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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Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Poured a clear amber with a small white head that receded to a film. Light malts in the aroma and not much more. Starts off malty and nutty, but sort of gives over to a watered down taste. Grassy hops are just barely noticeable. Light body. It's not a bad beer, and good for casual drinking, but not something I'd go back for.

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Photo of JAXSON
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Couldn't see the pour as it was served in a clay Pub Club mug. 24oz for $4.50! Nose was grainy, some off corn sweetness. Mouth was grain, lightly hopped, a residual corn-type sweetness that was disconcerting. Longer finish was a pleasant remembrance of German hops. But overall, this style should be dry, crisp, and snappy, and it was over sugary and cheap tasting.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the IH staples, on draft in Lancaster in a Mug Club mug.

Pouring a sample out for the appearance, looks like a nice reddish amber with a thin off white head. Nose is slightly too sweet, carmel malt, toasty grain, and minimal hops. Biscuit malt in the flavor, with a grainy sweetness and bready finish. Medium light body with high carbonation. I'm indifferent to this beer most times, but when I want something for my mug for dinner, this usually works.

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Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Maple Shade location.

Pours a dark golden yellow color with some subtle burnt orange hues but it's not red at all. Kind of a misleading name for the beer. Half finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with some toasty biscuit malt, subtle hops and earthy grass notes.

Fuller bodied than expected with some nice toasted malt, biscuit and subtle spiciness. Nice crisp hop presence balances things out pretty nicely. Slightly dry finish. Well balanced easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a 10 oz glass of this at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, PA. It came in a fat tulip glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear amber color with tons of bubbles floating to the top. The head is a silky eggshell shard, two fingers tall, great retention, thin spiderweb like lacing, and the tiniest bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeast, earthy hops, and stale.
Taste: The flavors are nutty, strong undertones of roast, and a slight citrus note.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin, with a dirty finish.
Drinkability: This is a fair beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber with some red hues, but not as red as I was expecting it to be, little head, but good lacing. Smells of biscuits and grassy hops. Taste is very similar, sweet biscuity malt up front followed by a dry grassy and floral hop finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Good for a staple beer with nice hop flavors, very sessionable.

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Photo of pburland23
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill Media

The Vienna Lager is not a style I am overly familiar with, so I was eager to give Iron Hill's version a try. Beer is a pretty, dark red color accentuated by a one finger head.

The aroma is bready and very malty, but you can definitely pick out the crispness of the Saaz hops in the nose. The taste is similar to the aroma. This lager is crisp and very clean with a spiciness of the hops and the bready malts.

It's medium bodied, but all that malt makes the lager drink a little chewy at points. It was like to body of the beer was not consistent from start to finish. It's an eminently drinkable lager though with an ABV of 5%. It was a good introduction to a style that you do not often see.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a salmon orange, a bit off color from the marzen I was expecting. Clarity was bright with a compact and creamy bright white head that was ultimately smooth, whispy and thin allowing for maximum beer allowance in the glass. Extremely tame visible carbonation while the lacing was once again thick and lustrious providing a full sheet coating on the way down giving props to either the brewing technique or very clean glassware, either way this is a good thing.

S: The nose was soft toasted caramel bread with a touch of dry apple fruitiness. Overall was moderate in strength for a lager.

T: The flavor opens up with sweet toasted caramel and some spicness, fresh cinnamon that was lightly accented coming off more as a tweener beer. The flavor was smooth, tough a little light and lacking in substance. A good intro beer, when I think of a Vienna lager I think of Sam Adams as the staple. The hopping and caramel sweetness as well the body fall a bit under here.

M: The mouthful was really light perhaps a low point here even for a lager. Was expecting much more body here and substance. The Vienna malt seemed sparingly used adding just enough to be noticed, but not enough to be appreciated for the more demanding craft drinker body wise perhaps due to over filtering.

D: Easy drinkabilty and average enjoyment gives this a push to just slightly above average status here. Once again a good lawnmower beer or tweener but nothing to rush out or enthuse the more demanding craft driker.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Media.

Lovely appearance. Clear amber body with a small, slowly settling head and lace sticking in patches to the sides of the glass. The whole thing has a really attractive, shimmering quality that makes you want to drink it. I found this to be the best aspect of this beer.

Mild aroma, smells of toasted bread, caramel malt; faint honey; hints of floral hops. Nice enough. The flavor follows suit but is a bit blander than anticipated. Again there is a gentle maltiness; lightly toasted bread, caramel and honey lending sweetness; finish is thankfully fairly dry; floral, grassy hops, with restrained bitterness, emerging mostly in the finish and aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation; the feel is smooth enough. Decent session choice, I suppose. This beer has a lot going for it in terms of feel, appearance, and even aroma, but ultimately winds up a little bland and muted for my tastes with just a smidge more sweetness than I'd like.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool in a standard pint at the brewpub across from F&M.
A - A medium amber w/ a bone wihit head the size of a penny on its side. The lace is moderate and clings ok.

