What is your favorite lager style?

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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

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  1. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (454) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    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. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    I love lager. Lots of different sorts, but Helles is probably my favourite type.
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  3. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,346) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    You left a few off the list. CAP, Rauchbier, Schwartzbier and a few more.
  4. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (281) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    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. ChipMurray

    ChipMurray Defender (630) May 21, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Pils, followed closely by Marzens.
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  6. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (190) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I love Exports and Heller Bocks
  7. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (454) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    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 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2010 Pitcairn

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

    Beric Champion (896) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts
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    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. :astonished:
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  10. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,346) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Had poor spelling on the black bier, fixed.
  11. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,436) Jun 11, 2013 New York

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

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    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 Disciple (321) Aug 3, 2012 North Carolina
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  14. grumpy

    grumpy Disciple (368) May 24, 2005 Missouri

    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 Devotee (478) Nov 1, 2009 New Jersey
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    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 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Oktoberfest, and anything by Schlenkerla.
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  17. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,346) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Darned, Scwarzbier. Engineers can't spell.
  18. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,043) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,451) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Classic American Pilsner.
  20. Handle

    Handle Initiate (145) Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    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 Disciple (342) May 1, 2011 Maine

    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 Initiate (175) Oct 6, 2012 Minnesota

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  23. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,668) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

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

    dianimal Initiate (161) Apr 18, 2012 California

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

    nova73 Initiate (29) Jun 7, 2006 New York

    Schwartzbier is my favorite lager style by far
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  26. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,015) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

  27. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,149) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I voted Dopplebock but I enjoy all of the Bocks. Maibock is probably my favorite.
  28. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,479) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Pils, specifically of the German variety (versus Czech)

    Also, Maibock.
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  29. KarlHungus

    KarlHungus Poo-Bah (3,007) Feb 19, 2005 Minnesota
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    It's tough being a dunkle fan, because it's got to be the most underbrewed style in America.
  30. Mongrel

    Mongrel Crusader (782) Feb 14, 2013 Maryland
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    Big fan of noble pils, like Scrimshaw and SA Noble Pils. Also imperials pils like My Antonia.
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  31. DOTU

    DOTU Aspirant (232) Feb 11, 2011 California

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  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,307) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 California

    I second Shrimshaw....
  34. LagerCognoscenti

    LagerCognoscenti Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    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 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

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

    gory4d Defender (677) Apr 14, 2007 Texas
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    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. MLaVioletteJr

    MLaVioletteJr Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    Definitely India Pale Lager.
  38. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

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  39. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,119) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

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

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

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