About The Different Beer Lager Styles
Lagers are the most popular sorts of beer styles all
around the world. If you dig out the history you will find that
they are of Central European origin and have derived their name
from the German lagern, which means, “to store”.
There are several lager styles but the most
popular or chief lager styles are American Lager, Bock, Märzen,
Oktoberfest, Pilsner, Schwarzbier and Vienna Lager.
are American-style lager beer. This is a type of pale lager,
quite popular all over the world. American lager has a lighter
color and a light body as corn and rice is used in it. Some of
the well-known companies producing American-style lager
beer are Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser, Coors Brewing
Company, SABMiller, Molson (Canada), Corona (Mexico) and the
American-style lager beer is
not that popular in warm climates. After a hard slog in the cold
the best thing is a glass of American lager beer. You can choose
from the wide-ranging American-style lager beer. Choose any from
the array of malt liquor, ice beer, light beer and not to
mention dry beer.
some styles of American Lager along with commercial examples.
Some popular commercial examples are San Miguel Dark, Dixie
Blackened Voodoo, Saint Pauli Girl Dark and Dixie Blackened
Lite American Lager:
Light, Bud Light and Miller Lite are some good commercial
Standard American Lager:
Kirin Lager, Molson Golden, Corona Extra and Miller High Life
are some nice commercial examples of the style.
Premium American Lager:
Coors Extra Gold, Singha and Miller Genuine
Draft are some first-rate commercial examples of the style.
The complexion of European
lager is quite attractive, from soft light reddish amber to
flaming copper. Not only a beautiful complexion there are glow
to it with a bright clarity. It comes with moderately rich
German malt aroma. Again, a light toasted malt aroma can also be
found. It is also seen that these lagers are present with no
fruity esters or diacetyl.
As goes for the flavor, be
ready to enjoy an exciting combo of softness and bitterness. The
elegant softness you will get from malt complexity mixed with
firm enough hop bitterness. You will discover that there is no
roasted or caramel flavor whatsoever in the European lagers. In
fact, noble hop flavor may be low to not a bit. There is a
fairly dry finish with both malt and hop bitterness at hand in
A list of some popular
European Lager Style with Commercial examples:
European Amber Lager:
Negra Modelo, Vienna Style Lager and Gordon Biersch Vienna Lager
are three popular commercial examples of Vienna Lager.
Commercial examples of
Oktoberfest/Märzen are Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest,
Capital Oktoberfest and Gordon Biersch Märzen.
European Dark Lager:
Tabernash Munich Dark, Weeping Radish Dunkel and Ayinger
Altbairisch Dunkel are some in style commercial examples of
Some super fine commercial
examples of Schwarzbier or Black Beer are Ur-Koestritzer
Schwarzbier and Kulmbacher Moenchschof Kloster Schwarz-Bier.
Germans celebrate life with beer. So it wont come
as a surprise when you will know that Germany is one of the
highest per capita consumer of beer. And no surprise that there
are 1200 breweries in Germany producing quality beers. In
Germany, different beers are meant for different occasions.
Thus, there are myriad styles of German beer.
Some Famous German Lager Style with commercial
Northern German Pilsner:
Jever Pils, Kulmbacher Moenchshof Pils and Bitburger are some
fine commercial examples of this style.
Some first rate commercial examples of this style are Dortmunder
Union Export, Saratoga Lager and DAB Export.
Paulaner Premium Lager, Andechser Hell and Stoudt's Gold Lager
are some excellent commercial examples of Munich Helles.
Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Dunkel, Alt Münchner Dunkel and
Hacker-Pschorr Alt Munich Darkare are some popular commercial
examples of this style.
Japanese Lagers with medium bodies
and a discernible hop bitterness is popular all over the
world. Kirin, Asahi and Sapporo are world famous
Japanese beer brands. Some of the major breweries here
are in the likes of the No.1 seller Asahi's Super Dry,
Sapporo's Black Label and Ebisu, and Kirin's Lager and Ichiban
You must also know that there is a high alcohol
content and carbonation, which holds out the assaults of pungent
wasabi horseradish, red chili garlic paste, and not to mention
the Asian spices. The Asahi Breweries in Japan were the
ones who introduced dry, a category of beer.
Black or Schwarz beer is a dark beer
characterized by bitter chocolate, roasted malt note and a
rounded character, which was originally brewed in Thuringia, a
state in eastern Germany. This style was picked up by
Japanese brewers and was brewed in small
quantities by all Japan's major brewers.
Some Japanese Lager Styles along with
Super Dry, Asahi Hon-nama and Asahi Black are some fine
commercial examples of this style.
Kirin: Some of the popular
commercial examples of this style are Kirin Ichiban shibori,
Kirin Tanrei (happoshu) and Kirin Lager Beer.
Sapporo: Yebisu, Hokkaido
Nama-shibori (happoshu) and Sapporo Black Label are some of the
commercial examples of this style.
Now we have reached the end of the lager style