MaBeer1972 (1361) - 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 (5106) - 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.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this was a very good vienna lager. Has a decent balance with some subtle malty sweetness.
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-lite copper with a 1/2 inch soapy tight carbonation head. aroma of german funk, light toasted grain astringentcy and a note of sourness. infection? flavors are overly sour with lots of grainy notes. body is thin and watery with not solid feeling to it. long metallic and grainy finish. run of the mill vienna lager.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - APR 19, 2006
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours copper brown with a frothy off white head. subtle nose of earthen malt, sweetness. flavors follow nose with caramel light sweetness slight bittering end. a light version of gordon biersch marzen.
vyvvy (4080) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour clear copper. Aroma is roasted grainly malt. Medium / light body with medium carbonation which is quite sharp. Taste is smooth roasted malt - not much here. Finish is somewhat sour and a bit creamy with a metallic astringent flavor. The astringency mellows towards the end of the glass. Fair at best.