Vienna Lager Beer Recipes

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Vienna Lager

Embracing Sunset Lager

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Homebrewers Association

Determined to find a drinkable, flavorful beer for warmer days, but also wanting to remain coherent and fresh for evening activities, AHA Founder Charlie Papazian created “Embracing Sunset Lager,” a wonderfully balanced and relatively low alcohol lager that combines lightly toasted malt flavors with subtle hop character. This recipe was originally featured in 2002 March/April Zymurgy.

If you want to experiment with hops, choose low alpha acid ratings. High alpha acid hops will overpower the malt character and defeat the purpose of this beer - to enjoy on a summer sunset! Charlie believes this beer is a warm weather standard that should be brewed many times as supplies run out. Only one way to find out, though...

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Vienna Lager

“Thanks for the (Decoction) Pot, Dan” Vienna Lager

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Homebrewers Association

Derrick Flippin of Rural Hall, NC won a gold medal in Category #3: European Amber Lager during the 2016 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore, MD. Flippin's Vienna lager was chosen as the best among 180 Final Round entries in the category. Flippin was also the Ninkasi Award Winner for the competition. The award is named for the Sumerian Goddess of beer and is given to the winningest brewer based on points earned in the final around of National Homebrew Competition.

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Since This is NHC I’ll Keep The Beer Names Nice and Clean…Vienna Lager

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Homebrewers Association

Andy Weigel of Munhall, PA, member of the Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers, won a gold medal in Category #3: European Amber Lager during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Weigel’s European Amber Lager was chosen as the best among 166 final round entries in the category.Read More

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Vienna Lager

Sweet Mischief Vienna-Mild

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Homebrewers Association

After visiting Bohemian Brewery in Salt Lake City, Charlie Papazian had a hankering for the subtle complexity and thirst-quenching satisfaction of a Vienna-style lager, but already had plans to brew a tried-and-try English mild ale. In true homebrew fashion, Charlie decided to combine the best of both worlds to create Sweet Mischief Vienna-Mild.

Here is what Charlie had to say about the recipe in the May/June 2012 issue of Zymurgy magazine:

"The unique roast character of the brown malt and the caramel sweetness of the crystal m alt along with lower gravity represent mild ale-ness. The generous amount of mellow, toasty Munich malt along with neutral base Pilsner malt heads in the direction of a Vienna lager. Belgian aromatic malt always contributes a great goosing if rich malt aroma and flavor is desired. The small amount of Belgian aromatic malt is subtle and has kind of a catalytic effect, helping emphasize the Munich and Crystal.

Dry hopping with Crystal hops imparts an aromatic character appropriate to both English ales and German lagers. I wanted to give this beer a lager-like emphasis in bitterness and flavor, so I used German Hallertauer in the long bittering boil and American Mt. Hood to contribute a honey and floral-like flavor, though with a 45-minute boil most of that character is minimized. The overall balance of this beer emphasized subtlety yet offers satisfaction in those thirst and sessionable occasions."

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