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BJCP 2008 Guideline

European Amber Lager - Vienna Lager

BJCP 3A

BJCP 2008 3A Vienna Lager style example
3A - European Amber Lager / Vienna Lager

 

IMPRESSION

Characterized by soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet.

COMMENTS

American versions can be a bit stronger, drier and more bitter, while 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 American Dark Lagers.

EXAMPLES

Great Lakes Eliot Ness (unusual in its 6.2% strength and 35 IBUs), Boulevard Bobs 47 Munich-Style Lager, Negra Modelo, Old Dominion Aviator Amber Lager, Gordon Biersch Vienna Lager, Capital Wisconsin Amber, Olde Saratoga Lager, Penn Pilsner

You can view the complete style details on the BJCP website. The 2008 style guide is obsolete but there is a similar 2015 style that you can view below...

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VITAL

OG: 1.046-1.052
FG: 1.010-1.014
IBU: 18-30
SRM: 10.0-16.0
ABV: 4.5-5.5%

BJCP 2008 3A Vienna Lager style example
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