About American Style Lager

About American Style Lager
American style lagers are very light straw in color and range in alcohol from 4-5%. These lagers are clean, crisp, and light in body and flavor with low-to-no detectable hop or malt aromas. In addition to malt, many of these beers contain adjuncts such as corn and rice that are used to lessen the body and flavor. These beers originated in the US as versions of the pilsner style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Capital Supper Club, Stevens Point Special Lager and Full Sail Session Premium Lager.

Top Picks for American Style Lager

Deschutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland Lager
92 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of citrus and mango marmalades, lemon herb muffin, orange blossom honey, and hint of balloon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish revealing accents of egg-washed peppercorn bread, salted nuts, and radish sprouts finish. A delicious and vibrant lager that hits all the high notes.
Fulton Brewing Company Standard Lager
92 points
Bright copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of freshly buttered toast and fancy citrus and herb soap with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium body and a graceful, medium-long finish that shows notes of salty roasted nuts, taro and root vegetable chips, and bit of asparagus frittata finish. A rich, dry crisp lager for everyday enjoyment.
Chang Classic Beer
88 points
Brilliant yellow color. Clean, earthy, grainy, sulfurous, rubbery aromas of oregano herb muffin, egg salad sandwich, cake flour, and dried flowers with a soft, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, crisp light anise cookie, bibb lettuce, arugula, and clementine finish. A tasty and easy drinking Lager that is sure to please.
Fulton Brewing Company Standard Lager
88 points
Brushed gold color. Fruity aromas of orange sherbet, sliced banana, and oregano with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy mango and papadum finish. A friendly, pleasing, fuller bodied lager.
Vancouver Island Brewing Islander Lager
88 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Aromas of labnah, matzo, and oven roasted potato with a creamy, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length crisp celery, fresh parsley, water chestnut, and fresh grain finish. A nice sudsy lager with a pleasant hop presence.
Stevens Point Brewery Big Charlie Special Lager
87 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas of mango yogurt, honey buttered cornbread muffin, and praline with a supple, bright, petillant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length honey nut cereal and bit of honey candy, pineapple preserves on toast, and grape skin finish. A fun, fruity lager with crowd pleasing tendencies.
Broken Tooth Brewing Pribilof Pounder Lager
85 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Fruity, fresh, citrusy, tropical aromas of egg sandwich on cinnamon raisin toast, lemon zest, pineapple juice, and water cracker with a silky, tangy, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, short brioche tops, strawberry leaf, orange slices, and fresh baked bread finish. A crisp and tangy Lager for happy hour.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Urban Underdog Lager
84 points
Brilliant light gold color. Toasty, sulfurous aromas and flavors of ham and egg and cheese croissant, tortilla chips, and struck match with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy finish imparting touches of orange buttered toast, bibb lettuce, and bit of radish finish. An easy-drinking lawnmower beer that would a good upgrade for a macro drinker.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Premium Lager
83 points
Clear brilliant golden yellow color. Chemical, fruity, grassy, green aromas of fruit loops, mango nectar, and hint of bbq sweet potato chip with a soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a short-lived orange custard tart, sprouts, spiced poached apple and plantain, and pepper dust finish. An easy breezy Lager for the beach.
Grand Junction Brewing Co. My Dirty Dancer
82 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Rubbery, chemical aromas of pear skins, overripe banana, and waxy fruity candle with a slightly chewy, soft, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length apple turnover, lemon candy, tangerine segments, and vanilla cookie finish. A sweeter take on a classic American Lager style.