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

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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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 92
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-cloudy amber color. roasted malt flavor not overpowered by, but rather nicely balanced wtih hops. it's quite clean and smooth. not very complex, but solid all around. i'd like to see this one in 6 packs eventually. yet another reason to pick up sam's winter classics.

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

This beer was a nice clear shade of reddish brown with a nice off white head that settles quickly to a ring that leaves just a little sticky lace.
Good aroma, quite sweet with lots of toasted malt and some caramel/toffee smells, just a bit of flowery hop aroma peeking around the edges. Rather fragrant even when quite cold, the aroma builds and gains a bit of fruitiness as it warms a bit in the glass.
Nice upfront malty-sweet flavor gives a creamy feel on the tongue, hints of toasted malt, almost breadlike flavors balanced nicely by some not quite floral hop flavor, I see others describe it as herbal so I guess herbal it is.
Very creamy clean mouthfeel with a crisp finish hops that doesn't linger very long but leaves you ready for the next sip.
My first time drinking this beer, I found it very nice and drinkable, why don't they make it more available, I would definitely buy more, but right now it's only in the Winter mix 12 packs.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear, dark orange-amber color. a nice foamy head leaves a good deal of lace. aromas of toasted and caramel malts. very malty profile...the vienna malts really come through on brew. it never gets too sweet, adding to the already smooth and creamy mouthfeel. soft noble hops float around, balancing things nicely and adding a soft hop bite in the end. wow is this an excellent vienna. too bad it only comes in the holiday pack. it would be able to stand up on it's own in the SA lineup, no problem!

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Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange-red color with a tan head. Head could last longer, but there is very nice lacing. Toasty aroma with hops in the backround. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Starts with a carmel-malt flavor with toasty notes. Hops are present but more for flavor and balance, as bitterness is low. Finishes with an herbal hop taste, and leaves a creamy coat across the tounge. Before I knew it, my mug was empty.

Note to Boston Beer:
Please add this to your year-round lineup!

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Photo of RBorsato
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a full tan head. Leaves good lace. Light toasty and spicy Vienna Malt aroma and flavor (a bit more subdued than some of the style that I've had). Medium bodied and creamy. Little to no hop character that I could detect.

2002 version: Purchase by March '03 Tasted: 12/06/02. Available only in Sam Adam's Winter Classics 12 packs (2 bottles).

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Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice reddish tinted orange in color with a white/tanish head...nose is subtle...toasty aroma but not real thick...also some noble hops...the first taste is a little thin....crisp, but thin.....some good maltiness....caramel and toasted grains....finishes with a bit of a dry note....the taste is really pretty good for this style...some real nice toastiness, and caramel....overall this is not as good as Great Lakes but what is....very solid beer that I'll drink more of if it reaches six-packs...

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to an amber/copper color with a diminished head. The aromas are biscuity and toasty. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor, with low hop bitterness and flavor. It is a light-bodied beer, which is very smooth and finishes clean. It is a very easy drinking beer; I truely enjoy examples of this style.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty sweet musty smell. Clear rose colored look. The head is light brown and larger bubbles. Rich malt base to the flavor with hints of hazelnut and a touch of roast vanella on the back of the tongue. Quite crisp on the finish. Sweeter but rounded by hop. Medium mouth with lively carbonation. Aftertaste leaves a mellow vanella film on the tongue.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this is my first, official foray into this style. So far, I like!

What a gorgeous red hue this beer has! Head pours nice, tan, tight and creamy too. Plenty of aromatics to go around on this one. Only a little twinge of lager stink.

Tingly on the tip while hops do a banana spilt on the tastebuds--bitters sideways, flavors straight down the middle. I'm not sure where it comes in, but there is a serious chunk of malt flavor in this beer (must be the Vienna Malt, duh!). It's a perfect balance of dextrin, roast, and bitter. Makes the entire beer, actually.

Definitely worth snagging the sampler for this one.

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Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another dark amber colored offering, clear, with a yellow head that settles after 40 seconds. Smells of toast and shortbread. Light bready and toasty flavors, a little breezy caramel candy, and a pretty well-balanced hop sense that leans toward the Noble hop end. Finishes somewhat diminished with a glazed doughnut sweetness. Pleasant beer here, drinkable. Vienna Lagers are tough to rate, they are pretty subtle, but this one meets style well. There's just a lot of bigger beers out there, and there are already a lot of local micro "sessionals" on my list.

This beer marks the end of my Sammy excursion, three beers I liked OK, one (Winter Lager) I would probably purchase again...

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut in color as with all the Winter Classics thus far it pours with a large head that can overflow the glass if you don't control it. Wonderful smell of caramel and maltiness. First taste reveals a slight caramel sweet taste. Very drinkable as seems the norm with this style. I still have to give a lower ranking vs. Great Lakes Eliot Ness. I remember a much more distinctive caramel and maltiness present in that one. This calls for a side by side comparison. Will do that taste test soon and post results. A good offering and welcome throughout the year.

Re-review with side by side comparison of Eliot Ness: The Sam Adams seems thinner compared to the Eliot Ness Vienna Style. The hops presence in the Eliot Ness adds a bit of of spicy kick that isn't in the Sam Adams.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4 smooth as smooth could be. Amber/gold color with a huge pillowy head that stood well over the top of my glass. Lots of malt in the smell and taste. Not very complex, but quite creamy, smooth, and tasty.

