Let’s start at the beginning. Here’s a confusing question for you, ‘do you drink lager or beer?’ well that just makes no sense, lager is beer, as is ale for that matter. In fact the easiest way to think about it, is that lager and ale are both types of beer. A more suitable question would be ‘what is the technical difference between lager and ale?’ and it’s the brewing technique that makes the difference. Lager is fermented at much lower temperatures for a longer period of time and ferments from the bottom up. Ale is top fermenting, at warmer temperatures for a shorter period of time.
But what on earth is Vienna Lager?!
Vienna lager was traditionally brewed using the triple decoction boiling process (Pilsner Urquell has been brewing this way since 1842) and is named after the place where it originated. The most commonly used malts are Munich, Pilsner, Vienna, Toasted and Dextrin with the occasional addition of wheat. It usually has a subtle hop character and a residual sweetness with an ABV between 3.5-6.5%.
It’s a rare style that seems to be making a resurgence of late, perhaps because of the subtle flavour differences between Vienna and a classic lager.
Our modern version of this traditional style is in-keeping with the flavours and aromas of toasted malt and slight sweetness with low bitterness and a soft body but you’ll get more hop aroma than is customary. It’s supremely drinkable with an ABV of 4.8% and a balanced flavour.
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