Beer is one of the most rejoiced drinks all over the world and lager forms the obvious choice of many beer aficionados. Lager originated from the German word, 'lagern', which means 'to store'. It was hived in cold storages and cellars for future use and henceforth, it got its name - lager. The amber-colored liquid was initially appreciated exclusively by the Western countries, especially in Germany. Its popularity spread throughout the world owing to the texture, flavor and of course from the pleasure derived after drinking the beer. The fermentation technique of lager is quite different from ale, which is also a very popular variety of beer. It is manufactured by bottom fermentation method, wherein the yeast undergoes fermentation at low temperature and gradually, it settles down at the bottom of the vessel.
Lager comes in two different varieties, namely dark and pale, of which the dark version is actually the original lager. The alcohol concentration in dark lager ranges from 4.5% to 6%. Pale lager is a golden-colored liquid with alcohol content of 5.8% and more. Noble hop is extensively used in pale lager, while other ingredients include pilsner malt and adjuncts like corn and rice. American Budweiser, a pale lager has the highest selling rate.
Most Popular Brands of Lager Beer
Different Types of Lager Beer
This dark lager beer has its origin in Germany and it comes in two different varieties, viz. Franconian and Munich. The former is fermented from hop and has a dry texture while the latter is brewed from malt and has a sweet flavor. The alcohol concentration of Dunkel ranges from 4.5%-6%. Traditional Dunkel is largely consumed in the countryside of Bavaria. The typical malty flavor develops from triple decoction brewing technique. The flavors of dark roasted malts, licorice and dry chocolates make it a premium beer brand.
Amber lager is immensely popular in the U.S. It has the authentic flavor of dark lager and has a prominent copper hue. The hopping levels differ, ultimately rendering it a caramel malt flavor. The alcohol content doesn't exceed beyond 5%. Some other countries that are leading producers of amber lager are Germany and Mexico.
Bock is a superior brand of German lager beer. This classical brand has dark amber tones and the sweet flavor of malt is especially appreciated by people. Bock is mainly a drink of the winter season as it is capable of keeping you warm. The alcohol content ranges between 5%-6%. Eisbock and Doppelbock are the two varieties of Bock. The strongest version is Eisbock, produced by hard freezing the beer till it forms ice and the alcohol level spikes to 8%. Doppelbock is comparatively less strong, tastes malty and has higher alcohol content than Eisbock.
It was first manufactured in Munich and this variety has a clean lager aroma with a tincture of gold. It is blended with herbal hops and has a jest of sulfur in it. Munich Helles is a light bodied beer, having a subtle malty character. It is marketed in large-scale across the U.S. and is rejoiced immensely by people. The commercial varieties include Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold, Spaten Premium Lager, Weihenstephaner Original, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Hell Naturtrüb, etc.
There are several other types of lager beer having different flavors, textures and alcohol content. They include malt liquor, pale lager, Schwarzbier lager, Vienna style lager, pilsner, baltic porter, Marzen/fest beers, mailbock, pale bock, etc. Reduced calorie lager or diet lager is also available in the market.