Lakewood Brewing Company

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #131
Ranked #44,958
3.57 | pDev: 11.76%
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: Lakewood is more than a place. It's a state of mind. Old blends with new. Traditions hook up with fresh ideas. It's the same with our Lakewood Lager. We've taken old world Vienna-Style lager and reintroduced it to beer lovers. Subtle caramel aromas, a coppery pour and a light malty sweetness paired with noble hop bitterness set this beer apart. In with the old, in with the new.
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is malty, white bread dough, and some spice. The flavor is similar to the aroma with some caramel notes coming through as well. The mouthfeel is light and has some bitterness to round it off.

Mar 19, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at Bob's Steak and Chop House in downtown Dallas at the Omni hotel. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had sweet malt and grain with hop accents. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.

Oct 02, 2018
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twosheds from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color with a thin white head

Smells of toasted bread, dried fruit, and maybe a tad metallic.

Starts off fairly sweet with slight caramel flavor. Slight bitterness comes out on the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry and with light carbonation.

Really well balanced beer. I like that it's malty but not too sweet. I got this as part of a subscription to Craft Beer Club. Being from Boston, I was interested in trying this since Boston Lager is also a Vienna lager. Boston Lager seems bolder, but the subtly of this beer makes it a little easier to drink and more nuanced.

Jan 17, 2018
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A deep copper lager with a nice lasting head. This is a very flavorful Vienna. It is sweet, bitter and even sour with a lingering pepper taste that reminds me of a rye brew. There is an initial sharpness that works well to balance the full, roasted malt body.

Jan 22, 2017
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a thin but lasting of white head and orange copper color. Toasty, malty caramel aroma. Flavor is Strong on malt, especially caramelized malts. Nice Hop bitterness to balance but sweet wins out by a nose. Mouthfeel is kind of heavy for the OG and style with within tolerance. A tasty, solid Metroplex local brew that tastes and feels bigger than its abv suggests. To me it drinks more like an American Amber Ale or am O-Fest than a Vienna lager.

Oct 04, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a very solid example of a style i dont generally get off on too hard. its not as sweet as so many of its peers, which i think helps it stay refreshing and easy drinking, at least comparatively speaking. its perfectly clear and has an awesome copper shine to it. the head is nearly an inch tall, pure white, and settling only very slowly. big bubbles race to the surface. it smells quite authentic, european and classic on the yeast, bready and sudsy, maybe with a pretzel sort of baked doughy vibe to it, but still crisp. the malt is nicely toasted, and has a mix of a lighter honey kind of sweetness along with the pre-burnt darker side of things, short of scorched but past lightly caramelized for sure. smooth in its body, but maybe with a little less carbonation than i think the style likes. its not flat, but its not real active after a minute either. decent bittering hops balance this out beautifully later on, great union of ingredients here, and it finishes almost dry for what it is. a fine example of the vienna lager here, on tap at braindead brewing in dallas.

May 11, 2016
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UPMD_Bill from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from bottle so not much to say about look/smell.
Lots of roasty caramel malt, with plenty of hop flavor - bottle says noble hops, which gives it a slightly different flavor relative to other Vienna Lagers.
Feels smooth and not overly carbonated.
Overall, lots of flavor for 4.6%.

Aug 29, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grainy, Caramel, Dry, Biscuity

Copper with a thick, foamy, white head. Rich, malted, woody nose. Grainy, gritty, malty sweet, caramel, toasty, and bready. Leafy, herbal, soft, hop bitterness. Very dry, astringent, strong biscuity finish. The beer falls victim from the overuse of certain malts (probably crystal), which unfortunately dominates this brew and leaves a not so pleasant aftertaste.

STYLE: Vienna Lager | ABV: 4.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

Aug 19, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 5, 2015

12 oz bottle, pils glass

A – Caramel color, medium to dark amber, and mostly clear, with a little bit of chill haze. Half inch of thin, off-white foam stand, with moderate retention.

S – Bread crust, lightly toasted, with just a touch of honeyish or caramel sweetness. Fairly crisp, clean.

