Amber Malty European Lager

BJCP 2021:


Amber Malty European Lager is a category with various lager beers from Europe that share common characteristics of being amber in color and having a prominent malt profile. These beers typically exhibit a richness in malt flavor, with notes ranging from biscuity to toasty to caramel-like, without veering into overly roasted or burnt territories. The hop presence in these beers varies but generally plays a supportive role, providing enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness without overpowering it.

Styles included within this category cover an array of traditional European lagers like Märzen, Vienna Lager, and Dunkles Bock. Each has its own distinct features; for example, Märzen often has a notable toasted bread or biscuit quality with a clean finish, while Vienna Lagers are characterized by their elegant balance of gentle toastiness and smoothness. On the other hand, Dunkles Bocks present stronger malt character with more pronounced caramel and sometimes chocolate-like flavors. This diversity allows for varied experiences within the same overarching theme of amber-colored malty lagers. These beer styles are distinctive from other categories through their shared focus on rich malt flavors set against differing backdrops of body, alcohol strength, and hop character.

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In Database
4.6 < 5.7 < 7.1 %


In Database
17 < 23 < 32 IBU


In Database
12 < 24 < 45 EBC
6 < 12 < 23 SRM

Original Extract

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11.5 < 14.1 < 17.4 °P
1.046 < 1.058 < 1.072 OG

Final Gravity

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1.7 < 3.4 < 5.2 °P
1.007 < 1.013 < 1.020 FG

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