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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Sandwiched between two major European brewing capitals, Prague and Munich, Vienna has been an important city in its own right. Trader Joe’s. Vienna- style beer, a moderatlely hopped amber lager brewed with pilsner, dark and caramelized dark malts, pays tribute ti Vienna’s proud brewing heritage. It exhibits a smooth, malty flavor. Stats. 5.7% 20 IBUs. Fermented using lager yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Sweet aroma not the bitter I was expecting from some beer with lager in the name. Amber color body with creamy head. Flavor was medium bodied mix of sweet malts, little sugar and some tany candy. Good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
An acceptable Vienna, although somewhat light on the nose, a mild & sweet bready malt. Thin for the style, it has a light, toasty caramel malt flavor with a hint of earthy hops. Watery finish, although it does look nice, a pale orange with an initially creamy white head. Glad I could buy it as a single.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2005
(bottle) Lovely amber color with fair white head. Malt aroma. Flavor is a tad too sweet - caramel malt, not much in the way of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Sweet lager aroma. Rich amber color with a small off white head. Flavor starts sweet with light caramel, a little grain and a tangy hop finish. Smooth creamy palate. I liked this one better than the hefe.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
I picked up a six-pack for $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s in Santa Cruz, CA. 09.13 batch I consumed 09.30. Good looking amber with excellent lacing, fair malt aroma, an overall easy drinking, crisp, Vienna lager. If you shop at Trader Joe’s like I do you’d expect nothing else but a good value, quality product offered at their stores. TJ’s Vienna Lager was just that, totally worth the price and went well with stinky chesse I bought along with it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blankboy (6578) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. This is the third Trader Joe’s beer in a row that we tried and I did not like the other two so I was not expecting much. This one was pleasantly better. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Like the other Trader Joe’s beers the aroma is too sweet, like sugary malt, but it’s a little more balanced here. Flavour of caramel malt with a bitter aftertaste. My favourite of the Trader Joe’s beers but still not a personal favourite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2005
Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Hogtown Harry, bottle courtesy of GregClow. Light brown, very small tan head. Hardly any aroma either - maybe slight hint of sweet caramel malt. Watery thin mouthfeel. There is some taste though, the expected hint of sweetness that can be found in this style. There are even a few hops at the end. Best of the 3 Trader Joe’s so far

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle from Trader Joe’s, San Diego - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev. After the Bohemian and Hofbrau, I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but it was a bit of a step up on all fronts. Nice bright copper-amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, but fresher than the other two, with some appealing maltiness. Flavour is a little roasty, with notes of caramel and honey. Finish is mildly bittered. As DarkElf notes below, this is quite one-dimensional, but as a simple session beer, it’s not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 30, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Trader Joe’s in Pacific Beach, CA) Hey, whadya know, another decent Trader Joe’s beer! Malty, caramely, and moderately sweet, both in the flavor and nose, with a bit of vanilla adding to the flavor, and minimal bitterness getting in the way. Smooth and creamy on the palate, medium bodied, easy to drink, no rough edges. The clear body is a rich amber color, and it’s topped by a light-tan head initially, though that head does fade to a small ring too quickly. In the end, it’s a pretty one-dimensional beer, but it gets the job done, and the price is most definitely right! Good session beer for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of GregCllow. Poured clear amber-yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma is grain, honey, some resiny mild roast malt; ehh. Tastes somewhat of roast malt, lots of grain and hops - not too harsh, a wee bit of alcohol in the average finish. Pretty standard mouthfeel, overall okay, but needs a bit more roast maltiness.

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