Best Lagers in 2013

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  1. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,896) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    I haven't had a ton of "new" lagers this year, although Prost has only been open a year, so they've been my lager highlight for the last 12 months.
    Great Divide's Wolfgang doppelbock was surprisingly tasty, too. It's one of the best American spins on the the style I've had.
    People are speaking pretty highly of the FW Pivo Pils thus far, but I haven't seen it yet.
    In terms of the classics, pretty much all of the lagers I've had from Bavaria have been top notch. That is their specialty after all. Saying that is easier than listing 'em all off. If I had to choose favorites, the Andechs Doppelbock is my favorite of the stronger ones and Augustiner Hell & Mahr's U are my favorite milder lagers.
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  2. Takeanotherswing

    Takeanotherswing Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2011 New York

    PRIMA PILS is still up there for me,
    Jack's Abby's Lagers are all solid.
    Singlecut Beersmith's Jan Olympic White and their Dark Lyric Lagrrr! are also great newer ones.
    I also enjoyed the Austin Beerworks Black Thunder

    Still enjoy Brooklyn Lager especially at a baseball game..

    Most dont enjoy Smoked beers, but Schlenkerla lagers are some of my favorites, just not the best in the Summer
  3. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Maven (1,327) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Spaten is my favorite of the Munich Helles lagers. For some reason Augustiner's Helles doesn't do it for me (I think their Edelstoff Export is much better). I still have to track down a Löwenbräu Helles for the tasting to be complete though. Here in Germany Spaten comes in brown bottles, so that's not as much of a concern.
  4. rc51sport

    rc51sport Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 North Carolina

    Prima pils is just a tad hoppy for me (for a pils, I do like a good IPA)
    I like
    DFH My Antonia
    CCB Helles
    SA Noble Piles
    SA Summer
    And others that aren't coming to mind
    Its nice having something a little lighter and more refreshing when its 90+ deg and 95% humidity
  5. beertardis

    beertardis Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Rhode Island

    Jacks abbey ABC's
  6. LloydXmas

    LloydXmas Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 Massachusetts

    Anything from Jack's Abby, especially Hoponius Union and Kiwi Rising
    Troegs Sunshine Pils
    DFH My Antonia
  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    +1 to Great Divide's Wolfgang Doppelbock. A few months ago I was at one of my favorite beer bars. One of the bartenders (Kevin) told me that he really liked that beer; so I said give me one. I really enjoyed that beer and I ordered another one. I looked for bottled versions of Wolfgang Doppelbock at my local beer stores but I was unsuccessful in finding it.

    Great Divide really nailed the Doppelbock style with that beer!

  8. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Maine

    Jack's Abby Hoponius Union and The ABCS. I've found their Leisure Time Lager to be a refreshing option on a hot day.
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  9. tendermorsel

    tendermorsel Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2006 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abbey.... End the discussion now. 100% lagers coming out of this place. They make world class lagers.

    Framinghammer and Kiwi Rising are as good as any beer out there. Simply the best of any style.

    They are killing it!
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  10. Marty91

    Marty91 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    And you get a GOlD STAR for the day.
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  11. LloydXmas

    LloydXmas Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2012 Massachusetts

    I can't wait for the JA new DIPL being released on June 20th
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    They should send those brown bottles over here!

    As far as the Augustiner goes, the Edelstoff is all we get over here and that's the one I was referring to. My understanding is that it is an 'export' version of their regular Helles at 5.5% as opposed to 5%- the alcohol being bumped up just a bit to make it stand up to travelling a little better.
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  13. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Maven (1,327) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    I see. Augustiner's Helles and Edelstoff Export are two different beers here. It's pretty common for a German brewery to offer an Export version of the Helles, even within Germany. The "Export" tag here is not literal, it's more of a style indicator.
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  14. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,826) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Thanks. I'd love to be able to compare and contrast all of those beers on their home turf, that's for sure. Cheers!
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  15. rtrasr

    rtrasr Savant (1,008) Feb 16, 2009 Arkansas

    Spaten used to be on tap in the lobby of the Arliington Hotel in Hot Springs Arkansas. It was good, as I remember. My favorite Spaten is their Oktoberfest.
  16. Dhamma73

    Dhamma73 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby The ABCs has been a solid discovery this year.
  17. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Cricket Hill East Coast Lager and you can get it fresh at the brewery.
  18. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    Have a hard time finding Munich Gold around here for some reason, but that is easily one of my favorites. A local restaurant puts it on tap from time to time and I could drink that for weeks.

