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American Dark Lager: Examples:
A slightly heavier bodied, colored version of a pale lager. The beer's darkness is sometimes the result of roasted malts, it is often artificial and made with dark caramel syrups. The taste may include mild sweetness from caramel. This style has low to medium hop bitterness levels. Alcohol usually ranges from 3.5% - 5.1%.
  • Sleeman Original Dark
  • Michelob Dark
  • Lowenbrau Dark
  • Beck's Dark
  • Saint Pauli Girl Dark

While we aren't exactly sure about the history of Bock beers, it is believed that their roots can be found in medieval monestaries where they may have been drank to survive during Lent. Bocks are lagers that are deep amber to dark brown in color and medium to full-bodied in flavor. The flavor is dominated by a rich maltiness. Munich and Vienna malts provide a caramel taste. Bocks have little to no hop presence and an above average alcohol content ranging from 6-7.5% ABV.
  • Spaten Premium Bock
  • Amstel Bock
  • Grolsch Herfstbok
  • Shiner Bock
  • Michelob Amber Bock

Bohemian/Czech Pilsner:
The history of Pilsner beers began in the 1840's in the city of Plzen which is located in the west side of the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is currently trying to trademark the term "Pilsner" so that only beers brewed in their country can be labeled as such. Czech Pilsners are light straw to golden in color and are completely clear. They are brewed with Saaz hops which are a large part of the pilsner flavor. In fact, a Czech pilsner must have at least 28 IBUs in order to meet this classification. Czech Pilsners tend to be crisp and refreshing, although they can tend to be grassy (skunky). No fruit or ester flavors are found in this style. The alcohol content is low to moderate at around 4-5.3% ABV.
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Radegast Premium
  • Gambrinus Pilsner
  • Budweiser Budvar
  • Staropramen

California Common/Steam Beer:
This style was founded in California during the late 18th century. At the time, brewers had little access to ice or other refridgeration methods, so they began making beer using special lager yeasts in warm temperatures (Lagers are typically cold-fermented). The end result is a well-balanced light amber lager that has some characteristics of an ale such as mild fruitiness. Anchor Steam Brewing of San Francisco trademarked the term "Steam Beer" - all others are called a California Common.
  • Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber
  • Anchor Steam
  • Great Lakes California Common
  • Bonaventure California Common
  • Snake River Firehole Steam
  • Sleeman Steam

Classic German Pilsner:
Very similar to Czech Pilsners, but they use German noble hops, tend to be drier, and more bitter. The flavor derived from the hops tends to be higher as well. The ABV range is usually around 4.4-5.2%
  • Paulaner Premium Pils
  • DAB Original
  • Warsteiner Premium Verum
  • Bitburger
  • Jever Pils
  • Holsten Pils

This style of beer was invented by the Brothers of St. Francis of Paula in Munich. Doppelbocks are typically dark brown in color, although lighter versions have been made. This style is loaded with rich malt flavor and alcohol warming, and has very little hop flavor. Bitterness from hops is also typically low. The ABV is usually very strong in the range of 7.5-12%. You may also notice that the names of these brews often end in "ator".
  • Paulaner Salvator
  • Ayinger Celebrator
  • Tucher Bajuvator
  • Hoss Doppel-Hirsch
  • Spaten Optimator
  • Augustiner Maximator

Dortmunder and Helles Lagers are very similar styles which is why we have lumped them together. Dortmunders are from Dortmund and Helles are from Bavaria. These beers are golden in color with medium carbonation, and should exhibit a biscuity/bready malt flavor. Balance defines Dortmunders as they possess the malt profile of a Helles, the hop character of a German Pilsner, and are slightly stronger than both. The water used to brew these beers may be high in mineral content which can show up in the finish. These beers are crisp, clean, and have no fruity esters. The ABV will generally be 4-6% and the bitterness around 23-30 IBUs.
  • DAB Export
  • Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold
  • Nils Oscar God Lager
  • Spaten Premium Lager
  • MacTarnahans Zig Zag River Lager
  • Gordon Biersch Golden Export
  • Dortmunder Kronen

Dunkel means "dark" in German and this style of beer originated in Germany. They are deep copper to dark brown in color, often having a red tint from the Munich malts that are used. Flavor is malty throughout and usually moderately sweet with hints of caramel, chocolate, breadiness or nuts. Bitterness and hop (i.e. Hallertau and Tetnang) flavor tend to be low. No fruity esters. Unfiltered versions of this style exist and they tend to be very bready, yeasty and earthy. Typical IBU range is 14-28 and ABV is around 4.5-5.6%.
  • Ottakringer Dunkles
  • Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
  • Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
  • Hofbrau Dunkel
  • Becks Dark
  • Gordon Biersch Dunkels

Eisbocks are full-bodied lagers that are brewed by freezing off some of the water in a doppelbock and removing the ice which leaves a beer of stronger flavor and alcohol content. They are usually deep copper to very dark brown in color and often have a ruby or red colored tinge. The flavor is mainly composed of strong malt and alcohol flavors. This usually amounts to a sweet caramel flavor. This style has no flavor from hops, and hops add just enough bitterness to offset the malts slightly. Dark fruit (plum, prune and/or grape) esters usually exist. IBUs are generally around 25-35 and the ABV is typically 9-14%.
  • Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock
  • Kulmbacher Reichelbru Eisbock
  • Niagara Eisbock
  • Southampton Eisbock
  • Pizza Port Broken Keg Ice Bock
  • Southampton Double Ice Bock
  • Ramstein Eisbock
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