Vienna Lager | Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Minnesota, United States
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Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of the classic Vienna lager - pale amber in color, medium bodied, ever so slightly toasty from Munich and Vienna malts, complimented by a grassy noble hop nose.

Added by pat61 on 04-01-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,561
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
42
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of GStone899
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a clear golden color with moderate lacing. A moderately deep flavor with a crispness as well. I haven't had a lot of Vienna lagers but this one is quite enjoyable. An easy drinker and a beer you could get a non craft beer drinker to enjoy. Got this 4 pack for the amazing price of $3.99. Can't beat it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 4.49 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.280/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 9/15/18.
“06/22/18” on bottom of can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.25.
Body – More orange than amber, slight chill haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, controlled pour), off-white, medium density, average retention time, diminishing to an irregular seven to eleven mm ring and a partial layer with clots of foam remaining at the edge.
Lacing – None until the level drops a couple of centimeters, then lacing forms buttes of medium to tiny bubbles appear above the thin connecting lacing band.
First pour – Light orange, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Weak and grassy with a bit of malt.
Flavor – 3.5 - Definite caramel malt flavor, slightly sweet. Ending slightly bitter but without the crispness of a true Vienna lager. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, watery, soft carbonation. Upon opening, the can foamed over.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – A decent take on a Vienna lager, but off in color as well as lacking the expected crispness. Definitely drinkable, just don’t expect a classic VL.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light amber color and clear. Moderate,lasting head. Good initial ring of lace. Several streaks thereafter.

The beer line may need cleaning because this beer has the minor off smell of a brewery floor. Behind this is a nice stoft pale malt base.

The flavor has a hop bitterness in the swallow which was unexpected for the style but works well. High carbonation but with a fuller body. The malt base tastes darker than the smell with dry caramel notes. The aftertaste is lightly bitter.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deeper golden or lighter amber in color, nice malt presence places you in Viennese heaven. Very tasty, with the Noble hops providing a little bite to balance the malts. Well done!

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and brilliant gold body; dense, creamy head. Bright caramel malt aroma; a modicum of sweetness. Some moderately roasted grain flavor; lightly charred sugar; caramel; subtle hop bitterness offsetting the malt sweetness. Heavy body; smooth and luscious; semi-sweet finish.

This is a top-notch Vienna lager, hitting all the points for the style. It has a very nice toasted grain quality, a smidgeon of sweetness, and low-key hop bitterness. A compelling lager...

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Photo of Joedonlon13
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is an excellent drinker!

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Photo of Branlott42
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whogan973
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells delicious and goes down smooth. Great beer for a summer day in the shade.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz on draft at Pub 819 in Hopkins City

Nice dark amber color to the beer. The smell is all caramel malt and honey. Taste is light and crisp without being watery. It is like what I thought Budweiser would taste like when I was younger.

I could drink this crap all day

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, toffee and some citrus. Roasted malt with caramel, toffee and some bitterness.

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Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color. Thick pillowy off-white head dissipates steadily leaving lots of sticky lacing and a thin residual head of pillowy foam. Beer clears up as it sits and eventually is almost completely clear. Lovely looking beer.

Aroma has notes of toasted malts, a hint of dark breads, and some earthy nutty aromas. Slight earthy hops peak through.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark bready malts, earthy nutty notes. The true mark of this beer is that it avoids the common American fault of relying on caramel or roasted malts to brew a Vienna. Nice spicy finish - likely noble hops - on the back end.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Mild carbonation with pretty dry finish.

Overall a lovely Vienna lager from Fair State - really impressed with this one and I'd happily drink this one regularly if I had access to it.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_Swig
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent rendition of this style. A great one to mix in after crushing your palate with IPAs.

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Photo of hoptimum1
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into pint glass. Color is amber wood color with 2.5 finger white foamy head with excellent retention. Leaves clumps of foam and a thick collar around the glass. Lacing lines the glass in rings. Nice toasted malts, with sweet bread and caramel with some hints of Nobel hops and faint fruitiness. Flavor is smooth malt, bread, caramel, crystallized honey, and light hops. Smooth, rich and creamy with a medium body. Delicious and balanced, this really hits the spot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L-Pours a clean, regal looking burnt orange color with a perfect off white head.

S-Nice toasted malt aroma...hints of nuts...

T-Nice clean tasting yet malty lager. Perfect level of toasted malt flavor. Light noble hop like dry finish keeps it from being too malty.

F-Clean, light side of medium bodied.

O-I'm always in search of a great lager and this is definitely one of them. Great beer. Top tier.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale brown-amber with a moderate head. The aroma is clean with cracker malts, toffee, and very mild chocolate. The flavor is crisp with rich malt tones, toffee, mild chocolate, wheat cereal, and a bit of grassiness. The mouthfeel is quite light with crisp fizzy carbonation. Overall a simple and classic vienna, malt driven and easygoing.

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Vienna Lager from Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 42 ratings