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Vienna Red Lager | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A European amber lager, medium-bodied with a delicate malt aroma, slight sweetness and a clean, crisp finish.

22 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 03-07-2003

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5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of mikeg67
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Phoenixville. Pours amber hue with a white head and light carbonation. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and hints of hops. Full, crisp body. Caramel malt is nicely balanced by herbal hops on the palate. Long, dry finish. Very fresh, excellent Vienna.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just happened to get a growler of this Iron Hill offering the other day...

Appeared a nice copper color with a thin lasting head and very little carbonation noted in the beer. Produced light lacing as well. Aromas of bready malt, all the way. This followed through in the flavor which was an airy bready malt with slight roasted quality as well. A little sweet too. Mouthfeel was nice and full, but not overbearing. This was a perfect summer beer, consequently, I think I'll have some more!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep amber body is capped by a short, off-white head that holds OK before dropping to a thin creamy collar and leaving some spotty lace. The nose is gently malty, and a touch toasty. There is a very minimal fruitiness to it but you have to look to find it. The body is medium and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays the 'juicy' malt that Vienna style lagers are known for. It's lightly fruity (red berries) and toasty. The bitterness is restrained as expected, but firm enough to balance, and it finishes dry with some lingering toasty malt and fruit. Very well done; very clean. A highly enjoyable lager that satisfies. It offers enough full flavor and complexity to maintain interest while still remaining quite drinkable. It's worth trying, and since the food and atmosphere are so good it's definitely worth making a trip.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iron Hill Lancaster.

A: The Vienna lager is a full amber color, brown and red hues swirling together. Translucent despite the darker color, the lager supports a thin head.

S: The nose is toasty, malt-driven. Chewy pale grains are interspersed with fuller caramel flavors. Hops aren't much of a factor.

T: Chewy. The combination of pale breads, biscuity, and darker caramel is nice, a change of pace. Hoppiness is a nonfactor, allowing the malts to do all of the work. The result is a bready base that brings both darker and lighter flavors to the forefront. A nice warm weather lager.

M: The mouthfeel is hard to dislike, both bready and light. Full caramel adds depth.

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Photo of Mudawg
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of PorterThwarter
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeRa
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

8/16...take away growler. Pours bright copper amber with burnt red tones. Fizzy white foam. Bready caramel nose. Taste is a light sweet, bready, and roasted. Quite smooth and toasty. Good bodied lager. Really tasty.

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Photo of Swa73
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very similar to a Killian's Irish Red but with more complexity.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of racingkenny14
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bmeehan
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately, I have to review this from memory, but based on what I've got stored in my brain, this was a good beer. It was malty, but not strong, and it was a nice shade of red. I'd order it again.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ddean
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at one of the Iron Hill Restaurants.

A pretty copper color, clear, very little foam, yet for reasons that are not clear to this novice, a decent amount of carbonation (many bubbles, little foam).

Smell too subtle for my preference (I like hops), but I get Earl Grey tea.

Taste is nice: again, a distinct sense of iced Earl Grey tea, some brown rice. Light maltiness and sweetness, minimal hoppiness. Works nicely with a lemon wedge. Rather refreshing and crisp, almost like an unhoppy wheat beer, but lacks that sweet, hoppy thickness that I enjoy from Imperial reds. Not sure if Vienna reds are "supposed" to taste this way.

Mouthfeel: the original taste lingers nicely without turning bitter, but I get no new dimension.

Very drinkable and refreshing. Versatile too, a safe bet for a non-connoisseur friend who doesn't know which beer to order. I can even imagine sipping on this one while playing softball on a hot summer day.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iron Hill, Media.

A: Clear amber brown with red hues and nice bubbles. Small, white head. Nice lacing.

S: Toasty aroma. Bready and malty.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Toasted and nutty with caramel and fruity sweetness. Earthy hops. The finish was about average. Nice and nutty.

M: Light to medium body that was refreshing. The carbonation was lively.

O: Nice and drinkable Vienna lager. Always my default choice at Iron Hill if there's nothing seasonal that's interesting (which is rare).

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3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a medium amber colored with with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows some bread-like malt and a light hop presence in the background.
Taste blends the malt and hops nicely, but the flavor is a bit thin.
Finish is also a bit this, with only modest taste retention.
An OK beer, but nothing great.

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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Media, PA.
Pours with a reddish copper body. Good but short-lived head and a good bit of sticky lacing. High clarity.

Good, neutral bitter-sweet balance. No off notes. Nicely malty with some light spicing from the hops.
Medium body and carbonation.
O: a very well crafted version of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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