About Flavored Lager

About Flavored Lager
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Flavored lagers may be flavored with, or affected by, the addition of unusual ingredients including chocolate, coffee, chili peppers or even juniper. 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. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler and Burleigh Black Giraffe Coffee Lager.

Top Picks for Flavored Lager

Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Black Giraffe Coffee Lager
89 points
Ebony color. Aromas of roasted nuts, toasted russian black bread, frosted spice cake, and fresh coffee with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, compelling, medium-length creamy gelato, charred espresso bean, baking chocolate, and charred frisse finish. A bold, roasty, coffee-inflected beer with a silky texture; light enough to session.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Chinese Date Flavored Lager
88 points
Reddish mahogany color. Creamy, confected aromas of sweet almond cake, mocha latte, gingerbread pudding, molasses, sticky toffee pudding, and peanut brittle with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length charcoal, char grilled veggies, and caramelized acorn squash finish. A pleasant fruity-spicy beer made in a drier, sessionable style.
August Schell Brewing Co. Grain Belt Blu Blueberry Lager
88 points
Brilliant red oak color. Floral aromas and flavors of berry scone, raw blueberry juice, and marigold with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and an even, carefree finish imparting accents of mixed berry sorbet, buttery shortbread cookie, raw apple cider, and waxy honeycomb finish. A nice fruity berry quaffer for picnics and beach coolers.
Vancouver Island Brewing Twisted Stalk Blackberry Helles
87 points
Brilliant golden amber with pink color. Buttery, fruity, jammy aromas of brioche, strawberry jam, rhubarb pie, and hibiscus with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, brisk macerated strawberries, rye cracker, and white pepper finish. Fruity and jam-like, this beer is a welcome departure from typical lager flavors.