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

Wayne Gretzky Premium Rye Lager
90 points
$0
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of praline, ham frittata, and oat cereal with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of zucchini-coconut bread, pretzel roll, and cashew. A complex and finely balanced Lager that will cover a lot of bases.
Wayne Gretzky Premium Rye Lager
89 points
$0
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach nut pastry, citrus marmalade on sourdough toast, and honey nut cereal with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, long finish with shades of spiced pear and artisan multigrain bread. A sumptuous, mouthfilling Lager with lovely nuanced flavor.