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

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style LagerSamuel Adams Vienna Style Lager
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Samuel Adams Vienna Style LagerSamuel Adams Vienna Style Lager

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

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.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of Beastdog75
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got to try this one from the Sam Adams World Class Mix Pack. I have to give credit to the BBC for brewing a Vienna-style Lager and trying something different. However, while drinking this I found this to be not at all that different. To me it seemed like a happy medium between the Boston Lager and the Octoberfest.

Sam Adams Vienna Style pours a nice medium reddish amber color. A 1 finger off-white head formed, and lasted for just over 40 seconds. The smell seemed light to me. There was some malty caramel notes, some nuttiness, and a light hop fruitiness in the aroma. The mouthfeel was more thin and fizzy than what I was expecting, but the overall mouthfeel suited the beer well because it did have a degree of smoothness to it. The taste had a decent malt flavor with notes of caramel, nuttiness, and toasted grains. Some very light butteriness. Decent hop bitterness with some spicy qualities. Moderate bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is pretty clean, as some leftover bitterness ensues. It all finishes out with only a little alcoholic warmth.

This was less hoppy than the Boston Lager and less malty than the Octoberfest. Overall, it was a good, drinkable beer, but for some reason I expected more out of the flavor, as it was a bit weaker than I thought it would be. I wouldn't mind having this every once in awhile.

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Photo of Webby64
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, slightly clowdy with a small, thin head of fine bubbles which disapates quickly. Smell is sweet, malty. I don't have a good "sniffer" anymore and my allergies are kicked in. Taste is sweet, mostly malt, touch of citrus in the middle, a bit "oily". It's almost too sweet but I will say this is up on my list with Hex Nut Brown from Goose Island and favorite beers. I will get again and again!!


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Photo of yen157
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m glad this one reached six-pack status

Slightly sticky, tan, standing head. Pretty darn nice looking amber body with some haze. Expected (albeit modest) Vienna malt nose Some caramel and slightly toasty flavors balanced by cleansing carbonation and reasonable bitterness. The only real probable that I saw was a slightly sticky-sweet finish. A little more hop character would have done this one well.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-reddish brew with a small white, sticky head. Smell is malty with herbal hops. A little fruit in the background. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Big malty flavor right up front - somewhat sweet. Very light hops - makes it somewhat tea-like. Aftertaste is bready, but clean. Overall a good brew. I'd argue that this is one of the most interesting beers from Sam Adams, and one of their best.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color. Medium head. Slightly malty aroma with a hint of fruitiness. Medium bodied ale. Nicely malty, taste of toffee and caramel, slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. There is a slightly fruity taste to this beer. Smooth taste. Very drinkable. Hope that Sam Adams adds this beer to their regular everyday lineup. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a slight malt sweetness.

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Photo of palliko
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer: it has qualities that remind one of a bock. The initial contact is "brown" like the beer: malty, mild, but interesting. The middle is not sweet, but has a nice smooth mouthfeel. I like the after taste: mellow with a hint of coffee. It does have strength. If I were out somewhere and there was nothing else interesting on tap, I would order one.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice Vienna style, not great, but very worthy. The appearance is of a darker body than expected tending more to bronze than copper. The tan head is good, retains well, and laces down the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and light; virtually no hops noted here.

The flavor comes across as malt, primarily of caramel and the taste lingers a bit long in the finish as the finish is not at all dry. The feel is medium bodied and lacks a crispness. Still it is not too light nor watery. Good drinkability makes this a good Vienna to go to when something better, say, oh, Eliot Ness, is not available.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a large sized ivory head that contained fine-small bubbles.The body was cloudy and carbonation was observed.The hue was copper and the nose was malty.The flavor was malty and the mouthfeel was very smooth, delicate, easy on the palate, somewhat thin, and light bodied.This beer left a good lacing appearance.This was a beer that was very enjoyable to not only drink, but to rate as well.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, shows what happens when you take the time to really concentrate on something. I didn't know I liked this!

The head hung on like a champ through all 12 ounces. Lovely ruby color like the flesh by the pit of an apricot; pilsener fans might be frightened.

