Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear and golden, with a thin white head.
Malty aroma, clean, grainy, minor hops.
Smooth entry on the palate, if a bit grainy in the mouth feel. Easy drinking, but insubstantial in the flavor department. Thin-bodied, and ultimately unappealing.
You can drink it with no trouble, but boring puts it mildly. It’s frill-less and thrill-less to the extreme.
Pursue the purchase of this one only if you’re on a restrictive budget.
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear reddish-orange with a fluffy beige head about as tall as the liquid. Nose was quite yeasty with biscuit and caramel maltage as well... clean and kinda boring, but not bad. Flavor was of smooth pulled caramel, biscuits, and pils malts with herbal bitterness and faint citrus at the back-end. Smooth, lighter-bodied middle with a moderately tart and bitter finish. This was not at all complex, but was most definitely drinkable.
scanman (149) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$4.99 a sixer. Pours an amber, nice smelling head. This is excellent for the price. Malty, yeasty with a great bitter kick. Highly recommended. This is basically the Marzen style of Gordon Biersch. Seems fresher and is definitely cheaper, I don’t know how TJs does it. I personally like the Bohemian Lager (GB’s Pilsener) better, but this is top notch.
dwyerpg (4552) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent smelling amber lager. really not that bad of an amber. Next to the bock, the best of the TJ beers I’ve had. A nice blend of malts and hops.
MaBeer1972 (1293) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a superb brew from a decent brewer, but at the wonderful Trader Joe’s Discount price ($5.99 / six pack). Lovely medium body, toasty throughout. Clean finish. One of my favorite styles! Let the malts rule!
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The body is a medium oramge and has a thick slightly yellow colored head. The aroma had some sweet pancakes along with some caramel. This is sweet smelling, even for the style. The taste has some light caramel along with oced tea. There is also a bit of carrots in the finish. A nice light brew. This is a little thin and weak for the style, but good for summer time.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty, rich flavor, nice golden color with a bright white head. Nice, clean easy drinker. At $4.99 a 6er what’s not to like?
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this had an average head.color amber.aroma was somewhat fragrant hoppy malt.taste slightly sour.a bit bitter.toasty.Not bad.Thanks trader Joe’s!
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours copper with a tall creamy offwhite head that stayed pretty well and laced the sides of the glass well. Aromas of sweet caramel malts, a touch of brown sugar, and a touch of roasted malts. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel malts, but there is also a touch of brown sugar there as well. Palate is smooth creamy and quite drinkable. This was the best of the 4 TJ beers I tried yesterday. Reminded me a lot of Elliot Ness from Great Lakes..
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I don’t know what a Vienna lager is supposed to taste like but bought it based on its statement of having a "smooth malty flavor", which is a type of flavor I like in beer. I found it very enjoyable, and feel that it does have a smooth malty flavor with just a little hops in there for some zing. It seems rich, and it seems to have some character to it, but it is not at all expensive. It does remind me somewhat of the european Marzen style which I’ve enjoyed before, but found to be a little overbearing. This trader joe’s vienna lager works fine for me for sure.