International Amber Lager

Recipes:
948
BJCP 2021:
02B
Era:
Traditional
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

International Amber Lager is a beer style that represents a more globally adapted version of the traditional amber lagers found in various regions, particularly those originating from European countries. It closely relates to other more region-specific amber lagers like Vienna Lager or Märzen but differs primarily due to its less pronounced malt complexity and less restrictive ingredient selection. The style has been molded by international brewing practices and ingredient availability, resulting in a more standardized brew that can vary widely but still adheres to certain characteristics that define it as an amber lager. It's tailored more towards broad commercial appeal rather than adhering strictly to traditional recipes or regional ingredients.

This beer style is typically a clear amber to copper range with a creamy off-white head. Carbonation levels should be moderate, contributing to the overall mouthfeel and presentation of the beer. In terms of flavor and aroma, International Amber Lager presents a balance between malt and hops. The malt character can come across as slightly sweet with notes of caramel, toast, or biscuit provided by the use of amber malts. The hop profile should be perceptible but not overwhelming, offering a counterpoint to the malt sweetness with hints of floral, herbal, or spicy qualities depending on the variety used. Bitterness is generally moderate, creating a balance without overshadowing the malt flavors.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.5 – 6.0 %

In Database
4.1 < 5.2 < 6.4 %

Bitterness

Specification
8 – 25 IBU

In Database
9 < 22 < 32 IBU

Color

Specification
12 – 28 EBC
6 – 14 SRM

In Database
7 < 18 < 30 EBC
4 < 9 < 15 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.4 – 13.5 °P
1.042 – 1.055 OG

In Database
10.1 < 12.4 < 15.3 °P
1.041 < 1.050 < 1.063 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.6 °P
1.008 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.2 < 2.8 < 4.3 °P
1.005 < 1.011 < 1.017 FG

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