Vienna Lager | pFriem Family Brewers

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
pFriem’s copper-colored Vienna Lager is a malty symphony, with aromas of toasted bread and fresh toffee, accompanied by full notes of caramel, nuts and a crisp finish with a touch of malted sweetness. Mozart would be proud.

Added by LiquidAmber on 01-12-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,307
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
27
pDev:
5.43%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of ckornmannn
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. Honey color, slightly hazy, lacy head with excellent retention. Breast and herbal on the nose. Taste follows , toffee with just the right hippy aftertaste. Light to medium bodied and on the dry side. Wow!

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of estajoe
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrIPA21
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12-19-17

Crystal clear, brilliant copper hued body; very dense, thick, white head; sticky foam. Toasty, caramel-based aroma; a tad bit of fruity esters. Fine toasted grain flavor; a bit sweet. Medium body; crisp and warm on the palate.

A very warm, toasty lager and a fine experience on a cold winter day by a fire.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful, clear, sparkling amber pour, with a light head. Very nice malt / bready nose, hint of walking through a field of wheat during harbest. Well balanced malt, with just a hint of hos to keep things intersting. Good carbonation, long and smooth finish. A well done lager. We are looking forward to our visit this coming June.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear and clean copper body moving it's way towards amber. The head and lacing on this beer is magnificent. Three fingers of shock white lasting head slowly withers to wispy cap and bubbly ring. Clingy, web-like lacing all the way down a long pilsner glass.
bready, grassy and floral notes dominate the aroma. Hints of raw honey throughout.
Biscuity, toasty malts and a honey, caramel sweetness are the backbone of this beer. It is quite wonderful. Grassy and floral hops, like wildflowers, balance things out.
Perfect weight and a damn near perfect mouth feel. Creamy, fluffy and just enough dryness.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vienna Lager pours the most beautiful shade of amber. The clarity is perfect, and it's rocky white head impressive. It eventually descends but manages to cover just the surface, while little spots of bubbles plaster the glass.

Freshly baked biscuits, cut grass, and floral hops rise from the glass. A light amount of sweet caramel puts a smile on my face as I can smell true craftsmanship and love was put into this beer.

Simply wonderful. Warm, caramel drizzled liquid biscuits swarm the taste buds. A light, nutmeg like spice, and floral hop note brings it to perfect balance.

In one word, it feels 'elegant'. It is impressively clean, perfectly balanced, and gives the softest body from it's moderate carbonation.

This is masterfully created. A beer that I would gladly drink all day, everyday and probably never get bored of. This pays respect to the classic style. Prost!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andy712
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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 -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Vienna Lager from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 27 ratings