7A - Vienna Lager

BJCP Style: 7A - Vienna Lager

I don't think I've had an actual German Vienna Lager. The style is apparently somewhere between a Helles and Märzen (closer to a Helles) rather than the darker amber version we see in the states (closer to Märzen). I always thought of Negra Modelo as a "Mexican Vienna" lager, but now I believe it is more of a Dunkel. I'm going for a lighter amber color in this one with a small addition of pale chocolate; most of the character from this beer will come from the Vienna base malt. 

Full recipe is on BrewersFriend but here's the TL;DR
  • Brew day: 2019-2-3
  • Malts: Vienna, Pils, Pale Chocolate
  • Hops: [Magnum] (Saphir)
  • Yeast: Weihenstephaner (SafLager W34/70) - use yeast from Czech Amber
  • OG: 12.4°P (1.050); FG: 2.5°P (1.010); ABV: 5.3%
  • Kegged: 2019-2-15
Grains. 4.5kg (10lbs) of Vienna, about 600g pils to make up the difference in the recipe requirements, and a bit of Pale Chocolate for color.


Brew session beer: tasty Altbier from Seedstock

Mash temp

Bag out. I've found it's much easier to drain on the side than try to hold up the bag

Floor manager Steve on the job


Hops: Magnum (FWH) and Saphir (5 min flameout)

Wort sample

Away we go

2019-2-16 (+12): kegged and mostly carbonated

2019-2-25 (+21): 1 week in the keg. mostly clear and tasting great. Lots of vienna character. Nutty and malty without being too sweet.

2019-3-8 (+32): full pour - about as clear as it's going to get. Tasting great, definitely a keeper.