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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Amber Bitter European Beer Vienna Lager

BJCP 7A

BJCP 2015 7A Vienna Lager example
7A - Vienna Lager

 

Overall Impression

A moderate-strength amber lager with a soft, smooth maltiness and moderate bitterness, yet finishing relatively dry. The malt flavor is clean, bready-rich, and somewhat toasty, with an elegant impression derived from quality base malts and process, not specialty malts and adjuncts.

Comments

A standard-strength everyday beer, not a beer brewed for festivals. American versions can be a bit stronger, drier and more bitter, while modern European versions tend to be sweeter. Many Mexican amber and dark lagers used to be more authentic, but unfortunately are now more like sweet, adjunct-laden Amber/Dark International Lagers. Regrettably, many modern examples use adjuncts which lessen the rich malt complexity characteristic of the best examples of this style. This style is on the watch list to move to the Historical category in future guidelines; that would allow the classic style to be described while moving the sweeter modern versions to the International Amber or Dark Lager styles.

Commercial Examples

Cuauhtémoc Noche Buena, Chuckanut Vienna Lager, Devils Backbone Vienna Lager, Figueroa Mountain Danish-style Red Lager, Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Lager, Schell's Firebrick

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VITAL

  • OG:  1048 - 1055
  • FG:  1010 - 1014
  • ABV: 4.7 - 5.5
  • IBU: 18 - 30
  • SRM: 9 - 15
BJCP 2015 7A - Vienna Lager Commercial Example
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