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Premium American Lager Reviews

A close sibling of standard American lagers, the premium version contains less corn and rice adjuncts and typically a bit more alcohol. These lagers should be pale yellow to gold and very clear, emit low malt and hop notes in the aroma, and feature a crisp, carbonated, medium-light body. Although this style contains nearly half the adjuncts of other American lagers, malt hints and sweetness should still be restrained to maintain balance in the taste.

Pair: There’s no better way to wash down traditional barbecue—be it brisket, chicken or ribs—than with an American lager. These beers’ crisp finishes wash down sticky-sweet or fire-hot sauce, and their low alcohol levels ensure you can drink more than one.

Glassware: pint glass