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)

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of stegmakk
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice light amber/copper color. I had little to no head on mine.
Aroma was very malty and thats about it for the aroma.
Taste though was better than it smelled.Big malt pressence with some toasty sweet carmel quality. Crisp and smooth drinking.
Many better beers out ther, but this wasn't half bad.

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a light tan colored head, solid, creamy, good retention. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy. On the nose the aromas of grain, light toasted malts, hints of dark fruit. On the palate flavors of bready grain, light toasted malts, hints of dark fruit, sugar sweetness (little to much), herbal hoppiness. Decent brew, a little too sweet, but still drinkable.

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Photo of chilidog
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As you open thisone the malty aroma is noticed first. It pours a nice deep amber color with a full fluffy off-white pillow.Lace is good and plenty. The taste is more of toasted malt with a smooth as cream mouthfeel. A great lunchtime, sandwitch brew. I too hope they put this in sixers sometime soon.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty straight-forward malt aroma, somewhat sweet with a slight roast quality. Attractive amber color, medium head that leaves fairly quickly. Nice malt taste with good balance of hops to take the edge off of the sweetness. Flavors lasts nicely. Slight toasted quality to taste. Carbonation feels a little heavy, which takes away from the softeness and creaminess. May actually be a little too strong of malt for style, which prevents it from being as soft as it could be. Still, this brewer sets standards that others a can be judged against, and this beer is no different.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber color with a rapidly-fading tan head. Fresh aroma, with a mixture of toasted malt and some "sweetness". Very malty flavor that is balanced nicely by a touch of hoppy character. A nice, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean and leaves you ready for another drink.

Another solid offering from the Boston Beer Comany. I would like to see this offered as a stand-alone product (only available in the winter sampler).

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vienna Style Lager? Well I am no expert on Vienna - And I don't recall much history from Vienna regarding lager either. That said - this is a good and drinkable beer. I tend to like lagers after a choice from Belgian beers and German wheats. This is a pleasing taste and a light hop flavor compared to most Boston Beer Company styles. Very drinkable though.

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

This is a keeper from Sammy. Low-key, but tasty. The aroma cold from the fridge was was malty, with a suggestion of chocolate, and the flavor was quite malty. As the beer warmed, it thinned out a bit and let the hops jump in. Slightly tart, but quite pleasant and a good companion for food.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably Sam Adams' best. Really enjoyed this one for it's color, and taste.
Dark brown with a decent foam.

It has a deep, semi-sweet flavor - just like a dark should have. Heavy on the malty flavors and smells. There is a touch of brown sugar/molasses deep in the flavor, just enough to enjoy withou competing with the malt.
It has a bitter finish, but no lingering aftertaste.

Very nice, try this alone or in the Winter Sampler.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +10.1%
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 +14.1%
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 -0.3%
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 +3.2%
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 -13.3%
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 -6.4%
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 +0.3%
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 0%
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 +2.7%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.2%
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 -2.4%
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 +6.1%
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 -4%
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 +4.2%
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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Samuel Adams Vienna Style Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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