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Beer Styles 201 – Amber and Dark Lagers

These German style beers are characterized by their necessity to be in cold storage before they make their way to your glass. They were the traditional Bavarian beers before Pale Ale became popular in the late 19th Century.

Beer Styles 201 – Amber and Dark Lagers

Style Name: Amber Lager & Dark Lager

Substyle/Region: Dunkel or Schwarzbier – Germany

Appearance: Amber & Dark lagers usually have a reddish-brown colour.

Flavour & Aroma: Darker beers tend to have chocolatey flavours and aromas. Sometimes really dark lagers will have a liquorice or anise aroma.

Palate & Mouthfeel: Variable levels of carbonation with a bit of weight, a smooth texture and a fairly short finish.

Food Pairings: Hamburgers, hummus, pizza, gouda cheese

Comments: The difference between a lager and an ale is that a lager is cool-conditioned and bottom-fermented.

Serving Suggestions: These beers are best drunk at room temperature and can be served in a variety of beer glasses. Try a Pilsner glass, stein or a pint glass.

Similar Beer Styles or Alternate Names: Dark lagers are sometimes referred to as Dunkels. This is the German word for dark. They may also be called Vienna Lagers.

Learn more about beer styles:

Beer Styles 201: Amber and Dark Lagers

Beer Styles 201: Pilsners

Beer Styles 201: India Pale Ales

Beer Styles 201: Wheat Ales

 

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