About Amber Lager

About Amber Lager
Amber lagers are amber to copper hued in color and range in alcohol from 4.5-6%. Caramel malt flavors are typical and hopping levels vary considerably from one brewery to the next. Though based on the Vienna lager style, these beers are often hoppier. Amber lagers are a vaguely defined style favored by US brewers. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Great Lakes Elliot Ness Lager, Stevens Point Classic Amber and Boston Beer Co.'s Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Top Picks for Amber Lager

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Eliot Ness Amber Lager
91 points
Brilliant medium dark sunburst color. Aromas of rye toast, dried caramel chew, and black peppercorn with a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length toasted walnut, granola, cherry pit, and arugula finish. A round and satisfying amber ale with great balance and a snappy finish.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of pepper and herb rub, hop pellets, buttered dark toast, and caramelized nuts and citrus with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a subtle, long finish with notes of pepper, arugula, and mocha nuts finish. A round, tasty, nicely integrated amber lager that nails the style in a very refreshing manner.
Nevin’s Brewing Company Hook & Hatchet Lager
91 points
Mahogany color. Grassy, herbal aromas and flavors of dried herbs and fruits, pine, honey butter, and prairie grass and nettles with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of lemon pepper, roasted nuts, and coffee finish. A vivacious and snappy amber lager that will pair brilliantly with roasted and grilled meats.
Stevens Point Brewery Point Classic Amber
89 points
Medium red oak color. Aromas and flavors of toasted dark rye bread, chestnut toffee, and saltines with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of brown sugar sautéed fruits, radish sprouts and lettuce, cola float, and grass finish. A light and easy-drinking amber lager with a nice caramel malt character.
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company Outlaw Lager
87 points
Bright copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dark toast with nutella, banana nut muffin, swedish rye cracker with lemon-herb butter, and grassy earth with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish revealing notes of spiced nuts and cocoa-dusted dried fruits finish. A very dry and nutty lager that is a natural pairing for roasts.
San Miguel Brewery Red Horse
86 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed nuts and peaches and fruit cake and salad with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, cheery finish evoking notes of nougat, apple sauce and brandy, and pepper finish. A fruity and somewhat boozy, malt liquor like amber lager.
Rio Grande Outlaw Amber Lager
83 points
Brilliant color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted nut shells and root vegetables, cacao mulch and straw, and mustard greens with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish displaying touches of grilled pumpernickel and pepper finish. A sturdy quaffer.