T – Light bread crust, with some toasty, graham-like notes. Very low honey-like flavor, again very clean. Some light floral hops, a hint of herbal woodiness.

M – Well carbonated, moderate-high, with a medium body. Fairly juicy, just a bit of dryness on the finish. Mildly sweet and mildly bitter, very well balanced, with a bit of a snap at the end.

O – This is a very good example of a Vienna lager, very well made and traditional. Love that it is not overly sweet, very well balanced.

Jun 11, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 355ml. Brown glass. Black pry-off cap. Classy label design.

Acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX and served cold into a pilsner glass. Reviewed live as a Vienna lager per the label. Expectations are high given the brewery.

4.6% ABV. 1.047 OG. 25 IBU. 11 SRM. "Bottled on" field is empty.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Fair thickness and creaminess. Leaves uneven light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Could be fuller and softer-looking.

Retention is average - ~2 minutes.

Kind of a mediocre head overall.

BODY: Transparent translucent copper of average vibrance. I see no yeast muck or hop sediment.

Appears underwhelming for a Vienna lager. A better longer-lasting head and a deeper amber hue to the body would help it greatly.

AROMA: Bready malts, cara/Munich malts, biscuit malt, caramel, hints of toffee, and pleasant toasted character. Definitely on the sweeter side, with no evidence of the Noble hops used in brewing. The toastiness is lovely, but it doesn't have the amber malt backbone I was hoping for - at least going by the aroma.

I detect no yeasty or hoppy notes. No off-notes or booze.

Aromatic intensity is average.

It's generally appealing, but doesn't play to the strengths of the style. I'm expecting an above average Vienna lager at best.

TASTE: Caramel, bready malts, Vienna malts, vague amber character, Munich malts, some faint toastiness. There's no hop character or yeast character. This definitely comes down on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or anything. Certainly simply built, with an overemphasis on the caramel and ill-enough hop character to balance the sweetness. Hints of toffee.

Build is basic. This has an almost wort-like raw sweetness and lacks both intricacy and subtlety. Definitively malt-accented, with a plain straightforward presentation of flavour that many drinkers will likely find dull. I do like it generally speaking, but it's shallow.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and medium-bodied, with moderate heft and weight on the palate. Smooth and wet.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer. There's no harmony of texture and taste here, but this mouthfeel does a decent job at complementing the flavour profile.

OVERALL: A downable but unfortunately forgettable attempt at a Vienna lager that suffers from fundamental imbalance and a plain, shallow presentation of flavour. I wouldn't trifle with this again, and I think I even prefer something like Sam Adams Boston Lager (let alone style paragons like Great Lakes' Eliot Ness). A disappointment from Lakewood.

High C- (2.75)

03.06.18 impression from a bottle sent to me by Craft Beer Club courtesy of Schlimenhaumer:

Not as bready as Texan market competition like Live Oak's Big Bark, but a bit more assertive and less full-bodied to good effect, rendering it more drinkable. I wouldn't take it over Eliot Ness, but it's better executed than I initially gave it credit for.


Apr 19, 2015
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Poured into a pint as a cloudy deep amber, with a thin finger of creamy head. Smells light and toasted. Tastes toasted and light. Caramel. Malts. Fairly smooth, but lacking distinct flavor and any memorable characteristics. Mineral. Ends a bit dry.

Nov 01, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Clear dark amber pour with a dense off-white one-finger head. Somewhat sweet aroma of caramel and toasted malt. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. There's a bit of grassy hops in the initial taste balanced with bread, caramel and grain malt flavors. Finishes dry with a mild lingering grassy bitterness.

Sep 19, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very clear light amber colored beer, with a head that fades pretty quickly. The aroma is very good--bready, a little toasty, just a touch of caramel and graininess. The taste is not as impressive though--too much crystal malt caramel. This is on the bitter end of the scale of viennas, but no real hop flavor is present. Decent body, full but not heavy.

Adequate, but not the best beer from their lineup.

