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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. These are not the same beers are they? I like both, maybe my two favorite Marzens (or Ayinger), but they seem a bit different to me.

    As for the queston:

    1) O-fest
    2) Dopple
    3) Dunkel

    Though I pretty much like them all.
  2. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (815) Rhode Island May 18, 2012 Beer Trader

    Jack's Abby is clearly the answer to the poll. Anything they make is pretty damn good
  3. 57md

    57md Advocate (680) Pennsylvania Aug 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    I am definitely an ale guy, but I'd say bocks are my favorite lager style.
  4. ZAP

    ZAP Champion (820) Minnesota Dec 1, 2001

    Had a hard time deciding as I really love all those beers. Went Vienna because that is the mood I am in right now...
  5. I vote Pilsner. I like my lagers drinkable, crisp, and refreshing.
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  6. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    They are different labels, but now brewed under the same roof. Try them side-by-side (preferably blind) and see if you can really tell the difference. I did for a few years in a row now and this year is the first year that I found them identical.

  7. Sounds like a blind taste test is in order for all three.
  8. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    It's very "enlightening." Even for being blind. ;)

    My only trouble this year has been finding fresh Spaten. I've seen nearly year-old cases being delivered to retailers as "new stock." Common consensus says this is due to the turnover of import houses. Our loss.

  9. With the caveat that it is either on tap or in covered cases/12 packs. I made the mistake of buying a green bottled six pack once and it was skunked something fierce. Transformed it into a steak marinade, which was its unintended purpose.
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  10. herrburgess

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

    Very true. And if it were up to me, this site would have the "caveat" that 99% of beer is meant to be drunk as fresh as possible, but I fear that would upset the "cellaring" lobby.
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  11. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Advocate (555) South Carolina Jul 12, 2009 Beer Trader

    I am a Schwarzbier guy myself, but truly enjoy most lager styles.
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  12. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    This. Pils for sure.
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  13. I would love to see Great Lakes Brewing out of Cleveland add a Munich Dunkel and Munich Helles to their superb lineup of Vienna, Oktoberfest, Dortmunder, and Pilsner.
  14. Just found a a place in NYC that will have all three on tap in a week. Winner winner...
  15. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    Nice. Just be sure the Paulaner is their Amber Märzen, not the Wiesn. No straight comparison at that point.
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  16. I would love to see that! Those guys have lagers down.
  17. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Of those, probably a dunkel. Kellerbier is definitely missing from that list. That's another fave.
    Also, I wouldn't lump helles and export together. I love helles, but the stronger lagers tend to lose steam after a glass or two.
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  18. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012

    Helles. Nothing compared to a fresh, easy-drinking, refreshing helles lager, especially after a long day of work.
  19. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    Earlier in the month, I had Short's The Curl that I received from a BA in Michigan. It was crisp and refreshing.
  20. USAF77

    USAF77 Aficionado (185) Illinois Oct 21, 2013

    A good Pilsner celebrates life.
  21. Thads324

    Thads324 Savant (410) Connecticut Jan 21, 2010

    Baltic porter
  22. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Advocate (500) Florida Mar 25, 2013

    I've yet to find a lager I enjoy. I dislike all the AAL's. I've tried SA Boston Lager, wasn't to my taste (too bitter for a lager IMO). I've tried a few bocks and doppelbocks but found them too strong and sweet for my tastes. Does "Dead Guy Ale" count? I know on this site it's listed as a Hellesbock but the name is deceiving...
  23. utopiajane

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

    Please try the brooklyn pre prohibition style lager. I turned my nose up at this beer for the longest time but I really like it. It's crisp and clean (I'm practising using those words) and it's delicious. I like it more and more as I drink it.
  24. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Advocate (500) Florida Mar 25, 2013

    Which brewery produces that? I might give it a try. I'm just saying that all the lagers I've tried so far have been BMC, not to my taste or overpowering in the flavor/alcohol department (I drain-poured Ayinger Celebrator... it was like drinking syrup with bourbon in it).

    BTW, does kvass count as an ale or lager?
  25. utopiajane

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

    Brooklyn Brewery

  26. steveh

    steveh Champion (970) Illinois Oct 8, 2003

    You can go to jail for that in Bavaria. ;)

    Judging by your reviews, you seem to have a very specific palate... I see you also drain-poured Bigfoot and could find no aroma in SN Pale Ale. Rather atypical for a craft beer drinker.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013
  27. Jsteez

    Jsteez Advocate (515) Utah Apr 28, 2012

    Dunkels, Dortmund lagers, and Zatecky Pils. I also like the Czech style pils brewed by Bohemian Brewery in Salt Lake City. It is a lower ABV, 4%, but it is well-crafted. It tastes best in spring/summer/fall.

    Happy Halloween and enjoy the last day of Oktoberfest!
  28. I have always just considered Dead Guy Ale a hybrid. I know it's not a popular opinion to have, but that's my stance. I looked at your reviews, but I can't grasp your taste preferences from 10 reviews. Maybe I can help recommend some lagers to try if you told me what you like in a beer.
    steveh likes this.
  29. Pilsener is truly the king of beers.
  30. No Schwarzbier? No rauchbier?
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  31. Nope, and you're not the only one to say anything about it. I picked the 10 I thought most people would vote for.
  32. Oktoberfest in Munich ends the first Sunday in October, so Oct. 6 this year. Stated that so you can plan a trip someday!
  33. Harnkus

    Harnkus Savant (395) New York Oct 31, 2013

    Maibock. Make it a St Boisterous please
  34. pep

    pep Savant (455) Pennsylvania Jun 3, 2012

    I just love a good malty bock! sometimes its nice to switch up from the hop bombs that the breweries are turning out.
  35. Jsteez

    Jsteez Advocate (515) Utah Apr 28, 2012

    Thanks for the info!
  36. Jsteez

    Jsteez Advocate (515) Utah Apr 28, 2012

    You know what, you're right! Schwarzbier is one of my favorites too, especially around this time of year. I just drank a Kaiserdom Schwarzbier last night. BA labels it a Munich Dunkel, but it is not. It is definitely a Schwarzbier! It is deep black, roasted, smoked, a little dry, and there is a slight coffee taste to it, but not too much. It was pretty damn good! Very sessionable. Cheers!
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  37. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Advocate (505) Indiana Oct 12, 2011 Beer Trader

    I would never, ever, ever turn down a Pilsner Urquell.
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  38. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Advocate (500) Florida Mar 25, 2013

    I've tried at least 50 different beers, but I have only reviewed a small handful.

    I will say that I'm a big fan of wheat beers (weizen, wit, american pale wheat, etc).