What is it?
Festival Vienna Red Lager is a high-quality premium 3kg beer kit. Everything you need to brew a superb Red Lager is included in the box (except water). Festival Vienna Red Lager is a light copper coloured beer with a white fluffy head. It has deep a fruity peach like character, with a cedar wood finish and a hint of sweet herbs. It provides a good malty deep satisfying body with crisp bitterness with a touch of grassiness. This beer is an excellent all-rounder and makes an interesting change from conventional lagers. You can really taste the rich German-style malts that add a background malty complexity to the beer. It is one of our favourites in the range. Give it a try you will not be disappointed.
A 50g sachet of hop pellets is included so that a background hop aroma can be achieved. A nylon straining bag is also included, which fit over the end of your syphon sediment trap. This will prevent any hop residue (referred to as trub) from transferring to bottles or barrels. A 150g sachet of priming sugar is provided to ensure bottles or barrels are properly conditioned.
Hop bitterness of the Vienna Red Lager is 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5). The kit produces a target alcohol content of 5% ABV (approx)
The Festival Vienna Red Lager kit contains high-quality ingredients and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Each kit makes 40 pints of premium ale
Each Festival kit contains only the finest quality ingredients and easy to follow step-by-step instructions, making Festival Premium Ale Kits the UK's most comprehensive and complete premium liquid malt extract beer kit ever produced!
Following on from the successful range of Festival Premium Ale Kits that paid homage to great UK Beers, Festival introduced the Festival World Beer range to showcase a varied selection of beer styles from around the world. With careful research, help and knowledge from professional brewers, Festival World Beer Kits enable you to recreate examples of a variety of World Beers, all within the comfort of your own home.
Festival World Beers kits use only the very highest quality liquid malt extracts and genuine brewer’s yeast and priming sugar. The hop pellets are simply added halfway through fermentation infusing flavour and aroma into the finished beer. The precisely measured addition of priming sugar ensures the correct level of carbonation is achieved for each particular style of beer.
What is Vienna Red Lager?
Named after the city in which it originated, a traditional Vienna Lager is brewed using a three-step boiling process. Munich, Pilsner, Vienna, and dextrin malts are used, as well as wheat in some cases. Vienna lager is a reddish-amber coloured, malt-forward beer, that showcases the toasted flavours of Vienna malt. Hop bitterness is just high enough to balance the malt’s sweetness without overshadowing the flavour. The spicy flavor and aroma of European hops may be present but usually at only very low levels. It finishes dry and crisp with lingering toasty malt character and bitterness. American versions can be found and they are often a little stronger, drier, and more bitter, while modern European versions tend to be sweeter. Mexican versions that saved the style have become adjunct-heavy brews more akin to dark American lagers.
In essence, therefore, Vienna Lager range from copper to reddish brown in colour. The beer is characterized by malty aroma and slight malt sweetness. The malt aroma and flavour should have a notable degree of toasted and/or slightly roasted malt character. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low. The style is often overlooked by home craft brewers but in our opinion, those that try it get hooked on the style and keep coming back.
- Premium Liquid Malt Extract, Barley Extract ( contains Gluten)
- 10g Genuine Brewer's Californian Lager Yeast Sachet
- 50g Hop Pellets Addition: Hallertau, Brewers Gold
- 350g Dextrose Brewing Sugar
- 150g Priming Sugar
- Nylon hop strainer/filter bag
Allergy Advice: May include barley and other cereals, containing gluten
- Kit weight: 3.5kg
- Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
- ABV Approx: 5.0%
- Target Finishing Gravity: 1.008 (approx)
- Fermentation time: 7 days (approx)
- Conditioning time: 4 weeks
What equipment do you need?
Basic beer making equipment (5g fermenter, airlock, syphon tube with sediment trap, hydrometer, Suresan sanitiser, bottles or barrel). These are available under the starter kit section on this website.
In general terms, a light ale goes best with chicken or fish dishes and darker beers for richer dining, red meat or spicy dishes and game. The lightly malty, bready backbone of this red Vienna lager works well with many of the same pairings as Oktoberfest beers. It will pair well with bratwurst sausage, barbequed sausage and burgers, spiced chicken wings, and just about any grilled meat.
We strongly recommend using Pure Brew with this kit in order to achieve a commercial quality. Pure Brew is a professional beer enhancer. It feeds the yeast with essential nutrients, which supercharge the fermentation and support yeast development (even in limited oxygen conditions). Pure Brew also treats brewing water to eliminate problems caused by Chlorine and Chloramine (which can create a medicinal or as it is sometimes referred to, a "homebrew" taste) The condition of brewing water is critical to achieving optimum results but this important area is often overlooked. By using Pure Brew, you can effectively and easily condition brewing water, and maximise effective fermentation.
The addition of beer finings will improve the final quality of your beer. Finings such as Harris Beer Brite will help your beer to clear quickly and the sediment will be more likely to stay at the bottom of bottles or barrels. If you are using Corny Kegs then it is important to clear the beer as much as possible before kegging. Beer Finings will promote a faster and more efficient fall out of sediment and haze particles prior to kegging. Harris Starbrite is a highly effective vegan-friendly beer fining, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with home brewers.