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European-Style Dark Lager

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Location: European
Category: Lager
BJCP Comparable Category: 2C - International Dark Lager

Style Description

This is the description of how the European-Style Dark Lager style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the European-Style Dark Lager beer style.

These beers offer a fine balance of sweet maltiness and hop bitterness.

  • Body: Low to medium-low
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Low to medium with chocolate, roast, and malt aromas and flavors present.
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Very low to low with attributes typical of noble-type hops.
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Fruity esters and diacetyl should not be present.

Brewing Properties of European-Style Dark Lager

The functional properties of brewing European-Style Dark Lager beers as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, historical significance, authenticity or a high profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
4.8 - 5.3%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
20 - 35 IBUs
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
15 - 24 SRM
(30 - 47 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.048 - 1.056
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.014 - 1.018

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.