Vienna Woods | Valkyrie Brewing

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Vienna WoodsVienna Woods

Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 09-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SykDoc
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice clear amber color and for a 1/2 inch very light tan head that leaves a full coverage lacing. Carbonation is visible and no sediment.

A bit mild but definite malty sweetness mixed with a earthy/piney component.

The flavor seems driven by the caramel malt sweetness with some toastiness. It has a cidery and mildly spicy component that briefly appears. Earthy hops are also noted, primarily at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Carbonation is quick and somewhat intense, but disappears quick as well and leaves a mild dryness.

Overall, this is a reasonable beer to drink. Nothing really stands out in either direction, beyond my initial thoughts on the appearance and the solidness of the parts that are present.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an opaque, light nut-brown with a small butterscotch head after a vigorous pour.

S: Surprisingly, very sour smell (infection?) that seems to dwarf everything else. Smells like a Vienna lager mixed with a NG Olde English Porter.

T: The sourness is definitely manifest in the taste as well. Acidic sourness dwarfing just about everything else. The smell pretty much covers it. Not at all what I was expecting...

M: Thin with low carbonation.

D: Luckily I enjoy sours and this tastes slightly reminiscent of a watered down NG OEP. For a Vienna Lager though, this is miles away.

If Viking wants to be taken seriously, they need to get their QC in order...

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Photo of roadhouse
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass

Appears a mostly clear copper color with a half inch off-white head that goes down to a skim quickly. Spotty lacing throughout.

Aroma has some caramel maltiness, a bit of toasty malt, and a pretty good nose of grassy hops with a bit of a pine scent to them.

Taste is very strange to say the least for the style. Up front it is actually kind of sour, a bit like white grapes. A bit of malt taste, though not sweet at all. Grassy and earthy hop flavors round out the back end and make it quite interesting actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty smooth and creamy. Not hard to drink but I think it would be more so if it was a better Vienna lager.

Well this beer is terrible for the style, but I actually am finding myself enjoying it. Don't expect a good Vienna lager.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been sitting in my fridge for over a year so this might be somewhat different from those who have a recently brewed beer.

A - Pours a one and half finger head that dissipates very slowly. The body is a solid brown in color and is hazy in appearance.

S - Barley, hops, malts and faint bitter caramel sweetness that is rather faint.

T - Malts, hops and the caramel bitterness hit your mouth. The beer isn't all that full or complex so I have a hard time giving this much higher than a 3. It has good initial flavor but it seems to die off midway through.

M - Good initially. This is a good beer for those who are new to lagers. The beer is pretty smooth after the initial flavors hit your mouth but it isn't complex enough to rate it any higher.

D - Decent session beer. I could have a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of kmeves
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber color with a very smallish head. Aroma is very sweet with caramel and sugary bubblegum. Flavor is really more of the same. Very thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This would have been a drain pour but my wife opted to finish it. I doubt I will try any more Viking beers.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a rich amber color with very little head and its appearance was not very reassuring as it did not promise me a very pleasant beer experience in my near future. Quite syrupy looking. Aroma was caramel and copper. Flavor is so carmel-y as to be cereal-y with some other off notes I could not quite identify. Mouthfeel is tremendously (too) thick. Struck me as being quite like a bock I wouldn't like.

I would not recommend this beer, which I bought at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden amber, half finger head.

S- Malt aroma is a good blend of toasted and caramel malts. This is accented by a light noble hop aroma.

T- The caramel malt sweetness gets nearly bullied out by an assertive toasty flavor. Some malt sweetness sneaks back up just before the pleasantly smooth and dry hop finish.

M- Slightly fizzy but all in all smooth.

D- Not bad I just might grab the six pack.

Not quite as good as Eliot Ness, but still a very good vienna lager nevertheless. This beer is worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of morimech
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with just a thin film of head. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

I smell toasted malt and some earthy hops.

What happened to the malt? A bit weak in the flavor department. The aroma led me to believe some good malt flavors where to be found but I left disapointed. Just average.

The body is a bit watery. Carbonation is good without being harsh.

Just an average lager. Maybe my sample was not very fresh but as it is it is mediocre.

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Photo of KeefD
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety sixer from Amy's Cheese and wine in Stanley Wisconsin. It was one of 6 Wisconsin beers I've never had, sampled over the weekend. Review is from notes I took Friday and Saturday May 8th and 9th.

Pours a nice dark amber color with no head and little lacing. Carbonation is ok. Very malty and fruity. Has an apple cider sort of taste to it and the hops are very mild. Veyr smooth and easy to drink and rather tasty. It's an average tasting Vienna-style lager, but not bad quite an interesting find in a small town.

