Celebrate National Lager Day 2021 on December 10! The crisp, blonde alcoholic beverage is a popular drink for sunny afternoons or after-work hangouts. The lager’s origin goes back to 1842 when it was first produced in Plzen, Bohemia. However, it only gained global popularity more than 30 years later in Munich when the Paulaner brewery integrated Von Linde’s refrigeration in the lager brewing process.
It’s easy to love this golden beverage, which is why when it comes to lager vs beer, the former is hoppier and doesn’t leave you as bloated as the latter. So for National Lager Day 2021, we rounded up different lager brands to present the best lager beer for this very special occasion.
This all-American favorite is one of the most popular beers in the USA. Loved for its refreshing taste, Budweiser features grainy tasting notes that are balanced and well-rounded out. This medium-bodied American-style lager is crisp and flavorful at a light 5% ABV which makes it a great all-around and everyday choice of beer.
Another well-loved, American-style lager, this features tasting notes that are reminiscent of bread and biscuits with a subtle sweetness of banana and pear undertones in its aftertaste. Coors Banquet is a golden lager that features inviting aromas of freshly-baked bread, a crisp finish and an effervescent mouthfeel with a steady 5% ABV.
This American-style lager is brewed in Mexico and features a balanced body with a crisp, smooth finish. Dos Equis is made from pure spring water and the best hops, thus it’s inviting tasting notes of biscuits. At just 4.2% ABV, it’s perfect for gatherings and get-togethers because it is so easy to drink and doesn’t leave guests drunk.
This amber lager is smooth with a nutty and toasty flavor that has hints and aromas of freshly-baked biscuits and caramel. The Eliot Ness amber lager is a craft beer brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company that’s based in Ohio and features a good 6.1% ABV with a surprising IBU of 27.
This Marzen lager beer is thinner and crisper to golden ales. The Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is only brewed once a year for the Oktoberfest celebrations. It is round and balanced with notes of caramel and malt. This craft beer features a deep golden color, full-body and a pleasant flavor that harmonizes aromatic hops and subtly sweet malt at just 6% ABV.
This American-style lager is considered one of the best lagers in the world. Narragansett has earned accolades like the bronze for American lager in the 2008 Beer Cup, gold for the lager category in the 14th Great International Beer & Cider Competition and silver in the 2011 World Beer Championship, just to name a few. Crisp, refreshing and full of flavor, this lager is one of the most loved and most drinkable among American lagers.
This Munich-style craft lager uses both pale and caramel malts plus German Perle hops. Abita Amber is the flagship beer of New Orleans-based Abita Brewing Co. and is one of the city’s favorite beers. Smooth, crisp, light with a malty and subtle caramel flavor enclosed in a rich amber color, makes it one of the most relaxing beverages to have on a lazy afternoon.
This Vienna-style lager is brewed in Mexico by Grupo Modelo. Victoria is one of the most underrated Mexican beers and could probably be the country’s best-kept secret when it comes to beers. It features aromas of orange blossom, honey, fresh toast with a smooth, frothy, light-to-medium body. Plus, it exudes flavors of toasted malt, tangy apple butter and star fruit. Slight malt sweetness is balanced by its smooth, crisp finish.
This dark lager from Belgium is brewed with the holidays in mind. The Stella Artois Midnight Lager features a smoky aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate in each sip. It is full-bodied and dark with a cold yet refreshingly crisp finish.
The Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen features a deep golden amber color with a malty nose and floral hops to balance out the sweetness and bitterness. It goes through a longer period of maturation thus its soft dryness, medium to big body minus the overpowering taste of its alcohol content.