S - A slightly corny malt odor w/ sweet notes of light malt is all the aroma musters.

M - Med. body w/ moderately full carbonation, gentle sweetness and slightly slick almost soapy feeel w/ a dry finish.

T - The taste begins w/ subtle nutty, biscuity malt w/ subtle grassiness and floral notes in the hop profile. Nice malt smoothness and gentle dry flavors.

D - A fine Vienna, just not my favorite style and lacks some German malt character. I would try this one again, since it is quaffable and perfect for sessioning.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Wilimington, DE location brewpub.

A: thin head on a amber and brown clear body. decent lacing.

S: aroma is light with sweet caramel and toasted malts, even a slight burnt toast note. Minimal mostly earthy hop notes.

T: toasted caramel malts, fairly sweet with brown sugar, light toffee and bready notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: The malts in this one are very flavorful. I would like a little more out of the hops however.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appeared a clear, amber color in my glass. There were may be a few hint of red in the color, but if they were going for a traditional red color, they missed the mark. The aroma was intially hoppy, then had hints of berries, which I thought was neat. The flavor is pretty malty, but generally it had a clean lager body with hint of caramelized sugars. The beer was a little flat in my glass which made it a little less drinkable, but I wouldn't say this was the case everytime it's served. For the most part, this beer is just a really malty lager.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An under appreciated lager style in my opinion... looks the part with a clear copper tinted amber body, minimal head. Scent is pale with notes of caramel, dried malt, light toast, faint earthy hops. Taste follows suit, maybe a bit too clean lacking a little bit of malt depth and sweetness preferred in the style. Lighter bodied, could use a tick more carbonation. Fresh and decent, but lacking something that even some of the Mexican macros offer in the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brew pub.

A clear orange golden color, not very red, and light fizzy head.

Nose has light reddish malts, hint of toasty, fairly light overall nose.

Taste toasty reddish bready malts, light crisp lager flavors, no real caramel flavors which is good, touch of hop profile.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing really wrong, a bit on the light side.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark golden-orange With ample head that recedes to a slim foamy coating. Some lacing is present.

S: Sweet malts and some earthy hops.

T: Sweet and malty with a strong (for the syle) hop bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee, and metallic hops.

M: Both creamy and bubbly with a crisp dry finish.

D: This beer reminds me a lot of Yuengling Lager without the graininess. A little sweeter than I would like for a go to session.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear amber color with some orange highlights. The head was 1/2" and broke apart quickly.

Smell: light bready malt sweetness is all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: definite bready malt profile with some fruit sweetness and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfell: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: another easy drinking beer from IH, but the style is usually lackluster in flavor overall. Not a bad beer, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden amber in color, with off white head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Great clarity to the beer as well.

Smell- Sweet and Malty, touch of ginger. Low in overall aroma. Notes of honey, as well as citrus notes on back end.

Taste- Touch of nuttiness, possibly hazelnut. Slight bitterness on front end, nutty on middle (nutmeg). Slight notes of green bell peppers in middle. Slight bittery / sour note to finish.

Mouthfeel- Smooth feel on palate, crisp carbonation on front end. Smooth and coating and finishes well. Very robust.

Overall- Excellent and interesting red considering it was a lager. The mix of flavors of a traditional red with the lager yeast notes was very interesting. Great warming property and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very solid lager- slightly reddish tint, nice head- strong hop aromas. Taste was balanced but surprisingly dominated by a strong, crisp hop presence. Slightly bready malt,not too sweet, but it lends the brew a lot of weight. Slightly thick wih moderate carbonation. Very refreshing; great session brew with a moderate ABV.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once upon a time, I eschewed lagers, opting for what I felt were more flavorful ales. My FerMentor, TheRealBeerFly, told me that I was misguided, but it was not until one of the BA fests that centered around lagered (the word is German for "to store") beers that the scales fell from my eyes. Sure, I still tend toward the hoppier pilseners, but I have a greater appreciation for the style as a whole.

This came with a good, foamy finger of tawny head with good retention. The color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The malt was much more evident on the nose than it had been with the Light Lager, sweetish with a bready accent. Mouthfeel was medium with a red raspberry flavor on the tongue. I was put in mind of Jell-O. I do not know if that is good or bad, but I liked it. I also liked the biscuity finish. This was head and shoulders over the Light Lager, but they were both very light for my taste.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this tasty brew while celebrating my 5 yr wedding anniversary with the wife.

Appearance: Had a nice reddish color to it. Some head that didn't linger around too much.

Smell: Could smell the malt, but nothing overwhelming.

Taste: A lighter beer, it had a nice sweet taste to it with a refreshing, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for a lager. Slight carbonation, smooth texture.

Drinkability: A tasty brew, one of my favorite for the evening given the selection I sampled. It was drinkable, but average tor a lager.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of ddean
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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 bmeehan
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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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