Lagers come from the German Word, "to store." This family of beer is made with a yeast that ferments at cooler temperatures than ales (41-48 F). In addition, the beer is then cold stored, for up to three months, to mature and settle out. The temperature of fermentation and the storage period help to create a family of beers with cleaner and more balanced palates than ales.
Pilsners and Exports
What we call pilsner was developed in the l9th century in Bohemia, near the town of Pilsen. Pilsners are golden with light malt bodies, and a sharp hop finish, Exports are heavier bodied cousins, slightly darker and richer.
Saint Georgen Kellerbier $5.00 (16 oz.)
(Buttenheim, Germany) Kellerbier is an ancestor style to Pilsners. Matured in oak casks outside the village, it is light/medium-bodied, with a brisk hop character, and superb freshness. Low in carbonation, big in flavor, great with scotch.
Some unique rich lagers from Poland.
Hevelius Classic - $4.00
Big, pale lager. 6.2% alcohol, in the maibock style.
Hevelius Kaper $4.50
At 9.2%, this is a kind of pale, helles-doppelbock. Surprisingly clean and easy-drinking for such a big beer.
Not all lagers are light, golden beers. The following lagers range from amber to a russet-edged black. They have intense malt flavors which rival any ale.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier - $5.00 (17oz)
(Bamberg, Germany) Made with malt smoked over beachwood, this beer has a penetrating smoked character. Balanced with a subdued and rounded malt body, this beer is best served at cellar temperature.
A strong lager with an intense malt flavor and aroma, yielding the impression of sweetness without much actual residual sugar present, generally 7. 5% alc/vol or higher. Tawny to dark brown although pale versions exist. Very rich, intense maltiness and full body to counter the effect of the high alcohol level.
Ayinger Celebrator - $5.50 (17 oz)
(Munich, Germany) Beautifully balanced; rich, sweet and malty, with a long, dry finish.
EKU 28 - $5.00
Massive (12%), surprising pale for its gravity, a rich doppelbock from Kulmbach, Germany.
An evolution of the Imperial Stout style, Baltic porters have been made for many years in Poland, Finland and Russia, among other countries. They are rich, high in alcohol content, and usually fermented with lager yeasts.
Okocim Porter - $5.00 (16 oz)
Rich, chocolatey Baltic Porter, especially high in alcohol (9%).
Zwyiec Porter - $4.50 (12 oz)
A strong, dark, sweet porter in the Baltic style. Rich and delicious. More vinuous in style than Okocim, with some sherry-ish notes.