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

Samuel Adams Vienna Style LagerSamuel Adams Vienna Style Lager
92 Ratings
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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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of inebrius
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -5.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +5.6%
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 +14.9%
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 +14.9%
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 +7.4%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of Winter
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep ruby-amber color. Generous foamy cream-colored head with good retention. Malt scent with a feint fruitiness to it. Taste is very smooth with a sweet malt middle and a creamy finish. This is a nice additional (re-introduction?) to the Sam Adams' stable of beers. The question remains whether or not it will be available next year on store shelves, instead of just in the Winter Classics pack?

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

A pretty malty lager that reminds me of Victory's All Malt Lager in some regards. This has a few more flavors to it though. Clean tasting with a mellow and predominately malty sweetness. Gets better as it warms; flavors come out more. Color and relative appearance very similiar to their Boston Lager. Carbonation of tiny rising bubbles combined with the smoothness and mellowness of the malts creates a brew with great drinkability. I only hope in the future I'll be able to drink this more often (Mr. Koch if you read this, consider making this a regular addition).

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Photo of johnrobe
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber in the glass with a cream colored head.

Lightly toasted malt dominates the palate with a touch of simple sweetness (like the frosting on glazed doughnuts) and some tea-like hops making a late arrival in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light. A good food-friendly brew. I wish it were a bit more full-bodied but that's my opinion of most SA brews.

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

Presentaion: 12oz brown bottle with freshness date. At the time of this review, this is a limited edition beer, available in the holiday 12paks only.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy copper beer with a slightly off-white, tight, creamy, foam head that settles to a sticky, somewhat retaining lace.

Smell: Soft aromas of grain, light toasted malts, herbal hops and some ripe dark fruits in the background.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, with a thick-ish creamy base. Quite malty in character with a heavy handed dose of toasted malt flavour and a layer of raw sugary sweetness. Brief robust twang in the center, hint of lemon-rind. Hops are light on the bitterness overall, but provide a rounding herbal tea-like flavour with a leafy coarse feel on the palate. More toasted flavours follow with bready grain notes and a soft, fruity, grape, gum-like character. Finish is pretty clean and wet with lingering malt and hop flavours.

Notes: A solid offering from the Boston Beer Co., and I wouldn't be surprised if it's available by the 6pak in 2003.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color very similiar to winter lager, and tastes alot like it without the spices, a very tasty malty beer with a little bit of hops. A nice beer, I hope it becomes a regular.

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Photo of proc
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy better put this one in the stable permanantly. An excellent drinking beer. Pours out to a bright amber in the glass with a fruit-like aroma. Taste is predominantly that of malt, but in a very good way. Rich and flavorful, with a finish that really brings out the malt. A very, very good beer.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

alright sammy. this one is a winner. it pours to a nice dark amber with some foam on the top. the smell is sweet and malty and you wanna just jump right in.

it is incredibly rich and smooth. if you like munich lagers, you will probably enjoy this. it is darker and more rich than a munich, but there are many similarities. nice sweet maltiness with a nice balance of hops following behind. tasty to the last drop. this beer alone makes the winter sampler worth while

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Photo of hyuga
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber colored beer with a big off white head that stays at a good level, leaving a lot of lace. Grainy sweet malt aroma with a little hop kick. Wheat-like and grainy malt plays to hops just perfectly in the flavor, very well balanced. The Vienna malt used is very complex and interesting. Extremely clean and crisp from start to finish, as it should be. I'd describe the aftertaste as "fresh grain". Another great lager from Boston Beer Co. They make some of the tastiest lagers out there, I'm glad to see them tackle another style, and a rare one at that. I'm looking forward to this being available in six packs next year. Until then I'll enjoy it along with the other great beers in the Winter Classics pack!

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a purchase before freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Bubbly off white lace has some stickage, brilliant tawny brassy hue.

Smell: Faint floral and herbal hop aroma with a softly textured toasted malt in the back that pulls a sweetness to the front.

Taste: Clean with a lively crispness and smooth mouth feel in the back. Fresh yet light noble hoppy flavour, bitterness is sufficient and does not get out of control … it seems to offer more flavour than bitterness. A dollop of malt sweetness upfront, maltiness is rounded with a thick toasted flavour. Finishes somewhat clean with a lingering herbal hop and lightly toasted grain in the end.

Notes: I’m very fond of this style, hard to find good ones … hell it’s hard to find them at all. If they put this one in six packs and cases I’ll gladly buy it again. Great to pair this one up with some mild cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese on pretty much any kind of sandwich … cut to the chase, it’s a great lunch time brew.

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