Jun 18, 2014
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boddhitree from Germany

4.76/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a unique one in my book.
The Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Lakewood Lager: Vienna-Style Lager.
I say unique because there aren't any Vienna Lagers found in Germany or even Austria that I know of. The only examples I remember drinking are Negra Modelo and Dos Equis. Here is a good example of how Märicans can actually revive a style dead in the lands of its origin. Thus, I feel like I'm flying blind here by reviewing this beer, for I have nothing to compare it to from Europe.

Appearance: Dark red-copper, amber red with black tints under a snow white head. The color is indicative of the presence of lots of Münchner, Wiener (Vienna) and/or Melanoiden malts. It's an exceptionally stunning color.

Aroma: I get toffee, sweet Münchner caramel, roasted and whisky malt aroma, but that last one isn't terribly strong and hard to get out of the glass. It smells somewhat like a Märzen. In my brewing experience, Wiener malt isn't as aromatic as Münchner, so that tells they may've used quite a lot of the former malt in this beer.

Up front: Slight bitterness, a small smack of tartness/astringency, but also a slightly roasted ham flavor, not smoked malt, but the glazed honey you get atop the ham, and the slight savoriness of umami. I also get hints of Pils malt sweetness here too. Wow, that's complex for just the front of the tongue, eh?

Mid: There's that savory glazed honey ham flavor again, some bitterness and on the sides a wallop of caramel of a burnt caramel. It's got enough bitterness here to hold your feet to the ground, keep the other flavors from getting sickly, but still staying nicely in the background like bass notes are counterpoint to a melody. Again, very complex! I'm diggin' this damn beer.

Back: All those flavors I mentioned above hold court here, too. I really get the feeling of roasted meat, an umami again, again, the feeling of bbq-ed sauce on pork or simply a Texas bbq brisket. In the back, I'm getting hit with caramel sweetness mixing in with the aforementioned flavors, the Münchner malt that makes me think this beer is veering into Märzen territory. It's not super caramelly like a great Märzen, and it's got too much bitterness and tartness/astringency here too to qualify for the Märzen moniker, but it's getting awfully close.

Aftertaste: Caramel, an astringency that leaves a crispness that lingers for quite a long time.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, it's chewy, it's crisp, it's horribly süffig and simultaneously thirst-quenching. It doesn't feel like a 4.6% beer.

Overall: Simply, WOW. I've never had a beer like this, and I want more and more. It's a terribly wonderful complex mix of flavors I've not had elsewhere. Though it's only got 25 IBU, I think the Noble hops here shine enough to keep the tartness noticeable and a wonderful counterpoint to the sweet caramel, but then there's a roasted, bbq-ed something in there that is lovely and hits the nerve endings that crave salt and umami. The mouthfeel is also a lovely contradiction of sensations: thick creamy loveliness with crisp dry tartness. The mouth can concentrate on one flavor, one mouthfeel, and then the other, then the next, and keep going back and forth into a focused point where they all become one unique flavor. This is a really unique, WOW beer. I haven't ever had anything like this and I absolutely love this beer. And it certainly feels like a beer that's got a lot more alcohol than it says on the label, by which I mean it feels like a Doppelbock or 6% Märzen. It veers into Märzen beer territory, then becomes a liquid bbq, then a Pils in it's tartness, and then back, and then whisky notes. Again, WOWOW beer, and a 4.8 of 5. I certainly didn't expect this beer to knock my beer-wow-meter off kilter, and I'm so happy it did.

Jun 07, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: murky gold/orange; 1-inch head plus of off-white foam, almost tan; big stick; brew is mostly opaque

S: sweet, grain; caramel; smells like a muddled American DIPA with no hops

T: caramel sweet, barely a hint of spicy hops

F: very solid all around, definitely not watery

O: quite disappointing ... a well-made lager is generally crystal clear, whereas this thing is muck; it's possibly quite old, but with no dating on the bottle, how could you know? just a sweet muddled mess. i definitely won't try this one again unless I know it's fresh.

Mar 09, 2014
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ranger7 from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up from Central Market in a custom 6-pack.
From the bottle to a Sam Adams Lager laser-etched glass.

