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Beer Styles 201: What is a Red or Dark Lager?

Amber Lagers, Red Lagers & Dark Lagers: where they come from, their appearance, flavour & aroma, palate & mouthfeel, food pairings and serving suggestions are all explained in this Beer Styles 201 article.

Beer Styles 201: What is a Red or Dark Lager?

What are Red, Dark or American Amber Lagers?

Dark / Red / American Amber Lagers are German style beers that are characterized by their necessity to be in cold storage before they make their way to your glass.

American Amber Lagers were the traditional Bavarian beers before Pale Ale became popular in the late 19th Century.

 

American Amber Lager / Dark Lager Essential Information:

 

Style Region:

Germany

Appearance:

American Amber & Dark lagers usually have a reddish-brown colour with a thick white head.

Flavour & Aroma:

Darker lagers tend to have chocolaty flavours and aromas. Sometimes really dark lagers will have a licorice or anise aroma.

Palate & Mouthfeel:

You can expect variable levels of carbonation with a bit of weight, a smooth texture and a fairly short finish in an American Amber or Red Lager.

What foods pair well with Amber / Red Lagers and Dark Lagers?

Hamburgers, hummus, pizza, and gouda cheese pair well with Amber Lagers.

How to serve a Dark Lager and American Amber / Red Lager:

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.

Comparable styles to American Amber / Red Lagers & Dark Lagers:

Dark lagers are sometimes referred to as Dunkels. This is the German word for dark.

 

Now that you know all about American Amber, Red & Dark Lagers. Learn more about the other beer styles below:

Amber Ale / Dark Ale
Barleywine
Belgian IPA / White India Pale Ale
Berliner Weisse
Bock
Double IPA / Imperial IPA
Golden Ale / Blonde Ale
Golden Lager / Pale Lager
Gose
Gruit Beer
India Pale Ale (IPA)
Pilsner
Porter
Saison
Sour Ale / Wild Ale
Stout
Strong Ale
Weizenbock
Wheat Beer

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