Vienna Style Lager
Double Nickel Brewing Company

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #42
Ranked #32,637
3.77 | pDev: 9.55%
Double Nickel Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To date, the best Vienna lager I have had, hands down...

Great looking beer with a rich, malty taste, and the mouthfeel was medium-bodied. The least appealing attribute was the smell - or barely lack thereof. I really had to breath in deep to get any of the malty or bready scent that it had. Overall, a great lager - one I will keep an eye out moving forward.

Oct 25, 2021
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jkenn77 from New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a cup

L: Amber and hazy. Short head.
S: Smells deep and richly of bready malts.
T: The flavor is malts/grains/slightly husky, fruit/dark fruit, mild caramel and a slightly sweet/beery finish
F: Heavier body with a less-pronounced carbonation makes for a thicker mouthfeel.

Overall a very solid lager

Nov 23, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A pour of a dull copper colored liquid from a 12 oz. can into a clear pint glass provides very little head, nor lacing, despite an abundance of carbonation. Almost no aroma is present. The taste is of a bland lager, without any special characteristic. Not much better than the standard American commercial lager, except it is more colorful.

Aug 21, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is the blessing & curse of The CANQuest's (tm) backlog that there are multiple iterations of the same CANned beer awaiting my CANtention. This is one such example with the original iteration having been procured during a CAN seminar at the brewery during CBC. My former editor/co-publisher thought that I had wasted one of his precious Press passes, but The CANQuest (tm) works in mysterious (& often unseen) ways!

From the CAN: "IBU[:] 20"; "Core Series"; "The other lager. A rich amber brown pour has a bready backbone that is balanced by a variety of German Style hops."; "All Double Nickel beers are unfiltered and unpasteurized. Sediment in the can is normal."

Hmm. That last gave me pause so after Crack!ing open the vent on this CAN, I CANducted a slow, gentle C-Line Glug so as NOT to rouse any lees that may have settled in the meantime. I was rewarded with two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention, slowly falling to wisps. My CANcern was its clarity & lo & behold, it was NE-quality! My patience paid off. Color was Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had a lightly-toasted breadiness, like when you buy a new toaster & set it to its lowest setting to give it a whirl. VERY lightly toasted. I really did not get much in terms of hops, but they are not the featured attraction in the style. Mouthfeel was medium, but a solid medium, big for a Lager. The taste was a sad reminder of just how far we fell from grace with Prohibition. This was malty, but a restrained malty, holding the sweetness in check. It had a definite breadiness, a light toastiness and nothing in terms of perceptible hops. Hmm. Nice. Finish was actually semi-dry as there was not a lot to register it as "sweet". I was suitably impressed. YMMV.

May 23, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: Beautiful amber and hazy. Short off-white head.
S: Smells deep and richly of bready malts.
T: Deliciously sweet, caramel malts with maybe some fruityness like an apricot. Could liken it to a soft bread like challah or Hawaiian rolls. Not super complex, but it's not trying to be. Just good, full flavor.
F: Heavier body with a less-pronounced carbonation makes for a thicker mouthfeel. Not slammable per-se.

Awesome lager. My favorite of Double Nickel so far.

Mar 26, 2020
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is malts/grains, mild caramel and beery. The flavor is malts/grains/slightly husky, fruit/dark fruit, mild caramel and a slightly sweet/beery finish.

Dec 24, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

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

12 oz can. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of herbal hops, caramel and biscuit malts. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops, bready and caramel malts nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

Nov 09, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

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

Very nice vienna style lager. Slightly thick and malty and very satisfying to drink. A beer one could drink more than a few of. I'll certainly buy it again.

Sep 19, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Around a medium body as well as carbonation.
Aroma is malt, roasted malt ,cereal, and a bit of yeast and grain
Taste is very similar, malt comes through first and almost dominates. There is enough of a cereal, roasted grain to balance it out and make it fairly flavorful
It's a bit malt heavy but it's still a very decent beer. Had it on a hot day and think it would almost be better on a cool, crisp fall day

Aug 27, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from my brother. Medium amber pour with soft head. Light caramelly aroma, malts. Taste too us kind if subdued, not a heck of a lot if flavor here. Average st best.

