About Specialty Lagers

About Specialty Lagers
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Specialty beers may be flavored with, or affected by, unusual ingredients (ginger, chipotle peppers) or fermentation agents (Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus), or brewed with unusual fermentables (buckwheat, sweet potatoes, maple syrup). In addition, the base beer may be related to almost any classic beer style. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, and overall drinkability.

Top Picks for Specialty Lagers

Deschutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland Dry-Hopped Lager
87 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of exotic citrus, peppercorn muffin, hop pellets, and mango powder with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish conveying overtones of grilled citrus and carrots, radicchio, and okra finish. A nice hoppy lager with a lot of earthy, savory notes.