Overview for the Pale Lager

In the United States, developed as a premium version of the standard American lager, with a similar history. Outside the United States, developed either as an imitation of American style lagers, or as a more accessible (and often drier and less bitter) version of a Pilsner-type beer. Often heavily marketed and exported by large industrial or multi-national breweries. Generally more bitter and filling than American lager. Less hoppy and bitter than a German Pils. Less body, malt flavor, and hop character than a Czech Premium Pale Lager. More robust versions can approach a Munich Helles in flavor, although with more of an adjunct quality.

Style Expectations

A highly-attenuated pale lager without strong flavors, typically well-balanced and highly carbonated. Served cold, it is refreshing and thirst-quenching.


Pale straw to gold color. White, frothy head may not be long lasting. Very clear.


Low to medium-low malt aroma, which can be grainy-malty or slightly corny-sweet. Hop aroma may range from very low to a medium, spicy or floral hop presence. While a clean fermentation profile is generally most desirable, low levels of yeast character (such as a light apple fruitiness) are not a fault. A light amount of DMS or corn aroma is not a fault.


Low to moderate levels of grainy-malt flavor, with a crisp, dry, well-attenuated finish. The grain character can be somewhat neutral, or show a light bready-crackery quality or up to moderate corny or malty sweetness. Hop flavor ranges from none to medium levels, and often showing a floral, spicy, or herbal character if detected. Hop bitterness at medium-low to medium level. Balance may vary from slightly malty to slightly bitter, but is relatively close to even. Neutral aftertaste with light malt and sometimes hop flavors. A light amount of DMS is not a fault.


Light to medium body. Moderately high to highly carbonated. Can have a slight carbonic bite on the tongue.


Alhambra Tradicional

Pale Lager  •  Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Alhambra Tradicional, a Pale Lager by Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL that’s light and refreshing with bready malt and grassy, peppery hops. Read More

Sagres Cerveja

Pale Lager  •  Sociedade Central de Cervejas

Sagres Cerveja is a Pale Lager by Sociedade Central de Cervejas that has a simple palate of white bread and just a hint of hops. Read More

Cisk Lager

Pale Lager  •  Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

Cisk Lager is a Pale Lager by Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc. that’s light and refreshing with a taste of saltine cracker and grassy hops. Read More


Pale Lager  •  Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

Gallo is a Pale Lager brewed by Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. that’s light and crisp with flavors of sweet corn and mild floral hops. Read More

Utz Pin Pin Mango

Pale Lager  •  Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

Utz Pin Pin Mango is a Pale Lager brewed by Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. that muddles corn, citrus, and artificial mango flavor. Read More


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