Getting back into lagers... What should I try?

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  1. slim2043

    slim2043 Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Connecticut

    I spent the colder months drinking IPAs Porters Stouts Belgians and Barleywines with a real long hop chase this last month or so drinking every IPA I could find. Now that its warming up here I would like to explore and re-explore some of the more easy drinking styles starting with lagers. I ordered a Brooklyn Lager at BWWs tonight. I fell in love with this beer all over again and I want to expand my lager knowledge and palate. What are some good ones out there I can find in the Northeastern USA? Foreign or domestic I just want to hear what lagers my fellow BAs are savoring...

    BEERMILER12 Poo-Bah (2,396) Sep 11, 2010 Maine

    If you're close to MA, anything from Jack's Abby should be a no-brainer.
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  3. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (39) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska
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    Noble Pils and Prima Pils
  4. BrewddhistDrunk

    BrewddhistDrunk Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Iowa

    weihenstephaner original
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  5. thirstygator

    thirstygator Initiate (178) Mar 29, 2012 Florida
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    Hoponius Union is your answer
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  6. harrylee773

    harrylee773 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2010 Illinois

    My favorite beers are lagers from Metropolitan Brewing here in Chicago, but since they don't distribute out there (that I know of) and you already enjoy Brooklyn Lager (which I would've recommended otherwise), I'd go with Great Lakes Elliot Ness.
  7. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    12 packs of Full Sail Session, regular or black, both are good.
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  8. maxcoinage

    maxcoinage Defender (620) Apr 6, 2012 Illinois
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    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is my fave lager, but doesn't appear they have distro in Conn, but NY does, not sure how close you are.
  9. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (850) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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  10. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,384) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts


  11. masterhoa

    masterhoa Initiate (165) Jun 15, 2011 California
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    Humulus Lager

    And Humulus Wet in Sep/Oct
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  12. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (272) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    That's some great stuff.
    Also consider Spaten Pils, Noble Pilsand Prima Pils, all are great pale lagers. Then you can look for dunkels, bocks, dopplebocks, rauchbiers, the variety of lagers is not as endless as ales but there are plenty out there.
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  13. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,438) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    when you want a break from the hops: Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer

    it's so malty good ...
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  14. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (356) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Ugh, the session tastes like an adjunct.
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  15. schneid

    schneid Initiate (134) Dec 15, 2006 Illinois

    I'm not a big lager fan but the stuff from Metropolitan in Chicago is good.
  16. brendan4532

    brendan4532 Initiate (126) Aug 11, 2011 Florida
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    Definitely Hoponius Union
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  17. mactrail

    mactrail Poo-Bah (8,231) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    Full Sail has a whole series of LTD lagers in various flavors that are widely available on a rotating basis, places like Trader Joe's as well. Priced less than many craft beers.
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  18. Brodie91

    Brodie91 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2012 New York

    Anchor steam
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  19. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Disciple (395) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado
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    Sam Adams Double Agent IPL is pretty darn good. It's a hybrid pale ale/lager and definitely has that crisp refreshing lager quality.
  20. ufmj

    ufmj Initiate (168) Feb 15, 2013 Florida
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  21. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    I'm in the southwest here, so I'm not sure how much of the stuff I'm drinking you can get there. But, definitely a +1 to SA Noble Pils and Double Agent IPL, the Full Sail LTD series (the spring bock out now is very nice), and Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. I also love some German Pilsners in the spring/summer; Paulaner Premium Pils, Jever, Wolter's, Kulmbacher. And New Belgium Shift is very good if you get it reasonably fresh.
  22. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Or their Kristall Weissbier which to me is even better.
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  23. kismet

    kismet Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2011 Illinois

    new glarus out of wisconsin has some solid, fresh, flavorful lagers. i just finished a "two women" pack from them last night. they do not distribute widely, but it would be worth trading for some of their stuff.
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  24. NWer

    NWer Crusader (727) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    DAB Original.
    Shameless plug for hometown beer out of reach to OP in CT is Dottie Seattle Lager. Pretty good.
  25. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,219) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Great Lakes Elliot Ness, Dortmunder Gold, Stoudts Pils and Gold Lager are four of my favorite lagers made in the US. North Coast Scrimshaw, and Full Sale Session are very good as well.
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  26. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,325) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Good one. Weihenstephaner Pilsner is also excellent.

    For the Czech style I've been drinking Zatec lately, but have been meaning to do a side-by-side with the Urquell.

    The best Munich Helles we can get here is Augustiner Edelstoff, so keep an eye out for that- it's truly remarkable.
  27. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,761) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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  28. pbrian

    pbrian Zealot (566) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    There are some great bocks out there right now. From CT? Berkshire Brewing Co. Maibock is out. Maybe not the most traditional maibock, but it's a wonderful lager. Otter Creek Spring Bock and Narragansett Bock are both good as well.

    And people are really suggesting JA Hoponious Union when you're looking for ideas to break away from IPAs? It's a fantastic beer and one of my new favorites as well, and sure it's a lager, but it's really just an IPA brewed lager style.
  29. mkabull

    mkabull Disciple (385) Nov 2, 2007 Massachusetts
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    I live in Northern MA and drove an hour to Jacks Abby to check out there line of beers. I tried all 7 on tap and thought they ranged from good to great. If you go soon you should be able to try the BA Framinghammer and the new IPL ABC's.
  30. Beerista

    Beerista Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Massachusetts


    It's made by Coors, and it's really good. Widely available in CT.
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  31. Beerista

    Beerista Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Massachusetts

    And this. It's also available in CT.
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  32. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (994) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    ^What he said^
  33. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Zealot (563) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    St Pauli Girl 12 packs (or cases shielded from light)
    Soon -Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
    Also - Pilsner Urquell that's been refrigerated, Victory Lager
  34. slim2043

    slim2043 Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2012 Connecticut

    Thx for all the suggestions! I love being a BA! Now I have a fun trip to the bottle shop on tap today :slight_smile:!!!
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  35. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,354) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Try some of dry Pilsners from the North of Germany.
    Jever and Flensburger come to mind.
  36. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Try SA Alpine Spring,nice and crisp,gives you that enjoyable moment as you consume this one quickly.Cheers
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  37. biercycle

    biercycle Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    When you say "lager" do you mean light, pale, low flavor beers like Yeungling? Or, do you mean beers made in the lager method? There are plenty of big, full bodied, rich, flavorful lagers out there.

    If you are looking for the later, try some German beers:
    DoppelBock - Wiehenstephaner Korbinian, EKU 28, Ayinger Celebrator, Spaten Optimator, Paulaner Salvator are all fantastic
    Helles/Maibock - Rogue Dead Guy, cant go wrong.
    Dunkel - Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

    Alternatively, you can go to the Style section on this website to see what different beers are rated fairly highly and then go see what is available in your area.
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  38. Tchfunkta

    Tchfunkta Initiate (0) May 14, 2009 Kentucky

    By Lager he means fermented with Lager yeast, I assume.
  39. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,354) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    In the US sense, a lager (or bottom fermenting) yeast.

    Rogue Dead Guy is fermented with the Pacman ale yeast, so not what we would call a lager (and it is not German:slight_smile: ).
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  40. CharlatanSin

    CharlatanSin Zealot (513) May 28, 2009 Connecticut
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    If you're in CT, you should grab NEBCO's Elm City Lager. Really underrated on BA, I think. I bet the mediocre reviews are mainly from people who had old cans. It's delicious fresh.
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