Pioneer Into The Woods | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Vienna Lager.

Added by ppoitras on 05-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Look - a rich amber color, Smell - a sweet bready ale, Taste - Sweet first, alcohol second, hops third, Mouthfeel - light syrup, thicker than I expected, Overall it's an experience. I purchased this bottled in Sturbridge, Mass., the other day, and was eager to taste it since I hadn't had many Vienna Lagers in the past. Upon opening the bottle (750 ml), I was hoping for a respectable amount of carbonation and a somewhat foamy head, but received neither. The cap came off very easily, so maybe there was some compromising of the contents? However, there were slight bubbles, so I figured I'd give it a go. Very boozy, as another reviewer put it, and I've had beer with a high ABV. It's interesting and novel, and I would love the opportunity to try it FRESH from the tap someday, but buy it again in a large bottle? Nah...

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SpacingOutMan
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle. As with all of the Pioneer Brewing bottles, great artwork that definitely stands out. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Great 1/2" beige head on initial pour; roughly 1/4" on subsequent pours. Very 'pretty' lacing that presents most of the "hallmarks" of a great foam (bubbling, 'creaming', etc.). Clear, amber coloration that one would expect from a well-made Vienna Lager.

S: Sweet and slightly acidic aroma; almost has a fermented cider smell to it.

T: Is surprisingly carbonate where it's borderline "seltzery". Definitely front-loaded with plenty of sweet flavors followed up by a bitter and strong finish. Flavor is crisp enough to overcome the carbonation.

F: Very efferverscent; very champagne-like. It felt a little overwhelming and took a little bit from the actual initial flavor of the beer.

O: This brew is very unique because of how high the ABV is; as of right now (4/29/2014), it boasts the highest ABV of any Vienna Lager alongside Pioneer's "Double Vienna Lager". It definitely builds up as a result, but it doesn't detract from a wonderful drinking experience. Very drinkable and would recommend this beer to those trying to find unique alternatives to the growing popularity of IPAs and other similar styles.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in good old Stein #42.

Presented with a 1/2" beige head over the almost clear golden amber brew. Head is fleeting, with ample lacing. Aroma is sweet biscuity malts. Taste is sweet to start, lightly fruity in the middle, and coasts through clean maltiness to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is too easy. Nice brew. Supposed to be amped up in future batches to near 9% abv, but I like it pretty much as is.

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Photo of NoahFecks
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no initial head which settles to no bubbles and therefore no lace. Deep amber with a ruby hue. Near clear.

Strong earthy malt smell with a toasted crystal.

More spritzy than I expected. Nice starting, smooth malt flavor. Strong bitter finish, but with a distinctive hop style. Small alcohol presence.

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Photo of beer4colin
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a life long MA resident and beernut and I have never heard of Pioneer. They look to be ambitious and are now growing outside of Central MA.

Had this at Bukowski's before Sox game.

A very interesting brew. Warning: actual ABV is 9% and it shows pretty boozy on the finish.

I don't have any back knowledge in Vienna Lager. Nice malt, soft toast. Very sweet finish traing into a little hot tail.

This reminds me of something, I am thinking Wormtown Google Eyes.

Nice to see another local on the scene. See it? Buy it! Tap only in MA.

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Photo of freshcarl
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kataco16
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Golden-orange color. Great clarity. Creamy off white head retains very well. Sticky, clumpy lacing.

S: Sweet bready malt nose. Hints of treacle and golden brownies. Slight golden raisin aroma. Lightly grassy hop scents. Yeasty undercurrent if you search. Very clean.

T: Sweet opening with treacle being the dominant flavor. Toast and crust from the malt as well. Hints of vague fruit (golden raisin?) and a very mild floral and grassy hop interjection. Alcohol comes in middle to end laying down a mild spicy flavor. It never gets too hot or boozy. Drying toasty finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and a bit chewy, but in an airy rather than sludgey way. Mild carbonation has a lightly crisp prickling sensation. Alcohol hardly registers at all, just a mild soothing warmth. Very smooth.

O: This is a hell of a beer. Very drinkable. Quaffable even. There really is no sensory indication as to how potent this is; it goes down way too easily for its size. Pretty much as billed, it comes across as a double Vienna lager. If that sounds somewhat unnecessary and shark-jumping to you, I assure you it isn't. This is well worth seeking out, and an excellent bargain at around $8 for a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle. Interesting beer. Pours a bit lighter than what I would initially deem a Vienna Lager. Head is a quick flourish followed by near nothingness. I didn't think that this brew smelled akin to style but it is an Imperial Vienna Lager...which is a neat idea. The flavor actually does taste closer to what I was expecting. It's toasty but dry in the finish. There is plenty of sweet as well. Lager yeast flavor. I enjoyed it once it hit the tongue. However, the finish was blasphemously boozy. The alcohol is in rare form here. I can stand some heat (usually enjoy it) but this one was too much for me. A cool idea that needs some work.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of noremac423
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mullen2525
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of PatGreer
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pioneer Into The Woods from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 20 ratings