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. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,044) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    See post #37.
  2. Stignacious

    Stignacious Zealot (558) Aug 24, 2011 New York
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    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is one of the greatest beers I have ever had
  3. BeerFan

    BeerFan Initiate (137) Feb 11, 2003 New Jersey
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    Celebrator and Korbinian all the way!
  4. CASK1

    CASK1 Disciple (341) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

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

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

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

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

    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 Disciple (341) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

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

    BeerFan Initiate (137) Feb 11, 2003 New Jersey
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    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. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (725) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    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. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,061) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    I picked pilsner, not so much the Czech variety, but rather more towards German.
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,538) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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  12. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Dunkles Märzen or Tmavé Speciální Pivo.
  13. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (95) Feb 25, 2013 California
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    marzen which isn't listed
  14. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

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  15. deathevocation

    deathevocation Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2008 Australia

    German pilsner.
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  16. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,227) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I think I've read that somewhere too. But what's in a name....? :stuck_out_tongue:
  17. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Zealot (552) Aug 25, 2013 New York
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    octoberfests! the only reason the coming of fall doesnt make me jump off the verrazano
  18. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Zealot (515) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I voted doppelbock, but I'd definitely have gone with schwarzbier given the option.
  19. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (800) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

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

    ESHBG Aspirant (265) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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 Aspirant (224) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    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 Aspirant (224) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    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 Meyvn (1,042) Dec 30, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    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. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    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 Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    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. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (454) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    My dad's favorite beer is Ayinger's Marzen.
  27. darscotb

    darscotb Initiate (124) Sep 5, 2010 Illinois

    Pilsner and Dunkel!!
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  28. Kenzie

    Kenzie Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Utah

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

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    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. hellhammermario

    hellhammermario Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 North Carolina

    Love a good Doppelbock.
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  31. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,194) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I went with Vienna, but I love marzens and pils and lots of lager styles. Lager revolution forth coming. Stay tuned!
  32. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Initiate (198) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

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

    spoony Poo-Bah (2,165) Aug 1, 2012 Colorado
    Premium Member Beer Trader

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

    Hockey_Fan Zealot (507) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

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

    ZachKelly Devotee (431) Dec 25, 2012 Virginia

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

    bleakies Devotee (400) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

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

    ZachKelly Devotee (431) Dec 25, 2012 Virginia

    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 Zealot (507) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager is awesome.
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  39. BeerImmediately

    BeerImmediately Meyvn (1,067) Feb 2, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Maibock! Nothing better to welcome the Spring with.
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  40. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,688) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    I love me a hoppy pils. Noble Noble Pils y'all!
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