International Lager

BJCP 2021:


The International Lager category includes a range of lagers that are broadly popular and accessible across the globe. These beers tend to prioritize clean, refreshing drinkability with a more pronounced malt and hop character than their light lager cousins. This category embraces several styles, including the well-known International Pale Lager, which is akin to many mass-market beers and offers a balanced palate with subdued flavors; the slightly maltier and sweeter International Amber Lager; and the darker, more robust International Dark Lager, characterized by mild roasted notes and a deeper color.

What makes this category distinct from other lager groupings is its global appeal and straightforward profile. These beers are crafted with a wide audience in mind, often using local ingredients but conforming to an internationally recognized taste standard that emphasizes approachability over regional or stylistic distinction. As such, International Lagers can be seen as the everyman's beer, designed for widespread enjoyment rather than niche appreciation or complex flavor profiles championed by craft beer enthusiasts or specific regional styles. They are typically moderate in alcohol content, carbonation, and body, without extreme flavors that would challenge or potentially alienate the average consumer.

Distinct beer styles within this category:



In Database
4.1 < 5.1 < 6.4 %


In Database
12 < 21 < 29 IBU


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5 < 8 < 39 EBC
2 < 4 < 20 SRM

Original Extract

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9.8 < 12.1 < 14.9 °P
1.039 < 1.049 < 1.061 OG

Final Gravity

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1.1 < 2.6 < 4.1 °P
1.004 < 1.010 < 1.016 FG

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