A - Nice straw gold color, with a thin and quickly disappearing head.

S - Sweet, like candy. Actually, it smells almost exactly like cotton candy. Now I'm intrigued.

T - Pretty good. I'm not a huge Lager fan, but this one is a good example of the style. Balanced.

M - Smooth and refreshing, not much of an aftertaste.

Summary - Not bad. I had this with pork tacos. It went well with the meat, but once I hit a spicy pocket, the beer clashed with it. I'd recommend this with a burger or pizza - something not spicy.

Aug 23, 2013
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel- colored and clear- bodied, this beer serves up a decent amount of foam that eventually settles into a somewhat lumpy layer and leaves a good amount of lace as you consume. The nose on this beer is sweet, caramel- like, and with toasted/toffee malt notes.

Moving to the taste, I get just about what I expected. The flavor is a mixture of caramel, dough, and toasted malt. Some grassy hops and spice greet the palate in the finish and the flavor is pleasant and crisp. There is even a dab of citrus in there, for those willing to search.

This Vienna lager style brew is a light to medium- bodied brew and it is just a touch watery in the finish. Some may not even notice the watery attribute because the hit of spice at the end helps to block it. But concentrate and you will find it and it does make the beer a little less enjoyable than it otherwise might be.

Still, this does seem like a respectable effort from this newer Texas brewery and it does have enough going for it to recommend. I plan to offer some bottles to friends tomorrow, just to see what they think. It isn’t outstanding, but I predict most everyone who tries it will find it worthy of a second bottle.

Jul 07, 2013
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Garland mall. Pours dark amber with long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of grapefruity hops and caramel malt. Finish is long, citrusy. I would prefer noble hops in this brew.

Jun 30, 2013
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champ103 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A pillowing white head rises, and eventually recedes to a ring. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: I get kind of a sulfur, DMS aroma up front. Quickly followed by toasted malts, and cereal grains. A bit of grassy hops in the finish.
T: Sweeter than I was expecting. Caramel malts followed by toasted and cereal grains. Well balanced with a touch of grassy hops in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit on the watery side for me. I am wanting a little bit more crisp bite from the carbonation, and I am not getting it. Easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. I will be happy to finish the six pack.

A good lager for the most part. Not among the better lagers available from Texas breweries, but still very enjoyable. One of my favorite styles, and I am glad to grab a sixer.

Apr 19, 2013
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter because I want to be able to properly assess all the intricacies of a Vienna lager.

Comes out a oranger/slightly amber with a white head.

Some toffee, caramel, and bready type of malt character and some spicy and grassy noble hop. Basically a good straightforward aroma you are looking for.

There is a nice hit of bitterness from the hops. You get that malt character. A little grassy and coppery. There is a little toastiness to it which is cool but overall pretty meh.

Light-medium bodied crisp beer. I guess this a good replacement for BMC if you live in Dallas. I would drink pretty much every other beer Lakewood makes over this though.

Mar 02, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a crystal clear copper color with a stiff, off-white head. Nice retention and some decent lacing. Honestly, you really cant ask for more on the appearance with the brilliant clarity and dense foam.

Nose has some sulfurous lager yeast, burnt toast and toffee. Im not really getting any hops in here. Smells ok, but I am not a huge fan of overly toasty brews.

Taste has alot of the toast but it is balanced by a sweet doughy caramel. Hops are still pretty non-existent but there is a light drying bitterness on the finish, a little leafy even. Its a fairly good lager, one I would be happy to order on tap at a restaurant, but it really doesnt do a whole lot to distinguish itself from the pack of vienna lagers. If I had the choice Id rather grab a Penn pilsner, Firebrick or Elliot Ness.

Jan 19, 2013
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Jack Mac's.

The beer pours an orange-copper color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with some biscuit and bread notes, as well as some toffee and a bit of sugar. The flavor is also very malty. There is good toffee and caramel in the flavor, as well as some sweet biscuit malt. There is also a hint of grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Oct 20, 2012
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