Generally darker in color than most lager beers, Vienna Lagers are clear amber-red to copper-hued with a lasting head. Soft and toasty German Munich or Vienna malt defines this style. Bitterness from Noble hop varietals provides balance to the malty sweetness and contributes to a smooth, dry finish. German and Austrian examples of this style are rare, but American-brewed interpretations are popular. Vienna Lagers from Mexico, where Austrian immigrants introduced the style in the late 1800s, are still widely available. These Vienna Lager-style beers tend to be light-bodied and less rich in character than the original brews.
Characteristics: Malty, crisp, toasty, earthy, medium-bodied
ABV range: 4.5-5.6% IBU: 18-28
Popular Vienna Lager-style beer brands: Dos Equis Amber Lager, Abita Amber Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Starr Hill Jomo Vienna Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Serving Temperature: Cool, 46-54°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Emmental, Gruyère, Jalapeño Jack
Food Pairing Ideas: Hearty dishes, Mexican cuisine and spicy chicken, sausage and pork dishes