Light in body and color, American lagers are very clean and crisp and aggressively carbonated. Flavor components should be subtle and complex, with no one ingredient dominating the others. Malt sweetness is light to mild. Corn, rice, or other grain or sugar adjuncts are often used. Hop bitterness, flavor and aroma are negligible to very light. Light fruity esters are acceptable. Chill haze and diacetyl should be absent.
Origin: North American
Recommended Glassware: Pilsner Glass or Cervoise Glass
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.040-1.046 (10-11.5 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.006-1.010 (1.5-2.5 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.2-4.0% (3.8-5%)
Bitterness (IBU): 5-14
Color SRM (EBC): 2-4 (4-8 EBC)
Sub-style guidelines used with permission of the Brewers Association, www.beertown.org.