Vienna Lager | pFriem Family Brewers

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16 Ratings
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Brewed by:
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
pfriembeer.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LiquidAmber on 01-12-2017

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Ratings:
16
Reviews:
4
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
5.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a dimpled mug. Bottled on 2/13/17.

Appearance: rich, dark golden hue with a hint of haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam. A little more clarity would be nice, but in general an attractive beer.

Smell: richly malty and sweet with very little in the way of hops. Not bad, but it's perhaps even a tad too sweet for the style.

Taste: classic flavor of slightly biscuity, slightly toasty malt along with a light breadiness and a fair dose of sweet. Like the aroma, it's a little too sweet, but overall it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a very nice creaminess.

Overall: the sweetness lends this beer some heaviness, so it's not as massively drinkable as the style ought to be. Still, it's a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of South2NW
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andy712
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

I should preface this by saying that I am used to Boston Lager being the go to Vienna Lager. It’s simply an underbrewed style, so it’s hard to get any other interpretations. To date I think I’ve only have two other breweries versions of a Vienna, other than Sam Adams. Boston Lager is actually a great beer, but I gather most vienna’s are a little sweeter, and not quite as sharp on the hop profile. Sigh, I’ll just have to adapt!

Pours a big ol two finger head into my willi becher glass. The head is just off white. Pretty creamy and frothy looking. Head retention is decent, after a few minutes, half remains. The body is a wonderful amber color, deep reds and some brown hues as well. Visibility is very high, this is a very clear beer. Carbonation looks very high as well. Overall this looks quite nice so far.

Well the nose on this is a little surprising. The bottle made it sound like it was going to be a malt symphony, bready, toffee, etc. However this smells like a pretty standard euro lager. Extremely light hops, though they are there. Very light malt character as well. Maybe a hair of toffee in there, but really just not much of a characteristic malt aroma. Has a little bit of that mineral aroma that a lot of euro lagers have. I’m drinking it a bit cold, but still, there’s not too much to write home about here. Perhaps this is what Vienna’s are supposed to be, but it’s not at all what they are advertising on the flavor description. It’s not bad, just a little underwhelming from what they made it sound like. I’ll try to revisit it as it warms, but so far it’s just ok.

The flavor is a little better. Some definite sweet undertones here, but not over the top, which I was initially worried about. Definitely some of that mineral taste going on. Some caramel, I can notice some breadyness as well. I can’t say I get the toffee, that’s not here too much. Very light hops in the background, tingle the back of my throat to remind me it’s not too sweet. This is quite nicely balanced overall, not too sweet, and very clean. It’s a good beer, I just want a little more umph. Again, it’s balanced, I just want more flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is extremely light. Body is quite thin. The carbonation is medium, but very soft. Overall it works for the style just fine.

Drinkability is pretty high, it could use a little more flavor, but it goes down very easy.

Overall this is a good beer, but just not hitting hard enough for me. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing that’s wowing me at all. I’m sure it’s more of a subtle style anyways, and a lot of people would probably appreciate how clean it is more than I am, but that’s the way it is.

The appearance turned out very very nice. The head settled down to about a half finger, but that sat there for a good ten minutes while I was sniffing it. It was only when I started drinking it that is dwindled down to just a small film. The lacing was magnificent, coating the glass with thick laces all the way down. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 13 Feb 2017.

A clear copper with a dense, pillowy off-white head with great retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is firmly hoppy, minty, earthy, mildly lemony with a robust bread and mild caramel malt note. Toasted bread, mildly nutty, a touch of toffee are all present. Cleanly fermented as well. The palate opens crisp and mildly bitter with earthy and minty hops pairing nicely with a faintly resiny bitterness. This is followed by excellent malt flavors - the toasted bread, the mild nuttiness and the burnt sugar/toffee notes are spot on. However, the mouthfeel is lacking - this feels thin and lacks the rich, bready, melanoidin fullness that the best ones of the style have. Carbonation is moderate but creamy. Mildly hoppy on the finish with a touch of mineral character that also feels a little out of place. Solid.

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

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger, slightly off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops with a hint of citrus. Flavor is biscuit and light caramel malt, light continental hops, hints of lemon citrus and a mild honey sweetness. Finishes with light grassy hops and residual honey notes. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on a Vienna lager, with a interesting light citrus and honey sweetness that are not to style, but with a light touch that is well integrated and pleasant to drink. A refreshing lager that would be great on a hot day or with a meal.

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Photo of NWHopinator
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vienna Lager from pFriem Family Brewers
3.87 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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