Vienna Style Lager
von Trapp Brewing

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Vienna Lager
Ranked #7
Ranked #23,145
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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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark bronze - gold color. Clear. Thin off-white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head other than a ring of white foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has notes of sweet honey malt, biscuit malt, some floral notes and a hit of spicy hops.

Taste is malt forward with notes of biscuit malts and a honey sweetness to it. Some spicy hops are present but complimentary. Mild lingering spicy bitterness from the hops on the back end.

Feel is a bit fuller but pretty crisp. Medium carbonation. Bit of an alcohol burn on the back end of the beer - beer finishes dry.

Overall this is a really well crafted Vienna lager. I wish this was available closer to me.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect this is the last one of these I'll have for a while. The Trapp beers come in quart (whoops - liter) flippies which is a format homebrewers like. The Vienna is a toasted hazy gold in the glass and the head was pretty sturdy. Initial smells seem subtle but inviting and get better. It's that first wonderful soft so balanced lager taste that wins every time for this beer and its brewery. An absolute Olympic gold medal winner.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

"A little of Austria, a lot of Vermont"

Cannot express how impressed I've been with their traditional, old world style lager. My friend and I have been searching for American versions of these classic styles, without them being "Americaized"...i.£ hoppy versions of traditional brews. Lo and behold, The Von Trapp lagers!!

Thw Vienna lager was the first one I tried/purchased. I was blown away by the quality and the fact it didn't an excess of hops, like most American versions of Pilsners and lagers. I like mine more true to the original style and flavor profile. Not only is it true to the original style, its freakin local!!

A classic look, amber gold color, mild carbonation and a light, white foam cap, just enough coverage, dissipates pretty fast.

The aroma has the perfect blend of bready-sweet vienna malt, green and herbal light hops with the tell tale buttery lager yeast.

The flavor is a very clean, sparkling malt, slightly sweet and bready with a minor kick of green-veggie hops and a perfect herbal, earthy and slightly funky lager yeast blend. Balance: perfect. Flavor's are bold but true to style. It's like going to Europe, but staying in Vermont.

The feel is light and very crisp, the pure spring water goes a long way in the overall quality and effect. Mildly slick malt, crisp finish. Nice!!

The herbal and earthy lager funk is right on! The x factor is balance. Traditional flavor balance and still bold and satisfying ...without too many hops, imagine that.

This is a go-to when I want a no grills, straight, traditional lager.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mmhannon
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PatGreer
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would consider this to be a very classic example of the style, maybe just a touch richer and darker than any imported one i have ever had, but this is a very true vienna style lager, and i like it quite a bit. for me, its a style that has never really resonated personally, but i keep giving them a chance. the quality of this beer is very obviously high, its lacy and heady, crystal clear, especially for how dark it is, and very full bodied for what it is. the malt flavor is rather deep, caramelized and sweet, really sweet, and its not all cleaned up by the european lager yeast, but the flavor is great, coffee cake and pancakes with syrup come to mind, breakfasty. nicely carbonated but still a little heavy for summer pounding. i like the approach of these guys, making exclusively classic lager styles, you would think it would pigeon hole them a little bit, but every time i taste one of their beers i realize how lackluster so many american lagers are, and that they really have carved out a nice little niche for themselves.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-toasted malt, grassy, hint of sweetness

T-toasted malt, toffee, grassy, slight herbal, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-this was a pretty tasty lager, very drinkable

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Vienna Style Lager from von Trapp Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 304 ratings