    I haven't pulled the trigger on Sam Smith's lagers yet surprisingly but based on all the love they're getting may have to make a beer run today to snag a bottle or two.
  19. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Pundit (979) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    Is a lager a barrel aged stout? Or is it an imperial IPA?
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  20. Das_Reh

    Das_Reh Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2013 Florida

  21. SummitSeries72

    SummitSeries72 Zealot (504) Mar 17, 2011 New Jersey

    Neither. There are two main types of beer: lagers and ales. Stouts and IPAs are in the latter category. Lagers are lagers (sorry to say the obvious). One is top-fermented, the other bottom-fermented. Lagers tend to be cleaner and more crisp. Ales are more complex.
  22. afrokaze

    afrokaze Pooh-Bah (1,871) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    Pivo Pils all day, with Anchor California Lager a very close second. Two of my favorite beers so far this year.
  23. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    A homebrewed Classic American Pilsner!:slight_smile:

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  24. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Just tried Wright Pils and find that it is not as close to Bavarian pils as a Jever or similar beer,not bad just not there yet,but still a good summer time beer.Cheers
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  25. herrburgess

    herrburgess Pooh-Bah (2,991) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    There it is! Fine looking beer, Jack. Prost!
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  26. ChugginOil

    ChugginOil Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Illinois

    The Bruery Humulus is outlandish material. Labomba.
  27. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    you should know the difference between a lager and ale.
  28. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    Death and Taxes from moonlight, perhaps not a great summer choice, but it's still cool in San Francisco. I figure it's the best euro dark lager I'm ever going to drink. mmm roasty dark chocolate...

    Lunatic lager also from moonlight, really anything from moonlight is great. Happy he's going to open up a growler fill room soon.:grinning:
  29. Marty91

    Marty91 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Your obviously right please enlighten me as to the difference between a lager and an ale since I clearly have know idea. Or perhaps I simply misspoke. Luckly for all the "human" members of BA we have you to point out our mistakes. A second GOLD STAR for the day.
  30. BierStein711

    BierStein711 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2011 Illinois

    Pilsner Urquell in the twelve pack, Budweiser Black Crown, Konig Pilsner are my go-to three lagers!
  31. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    look it up marty mcfly. MCFLY!!!!
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  32. steveh

    steveh Grand Pooh-Bah (3,988) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Back at'cha (in the true definition of the term). :grinning:
  33. fatske

    fatske Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Hofbrau Original and Stoudt's Gold always works for me.
  34. brureview

    brureview Pooh-Bah (2,597) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

  35. Crawfish61

    Crawfish61 Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2013 Louisiana

    It tasted very good to me.
  36. brureview

    brureview Pooh-Bah (2,597) Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    Encore!!! Chris from beergeek nation on Youtube recently reviewed The ABCs and Hoponius Union.
    So the brewery is finally getting more national exposure.
  37. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Pooh-Bah (1,945) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    They can "end the discussion" when they produce a a straight-up non-geekified lager that's in the same stratosphere of German classics & other highly regarded US ones mentioned in earlier posts. I like Hoponius Union & a few others from JA, but Jabby Brau is pretty underwhelming for most long-time lager fans.

    I've started to see Weihenstephaner Original a lot recently where I live - one of the best IMO.
  38. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Hoponius Union has set the bar high!
  39. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Also JA is 2 for 2 on DIPL. Kiwi Rising is ridiculous and ABCS is a bitter beer fan's dream! Can't wait for 2nd anniversary DIPL.
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  40. jrb5094

    jrb5094 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 California

    I really like just about all styles of beer, however lagers/pilseners are the best to session! I'm having a Sierra Nevada Summerfest right now. I think it's technically a Czech style Pils, solid beer I would give that a whirl if you have never had it.
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