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What is your favorite lager style?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by offthelevel_bytheplumb, Sep 13, 2013.


What is your favorite lager style?

  1. Dortmunder/Helles

  2. Pilsner

  3. Oktoberfest

  4. Vienna

  5. Dunkel

  6. American Red/Amber

  7. Bock

  8. Doppelbock

  9. Eisbock

  10. AAL/Malt Liquor

  1. Everyone on this site talks about ales (primarily IPAs), so I took it upon myself to give the lagers a little bit of attention. I personally like pilsners, but dortmunders are a close 2nd.
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  2. I love lager. Lots of different sorts, but Helles is probably my favourite type.
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  3. You left a few off the list. CAP, Rauchbier, Schwartzbier and a few more.
  4. Ive been drinking a bunch of Oktoberfests since they came out and I safely say they not my favorite style. Give me a hoppy pilsner and I would say thats my favorite style. Its great because I get the hop presence I want but I dont get the bitterness that an ipa has.
  5. Pils, followed closely by Marzens.
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  6. YamBag

    YamBag Savant (285) Pennsylvania Feb 2, 2007

    I love Exports and Heller Bocks
  7. I know, and I was waiting for someone to say something. I put on the 10 that I figured most would vote for.
  8. HRamz3

    HRamz3 Advocate (630) Pitcairn Feb 9, 2010

    And my true favorite Keller Bier! So I went with #2, Pilsner.
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  9. Beric

    Beric Advocate (560) Massachusetts Jun 1, 2013 Beer Trader

    I find few beers more refreshing than a crisp, bready German pils with the perfect amount of hop presence. Southwest German pilsners from Rothaus and Alpirsbacher were perfect, and I've never found anything that comes close back in the states. However, I've also not had Prima Pils or Noble Pils yet, which I'm told fit that sort of description.

    Incidentally, I accidentally hit Dortmunder/Helles in the poll, so chalk one up mentally for pils. o_O
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  10. Had poor spelling on the black bier, fixed.
  11. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poobah (1,040) New York Jun 11, 2013

    I like all of those but voted helles.
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  12. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (730) Iowa Jan 12, 2013 Beer Trader

    Whatever style of lager that the Jack's Abby Smoked Maple Lager is. Also, Backpocket's Peated Scottish Lager. Those are my favorties. Both are a darker, a bit smokey and a bit sweet. Not like a straight up Rauchbier, which are just too smokey for me most of the time.
  13. OldhouseRecs

    OldhouseRecs Advocate (510) North Carolina Aug 3, 2012 Beer Trader

  14. grumpy

    grumpy Savant (435) Missouri May 24, 2005

    The eisbock moniker is interesting in the context of your question. Some beers referred to as eisbocks started out as ales, so depending on how you choose to define the word, some may not be lagers in the classic, basic sense.

    To your question, I am equally fond of doppelbocks and double/imperial pilsners. The next tier for me would be classic pils, helles bock, and bock. Lots of good lagers out there.
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  15. OddNotion

    OddNotion Advocate (635) New Jersey Nov 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Schwartzbier takes it for me... needed that option but I see above why it wasnt on the list.
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  16. garuda

    garuda Advocate (525) Pennsylvania Jan 18, 2010

    Oktoberfest, and anything by Schlenkerla.
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  17. Darned, Scwarzbier. Engineers can't spell.
  18. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

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  19. Classic American Pilsner.
  20. Handle

    Handle Savant (415) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    For me, it's a toss up between Baltic porter, Rauchbier and Schwarzbier.

    That being said, I really enjoy lots of the lagers listed.
  21. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (645) Maine May 1, 2011

    Oktoberfest because it's my favorite time of the year and it goes great with a lot of the foods I enjoy eating while watching football like pizza, sausages, or brats.
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  22. Icarus

    Icarus Savant (270) Minnesota Oct 6, 2012

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  23. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    It's hard for me to pick just one.. I love Kellerbiers, Pilseners, Dortmunders, Marzens, Doppelbocks..
  24. dianimal

    dianimal Advocate (550) California Apr 18, 2012

    Doppelbocks and rauchbiers. I have not tried a lot of the other lager styles yet.
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  25. nova73

    nova73 Aficionado (200) New York Jun 7, 2006

    Schwartzbier is my favorite lager style by far
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  26. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

  27. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Champion (875) Michigan May 30, 2005 Subscriber

    I voted Dopplebock but I enjoy all of the Bocks. Maibock is probably my favorite.
  28. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Champion (960) Michigan Aug 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Pils, specifically of the German variety (versus Czech)

    Also, Maibock.
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  29. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Champion (930) Minnesota Feb 19, 2005 Beer Trader

    It's tough being a dunkle fan, because it's got to be the most underbrewed style in America.
  30. Mongrel

    Mongrel Champion (835) Maryland Feb 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    Big fan of noble pils, like Scrimshaw and SA Noble Pils. Also imperials pils like My Antonia.
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  31. DOTU

    DOTU Advocate (550) California Feb 11, 2011

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  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,045) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Beer Trader

    Me too. There ain't nothing like a few liters of Augustiner- it just keeps getting better and better as you drink it..

    All the rest (including the ones not on the list) are tied for a close second.

    Tell me about it. Dunkels are pretty much where I started my beer journey, and I still have a great affection for them.

    Good Dunkels, and Traditional Bocks, are very few and far between. I can get pretty fresh Ayinger whenever I want it, though- at least I'm in an area where that moves off of the shelf.
  33. bryce888

    bryce888 Disciple (70) California Aug 20, 2013

    I second Shrimshaw....
  34. It's got to be pilsner for me. Just had a Kernel Brewery Imperial Brown Stout, then a SN Torpedo, followed by a SN Pale Ale. Now drinking a Radeberger pilsner and, let me tell you, it totally holds its own with those wonderful beers. A good German pils, in my experience, can stand up to any other beer in terms of aroma, flavour and even complexity. Being into beer and not liking pale lager is a bit like loving wine but not liking white wine. What wine expert would say that? Great thread by the way.
  35. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    I've heard many "wine-lovers" actually say this...and you're right, it is similar.
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  36. gory4d

    gory4d Advocate (610) New York Apr 14, 2007 Beer Trader

    Just to be clear, my vote for Oktoberfest is really for gravity kegs of Franconian Marzen.

    Edit: with kellerbier a close second - again, especially in gravity kegs.
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  37. Definitely India Pale Lager.
  38. Schwantz

    Schwantz Savant (390) Florida Dec 16, 2012

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  39. Oktoberfest, but there are many choices that I love too like Vienna, dunkel, and amber.
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  40. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,255) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    for some reason I suspect that someone will come along and complain that IPA isn't an option anyway. ;);)