Beer Style: European Amber Lager

Includes such styles as Märzens, Vienna Lagers, Kellerbiers, and Czech Amber Lagers.

International Amber Lager

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by the numbers OG: 1.042-1.055 FG:1.008-1.014 SRM:7-14 IBU:8-25 ABV:4.6-6.0% I know this will sound strange coming from me, but some people take beer styles way too seriously. They’re quite happy to invent fanciful backstories and imagine detailed histories based on whatever they currently encounter in the market. Some styles certainly do have long histories, but


Czech Amber Lager

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I have a confession to make. I was going to write about Czech dark lager, but I tried an authentic Czech amber lager brewed by my friend Petr Bachan at a recent competition and had to switch topics. It was such a drinkable beer, featuring a remarkable malt character with a toasty-rich base that you’d


Festbier/Märzen/Oktoberfest

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by the numbersOG: 1.054-1.057 FG:1.010-1.012 SRM:4-7 IBU:18-25 ABV:5.8-6.3 Many American beer enthusiasts look forward to autumn seasonal beers, often with their malty, stronger flavors. One particular style that is popular is Oktoberfest, an amber, malty, German lager, just like the kind that’s served at the eponymous Munich festival. Right? Well . . . no. Not


Kodiak Island Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, A couple of years ago my dad decided to take my brother and I on what he called an “extreme guys fishing get away.” I wasn’t too excited about the fishing or the location — Kodiak, Alaska. Turns out that even though it is very remote, it was pretty cool. The best part


Brewing Oktoberfest

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Often, the beer we enjoy shifts with the change in seasons. The winter brings rich beers such as stouts, porters, winter warmers, and bocks. As the weather warms, the beers often lighten in both color and body, to match the heat of the late spring and summer months. Autumn, too, has a set of beers


Oktoberfest

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by the numbersOG:1.050–1.056 (12.4–13.8 °P) FG:1.012–1.016 (3.1–4.1 °P) SRM: 7–14 IBU:20–28 ABV:4.8–5.7% People often ask me, “What is your favorite style?” I tell them that I love all of the styles, because they are all great beers. Picking a favorite style for me would be like picking a favorite child. Well, almost. There are some


Vienna Lager

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by the numbers OG: 1.046–1.052 (11.4–12.9 °P) FG: 1.010–1.014 (2.6–3.6 °P) SRM: 10–16 IBU: 18–30 ABV: 4.5–5.5% If you are a beer geek, certainly you know the name Anton Dreher. It was from 1836 to 1840 that he developed a new, paler lager. Brewed with the new lighter-colored malts of the time, it had a


Brewing Oktoberfest

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The first Oktoberfest was brewed to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig I to Princess Maria Therese in 1810. Ever since, the beer has been brewed to commemorate the annual event that takes place on the same Munich village green, known as Theresienwiese, or “Therese’s Meadow.” The original one-day celebration has expanded to a sixteen-day


Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfestbier clone

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All the Munich breweries prepare an Oktoberfest for the celebration. The Hofbräuhaus, which means “Royal Court Brewery,” is probably the most famous of the city’s breweries. In fact, the Hofbräuhaus may be the most famous brewery, beer garden and beer hall in the world.

Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest has a creamy, tight, off-white head and a luscious amber color. The nose is aromatic malt the palate is smooth, with intense malt and nutty, bread-like nuances. The finish is one of semi-sweet malt.


Oktoberfest / Märzen

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OG = 1.050 to 1.064 FG =1.012 to 1.016 IBUs = 20 to 30 SRM = 7 to 14 Oktoberfests are intensely appealing. They are best described as liquid bread, with the rich, velvety taste coming from the long lagering period at cold temperatures. Typically they are brewed in the early spring, at the end


Czech Dunkel Recipe

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A smooth drinking Dunkel, brewed using The Brülosophy Method of fast lager fermentations.


Wiener Blut Vienna Lager

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Recipe author Chris Colby says, “Wiener Blut is a malty, lightly sweet amber lager with slightly more German noble hops than usual.” Silver medal winner at the 2004 National Homebrew Contest.


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