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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by offthelevel_bytheplumb, Sep 13, 2013.
Right now for me, its Oktoberfest/Marzen... but i lean towards the Red/Ambers on an average day.
Drum roll please -- first in class.
What's all this talk of Wiesn Märzen?
Another vote for India Pale Lagers. Great Lakes Silver & Gold and Sam Adams Double Agent. Nice and crisp. Oh yeah.
I will have to go with doppelbocks at this point, but that could change as I try more.
Most anything from Jack's Abby
IPLs would have been my choice if on the list.
Isn't India Pale Lager just malt liquor with better hops?
Czech Tmavy or Polotmavy for me, in the 14 degree range. Also love the rauchbier.
Lager for ale drinkers.
Euro pale lager ... it's not on the list, but a couple of my favorites are technically considered that style (which probably is a catch-all anyway)
love good pilseners and dopplebocks. i haven't figured out bock yet -- that style (speaking of catch-all) might include the widest range of notes of any style I've tried so far.
I really enjoy all lagers. But I love a good dunkel.
I voted for dopplebock but I really like them all, especially dortmunders, dunkels, and Vienna lagers. Hard to choose a favorite Amongst so many delicious options.
we need more hoppy lagers
someone invent jacks abby brewing and tell them to get off their asses !
Plenty of hoppy beers out there to choose from, no need to screw with more styles.
Was torn between o'fest & dopplebock, love em both equally with pils a close 2nd, dunkel would be my #3.
My vote is for doppelbock. It's the style that got me into craft beer. So thank you Troegs
Munich Helles! Followed close by Dopplebock. Those also happen to be my 2 favorite styles overall.
Tough call for me between marzen and pilsner as I will drink the shit out of either, however I went marzen in the spirit of the season.
That's somewhat unusual. Which ones?
I really developed an appreciation for a well done pilsner this summer. I thought they were somewhat boring before. I tried some that I didn't like, and some that I really really liked...point being, I don't think they're boring at all.
Probably the beer that I liked the most all year though, that was just really high quality, was an amber lager at the brewery I'm a brewer for. It had already been brewed before I started, so I can't take any credit though, haha.
Pils for me, but I also love a good Dortmunder as well.
IPL... Hoponious Union is that shit!
Devils backbone Vienna lager is delicious. One of the best American made lagers I've had.
Schwarzbier for me. It is an underrated beer style!
Your post and point is very well taken. But this poll failed to distinguish between German Pilsners and Czech Pilsners (and to which I suppose we could also add American Craft Beer Pilsners). In my humble opinion, nobody comes anywhere close to the German Pilsners (No offense, my Czech friends!).
Too close to call. Pils, Helles, dopplebocks, Ofests blah blah blah. It's like namin' yer favorite kid. okay, okay. My grandson is my favorite and I really like Pilsners.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager (along with Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Red Hook's early brews) really got this all started on the way to being a big deal, and I still love that Vienna-style lager. Sam's is still great, and I add Eliot Ness (Great Lakes Brewing Co.). Without them, though, I'd say double-bock is my favorite lager style.
I voted pilsners. It was hard to pick since there are few other lager styles I really like. I have yet to try bock/doppelbock, but I will soon. SOON. There are so many lagers I want to try.
By the way, isn't lagers about balance? Not that IPL and Imperial pils are terrible but, in my opinion, it takes away the beauty of what a lager should be. Probably stupid of me to say. Maybe I'm traditional, but I have more to learn.
The beauty to me, of lagers is the balance of malts and hops. Nothing overshadowing the other. I love good ales and stouts. But a good lager, like a Munich Helles or a Czech Pils is just so clean, crisp and refreshing that it cannot be denied. I like some of the more assertive beers, but the classic simple ones really hit home for me. A great mug/glass. Filled with a fine beer. Great weather. Great food and company. Beer shouldn't be offensive, it should compliment the OTHER things you are doing in your life. A good dopplebock is a perfect example of a tasty, yet refreshing beer.
Samuel Smith's Pure Brewed Lager Beer
Karbach's Sympathy for the Lager
... both are classified "Euro pale lager," though like I say, that's such a catch-all category it seems that they may be better classified as something else (and they certainly aren't average "Euro pale lagers" -- both have a tremendous amount of bready malt sweetness, sweet biscuit-like; Sympathy also have a very nice spicy hop bite like a pilsener)
I checked off Dortmunder/Helles, but I personally find these two to be different enough to where if I were to list the choices I'm order of preference, Helles would be at the top and Dortmunder would be somewhere in the middle.
Agreed, I'd definitely separate those two myself and maybe group Vienna/O'fest if I had to. Minor quibble, though, since concessions would have to be made anyway.
You are missing my favorite style from the poll: jack's Abby ipls!
I love 'em all but how can you beat 1L of Marzen...
With 2l of Marzen?
No Kölsch or Altbier options?
You brew that?
Yeah man !
One day I'll have a set-up like yours so I get more than 20 mug fulls...
Those are two I thought about adding, but with only 10 options to choose, I thought I picked the ones that most would vote for. Clearly, I should've added Schwartzbier before Altbier or Kolsch, but those are both solid styles of beer as well.
Finally, a constructive thread!
Doppelbocks and Schwartzbiers all the way!
For those who have never had:
DB - Salvator, Celebrator, and Korbinian
Schwartzbier - Kostrizter