Lagers are a style of beer that are brewed and fermented at cooler temperatures compared to ales, resulting in a smooth, crisp taste. They are the most popular type of beer in the world with a wide range of flavors to choose from.  Here are some of the most common types of lagers:


Pilsner – one of the most popular types of lagers.  Originating from the Czech Republic, they are know for their pale color, light body, and refreshing taste.  Pilsners are typically made with Saaz hops and can have a distinctive hoppy flavor.


Helles – a German-style lager that is light in color and has a smooth and malty taste.  It is brewed using only malted barley, hops, water and yeast and has a low hop bitterness.  This s a popular beer style in Bavaria and is often served in liter-sized steins.

Vienna Lager

Vienna Lager – these have a reddish color and a medium body and have a malty taste to them.  They were originally brewed in Austria but now brewed around the world.  Vienna lagers are often described as also having a toasty and caramel flavor.


Dunkel – Dunkel lagers are usually dark brown and have a rich, malty flavor with maybe just a hint of chocolate or coffee.  They are commonly brewed in Germany and served in those iconic large mugs.  Dunkel lager are a great choice for people like enjoy a beer with a bit more complexity. 


Marzen – a German-styled lager as well that is usually brewed in the fall and traditionally served at Oktoberfest celebrations.  They have a deep amber color and rich, malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. 


Bock – Bocks are strong and full-bodied lagers that started in Germany.  These were traditionally brewed in the winter and have a rich, malty flavor as well but come with a slightly sweet finish.  Bocks can be light or dark in color and come with a higher ABV content than the other types of lagers.

All types of lagers.

Many lagers come in many different styles and flavors, from light and refreshing pilsners to full-bodied bocks. Whether you prefer a crisp, hoppy taste or a rich, malty flavor, there is a lager out there that will suit your palate. So next time you’re looking for a cold, refreshing beer, consider trying one of these types of lagers and discover a new favorite. Check out these Pale Ales. Cheers!

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