Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager

Trader Joe's Vienna Style Lager

Rated 2.846 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, Inc.

Las Vegas, NV, United States

Style:  Vienna / Amber Lager

5.7% Alcohol by Volume

20 International Bittering Units

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Sandwiched between the two major European brewing capitols, Prague and Munich, Vienna has historically been an important brewing city in its own right. Trader Joe's Vienna-style beer, a moderately hopped amber lager brewed using pilsner, dark and caramelized dark malts, pays tribute to Vienna's proud brewing heritage. It exhibits a smooth, malty flavor. Beer stats: 5.7% Alcohol by Volume. 20 Bitterness Units. Fermented usting lager yeast.

ID: 14876 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank46406
Overall Percentile8.2
Style Rank497 of 563
Style Percentile11.7
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score3.2
Average Score2.808
Weighted Score2.846
Standard Deviation0.235

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  • CHOPZ 6287 reviews
    rated 3.0 7 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Purchased under JosephsBrau Vienna style lager at Trader Joe in Vegas. Pours a clean amber colour with a yellowish cap, decent retention and a little lace. Fruity malt aromas. The taste is fruity as well with some apple notes. This is an easy-drinking, mild cereal malty vienna lager.

  • CYBERCAT 11528 reviews
    rated 2.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Pours a clear dark amber, rather typical but still appealing, with a fairly thick and persistent off-white head. Aroma is malty but not strong, nothing special but not bad either. Flavor is malty and has just a hint of fruit and a touch of caramel. Texture is fizzy and tingly. Overall, not too shabby.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 2.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A refreshing, easy to enjoy, easy to forget Vienna Lager that stares at me every time I go into Trader Joe's. The aroma goes very easy on the sweetness, light caramel that can be easily passed of as plain sugar. The appearance is a dark amber color with basically no head. Flavors of mild caramel, soft herbs and just a bit of bitterness detected. Enjoyable, but forgettable. It's got great drinkability!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    i could skip this one. it IS smooth, but that's because there's not a whole lot going on flavor-wise, which makes it an easy to drink beer, but nothing more.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 2.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This one pours a clear bright amber colour with a medium sized white head. Aroma is very malty accented by strong hop aromas. Plenty of carbonation in this one, but taste is unfortnately dissapointing. Flavor is a little stale with hops initially, but finish is watery.

  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 2.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a clear amber color with a thin and quickly disappearing head. A swet malty aroma. Tastes sweet like caramel or toffee. Malty. Just a hint of hops. Did I say sweet?

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 2.7 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    The second of my whirlwind tour of everything that the so-called Trader Joe's Brewing Company puts their name on -- these actually come from Gordon Biersch, BTW. And that fact is definately reinforced with this rather turgid offering, IMO.

    In short, this looks decent (um, where did the head go?), with a very minimalistic approach to the aroma profile. Nothing recommendable -- but nothing that turns me off, per se.

    That is, until you get around to taking a closer look at the flavor profile. Basically, this is really too sweet and cloying for my liking. Kinda "gluey/gummy" in the mouthfeel, that only emphasizes the cons rather the the pros of this beer. Yeah, it's malty, but so what. When a belch of this tastes better going out than the beer going in, there's something wrong, eh?

    Reminded me of Gordon Biersch's Märzen -- with the very-same faults. That is to say, when it's fresh, it's a nice drop of beer. But put some age to it? Ugh....

    I gave a semi-intrigued thumb's up to the TJ's Bohemian Lager. But the TJ's Vienna Style Lager? Pass....

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  • LORDGORLOCK 106 reviews
    rated 2.8 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This beer pours a clear amber color with a thin white head which dissipates rather quickly. The aroma is grains, slight malts and a hint of cherry with a subtle hint of bread. The flavor is light and fruit filled. Bready grainyness and ever so slight cherry/citrusy flavor, but overall weak palate. Even the carbonation was held in check. Smooth drinking beer, but nothing to really write home about. Pretty wet finish in most regards.. very standard!

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 2.8 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Light amber color. Small to no head. Aroma is caramel and sweet. A medium bodied amber/Vienna. Malts are caramel and sweet. Slightly spicy hops. Smooth tasting. A little thin tasting and perhaps a touch too sweet. Drinkable, but there is not a lot of flavor going on here. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 3.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    clear amber with a small white head, this is a nice looking pour. slightly sweet flavor w/ a mildly tangy finish. good value for the money

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