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Bavarian Style Lager


Bavarian brewers in 16th century Germany were required by law to only brew beers during the cooler months of the year. In order to have beer available during the summer months, beers would be stored (lagered) in caves and cellars. A Bavarian style lager is different from other widely known lagers largely due to its coloring. These beers are traditionally brewed using dark malts which, in turn, creates a darker beer. The recipe for the dark lager quickly spread across Europe where other techniques were adopted using lighter malts resulting in a rich amber-red colored Vienna-style lager.

Bavarian Style Lagers can be pale, golden, amber, or dark in color. Bavarian Helles (pale) or Barvarian Dunkels (dark) are common terms to describe a range of beers distinguishing them by their coloring. Helle lagers are pale-golden in color and are usually lighter with crisp flavors. They have almost no nose or up-front bitterness but have a delicate richness on the palate with lingering notes of hops. These beers have an ABV range of 4.7 to 5.4%. Dunkel lagers range from amber to dark reddish brown in color and tend to be stronger with malty flavors. The palate is well-rounded with a chewy texture and a long clean finish. These beers have an ABV of 4.8 to 5.5%.

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