Sweet fruity (peaches, sweet cherries) and floral nose. Approaches maibock in aroma.

The flavor is more of caramel and bread... I was disappointed the fruit in the aroma did not extend to the taste. Floral hops character present for balance. Finishes clean, but not dry. The malt aspect resonates through swallow and thereafter.

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Photo of aaronh
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brilliant, dark copper beer topped by a thick creamy off-white head. Very good head retention. Nice malty aroma shows good biscuit and caramel notes, backed by peppery hops. The taste has nice caramel notes, some strong roasted flavors, and a good bitter finish. Almost a buttery component as well. The odd, lingering bitterness leaves a bit to be desired on the aftertaste, especially when the metallic notes come through.. The mouthfeel is rather creamy, with finely bubbled carbonation. The drinkability is OK, but the funky aftertaste holds this beer back.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a light cream colored head that settles slowly over clear, attractively inviting bright reddish-golden liquid. Nose is toasty malts with some underlying sweetness...hops, where art thou? The taste starts off with a ever so slight spicy/tart note thats followed by bready toasted malt flavors that mingle with a hoppiness that compliments, not overwhelms the delicate malt taste. Finishes a little bit dry and very crisp...all in all, a very nice take on the Vienna Lager style.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright red-copper body, outstanding clarity, topped by a frothy, rocky off-white head. A strong breeze from the bakery delievers fresh bread to the nose. A large chuck of caramel hits the tongue first, with some cereal notes at the end. Hops are there to curb the sweetness, but not to assert themselves. Maybe a little lingering tingle. Finish is fairly clean. Mouthfeel is smooth, not syrupy. A good drinking lager, sliding between the Boston Lager and Octoberfest is the Sam Adams family on the malt side. I've always thought Sam's winning percentage for lagers was higher than for ales, and this does not alter my opinion.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with fuzzy head that lasts but not much lace. Appealing musty aroma with solid malt backbone. Malts are the name of the game here, namely Vienna malts which makes this a very Oktoberfest-like beer but without the spicy hops. In fact there is not any hop bitterness or spiciness here at all, rather just a dryness towards the end. Malts are sweet and sturdy, the beer is thin and watery but this is more refreshing than it sounds. There is enough flavor here that the thinness is not a drawback. Also it requires no effort at all to drink. This style of beer is hard to come by, but Vienna malt is one of the few beer ingredients that pairs well with tomatoes, and the breadiness of the malts here should reinforce any good dough, and the watery character should wash down any sticky or fatty cheese that lingers in the mouth or on the palate --- so in other words this is a perfect pizza beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep copper color with medium head that was gone right away,smell was slightly spicey and caramelly sweet.Taste was nice and malty sweet with caramel tones,there was some dryness in there as well to keep it from being overly sweet.One of my favorite styles this one is a hit with me,very drinkable as well for the style.Good job on this one BBC.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting cordovan polish with ruby hues color. The off-white head fades to a thin layer and leaves a sliding lace. An almost creamy, caramel sweet malt body make for a gulpable beer. Sweet malt and light fruit, plus hop aroma. Lime-like hop bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Could provide a welcome balance to spicy BBQs.

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Photo of marburg
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow -- I put this thing back in a hurry. My cousin knew I was coming over and that Blue Light wouldn't quite cut it, so he grabbed a Sam Adams holiday 12-pk out of his closet and put it in the fridge for me. And I'm glad he did; I'd never had this before, but it's quite a drinkable beer. I often find that the malty sweetness of lagers gets to me after a while, but this was really smooth with a clean finish -- not dry by any means, but clean. The aroma and taste were, to my mind, a little nondescript. Faint hints of caramel both in the nose and on the palate mixed with that almost-sloppy malt-derived taste that I think is kind of common to a lot of lagers. Tasty and just so easy to drink.

