International Dark Lager

Recipes:
233
BJCP 2021:
02C
Era:
Traditional
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

International Dark Lagers trace back to European roots but diverges towards more modern brewing techniques and sensibilities adopted by large international breweries. This is exemplified in its generally cleaner fermentation profile compared to traditional European versions like Munich Dunkel or Schwarzbier which might exhibit subtler yeast-driven notes such as those found in Bavarian lagers. The focus on export stability leads these lagers to often be less complex and less rich than their more traditional counterparts, yet they retain a balanced approachable character that makes them accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience.

International Dark Lager presents itself with a clear, deep amber to dark brown hue, often with ruby highlights when held to the light. Its head is usually ivory to light tan, offering a frothy appearance which can vary in retention. This style typically carries gentle malt aromas, showcasing subtle notes of caramel and toast. It may also express mild hoppy characteristics reflective of traditional noble hop varieties or their modern equivalents. These hop aromas play a supporting role and never overshadow the malt profile. Hops bitterness is generally moderate, enough to afford balance without dominating; hop flavors themselves tend to be low but can offer a slight spicy or herbal quality when they are present.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.2 – 6.0 %

In Database
3.8 < 5.2 < 6.3 %

Bitterness

Specification
8 – 20 IBU

In Database
10 < 18 < 25 IBU

Color

Specification
28 – 59 EBC
14 – 30 SRM

In Database
21 < 37 < 61 EBC
11 < 19 < 31 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 13.7 °P
1.044 – 1.056 OG

In Database
9.7 < 12.8 < 15.4 °P
1.039 < 1.052 < 1.063 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.1 °P
1.008 – 1.012 FG

In Database
1.3 < 2.8 < 4.5 °P
1.005 < 1.011 < 1.018 FG

Popularity Over Time

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Dosage of Hops

Hop Pairings

Brewing Recipes