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Photo of happygnome
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a very nice orange color with about a half inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving a little lacing
s: caramel malts, earthy piny hop notes that arent too prevalent but are deffinatly present
t: caramel malts a very sweet malty beer, theres a very odd sour flavor that i dont really understand, not much hops, the sourness makes it not such a good brew
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, im not a fan at all of the sourness that is so strong i wont buy this again

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Photo of Tballz420
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very tiny and fleeting tan head tops a pretty hazy copper colored brew. Scent is the typical vienna malt scent. Taste is fairly intense malt-wise. Seems kinda strange the malt mix, not bad necessarily. Vienna malts mixed in with fruit tastes, touch of hops. Malt is intense, yet muted, somehow. Kinda hard to describe this one. Thinner mouth. Dunno

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, cloudy orange tone. The unfiltered yeast slowly descends in a spiralling tornado column. An inch of dense foam rises to the top of the pilsner flute, but not over.

Smells like caramel apples, a winner in my book. A little grain or hay as well.

Taste has a juicy apple quality, smooth and lightly malty, with a full body and noticeable yeast character. Almost like an extremely light Weizenbock. Toasted malt in the aftertaste. It has a slight tartness that is also reminiscent of Dortmunder. Carbonation is fairly low, but the tart element seems to take the place of a spritzy bite. This was an interesting beer, and i'll try it again when I have the chance.

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Photo of Atron67
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a darker amber color with off white head, poured a centimeter head that lasted for a little while and left medium lacing.
S- Sweet malty caramel scents predominate
T- starts with a strong malty flavor with a lighter caramel finish
M- light carbonation and medium/light body
D- an ok beer, still not a fan of caramel in the beer, but it goes and is a pretty smooth lager

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Toasty Vienna malt leaps out at you in Viking's Vienna Woods! It dominates both the aroma and the flavor!

The hazy auburn body offers glowing golden and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of antique white. The head retention is a bit limited, particularly given the style; but it leaves walls of tiny-spotted lace behind.

Apart from the toasty and bready Vienna malt in the nose, there's also a delicate touch of floral and grassy hops in the background, as it should be. There's also a bit of yeastiness present, but that may be because I didn't let the bottle sit long enough, and disturbed the lees with a rough pour. Regardless, the yeast is an important aspect of this beer, affecting it's flavor, aroma, pH, and carbonation level.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly zesty and then gently crisp with a natural, bottle-conditioned median carbonation.

The flavor is a little less toasty and grainy than the nose suggests, with more floral and grassy hop flavors coming through, and a softer malty character that has a little bit of woody character, and some nuttiness to it - which may be due in part to the yeast. The yeast also adds a touch of acidity that helps cut through the richly toasty malts. A firm bitterness balances it, and it's pretty well-rounded and drinkable.

A touch more refinement could make this a world-class contender! Perhaps a yeast that settles into a tighter sediment; or maybe even less yeast altogether. Still, well worth trying!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass pours a pretty nice amber orange with decent short lasting head and ok lacing. Aroma is weak, very light fruitiness to it... all I can really say about it is.. 'mmm, lager.' Taste is better, a nice hoppy citric middle, dry grains at end, short lasting slighly bitter finish. Also, maybe a bit sour (though that maybe be just the way my taste buds are precieving things lately). Mouth is lively, medium bodied, and overall not too bad, not going to write home about it, but I'd consider this a good everyday beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, probably obtained at Riley's

appearance: pours into imperial pint glass...cloudy orange-copper body, creamy white head with pretty nice lacing

smell: strong german hop aroma, nutty, very bock-esque as is the norm from viking, caramel malt sweetness, lightly fruity

taste: similar trait to many other viking beer in a buttery biscuit and nutty undertow...a malt driven beer with a light caramel/apple taste, hops compliment...pretty enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium body, creamy, oily

drinkability: good

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect pumpkin skin orange with a swirling cloud of miniscule particulates that slow to a static haze within the first minute. The toasted tan cap is a compact two fingers to start and is in no hurry to depart. A slurred collar of thick lace is a good start and will probably lead to more extensive glass coverage. (Note: a prescient prediction as it turns out, since the middle section of the glass is almost completely covered in the end).

The nose is fairly well-balanced with almost a bock-like maltiness. Earthy--probably German--hops contribute to the resemblance to that style. It's also a bit buttery, a scent that I didn't pick up on my first few sniffs. I have no idea how a Vienna lager should smell, but I like this one a good bit whether it adheres to the style guidelines or not.

Even though it doesn't work quite as well on the palate, Vienna Woods is still pretty good beer. I'm not really reminded of a bock once I've had time to chew over the flavor profile. It's lightly toasted malty with something darker than malt pale in the house; probably a handful of Munich or something similar in color. Hops make a statement too, especially on the snappily bitter finish.

