Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style LagerSamuel Adams Vienna Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 84
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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of SmashPants
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: decent - brown 355mL brown bottle, a decent semi-craft label.

Appearance: awesome. Deep amber in colour with a thick and foamy head with great retention and slathers of lacing. Looks brilliant!

Aroma: spicy hops up front - smells of the typical pine and citrus seen with most American Pale Ales.

Taste: tastes more to me like an APA that hasn't been overly hopped. Quite a smooth palate with light spices and caramels.

Aftertaste: lingers for a short while. Same taste, leading to a touch of bitterness.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a steady stream of carbonation that carries the flavour well. Dry on the finish.

Overall: I'm not sure what the 'Vienna Style' ale is all about, but this is a quality American Pale Ale. Not sure it's worth the AU$70 a case (2013), but hey - a 6pack every now and then won't hurt.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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1/5  rDev -73%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

A: Poured a reddish-amber with a slight, bready white head receding to a minimal rim lacing around the sides of the glass.

S: a sweet toasted maltiness.

T: The initial flavor had a sweet and toasted maltiness, with a light breadiness and light ripe fruitiness. There was some light brown sugar sweetness and a dry roasted caramel on the finish.

M: smooth, soft, and creamy.

D: Drinkability was nice by style, making for a sweet, earthy campfire drink in the fall. One I wish they would re-brew.

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Photo of stirgy
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear and deep amber color. Almost looked like dark iced tea. A thin foamy head of tan foam topped the brew off. The aroma yields deep and rich molasses like notes with a sweet nut-like quality. This could be an example of a “chewy” beer. And I’m not talking about a good Wookie brew, more like flavorful and buttery. Like liquid dark bread. Very nice. The taste is full of fine weighty malts. The sweetness hits the mark for me – Not being a sweet beer guy, this seems just perfect. Caramel comes through, along with woody and earthy notes. Accent is surely on the malt, but that’s to be expected for the style. A nutty bitterness appears in the finish. Full flavored and overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very nice and very smooth beer, good to buy in the winter pack, tastes good and goes down nice and smooth, one of my favorite from sam adams. deffinetly worth buying the winter pack just for this beer alone but luckily the other beers are good too. thanks

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Photo of yeagerbm
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass its a bright orange/amber color with eggshell head. Has a great malty smell that reminds me of an oktoberfest. Taste is sweet biscuity malt and caramel flavor with a crisp hop balance. This could make a good session beer.

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3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer appears a medium amber with a small, short-lasting head. A swirl produces a small lace that flows quickly back down the side of the glass.

The smell is a malty, slightly sweet smell. The taste matches this description but doesn't quite match up to others I've had of this style but is good.

This beer is smooth as per the style, a little lighter than I'd prefer though.

While I could drink a few of these at a time, I probably wouldn't seek out this beer. I do see this was right at the end of the freshness cycle so maybe I should give it a try again if they put it out next year.

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3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper / orange color with a small 1/2" head. Very light lacing developed. The aroma is barely distinguishable, as some malt is the only item of notice. The flavor is quite malty and fruity with some very light bitterness. The malt begins to dominate as the beer is consumed.

Medium bodied that is smooth at the start but has a dry, metallic finish. The malt seemed to linger quite a bit on the tongue. The mouthfeel was a slight turnoff and brings drinkability down.

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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, with a two finger tan head, leaves tiny rings of lacing.
Flower like aroma, lemon and zesty/spicy, also a note of butter and a bit of mustyness.
Light earthy/herbal hop taste, ligthly toasted vienna malt. A minor note of orange. Very mild bitterness.
Medium feel, very easy to drink.

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Photo of TheJudge
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As mass produced vienna lagers go, this was acceptable. The Hammer and Nail is vastly superior, but that makes sense, as it is more of a craft brew.

This had all the feel of a Sam Adams product. It was textbook, not creative. A heavy malt smell and flavor, without an overwhelming hop presence. It would, in fact, benefit from a stronger hop content. This is an immanently drinkable beer, but not one to go out of your vay to find.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA Vienna Style Lager. It had a pleasing amber/gold color topped with a light coffee-colored head. There were some bits of lace. The aroma was floral with sweet caramel factored in. This was a mellow beer, not too hoppy and not overly malty. It had a decent bite with a bit of caramel. This was pleasant, drinkable session beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Even on my third 12-oz of the night, I just cannot decide if I like this or not.