Mar 23, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dense and frothy head past one finger, tan to eggshell white, decent amount of lacing, not long streaks but in many places. Deep bronze color that verges on brown, more yellow at the edges, active and widely dispersed bubbles, soft haze to it too. While there’s a bit of quinine, salt and pepper to the nose it’s quite malty with caramel, molasses, challah bread, spring blossoms and then a drop of lemon, the fruit scents mainly apricot to peach, does a very good job of pulling it back in before it gets monochrome and tedious. Medium-bodied, has heft but this does not get in the way of freshness as the carbonation provides prickle and that quinine, mineral water aspect cleanses. Bready if not doughy, manages to come off at once as both uncooked and toasty. More honey, molasses to caramel if resolved by the finish. Less peppery here, more like rye spiciness. Apricot, fig to golden raisin fruit. Could speed up the pacing some but that’s a minor quibble. The kind of beer that invites you in to enjoy it rather than contemplate it. Good marks for drinkability.

Mar 21, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, dated 11/2/18.

Amber, slightly copper in color and hazier than your typical Vienna lager. Large, off-white head with good retention. Toasted malt aroma with lightly spicy hops. Flavor is more towards the bready, toasted malt but the hops are there for just enough balance. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Easy to drink and a versatile beer to enjoy with a meal.

Feb 06, 2018
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Premo88 from Texas

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

two 12 oz. cans poured into a big glass mug
(11/2/17 born-on date printed on bottoms of cans; beers courtesy of @TongoRad)

L: copper with plenty of amber in it, mostly clear with careful pour (some sediment settled on bottom of cans), topped with thick cream head of beige foam that is super sticky; keeps a full skin and thick collar; laces some on the way down

S: toasted malt, toasted grassy hops ... something else toasted ... maybe apricot

T: first sip is super sweet and like a buttery biscuit, then some toasted corn, then toasted creamed corn, then a good layer of earthy hops start biting ... quintessential Vienna lager layers of sweet malt/earthy-bitter hops; the creamed corn note tastes like it might grow over time in the can, but in no way a distraction at its current level; as it warms it has a bit of fruity sweetness, peach or apricot; aftertaste starts building up a good oak or pecan-wood flavor, not charred black wood or overly toasted wood

F: after pretty big pours its a bit soft, almost creamy, with just enough carbonation to keep it moving; more carbonation would be nice, but it's pretty sturdy as is

O: a great down-the-middle Vienna lager with plenty of flavors coming from both the malt and hops; the earthy/wood buildup in the aftertaste is a highlight; I could drink loads of this beer

Dec 24, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can compliments of TongoRad. Thanks Michael!

It pours a lovely copper colour, nice head of foam with some lacing behind.

Smells of bread, lemon citrus, more actually noble hop like.

Tastes even better than it smells. Nice bready malt backbone with the hops again resembling noble hop like character. Finishes bready and that's the way I like it, especially for the style.

Good mouthfeel, overall, an excellent example of the style.

Dec 16, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz can, canned on 3/3/17... poured in stages into an I&G fluted goblet)

L: medium-shade amber liquid, with brownish highlights and a mild haze... tall, two-finger, open-spongy foam - builds high, with slow, crackling decay, eventually leaving just a fish-eye bracelet...

S: sort of American brew pub, lightly-sweetish, light-medium toast, bready maltiness... perhaps a faint whiff of perfumy, flowery hops with a tiny hint of lemon... the sweetish notes are more forward than any toasty or grainy qualities... nothing notable or unique to make it stand out

T: definitely a certain something stands out upon first sip - I hate to use this comparison, but it immediately reminded me of an Arby's roast beef sandwich - not sure if I'm tasting the meat or the bun... bit of yeast brown in the aftertaste... second sip has much less Arby's, as some caramel and whole wheat bread crust flavors emerge, real subtle lemon and leafy notes in the aftertaste, very lightly bitter...

