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Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jp32 on 01-07-2017

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 21
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a 0.5L stein (proper glassware for a Vienna Lager). The pour is bright gold in color and slightly hazy with 4 fingers of fine white head. Average retention. The nose is all sweet toasted malt, caramel, and a hint of lemon.

Medium body. Firm feel. Light toasted malt flavor up front. At mid-palate I get crisp lemony hops. An acceptable example of the style, and better than most domestic examples, but nowhere near top shelf. Great Lakes Eliot Ness is as good as a domestic Vienna Lager gets. That beer is richer, breadier, and fuller than this one and doesn't have any lemon character from the hops.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 12/29/16. Pilsner glass. Grading this to American premium lager because it is not really a Vienna.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with very active but not high carbonation and two fingers of fluffy white head that retains like a champ. Outstanding lacing.

S: clean lager smell, slight lemony/floral note, like a mild soap, but really just a clean and fresh lager smell.

T: very similar to the nose; arrives thick with bready goodness, clean and noble hoppy across the middle; just bitter and ever so slightly floral. Ending with a very, very clean bitterness. A little lingering sourdough bread crust. Really cleanses the palate.

M: midweight with lager cleanness and fairly high but not excessive carbonation. You notice the carbonation, but it doesn't burn. Very clean finish.

O: this is an excellent food lager. Bready, clean, and hoppier than your standard American lager. Not sure I'd call it a Vienna lager, but it is excellent. Bring this to a dinner party and people will be glad you did.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.11/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head settles into a halo, leaving very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is grassy with subtle hop notes. Has some slightly funky notes on the back end. Smells more like a saison to be honest.

The taste is grassy with a ton of hop bitterness. It's got a faint soapy flavor that is just awful.

The feel is thin and oily with low carbonation. The bitterness coats the mouth and refuses to leave.

Overall, a pretty terrible lager. It's far too bitter and the mouthfeel is oily, like drinking dish soap. Definitely staying away from this one.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trying this at the club....it poured a clear yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is nondescript. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid lager.

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Photo of jp32
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours golden yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head on top. Much too pale light yellow in color for a vienna lager. Smells like a crisp pilsner with subtle hop notes in the background. The hop taste profile also reminds me of a german pilsner, but with grassy notes. It has a grainy, malty character that remains crisp. Cracker-like aftertaste. Far too thin for a vienna lager. Nice, refreshing, prickly carbonation. I would call it decent as a pilsner, but it's definitely not much of a vienna lager.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz pour on tap into shaker pint

A: Small filmy white head. Body is a pale yellow with pretty good clarity.

S: bready, corn, a little wet hay.

T: Nice bready doughy taste with light corn and some light sweetness.

M: Medium to lighter with decent carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: this is a solid Vienna lager very nice easy drinking for the low abv.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With winter gripping its icy teeth on the Ohio Valley, the palate suddenly breaks free and looks toward brighter flavor, a more friendly and drinkable palate, and a certain whimsy that reaches forward to the spring season. Rhinegeist answers the call with a delicate but toasty lager with the floral and elegant maltiness to make those aspirations true. ...at least on the palate.

Hans breaks from the cold and entices the palate with a floral and herbal aromatic bouquet that outweighs a malty scent of toast and fresh baking bread. Bright golden to the eye, the lager crowns with a heady sea foam while its taste gently rolls onto the palate with honey, bread crust, a floral honeysuckle supple taste and a fresh doughy lead.

Trending from floral to earthy, from sweet to spicy and from doughy to grain rawness, the malt character eases on the middle palate and the hop spice continues to grow. Grassy, straw-like and herbal like fine sassafras tea, the toasty character of residual maltiness links up with peppery hops for a finish of crispness, cleanliness and an elevated savory cashew-like fare.

Medium light in body, the lager's maltiness trends friendly of raw grain and cracker thinness. Crisp, clean and remarkably refreshing, the beer's finish is grassy, hay-like, spicy and herbal with sassafras and rose. Its malty dry aftertaste is short while those noble hop bitternesses linger shortly afterwards.

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Hans from Rhinegeist Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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