Strykzone (7356) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Tea color with a small head that fades quickly. Aroma is sugary malt and caramel. Flavor is very earthy and bitter. It is like over cooked caramel. More hops than expected. Light pepper spice notes. AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s, Portsmouth, NH for a price of $1.17. Labeled as Josephs Brau. Clear light-amber color with huge white head. Toasted grainy flavor, real similar to an authentic Vienna lager. Very subtle hops and traces of caramel. Bread notes. Better than most of the other mass-produced amber lagers for sale. This makes for a very nice lawn mower brew. In fact I cracked this open after I was finish with my yard work. It’s decent. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin coating of wispy white head. Sweet authentic toasty Vienna malty aroma has some German lager yeast character. Starts with a mild light caramel sweetness along with some slightly earthy noble hops and a drier crisp finish. Fairly true to style, but rather boring. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Bottle pours light amber, tinted orange, medium off-white fizzly head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. Subtle aroma of cereal and oats, but also somewhat malty. Fairly decent malt palate, slightly sweet. Cant help but notice the emergence of a grainy/corny aroma as it warms a bit. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average. At least not bad for a Trader Joe brew. Malty finish, but also somewhat light and quick. Fairly clean however. Not an Eliot Ness, but not bad. HogTownHarry (6823) - 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.
Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle, obviously. Poured an actually nice shiny orange amber with a tanish head. The aroma is oddly smoky, but not like a rauchbier, but like a smoky cheese. That same essence is in the flavor ... wow, this literally tastes like smoke cheese. There’s a bit of sweet twist on top, but I can’t get past that impression. Quite odd. (#3039, 7/27/2007) kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
12 oz bottle, Trader Joe’s Framingham MA. Pours a clear copper body under a very minimal thin covering of head that disappeared quickly. The aroma is more corn and DMS than malt unfortunately. Very grainy and husky with a touch of garbage juice. The flavor is very mild at first, but the finish is just all corn, a little butterscotch, and quite sweet. Very light bitterness on the finish late. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little too much stickiness. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was pretty much a train wreck. Not worth the 92 cents that I paid for it. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is toasty with some caramel and a hint of raisin. The raisin really clashes with the toasty caramel notes. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film and slightly thicker ring around the edges of the glass. There’s some sporadic thin webbing left behind for lacing. The flavor starts with light-moderate caramel and light toastiness. The finish has notes of raisin and grass. The raisin flavors really seem out of place. Light bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Take away the raisin aroma and flavor and it’s drinkable, though slightly boring. With the raisin flavors, it’s not something I’d buy again. ben4321 (6503) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes (Short Pump), 12/13/09
RobertDale (6471) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Aroma: Nose of cereal mostly, some honey, toasty malts, bread, lager yeast, a little earth
Appearance: it pours a clear medium-dark orange color with a thin white head and drops of lace
Flavor: Taste is mild, it begins with sweet caramel malts balanced by a light earthy hop bitterness
Palate: The body is pretty light, it has an average carbonation, and a somewhat crisp, dry finish
Overall, this makes for a decent Vienna, nothing overly exciting going on, but it is pretty true to style. It certainly isn’t the best thing I’ve ever had, but for a very inexpensive session beer that is true to style, I like it enough that I could see drinking it again. Certainly good enough for filling the cooler at a party or something of the like.
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel and bread. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruit. Decent enough.