, with moderate, very fine, white head.

Smell is bready/doughy with a slight fruity sweetness.

Taste is toasty multi-grain bread, with a little toffee & caramel, but not sweet. Some lingering, rounded bitterness on the finish.

Feel is on the light side of medium. Can't really say it's oily or watery. Right on the line of transition. That it's not even noticeable is a plus. Some lingering fine carbonation tingle.

Overall, smooth and easy-drinking. Something that is a pleasure, that disappears without thinking about it (other than now. ;) ) . Not a "Wow" brew , just a good, soild beer, that it's hard to imagine tiring of. :)

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing as part of BJCP training. Somehow never reviewed this one, no bottle date
Pours a nice foamy fluffy 1 finger head that retains well, tan to slight amber color, crystal clear

Nose light amber malts, a little malty sweetness, but more on the hop side, floral and a little fruity, little grassy as well, fairly light

Taste brings more of the toasted amber malts, hints at caramel like but doesn't get there, a bit bready and rich, hops are fairly strong, nice but more than expected for the style, fair hop bitterness in line with style, but floral fruity spicy notes seem a little more intense than expected, but a clean lager, drier finish with a little sticky feel, spicy fair bitter finish, otherwise clean

Mouth is medium to lighter bod, little soft creaminess, moderate carb

Overall not bad, fairly within style guidelines other than the hops being a bit too aggressive overall, malts should be a bit more pronounced as well but seems to be pretty good beer in general

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Photo of JamFuel
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Ginger Man in New York City.

Pours a clear, golden amber with fine, soft foam.

Smell is bready and slightly sweet with notes of caramel and floral hops.

Taste is clean and bready with a soft, floral bitterness and notes of caramel and a hint of citrus. Perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific Vienna lager, world class even.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -0.5%
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 Spiceepicklez
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Vienna Style Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 311 ratings