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

Yet again, Boston Brewery makes a beer that that is most enjoyable, but not one that I will be picking up again. This beer pours a beautiful dark red with minimal lace. The smell is mainly of roasted malt. The taste is very well balanced, but the beer was severed too cold for me to be subjective for tasting.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown glass bottle from Winter Classics Pack. Reddish dark copper in color. Ivory colored creamy head which maintains a thin layer throughout the beer. Aroma is grainy, roasted malts and burnt caramel. Roasted malts with toffee notes dominate the flavor, but hops are sufficient to balance the sweetness and allow the beer to finish well. Adequate body and good drinkability. Another solid, but unexceptional Sam Adams. A good Vienna Lager, but IMO no where near the beer that the Great Lakes Elliot Ness is.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few more comments - 12AUG03. Poured 3x bottles into an Oktoberfest litre Stein. Great color, as before! Head was big and frothy, a tad off-white. Real nice lacing! Caramel malt along with a sharp, saaz-like spiciness. Good mouthfeel, and more spiciness in the flavor. Works well in a litre portion!! Zum Wohl!!

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I love the color! A super reddish-copper hue, with a thin, fine off-white head, though not much lacing. I thought it had a fabulous caramel-malt nose; quite appealing! Body was better than average, and it was fairly smooth, tongue-wise. The caramel aspect of the aroma comes through nicely in the flavor, also! The sweetness of the malt is balanced nicely by the hops at the finish. Very pleasant, all around. This would work quite well for me as a regular, year-round offering! Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Bighuge
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is scarlet red in color. Orange streaking accents the color. A small film of a head. Beige in color. Minimal lacing is observed. The aroma of this beer seems very grainy to me. Almost like stepping into the grain room of my homebrew store. Nice. Toasted notes and graininess form the foundation of the taste. Some slight toffee tones. Hops seem to be in place just for balance. The creamy mouthfeel is pleasant, but this seems just a tad too carbonated. Pretty drinkable decent brew. (Nowhere near as enjoyable as my benchmark for this style however, which is Great Lakes Elliot Ness).

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Photo of BeerBob
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Vienna Style Lager pours a dark copper from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Head goes to over two fingers and lace on the glass wall follows the head on the way down as the beer is consumed.

Nose is major Vienna malt with noble hops. Palate is a pleasant sweet malt similar to an Oktoberfest, with the same smoothness.

All in all Sam Adams Vienna Style Lager is a yummy brew from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of inebrius
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and ruddy under a gummy lace. Beauty. Nose of Vanilla ice-cream sparingly drizzled with caramel sauce and replete with toasted nuts and Maraschino cherries. Mmmm. Toasty malt back is cut nicely by a small wave of laid back bitterness. Verging on thin and fizzy. If Sam's Vienna had a little more ass, it could be a brew to reckon with.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a limpid deep copper color, the head massive, but desiccates quickly, leaving a fine sheet of lace, both light tan in color. Malts dominate the nose, but clean and fresh nonetheless. Front has light sweet malt taste, the top middling. This beer finishes with a gratifying hopped presence and is charmingly acidic with a droughty aftertaste. Quite a pleasant drinking beer as “Lagers/Pils”, as my past ranting and ravings has shown are not my favorite style, but I like this one. Ranks #686 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy off-white colored head. Sweet malts and grains dominate the aroma with notes of dried fruit and a small amount of lemon peel. It’s smooth and creamy in the mouth with flavors of roasted malts and a light hop bitterness. This is a very enjoyable lager.

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Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark bronze hue, topped a thick, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention. Intricate lace is left. Medium caramel and lightly toasty Vienna or Munich malt upfront in aroma, followed a waft of soft, herbal Noble hops. Smooth bready grain sweetness in flavor is partially offset by an understated and refined hop presence. Light hop bitterness, but the distinctly herbal and floral hop flavor complements the caramel malt presence. Pleasant toasted malt undertones persist constantly. Lightly bodied, but sufficiently dextrinous in mouthfeel for easy quaffability. Finishes clean and crisp, but a hint of biscuity sweetness. Being very well balanced all around, Sam's Vienna is a well crafted example of style, although the malt backbone could be more pronounced.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Sam Adams Winter Classics 12-pack;

Rich deep copper color, big foamy head, and lace all the way to the bottom. Sweet toasted malt nose with plenty of hops and fruitiness. Rich, creamy, smooth, clean flavor with a huge amount of sweet toasted malt. Balance perfectly with noble hops, big on flavor and just the right amount of bitterness. Finishes with a lot of malt and hops flavor.

This is an outstanding lager. This is definitely a winner from Sammy. I will keep my eyes open for this one if it ever comes out in a 6 pack.


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Photo of jackndan
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vienna Style Lager from Sam Adams: Great looking beer: deep amber, with an off-white head that is thick, dense and long lasting, with nice lace. The aroma is simply Munich during O-Fest. Very tasty beer, clearly dominated but what is obviously Vienna malts, with substantially less hops than one usually finds with Sammy products. Has a very nice finish. Hope to see this in sixes soon.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark copper colored beer has a thin head that quickly disapperars. A fruity aroma hovers over the beer and has a smell that reminds me of a red wine. Medium bodied and malty flavor that goes down smooth. A slight bitter finish.

I've never had this beer before and was expecting a light lager. I was surprised at the dark color and malty flavor. This is a good beer that would go well with steak or pizza.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose on Sam Adams Vienna Style is soft, sweet malt with hints of floral and caramel… very inviting. The malt flavor isn’t too toasty, more bready than anything, overall it is soft and sweet. The hops do add enough flavor, no real bitterness, but some good floral action. This beer satisfies the ol’ tastebuds… finishes dry but with some residual, lingering flavors on your tongue. The color is a darkish amber/copper with an off-white, creamy head, minimal lace. This beer should be available all year.

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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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