Brew Butlers' Beer Styles

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Dark American Lager
Details
Type Lager
ABV 4.2% to 6%
IBU 8 to 20
OG 1.044 to 1.056
FG 1.008 to 1.012
Color 14 to 22
Little to no malt aroma. Medium-low to no roast and caramel malt aroma. Hop aroma may range from none to light spicy or floral hop presence. Can have low levels of yeast character (green apples, DMS, or fruitiness). No diacetyl.Deep amber to dark brown with bright clarity and ruby highlights. Foam stand may not be long lasting, and is usually light tan in color.Moderately crisp with some low to moderate levels of sweetness. Medium-low to no caramel and/or roasted malt flavors (and may include hints of coffee, molasses or cocoa). Hop flavor ranges from none to low levels. Hop bitterness at low to medium levels. No diacetyl. May have a very light fruitiness. Burnt or moderately strong roasted malt flavors are a defect.Light to somewhat medium body. Smooth, although a highly-carbonated beer.A somewhat sweeter version of standard/premium lager with a little more body and flavor.

Lite American Lager
Details
Type Lager
ABV 2.8% to 4.2%
IBU 8 to 12
OG 1.028 to 1.04
FG 0.998 to 1.008
Color 2 to 3
Little to no malt aroma, although it can be grainy, sweet or corn-like if present. Hop aroma may range from none to a light, spicy or floral hop presence. Low levels of yeast character (green apples, DMS, or fruitiness) are optional but acceptable. No diacetyl.Very pale straw to pale yellow color. White, frothy head seldom persists. Very clear.Crisp and dry flavor with some low levels of grainy or corn-like sweetness. Hop flavor ranges from none to low levels. Hop bitterness at low level. Balance may vary from slightly malty to slightly bitter, but is relatively close to even. High levels of carbonation may provide a slight acidity or dry "sting." No diacetyl. No fruitiness.Very light body from use of a high percentage of adjuncts such as rice or corn. Very highly carbonated with slight carbonic bite on the tongue. May seem watery.Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

Premium American Lager
Details
Type Lager
ABV 4.6% to 6%
IBU 15 to 25
OG 1.046 to 1.056
FG 1.008 to 1.012
Color 2 to 6
Low to medium-low malt aroma, which can be grainy, sweet or corn-like. Hop aroma may range from very low to a medium-low, spicy or floral hop presence. Low levels of yeast character (green apples, DMS, or fruitiness) are optional but acceptable. No diacetyl.Pale straw to gold color. White, frothy head may not be long lasting. Very clear.Crisp and dry flavor with some low levels of grainy or malty sweetness. Hop flavor ranges from none to low levels. Hop bitterness at low to medium level. Balance may vary from slightly malty to slightly bitter, but is relatively close to even. High levels of carbonation may provide a slight acidity or dry "sting." No diacetyl. No fruitiness.Medium-light body from use of adjuncts such as rice or corn. Highly carbonated with slight carbonic bite on the tongue.Refreshing and thirst quenching, although generally more filling than standard/lite versions.

Standard American Lager
Details
Type Lager
ABV 4.2% to 5.3%
IBU 8 to 15
OG 1.04 to 1.05
FG 1.004 to 1.01
Color 2 to 4
Little to no malt aroma, although it can be grainy, sweet or corn-like if present. Hop aroma may range from none to a light, spicy or floral hop presence. Low levels of yeast character (green apples, DMS, or fruitiness) are optional but acceptable. No diacetyl.Very pale straw to medium yellow color. White, frothy head seldom persists. Very clear.Crisp and dry flavor with some low levels of grainy or corn-like sweetness. Hop flavor ranges from none to low levels. Hop bitterness at low to medium-low level. Balance may vary from slightly malty to slightly bitter, but is relatively close to even. High levels of carbonation may provide a slight acidity or dry "sting." No diacetyl. No fruitiness.Light body from use of a high percentage of adjuncts such as rice or corn. Very highly carbonated with slight carbonic bite on the tongue.Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

Vienna Lager
Details
Type Lager
ABV 4.5% to 5.5%
IBU 18 to 30
OG 1.046 to 1.052
FG 1.01 to 1.014
Color 10 to 16
Moderately rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt). A light toasted malt aroma may be present. Similar, though less intense than Oktoberfest. Clean lager character, with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Noble hop aroma may be low to none. Caramel aroma is inappropriate.: Light reddish amber to copper color. Bright clarity. Large, off-white, persistent head.Soft, elegant malt complexity is in the forefront, with a firm enough hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish. Some toasted character from the use of Vienna malt. No roasted or caramel flavor. Fairly dry finish, with both malt and hop bitterness present in the aftertaste. Noble hop flavor may be low to none.Medium-light to medium body, with a gentle creaminess. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Moderately crisp finish. May have a bit of alcohol warming.Characterized by soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet. The original amber lager developed by Anton Dreher shortly after the isolation of lager yeast. Nearly extinct in its area of origin, the style continues in Mexico where it was brought by Santiago Graf and other Austrian immigrant brewers in the late 1800s. Regrettably, most modern examples use adjuncts which lessen the rich malt complexity characteristic of the best examples of this style. The style owes much of its character to the method of malting (Vienna malt). Lighter malt character overall than Oktoberfest, yet still decidedly balanced toward malt.