mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This tasted like a really fine German lager, along the lines of Hacker Pshorre Munich or Wiehenstephaner’s original. Very crisp and clean and brewed with the German purity law. Slightly nutty in flavor. Good stuff if not quite as good as their wheat
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: This smells so much like corn to me, like those Niblets you get out of a can. Sweet, grainy, buttery, and grassy. I like it! It would go really well with fried chicken or Mexican food.
Appearance: A lovely honey amber. Head is just barely yellow, about the same shade as waffle batter. The bubbles are pretty big and the head doesn’t last long.
Flavor: Slightly caramelly, which is offset by a generous helping of hops. The hops’ flavor (but not the hops’ bitterness) is in full force, lending an amazing estery taste. Overall, this beer reminds me of corn cakes.
Palate: Nothing special. Very light, kind of flat. It stays with you, but in a kind of syrupy, cloying way.
Overall: I really enjoy drinking this beer. It’s light, but has a hearty and complex flavor that doesn’t get old too quickly. I imagine I could knock back quite a few of these at a barbecue.
MaBeer1972 (1246) - 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!
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.
Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel malt aroma with some barley grain notes.
Pours a real light clear root beer color almost like an orange and light amber with minimal white head and very little if any sediment.
A crisp caramel malt taste with a crisp hint of florals and a slight butter flavor in the background.
Light/medium bodied, slightly buttery and a resinous feel, with lively soft carbonation.
A definite session beer and a good example of the style. Buy one for a buck at Trader Joes.
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear red brown color with a thin but lasting off white head. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, and honey. Very true to style. I love the finish on this beer. This is a well made vienna. Reminds me a bit of Boulevard Bob’s. Excellent beer!
Oilspot (5) - Atkinson, Maine, USA - SEP 5, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some beers have me at hello. Like Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. I hate to drink it because it’s then not there to smell, and that’s where this brew grabbed me, by the nose. Maybe I’m not used to the style, but what 90 does with hops, this does with malt. Toasty sweet grassy grainy malt. As for the rest of the experience, nothing to fault. A bit sweet and sticky, but balanced well enough. Great for the price, like all TJ beer, probably not the pinnacle of its’ style, but plenty good.
dwyerpg (4354) - 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.
thill25 (231) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured caramelish amber with a standard light tan head...great malty/biscuity/caramel aroma. Lightly sweet with a nice bitter bite on the finish. Light bodied, standard carbonation...easy drinker...
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe’s in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-orange body with an inch of ivory-toned foam.
Smell: Sweet-scented, moderately fruity nose, smelling of honey, light caramel, and leafy hops overlaying delicately toasted, grainy baked goods.
Taste: Sweet, sugar-toned maltiness of caramel and honey-brushed coarse bread and biscuits. Slight baked apple fruitiness. A late-arriving hint of grainy Pils malt. Spicy, minimally earthy hops with a little bit of balancing bitterness. The grainy Pils malt grows a smidge bolder as this warms. Finishes drying, crispish
Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A dollar won’t get you much these days, but what it will get you is a decent, sweet, cost-effective brew for these tough, bitter times.