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What is your favorite lager style?

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

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What is your favorite lager style?

  1. Dortmunder/Helles

    14.8%
  2. Pilsner

    25.3%
  3. Oktoberfest

    15.3%
  4. Vienna

    6.3%
  5. Dunkel

    6.3%
  6. American Red/Amber

    4.0%
  7. Bock

    2.9%
  8. Doppelbock

    22.2%
  9. Eisbock

    1.3%
  10. AAL/Malt Liquor

    1.6%
  1. See post #37.
  2. nyyfanatic213

    nyyfanatic213 Savant (355) New York Aug 24, 2011

    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is one of the greatest beers I have ever had
  3. BeerFan

    BeerFan Savant (320) New Jersey Feb 11, 2003

    Celebrator and Korbinian all the way!
  4. CASK1

    CASK1 Savant (345) Florida Jan 7, 2010

    Voted bock, but my favorite is really Maibock.
  5. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,005) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    And yet some accuse me of being cynical.
  6. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poobah (1,005) Arizona Jun 18, 2002

    I'm there with you. Can't recall if Maibock is just a variety of helles bock or not. I thought it was.
  7. CASK1

    CASK1 Savant (345) Florida Jan 7, 2010

    I always considered Maibock and Helles Bock two names for the same style. Could be wrong, but that's my take.
  8. BeerFan

    BeerFan Savant (320) New Jersey Feb 11, 2003

    I always thought of Hellles/Heller bocks as being closer to gold in color, while Maibocks closer to light amber. Also, I associate Maibocks with spring/May.
  9. After going back and forth between Helles and pilsner, I decided on Dortmunder/Helles. Although to be fair, I haven't given Dunkels and Vienna lagers the same amount of attention. If I head back (no wait, WHEN I head back) to Germany I'd like to try some great examples of these.
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  10. I picked pilsner, not so much the Czech variety, but rather more towards German.
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Advocate (650) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008

    Dortmunder
  12. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (500) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    Dunkles Märzen or Tmavé Speciální Pivo.
  13. marzen which isn't listed
  14. Schwartzbier!
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  15. German pilsner.
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  16. I think I've read that somewhere too. But what's in a name....? :p
  17. octoberfests! the only reason the coming of fall doesnt make me jump off the verrazano
  18. I voted doppelbock, but I'd definitely have gone with schwarzbier given the option.
  19. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (370) North Carolina Apr 26, 2012

    Me too. Nice dry pils is great, but the fresh bready Bavarian nectar is hard to beat.
  20. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aficionado (205) Pennsylvania Jul 30, 2011

    This is a really hard poll for me, as I love them all, and if I just HAD to choose I would say Pilsner and Helles are tied...love them both equally for different reasons.
  21. Crusader

    Crusader Savant (345) Sweden Feb 4, 2011

    My vote goes to pilsner, and German pilsners especially. Dry, clean, bitter. Whether ending with herbal notes from the hops a la Jever, or with bready notes a la Bitburger, both kinds are delicious.
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  22. Crusader

    Crusader Savant (345) Sweden Feb 4, 2011

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    Case in point, Melleruds Utmärkta Pilsner. 4.8% abv, 11.3 degrees plato (same as Bitburger), 30IBU, Pilsner and Münchener malt, Hallertau Magnum and Saaz hops (Magnum for bittering, Saaz for late boil). It's dry, it's clean, it has a nice bitterness and it finishes dry with bready notes (again, like Bitburger). This is really, really good, it gives Bitburger a run for its money, literaly, as I now have a Swedish pilsner that can match the German imports at the same price. It's brewed by Spendrups which is the second largest macro brewer in Sweden, yet it's not made with caramel malts that drown it in sweetness, it's not made with fruits, not made with lemonade. It's just a straight up tasty pilsner-style beer.
  23. Morey

    Morey Advocate (525) Pennsylvania Dec 30, 2007

    Can't believe that Eisbocks aren't getting a little more love. I appreciate almost all styles of beer, but in the Lager world, I love the complexity and hard work that goes into brewing Eisbocks.

    That being said, I love me some Prima Pils!

  24. Give me a half liter of Augustiner Helles, big frothy head, a pretzel with german mustard, on a bright sunny day; cant be beat.
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  25. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Savant (295) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Ooh-this is a tough one. You left off a few major competitors for me (maibocks, schwartzbiers, rauchs), so it was easy to just go with maerzens. As had been pointed out in recent threads, there's a huge difference between German and American examples. I'm not so much a fan of most American takes on the style, but the German ones (esp Ayinger) are amongst my favourite beers.
  26. My dad's favorite beer is Ayinger's Marzen.
  27. darscotb

    darscotb Disciple (50) Illinois Sep 5, 2010

    Pilsner and Dunkel!!
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  28. Kenzie

    Kenzie Aficionado (230) Utah Feb 23, 2013

    Pilsner! I have been really into dunkels lately though and definitely enjoy a good helles.
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  29. denver10

    denver10 Champion (890) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    Only recently have I started to open up to lagers, largely in response to discovering the heavier, maltier styles out their like maibocks, helles, munich dunkels, doppelbock, etc. Been quite enjoying those. Breaking into lagers through the adjuncts, the pilsners, the pale lagers was counter-productive, as they remain my least favorite lager styles and did a good job turning me away.

    I am too young into this to have a favorite but the maibocks, helles, and dunkel's I have tried have been the one's that have most stood out to me so far. Would like to check out some vienna style lagers next, hopefully a local brewery can take a stab at it and I can find it on tap.
  30. Love a good Doppelbock.
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  31. bubseymour

    bubseymour Advocate (625) Maryland Oct 30, 2010

    I went with Vienna, but I love marzens and pils and lots of lager styles. Lager revolution forth coming. Stay tuned!
  32. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Savant (410) Minnesota Apr 23, 2007

    I voted Helles, but I was looking for Kellerbier.
  33. spoony

    spoony Advocate (525) Colorado Aug 1, 2012

    I voted doppelbock because, well, Celebrator, but I actually think my favorite lager style is Helles.
  34. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Advocate (510) Maryland Jan 13, 2013

    I love Vienna Lagers, especially Great Lakes Eliot Ness.
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  35. ZachKelly

    ZachKelly Advocate (555) Virginia Dec 25, 2012

    that and Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager. The Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes is phenomenal as well.
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  36. bleakies

    bleakies Savant (365) Massachusetts Apr 11, 2011

    Rather than choosing one, I'm just going to let helles, dunkel, pilsner, and schwarzbier fight for my affection.
  37. ZachKelly

    ZachKelly Advocate (555) Virginia Dec 25, 2012

    I voted for Vienna, but honestly it could go a few ways. Pilsner, Oktoberfest, Dunkels and Ambers could get the vote too.
  38. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Advocate (510) Maryland Jan 13, 2013


    Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager is awesome.
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  39. Maibock! Nothing better to welcome the Spring with.
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  40. aasher

    aasher Champion (900) Indiana Jan 27, 2010

    I love me a hoppy pils. Noble Noble Pils y'all!
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