Euro Pale Lager
This German inspired beer styles have become a global phenomenon, since they were first brewed in the mid 1800s. In general a Euro Lager is the more superior variety when compared to a typical American Lager. Euro Lager beer comes in three forms: Euro Pale Lager, Euro Dark Lager, and Euro Strong Lager.
The Euro Pale Lager style beer was born from the publics desire for more beers like the Pilsner style that are light colored, refreshing, and easy to drink. The beer is often made from a substantial amount of two or six row barely malt, a minute portion of noble hops, and is bottom fermented with clear lager yeast. The color of the beer is typically pale straw, and it contains merely a hint of bitterness. The Euro Pale Lager ABV is mostly between 4.5 and 6%. Some Euro Pale Lagers labeled Pilsner contributes to the notion that the term is interchangeable with other pale beers. Euro Pale Lager food pairings typically include: salads, light seafood, chicken, spicy Indian and Mexican cuisines.
The Euro Dark Lager is amber to brown in color, full bodied, and malt forward in aroma and taste with a hop background to balance it. Inspired by the classic German dark beer styles, Euro Dark Lager's are malty, caramely, balanced, and crisp. The ABV of a Euro Dark Lager is 4.5-6.2% and it pairs well with hearty foods, grilled meats, smoked meats, and barbecue.
Though numerous versions of the Euro Strong Lager exist in America, as a whole it is a relatively rare style. This Euro Lager type is typically higher in alcohol than a brewery's standard Lager. The brew contains more malt for fermentation, but has low hop levels. Euro Strong Lager’s have a sweet grain and alcohol aroma and flavor, yet they still go down easy. Straw gold to light copper in color, the Euro Strong Lager usually has a 7-10% ABV. Euro Strong Lager food pairings generally include: shellfish, barbecue, spicy food, and curried dishes.
As a whole these Euro Lager types have made a great impact on the craft beer industry in both Europe and America.