Big River Vienna Lager | Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Big River Vienna LagerBig River Vienna Lager
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Big River Vienna LagerBig River Vienna Lager

Brewed by:
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Tennessee, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This delicious, light-amber lager is balanced by its combination of imported malt and hops. Its clean, crisp finish adds to this beer’s great drinkability.

26 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2006

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of uncleotis
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Forsythe2016
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at BRG in Chattanooga.

Deep amber colored body with excellent clarity. and very clear body with a semi-durable tan head and a little lacing.

Lightly sweet aroma with about equal hops and malts and a hint of caramel

Flavor: lightly sweet up front and mildly bitter by the aftertaste; hints of baked bread and faint hops.

The medium body is very smooth; near medium carbonation.

O: solid but unexceptional.

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Photo of Krod03
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeg67
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt and herbal hops. Body is medium and smooth. Herbal hops, caramel and bready malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-dry. On a sweet side but quite tasty.

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Photo of ESchweers
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of misternebbie
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Washuffizi98
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of donmonkey1
1.62/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Dark orangish yellow, good head that recedes too quickly but has good white lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of a homebrew with a bacterial infection.


Drinkability: If you tried to force this on prisoners, they'd complain to the warden.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color, decent head. Smells very bready and the taste follows suit. This reminds me of a marzen and I was quite surprised by ho much I enjoyed this beer. Of all the Big River beers this was probably the best one I had the chance to sample.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I go to Big River quite a bit, but have never reviewed any of their brews. Went today for a company lunch meeting and they thought that was what I was taking notes on (work). Suckers.

A - Great deep honey color with 1 finger head in the Pint glass. Nice retention/lacing.

S - Nice and sweet with bread on the back. Very little citrus/hop.

T - Really clean and crisp, the malty shines through the middle of the road hoppiness.

M - A little on the light/watery side for my tastes, but still very nice.

D - Moderate, 3-4 at a time max.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An amberish red beer with a minimal head.

Smells a bit nutty and sweet.

This beer has a nice malt profile. Caramel up front, balanced by a biscuity, nutty, dry finish. Sam Adams BL with less hops.

This one feels a bit thin despite the low carbonation.

A good summer beverage. Refreshing and somewhat flavorful.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on-tap at the Chattanooga restaurant. Poured a clear honey color with a thin white head. Strong honey and floral nose - smells like mead. Tastes of honey, sweet malt, and a touch of caramel. No bitternesss to offset the sweet flavors. Light-bodied. Very easy to drink, but not particularly exceptional.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Driving back from the greater Atlanta area we stopped off I-75 to grab some Sticky Fingers BBQ before hitting the road all night long. Anyways we were able to stop in for a sampler before leaving Chattanooga, this was consumed at the Hamilton Place locale not the downtown location where it was actually brewed, but only 20 minutes away it's okay I'll settle for the kegged version. Appears a deep orange copper amber hue and forms a large cream head leaves behind even lace with each sip. Aroma has a roasty nutty edge with caramel malts and herbal hop varieties flowing as well. Flavor is upfront nutty and caramel without being too sweet again very well balanced with those moderately bitter hops that leave the refreshing herbal, grassy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation gives it a smooth even feel on the palate nothing is overdone just enough. Drinkability is quality definitely the beer there I would focus on just because I enjoy a good lager when available these folks are run and managed by Gordon Biersch but the layout of the new location is great and definitely doing some good business.

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Photo of witster18
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The only brew at Big River that I really will go out of my way to buy on occasion. Malts up front with a cool whippy sweetness. Dry finish. Nice head with moderate retention. moderate lacing but good cascading on edges....on the other end of the Vienna spectrum from Elliot Ness(my fav vienna)...this is subtle and lighter for a vienna... Not bad at all! Little complexity but little to poke at other than that....a solid attempt at a great style.

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Big River Vienna Lager from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 26 ratings