I was initially struck by an odd sourness. The beer is still somewhat sour as I approach mid-bottle, but there's easily enough bitterness to keep it in check. Besides, it's subdued enough to be just another interesting facet to a surprisingly multi-faceted flavor profile. I also taste a little tart orange peel, although I doubt that it's an actually ingredient. Vienna Woods is definitely growing on me and a taste score bump is a no brainer at this point.

There isn't much wrong with the light-medium, smoothly lagery mouthfeel other than a slightly too spritzy carbonation. I'm almost to the twelfth and final ounce and it hasn't settled down much at all. The only saving grace is that it's finely fizzy instead of big-bubbled and soda-like fizzy.

I was beginning to lose faith in Viking. After a pretty good effort with Lime Twist, I was supremely unimpressed with J.S. Helles Bock and Queen Victoria's Secret IPA. Thankfully, Vienna Woods gets thing back on track. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be their best beer (with the probable exception of Big Swede RIS).

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich creamy gold color with thick and lasting off white head.

Bold honey and grain notes dominate the flavor and smell. Tea leaf hops finish.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal as is drinkability. This beer is so silky smooth and creamy. Way too drinkable despite healthy amounts of carbonation.

Very simple yet thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent session brew.

Update: 8-16-06 - This sampling was far less pleasing. Flavor has some rather rotten Amber like malt that I don't find particularly well placed in this style. Drinkability suffers as a result and I'm downgrading taste from 3 to 3.5 and Drinkability from 5 to 4. Body color also appeared to be more amber-orange than gold.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a mostly clear amber color with a small off-white head. Cloyingly sweet and fruity aroma. The flavor is very much like the Viking Sylvan Springs. Sweet and lemony. The three Viking beers I've had have really rubbed me the wrong way. They've all been overly sweet and tart. No bitterness at all. Not much malt flavor either. Just sweet oranges. This is perhaps the best of the three Viking beers I've tried, but that's really not saying much. I'm swearing off this brewery for the third time.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.88/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is as muddled and murky as the other offerings from this dissapointing brwery. Not crisp, the flavors all run together. Not well carbonated, not much head. Not a lot of hops, not any crisp, well-defined malt. This is another ho-hum beer from Viking.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy copper-orange color with just a ring of white for head. The aroma is malty and biscuity with a souring yeasty smell, typical of Vikings beers. The flavor is malty and lightly biscuity with an apple-like taste as well. Pretty thin mouthfeel...could use some more body. An alright brew.

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Photo of Skidz
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out golden, bright and golden, sits an illuminating amber orange in the glass with a small foamy white head that stays for the ride. A definate winner in the glass, gradient from light yellow up to deep amber in the tuliped glass. I was completely mesmorized by the appearance of this beer as it seemed to catch any available light and throw in back out in a slew of gleaming colors.

Fruity nose of oranges and apples with a spicy hop tinge. Caramel sweetness and toasty malt aromas.

Flavor came in light doses on every corner. Spicy, with caramel-like sweetness and a good toasty maltiness. Fairly undefined, but not bad.

Smooth and fogiving on the toungue, an easy load to handle. Medium body with light and supple carbonation.

For one who doesn't look to lages for enjoyment, I was very pleased. Went down as fast as any, but stuck around so I could admire it's beauty in the glass.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour begins with a flurry of carbonation, that never quite quits, but settles as a hazy orange cast, under a solid layer of creamy white foam.
aroma: soapy, mild, light floral, even fruity character, orange, I odd citric twist, for a lager...very curious...
Creamy, then zesty mouthfeel, hoppy citric kick, decent malt in the mouth, then it fades back, and dries away.
Reminds me of good Vienna lagers I've had, but not enough. Simply too shy, thin, and watery.
Like other Viking brews, this starts off well, but doesn't make it all the way. A decent drink, but nothing to crow about.
I like it more as I near the middle of the glass, for the oddness seems to be wearing off, but the other complaints remain. I'll finish this bomber without quarrel, but won't be back for more.

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Photo of ADR
2.63/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Completely clear medium amber, yellowish head that's composed of different bubble sizes but lasts at 1/4 of an inch in height for almost a minute. Laces in lots of spots. Aroma is lightly buttery toffee with a hint of burnished leather. Mouthfeel on the light side with adequate but struggling carbonation. Starts briefly malty but quickly turns to an adhesive taste, like the gum that seals envelopes, with husky papery qualities and on odd astringency. More and more these flavors take hold, almost contributing to a funkiness that doesn't work for me. Strikes me as a not very agreeable Vienna Lager in a number of ways. On the other hand, it has better carbonation than a number of Viking beers I've tried lately.

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