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. isturbo1984

    isturbo1984 Initiate (0) May 25, 2013 Washington

    Right now for me, its Oktoberfest/Marzen... but i lean towards the Red/Ambers on an average day.
  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,869) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Drum roll please -- first in class.



    What's all this talk of Wiesn Märzen? :wink:
  3. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (499) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Another vote for India Pale Lagers. Great Lakes Silver & Gold and Sam Adams Double Agent. Nice and crisp. Oh yeah.
  4. Hrodebert

    Hrodebert Aspirant (249) Sep 2, 2013 Michigan

    I will have to go with doppelbocks at this point, but that could change as I try more.
  5. goldenM13

    goldenM13 Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2013 Massachusetts

    Most anything from Jack's Abby

    IPLs would have been my choice if on the list.
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  6. gory4d

    gory4d Defender (662) Apr 14, 2007 New York
    Beer Trader

    Isn't India Pale Lager just malt liquor with better hops?
  7. bulletrain76

    bulletrain76 Zealot (579) Nov 6, 2007 California

    Czech Tmavy or Polotmavy for me, in the 14 degree range. Also love the rauchbier.
  8. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,869) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Lager for ale drinkers.
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  9. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,345) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    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.
  10. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I really enjoy all lagers. But I love a good dunkel.
  11. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,039) Dec 1, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    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.
  12. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    we need more hoppy lagers

    someone invent jacks abby brewing and tell them to get off their asses ! :grimacing:
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  13. Stokes_

    Stokes_ Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2013 Virginia

  14. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,869) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Plenty of hoppy beers out there to choose from, no need to screw with more styles.
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  15. animal69

    animal69 Savant (921) Sep 21, 2007 Louisiana

    Was torn between o'fest & dopplebock, love em both equally with pils a close 2nd, dunkel would be my #3.
  16. MistahBeah

    MistahBeah Initiate (0) May 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    My vote is for doppelbock. It's the style that got me into craft beer. So thank you Troegs
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  17. stella77artois

    stella77artois Devotee (495) Nov 4, 2010 New York

    Munich Helles! Followed close by Dopplebock. Those also happen to be my 2 favorite styles overall.
  18. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2012 Colorado

    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.
  19. zid

    zid Crusader (780) Feb 15, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    That's somewhat unusual. Which ones?
  20. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    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.
  21. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (511) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Pils for me, but I also love a good Dortmunder as well.
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  22. Hoptimus-Prime

    Hoptimus-Prime Disciple (339) Dec 7, 2012 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    IPL... Hoponious Union is that shit!
  23. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (1,904) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Devils backbone Vienna lager is delicious. One of the best American made lagers I've had.
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  24. Asics

    Asics Devotee (401) Jul 28, 2012 Washington

    Schwarzbier for me. It is an underrated beer style!
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  25. SummitSeries72

    SummitSeries72 Initiate (164) Mar 17, 2011 New Jersey

    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!).
  26. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    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.
  27. Icedogs

    Icedogs Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2011 Virginia

    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.
  28. zrbeer1579

    zrbeer1579 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Illinois

    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.
  29. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    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.
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  30. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,345) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    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)
  31. BethanyB

    BethanyB Zealot (569) Jun 20, 2013 New York

    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.
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  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,815) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Supporter Beer Trader

    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.
  33. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    You are missing my favorite style from the poll: jack's Abby ipls!
  34. Pegli

    Pegli Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2006 Rhode Island

    I love 'em all but how can you beat 1L of Marzen...
  35. marquis

    marquis Crusader (715) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    With 2l of Marzen?
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  36. Slam_Dunkels

    Slam_Dunkels Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    No Kölsch or Altbier options?
  37. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,005) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Industry Beer Trader

    You brew that?
  38. Pegli

    Pegli Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2006 Rhode Island

    Yeah man !
    One day I'll have a set-up like yours so I get more than 20 mug fulls...
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  39. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (447) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    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.
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  40. allenson21

    allenson21 Devotee (469) Dec 4, 2012 New York
    Beer Trader

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