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.
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.
Amelia Island Brewing Co. Blue House Mexican Lager
81 points
Minutely hazy clear medium dark color. Buttery, artificial aromas of buttered wheat toast, carob, chocolate hazelnut yogurt, and caramelized carrots with an oily, petillant, sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-long cream soda and bamboo shoot finish. A serviceable Vienna Lager for pub grub.