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Photo of fattyre
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium dark brownish copper with a large clingy tan head with lace. The smell is of spicy hops with an underlying sweet malt. The taste has an almost perfumey front with a mild sweet malty middle and a spicy hoppy finish. This is a rather enjoyable crisp malty lager that is more good than great.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just bought a six-pack of this (didn't think it was available in sixers) I poured it roughly to produce a very large fluffy head. It's a brilliant amber color, with wonderful clarity. A pleasant toasty aroma provides a welcome greeting. It's a smooth beer with some enjoyable zingy carbonation. Some caramel and toastiness come through, but no flavors are outspoken. I don't want to call it bland, because it isn't. It's kinda close I guess. I enjoyed it very much, nothing too assertive, but plenty to enjoy.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Sam Adams Winter Sampler Pack.
Pours a ruby red with a thin white head that clings eloquently in patches. Initial smell is of roasted malts and that's it. Initial taste of malts, followed by a touch of caramel. The hops are noted as well towards the end, and it finishes with a syrupy taste. Another fine quality product from the Sam Adams lineup.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish copper color with a small white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, and taste is malty as well. AS the beer warms in your mouth the carbonation increases, and melds well with the sour/bitter hoppy aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good to - Sam Adam's seems to always be able to produce brews full of character, that can be enjoyed by anyone. While not exceptional, like I said, it can truly be enjoyed by anyone

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Photo of kelticblood
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not an impressive pour at all.Weak head but moderate lacing.Amber in color.A crisp clean mouthfeel.Basically tastes like Budweiser with a little more malt.A light bodied lager that lacks a distinct taste.Leaves a light wheat finish with a touch of bitterness.Easy to drink but I wouldnt want to drink alot.Not really an aroma at all.Needs more hops and maybe some spices.

Later review:Pour was exceptional with a huge chunky,thick,and foaming beige head.Malt flavor with a hint of lemon.Mouthfeel could be a bit more crisp.Dark amber in color.Sweet flavor with an aroma of hops.A bit too much malt but it did give it a nice taste.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper color with sheets of fine bubbles and a large and rocky cream-colored head, and lots of sticky lace, which rings the glass beautifully.

Aroma: Rich aroma of toasted malts, caramel, herbal hops, and dark fruit.

Taste: Taste begins with dense sweet and toasted malt flavors, a bit reminiscent of dark bread, sweet brown sugar notes appear in the middle of the taste. Near the finish the toasted quality of the malt dominates, along with some mild and lingering herbal hops.

Mouthfee: Quite smooth and creamy. Despite the abundant carbonation, it imparts no sting or harshness.

Drinkability/notes: As a fan of malty beers, I must applaud loudly. Hopefully this beer will be available in six-packs soon.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like most SA products so when I saw this I didn't hesitate to grab it. This beer poured a very deep ruby color with a nice sized almost white head. This brew had excellent lacing, more like sheats of foam on the glass. The smell was kind of hidden but I could sense a little maltiness and not much else. The taste was pretty crisp with a nice malt like taste. This brew was not as sweet as I thought it would, however a slight sweetness is detectable. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this brew was easy to drink. I think this might make a good session brew, I could probably drink it all night.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew was a nice copper color that poured with a big, tan head. A thin layer persisted the entire drink and left a little lace on the glass.

Smell: The overriding aroma of this beer was a malty sweetness. To a lesser extent, there was a spicy aroma that reminded me of licorice and coriander. This was very faint, though. Also, there was a bit of hops on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very impressive. A rich, smooth, full-bodied beer.

Taste: This was a sweet brew, though the sweetness was subtle and malty, not artificial tasting. The roasted malt flavor really filled the mouth. The finish was prickly on the tongue and cheeks. Any hops presence was more noticeable in the mild spiciness of this beer rather than by any bitter flavors.

I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of kwill
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a nice amber color. Pours with a decent head that lingers longer than most. Beer has a nice malty smell with hints of sweetness.

The taste is quite good with a nice balance of malt, caramel, and a bit of spice. Beer finishes clean with no aftertaste except a faint bitter taste in the back of the mouth.

Nothing really stands out too much and nothing is too overpowering. A good beer that is enjoyable and very drinkable. Unfortunately I have only seen it in the winter 12-pack sampler.

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Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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