About Vienna

About Vienna
Vienna lagers are amber to red in color and range in alcohol from 5-6%. These beers have a very malty, toasted character and a hint of sweetness. This style was originally brewed in Austria in the 19th century and has since come to be known as the Vienna style. This style of beer was adapted by Munich brewers and led to the märzen style. Vienna lagers have declined in popularity in recent years, and consumers are more likely to see Vienna lagers from Mexico than Europe or the US. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Negro Modelo, Victoria Lager and Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager.

Top Picks for Vienna

RavenBeer Special Lager
94 points
Old gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of toasted barley, carob, roasted chicory, and cinnamon with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long finish. A solid Vienna lager that penetrates the palate with roasty flavor and persistent yet balanced bitterness.
Hinterland Oktoberfest Vienna Style Lager
94 points
Brilliant old gold color. Tropical, attractive aromas and flavors of pineapple-mango relish, honey buttered biscuit, and praline with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, stimulating, medium-long finish with overtones of frosted orange cake and fruit loops finish. An interesting and very attractive fruity-hop-aroma-driven take on the classic style that will appeal to fans of tropical hopped pale ales.
Awards: 2017 Best Vienna Lager
RavenBeer 20th Anniversary Raven Special Lager
92 points
Amber color. Aromas of caramel, roasted fruit, and molasses with a round, effervescent, dryish medium body and an intriguing, crisp coffee syrup, barley tea with cream, and dark toasted crouton finish. An interesting Vienna lager with a distinctive malt profile; lots to explore for the whiskey drinker on a beer night.
Peroni Gran Riserva Rossa
91 points
Clear copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of honeyed toast, butter roasted nuts, and rose hips with a supple, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of frisee, pepper, dried citrus, and clay and wax finish. A rock solid, dry earthy Vienna lager that will cover a lot of bases.
Roc Brewing Co. Lagerithm Lager
88 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed apple-pear puff pastry, apricot marmalade on toast, fruit lip balm, and coconut yogurt with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with elements of watercress, pepper, and caramelized citrus finish. A tangy, appetizing Vienna lager.
Awards: 2017 Best Vienna
Brauerei Locher Appenzeller Holzfass Special Cream Lager
88 points
Amber color. Curious, smoky aromas and flavors of turkey jerky and smoked ham skin, warm rubber band and raffia, honeyed apple bread, and forest after a fire with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of grilled romaine, chestnut honey, smoked nuts, and dried apple and pear finish. A very distinctive and flavor-laden lager that is difficult to categorize (seems slightly braggot-y), yet provides interesting flavor paths to explore with cuisine.
DeHop’s Brahms Best Vienna Style Lager
87 points
Dark copper color. Sweet aromas of toffee-coated peanuts, amarena cherry, maple, and cinnamon danish with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length chestnut honey and chocolate wafer finish. An easy-drinking Vienna lager with tasty kisses of sweetness.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. CB-50 Golden Lager
86 points
Brilliant old gold color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of apricot marmalade on toast, lemon bar, and floral honey butter with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, charming, medium-long finish displaying notes of peppered watercress and rye cracker finish. A very tasty, fruit accented Vienna lager that hits all of the stylistic marks and is a pleasure to drink.
Upland Brewing Free Time Vienna Style Lager
84 points
Clear golden amber color. Nutty, savory aromas and flavors of toasted rye bread, caramelized nuts, and roasted root vegetables with a supple, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a relaxed finish with suggestions of sautéed mustard greens, radish and radish, and pepper cracker finish. A sturdy, very dry and earthy Vienna lager for the table.
Motorworks Brewing Co. V Twin Lager
83 points
Copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, panettone, bok choi, and brown grass and old potpourri with a supple, vibrant, medium body and a peppery, carefree finish with notes of succotash, peppered collar greens, bamboo shoot, and parchment finish. An earthy sturdy beer for the table.