Tonight I sampled the only beer I had not tried from the Sierra Nevada Variety 12 Pack my wife purchased for me last week. All the beers in the box are North Carolina beer brewed in Mills River NC. My selection is called Vienna. This beer is classified as an amber lager or Vienna lager.
I decided to do some research on lagers so I could better educate myself. First and foremost lagers are beers that are fermented at low temperatures. The most widely consumed beers in the world are pale lagers. Pale lagers despite their dominating popularity are not the only type of lager. Other lagers include Bock, Pilsner, Marzen (marketed as Oktoberfest), and Amber Lager. There also exist darker lagers like Schwarzbier and Dunkel.
North Carolina Breweries produce some good dark lagers. Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery out of Farmville NC brewed an awarded winning Schwarzbier that I sampled on September 21 and Mother Earth Brewing out of Kinston NC has a Dunkel called Dark Cloud. I had that on May 3. Links below.
Amber lager or Vienna lager was created in 1841 in Vienna by Anton Dreher. Austrian immigrants to Mexico in the late 1800’s took the Anton Dreher technique with them and it became popular. Today Dos Equis would be an example of a Mexican brewed amber lager that came out of Austria. The ironic item about Vienna Lager is it is next to impossible to find it in Austria or Europe. If you want to drink it, North America is the place to be.
Vienna pours dark amber and it contains 5.3% ABV with an IBU rating of 28. I rate this beer very good and once again Sierra Nevada delivers on brewing good beer.