International Pale Lager

Includes styles: Mexican Lager, Dutch Lager

Recipes:
3,427
BJCP 2021:
02A
Era:
Traditional
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

The International Pale Lager is a modern adaptation that caters to the global taste for paler, more highly-attenuated, and well-carbonated beers with a cleaner fermentation profile than more traditional offerings. This style evolved as breweries around the world, such as the Mexican Lager or Dutch Lager, which adapted their techniques and recipes to reflect the growing trends towards lighter, easier-drinking lagers that appeal to a wide audience.

International Pale Lagers are characteristically pale golden to deep gold, with a clarity that ranges from crystal clear to having only a slight haze. The head is usually white, and retention can vary. When it comes to flavors and aromas, this beer style offers a spectrum that balances subtle malt sweetness with hop bitterness; however, neither attribute tends to dominate the flavor profile. Malt flavors can be simple and clean with a light grainy or sweet character while hop presence can range from none to a medium level with slightly floral or spicy attributes. Some versions may exhibit rice or corn adjuncts contributing to the dryness and lighten the body, but they should not feature prominently in the flavor profile.

Despite being less intense in both hops and malt compared to many other lager styles, International Pale Lagers are smooth and crisp with a balanced dryness. This results in an easily drinkable brew that can be very refreshing when served adequately chilled. While sometimes compared to American Adjunct Lagers due to their use of rice or corn adjuncts and their mass-market appeal, International Pale Lagers tend to showcase fewer adjunct signatures in flavor and are often relatively more bitter. This style lacks the depth found in Czech or German Pilsners but does not typically reach the same level of hopping as those styles either.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.5 – 6.0 %

In Database
4.1 < 5.1 < 6.4 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 25 IBU

In Database
15 < 22 < 28 IBU

Color

Specification
4 – 12 EBC
2 – 6 SRM

In Database
5 < 7 < 13 EBC
2 < 4 < 6 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.4 – 12.3 °P
1.042 – 1.050 OG

In Database
9.7 < 11.9 < 14.7 °P
1.039 < 1.048 < 1.060 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.1 °P
1.008 – 1.012 FG

In Database
1.1 < 2.5 < 4.1 °P
1.004 < 1.010 < 1.016 FG

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