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American Amber Lager

A widely available, sessionable craft beer style that showcases both malt and hops. Brewers may use decoction mash and dry-hopping to achieve advanced flavors. Amber Lagers are a medium bodied lager with a toasty or carmael-like malt character. Hop bitterness can range from very low to medium-high.

Category: Dark Lagers

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Meats and Vegetables
  • White Cheddar
  • Fruit Desserts

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Tulip
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Gold to Copper

Clarity

Clear to Slight Haze

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild to Noticeable

Hop

Hop flavor and aroma are very low to medium-high. Hop bitterness is very low to medium-high.

Malt

Low to medium-low caramel-type or toasted malt aromas are often present.

Esters

Not common to style.

Phenols

Not common to style.

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium to High

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Low

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner, Munich

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager

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