Alcohol types

20 types of beer and what makes them different

Viennese-style lager was born towards the end of the 19th century, when an Austrian brewer combined British malt-drying sensibilities with lager yeasts, and thus copper beer was born. Viennese lager is a malty, smooth beer that straddles an exciting line between “creamy” and “crispy”, “smooth” and “toasted”, as described by Taste Atlas. It is certainly a precarious place. But, as noted by Hop Culture, to be an authentic Viennese lager, the brew must have the characteristic color, clarity, and slightly sweet malty bitterness flavor that defines the beer.

It’s a tragedy that, as The Taste Atlas reports, Viennese lagers have not been common in their birthplace since World War I. Hop Culture observes that in general, Viennese lagers are hard to find on tap. The beer-focused website links this issue to the fact that, compared to other beers, Viennese lager isn’t easy to make: it needs time to ferment, and it needs to be perfectly brewed to balance properly. Even when all of these things happen, Vienna lager is often, for supposed marketing purposes, labeled as an amber beer or even an Oktoberfest beer. If you’re looking for that rare gem, a good place to start is Great Lakes Brewery’s Vienna Lager. For a bit of cultural fusion, the Brewing Company suggests pairing the dynamic drink with chicken tostadas.