SA Vienna pours out a carmello-ruby with a nice cushy head and plenty of ornate lacing. It has sweet, bready malts on the nose as well as the generic SA yeast profile. I also catch tones of caramel and butter on the aroma.

The taste here is smooth and buttery, with a nice malty taste. There are a few wisps of noble hops, but nothing to call my attention to. I really cannot differentiate this one from Boston Lager in my memory, except for less hops.

There is something alluring about this beer - it is malty, smooth, and screams diacetyl. But at the same time, there is just a mysterious element missing here, most probably a hop character. After you've had a few, they start to taste like a good session beer, but I just cannot fully get into this one. Watch out for the coca-cola burps.

The mouthfeel is rich and slightly creamy. Overall, nothing extraordinary but quite good for a brewery that misses more than it hits.

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4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer. It is in some ways reminiscent of a dopplebock. The aroma and flavor are of a buttery malt. There is a bit of a bready aftertaste along with the huge malt profile that dominates just about every aspect of this beer. This could make a good session beer.

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Photo of Foxman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy dark amber, with honey gold highlights, similar to the Winter Lager. A creamy, off-white head comes up quickly, then goes right back down to a frothy ring around the border of the glass. There is some spotty lacing.

The first sniff brings the sweet aura of malt, making a strong first impression. In the background dawdles a slightly tart note of apple. There's little hops presence.

A mellow malt sweetness rolls in first and foremost in the flavor, along with a mild apple-y tartness appearing next in line, then fading to a gentle general dryness. It's capped at the finish by a distant yeast sourness, but so distant that it is far from a true down note.

The beer is relatively light bodied, making its swirly way about the mouth, coating and giving way to a subdued glow of malty refreshment.

I was pleasantly surprised by the this beer, as there was more malt flavor and greater dimension than I expected the style to deliver. It's not a world-class thirst quencher, but it's drinkable because of its fetching flavor. Sam has never served me a bad beer, and this brew continues that string of successes. Basically, it's good, flavorful, and enjoyable, a combination that bodes well for a beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a generous white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. There is a nice malty aroma that is not too overpowering. The taste is great. It is crisp and refreshing with a bit of maltiness to it. The Vienna malt adds a nice flavor not usually associated with most lagers. The mouthfeel is good. It's a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good seasonal brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a nice amber brown, slightly hazy with a small dark ivory head, sticks around awhile, lace sticks in sheets then fades into strings and spots. Smell is mostly malts, good caramel, fresh, sweet and a bit toasted, a pretty decent vienna nose. Taste is more of the same with a nice caramel tone overall with some hints of toastyness, but mostly sweetly rendered. Some citrusy notes that are dulled with a light hop mix. Somewhat crisp finish with some lingering chewyness. Feel is close to medium bodied with a pretty smooth and lightly creamy aspect, a bit thin in a few places. Not a bad drinker for a Vienna. A bit more of a tangy, doughy, bready tone in the sweetness and it would be a keeper for sure. Still, not a bad beer though.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been recently impressed with Boston Beer's latest brews, but this one is particularly good. I'm glad they put it in six packs.
Pours a brownish-red color with an off-white head. The head could be a bit more solid, but it's still an attractive beer. Aroma is distinctively Vienna malt. Taste isn't as sweet as I expected, but it's resolutely malty. Toasted, almost bread-like character. Firm, impressive body with a nice finish. Hops take a decidedly back-seat in this beer. This could become one of my favorites from Sam Adams.

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Photo of JAL67
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. It goes down real easy. It has a nice dark color and is very smooth. I have had this on a number of occasions and it is fantastic. I know that the comparison I am about to make maybe off base but, this beer is on comparison to Smithwick's Ale. Another great beer! Smooth and gets you where you want to go. Goes nicely between Octoberfest(another great beer) and Sam lite(not so great). Highly suggest all to try this beer. You won't be dissappointed.

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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