Originally Posted by BigEd
No it isn't. I keep seeing this pop up from time to time and maybe the erroneous belief that Sam Adams Lager is a Vienna is part of the confusion. Does anybody know the origin of this? Sam Adams Lager does not fit tightly within the style guidelines but it definitely not a Vienna. It's a German pils with medium crystal malt added, a commercial version of Koch's old homebrew recipe.
I'm almost certain the confusion is with sites like beeradvocate and ratebeer calling it a vienna, but in only going by their word, which was credible I thought, I mistakenly thought it was a vienna and I'm not alone but you all have cleared that up! Lol