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Vienna Lager

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Davidstan, Apr 13, 2015.

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  1. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    Besides the Elliott Ness and the Firstone Walker (not available in GA) lagers any suggestions of this style beer from widely available Brewers? SN has a good one in a variety pack in the fall.
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  2. Boomer4ES

    Boomer4ES Disciple (356) Jan 31, 2012 North Carolina
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    I'm not sure you if you can get it in AL or not, but Devil's Backbone in VA makes a very nice example of this style.
  3. VictorsValiant

    VictorsValiant Disciple (328) Oct 14, 2014 Oregon

    Gigantic Brewing out of Portland has a Vienna Lager called Peace Loving Decoy...however you'll probably not see it. My comment is pointless.
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  4. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,777) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Doesn't help you, but in the PNW, Chuckanut makes a very nice example of the style.
  5. HoppySeb

    HoppySeb Champion (818) Jan 21, 2014 Washington
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    Check out the full list of Vienna Lagers here: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/30/
    Not sure if you're looking for US microbrewed Vienna Lagers or any Vienna Lager in general but typically you'll have better luck going for an import on this style.
  6. Erix

    Erix Initiate (135) Jun 4, 2001 Vermont

    There's the obvious Boston Lager, which is quite good.
  7. Mark-Leggett

    Mark-Leggett Zealot (506) Jul 30, 2014 Missouri

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  8. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (244) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    Devil's Backbone is an underhyped brewery in these parts. Probably because they don't make that many one offs that I am aware of. Vienna Lager, Schwarzbier, Eight Point IPA, all well made.
  9. AdmiralOzone

    AdmiralOzone Meyvn (1,013) Jun 26, 2014 Minnesota
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    Stick with Eliot Ness.
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  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,065) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    It has already been mentioned but one more 'vote' for Devil's Backbone.

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  11. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    I don't know why exactly and it is probably just me but this beer always gives me a headache. I like it otherwise.
  12. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    Would love to but can't get it.
  13. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    I think DB may distribute in 32 counties thruout the U.S.
  14. Boomer4ES

    Boomer4ES Disciple (356) Jan 31, 2012 North Carolina
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    Their big stout is absolutely amazing. They make a few variants of it. Morning Bear is the one I have had. It was 10.5% (I think),brewed with coffee, and honestly one of the better coffee stouts that I have ever had. I believe it is only available at the brewpub for now.

    I was just up at the brewery and the brewpub last month and I was very impressed. For such a young brewery, they really have their act together and are planning well ahead. They are at the tail end of finishing up a major expansion and are already thinking about how to grow moving forward.
    #14 Boomer4ES, Apr 13, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2015
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  15. Erix

    Erix Initiate (135) Jun 4, 2001 Vermont

    I recently came back around to Vienna Lagers, thanks largely to Otto's Spring Creek Lager. Completely under-appreciated style, but refreshing and very flavorful.

    Edit: should have clarified, Otto's is definitely not a widely distributed brewery.
  16. dutesanch

    dutesanch Devotee (407) Apr 22, 2014 California
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    Which Firestone beer is considered their Vienna Lager?
  17. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    It's the "widely available" part that's tricky. There aren't a lot of readily available, quality Vienna Lagers. You're options are probably rather limited here.
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  18. 302BeerGuy

    302BeerGuy Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2014 Delaware
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    Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager is absolutely phenomenal! Out of Virginia, so it might be in your distro. range
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  19. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    Thanks for the tips, may try the Trader Joes option in Atlanta. Will report back.
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  20. t420o

    t420o Zealot (566) Jul 16, 2009 Colorado
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    I think that's probably a mistake.
  21. Scrapss

    Scrapss Defender (610) Nov 15, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada Vienna is a good one...wish it were permanently year round @sierranevadabill :grinning:
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  22. JimKal

    JimKal Devotee (485) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    There are some very knowledgeable people here who will claim that this doesn't meet the stye guidelines for a true Vienna Lager but I have to admit it is one of my favorite lagers. I grew up loving some of the AALs as that was what was available, and finally had to settle for the various BMC offerings as all the others went out of business. And while lagers are not my favorite style these days, SABL is a go to when the weather gets warmer.
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  23. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,065) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    That may be true, I don't know how widely it is distributed. I had it on tap a few times in SEPA and I really like that beer!

  24. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,240) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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  25. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,225) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Any particular locations where there may be a repeat offering?
  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,065) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Tom, I really don't know about repeat offerings but I have had it in the past at TJ's Everyday (Paoli). I also think I had it at another local beer bar but I can't recall the specifics.

    I have no recollection of seeing Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager in bottles here.


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  27. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,239) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Another useless suggestion from me. .Snake River Lager. A delicious Vienna.
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  28. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,046) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Surprisingly there are none obtainable from Europe worth a darn. Boston Lager is probably your best easy to find option and Dos Equis Amber as a backup plan.
  29. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Schell's Firebrick doesn't make it in distro, but would be easy to the trade for.
  30. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    Riddle would be solved if SN would go yr round with its VL
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  31. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)
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    Yep, Boston Lager is the easiest found and when fresh, pretty tasty.
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  32. funkybottoms

    funkybottoms Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Virginia

    BA doesn't classify it as such, but if you want a widely-available Vienna lager and you're in a shitty distro area, Negra Modelo will do in a pinch
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  33. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,289) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Funny because BeerAdvocate's page for Vienna Lager does say:
    But both the brewer/importer, Crown, and BA call it a Dunkel.
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  34. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Meyvn (1,450) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Seek A Brew does not show Devil's Backbone distributed in AL, MS, GA, TN or FL.


    Their Vienna Lager is very good as well as number of other styles. Don't sleep on the Kilt Flasher and the Rauchbier.
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  35. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (838) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia
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    Has anyone mentioned Devils Backbone yet... :stuck_out_tongue:
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  36. NewGlarusFan

    NewGlarusFan Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2013 Illinois

    If you live near a Trader Joe's, they have a Vienna Lager from Josef Brau (their label by Gordon Birsch) for $6 a sixer that's very good.
  37. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,320) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    neshaminy creek churchville lager
    Brooklyn lager.
    IMO I'd consider Sam Adams Boston to be a Vienna style may be that's just me though.
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  38. Davidstan

    Davidstan Aspirant (294) May 24, 2014 Alabama
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    Will try this weekend. Thx
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  39. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,964) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    For what it's worth, they've changed the labeling from this look, but it's still the same beer and one of the best to style, in my learned opinion.

    If you're interested in trying German styles, definitely look into the other Josephs Brau labels at TJ's.
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  40. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (772) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Brooklyn Lager
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