F: light-medium bodied with a delicate bubbly tingle... fairly dry on the back end, maybe a weak residual viscosity... perhaps a touch "weighed down", lumbering

O: haven't been to this place, but I would like to give this a shot on tap, more fresh, to see if my opinion sways (not sure it will) - still, intrigued by their unfiltered/unpasteurized approach... this is okay, but even Yuengling has more of a unique character

Jun 29, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Amber. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and earthy, leafy hop aromas.

Brown bread, biscuit, caramel, and brown sugar. Balanced earthy and leafy hoppiness. Suggestions of raisin and plum.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Perhaps a tad too much bitterness for the style but overall a very well done Vienna.

May 25, 2017
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good Vienna. Poured into a pint glass looking a hazy amber. A little bitey on the front end but finishes well. As someone already said it reminds of Eliot Ness. Good feel and flavor. Give it a try.

Apr 29, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft in a nonic pint glass

clear dark golden in color, white head. aroma is bready malts and earthy hops. taste is well balanced, good hop bitterness. medium bodied. overall a nice flavorful but easy drinking lager.

Feb 04, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Nickel Brewing Co. "Vienna Lager"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 7/7/16" and sampled on 9/6/16
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Double Nickel's Vienna Lager pours a slightly hazy (it's unfiltered) deep amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white. The head retention is quite good but the lacing leaves a little bit to be desired.

In the nose you'll find a fresh grainy maltiness with a hint of medium caramel and a light toastiness. There are some floral hops, and a bit of light fruit as well.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp and then smooth with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation.

The flavor delivers exactly what the nose suggests with a little bit of additional hop spiciness. It's remarkably well balanced, and not overdone like so many examples from other American breweries, leaving it malty but not "sweet" or "full", and dry in the finish with short lingering notes of caramel, dark skinned fruit, and a gentle spiciness.

It's right on target for the style, and pretty impressive overall. I could easily see enjoying it year-round.

Sep 06, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. can into pint glass. It pours a golden-amber color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing with good retention. It smells of bready malt, creamed corn, and a whiff of hops. It has a pretty bold taste for a lager: grassy, cracker, a touch of vanilla, and a slight hop bitterness at the finish. This lager is medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated, and very easy to drink with an ABV of only 5.3% Overall, it's a creditable Vienna Lager. I think it compares well with Samuel Adams, Eliot Ness, and some of the others. I've been impressed with Double Nickel's offerings.

Aug 31, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts,some very light hops are present. Taste is crisp, mild, toasted malts, crackers, light hops, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Aug 23, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Awesome NJ beer, best vienna lager I've ever tasted outside Germany, much better than Sam Adams.

A: The beer pours out into a Sam Adams glass a clear deep amber-copper color with a 1 finger, creamy, ivory head that recedes to a thin cap and a bit of dotty lacing.

S: Wow! Who knew Vienna Lager could be so pungent. The aromas include bready malt with a toasted character and follow into abundant earthy hops.

T: Follows smell. It's rich, bready malt with a light touch of bitterness until the finish when when the emerging hops have a grassy, earthy character. The beer seems to toe the sweetness line perfectly.

F: On the light side of medium with a medium length finish that is clean due to the earthy, grassy hop bitterness. Inviting.

O: Supremely drinkable beer. Jersey waters.

Aug 19, 2016
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thampel09 from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great local offering and in cans that's a plus. Right up there with great Lakes Vienna lager. Not the biggest lager fans but this is solid. Nice crisp mouth feel with a sweet biscuit flavor on the palate and aroma.

Jul 20, 2016
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Walleybeer from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice color and smell, easily drinkable and very smooth.. my first taste of double nickel and i was not disappointed! Looking forward to trying more of there nectars!!

Jul 13, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper color with a large, thick-bodied tan-tinted head with pretty good retention. Big aroma for a lager, with malty sweetness, mixing white bread, creamed corn and mineral water. I'll come right out and say it. The taste reminded me a bit of a hot dog -- the bun flavor standing out most, but also a touch nitrates or something else reminiscent of processed meat. I'm overstating things a bit. The taste largely follows the nose. It's crisper on the front end with the sweet malts following. Fairly still with a medium bodied texture to it. This isn't a world class Vienna lager, but it gets the job done.

Jun 24, 2016
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