The Viennese made several versions of their amber lagers. Beside their standard Vienna, they made a lower gravity (alcohol) version they called Abzug. Abzug means “discount” or “reduction” in German. In 1900, Abzug made by various breweries made up over half of all the beer consumed in Austria. Our recipe is comprised of roughly equal amounts Vienna, floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner and floor-malted Bohemian Dark base malts and is hopped with Czech Saaz hops. The beer is a light amber color. It has a nice Saaz hop and malt aroma, and is balanced on the palate, with a flavor that belies its 4.1% ABV, and a crisp finish. A truly sessionable beer!