About Pale Lager

About Pale Lager
True to their name, pale lagers are pale in color and range in alcohol from 4-6%. These beers are generally light to medium-bodied with a light-to-medium hop impression and a clean, crisp malt character. Pale lagers are the standard international beer style as exemplified by products from Miller to Heineken. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager, Birra Moretti Lager and Damm Estrella Damm Lager.

Top Picks for Pale Lager

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Koki Lager
93 points
Bright gold color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of fruit loops, orange marmalade on rye toast, and chive dumpling with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long finish with notes of orange-pineapple salsa, radicchio, and pepper finish. A really tasty hoppy lager that will appeal to pale-alers.
City Lights Brewing Co. Mexican Lager
92 points
Light gold color. Hoppy aromas of orange oil, coconut, mango, ripe apple, and basil with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length lemon bar, toasted Hawaiian rolls, and dried apricot finish. A bright and well-balanced pale lager with big hops on the nose but an easy-drinking palate with little bitterness.
Narragansett Brewing Company Lager
92 points
Clear gold color. Savory aromas and flavors of ham and egg croissant and salty butter roasted nuts with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of sweet lettuces and sprouts, cashew brittle, honeyed lemon, and minerals finish. A robust, smooth and satisfying lager.
Estrella Damm Pale Lager
90 points
Light gold color. Aromas of lemongrass, hay, and toasty cracker with a spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length roasted sweet corn and orange marmalade on toast finish. A round, satisfying Pale Lager with a nice malty backbone; could be a great standby.
Stanley Park Brewing DayTrip West Coast Lager
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Attractive, citrusy, tropical aromas of orange mango marmalade and frosted lemon scone with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long grapefruit Italian ice, toasted baguette, and pepper finish. A fun, juicy tropical lager that is sure to please.
Brouwerij Haacht Primus Lager
90 points
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttery egg croissant, fruit scented wax, and white blossoms with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of melon, sprouts, and arugula finish. A tasty, finely balanced lager with great sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Pale Lager
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Holeshot Lager
89 points
Pale copper color. Aromas of ginger-peach tea and scone with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length buckwheat blini, roasted pecan, and dried herbs finish. A toothsome, dry and nicely balanced pale lager built for substantial pairings.
Vancouver Island Brewing Juan De Fuca Cervesa Lager
89 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of fresh raw corn, underripe apricot, green tea, and breakfast soufflé with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-length lemon zest, oyster cracker, poppyseed, hint of roasted nuts, and bamboo finish. A balanced, refreshing lager with an underlying hop presence and roasty nuance.
Flensburger Gold Lager
89 points
Clear golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of nectarine and melon balls, strawberry mint tea, corn chowder, and maple nut rice cereal with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, medium-long roasted nuts, toasted Hawaiian and corn breads, and mango chutney finish. A fruity lager with fun tropical notes.
Niksicko Lager
89 points
Bright yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toast and bread dough, date, bit of caramel, and corn flake with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-to-long finish with accents of wheat grass, plantain, and minerals finish. A solid crushable lager.