Examples: Full Sail Session, Red Stripe, Stella Artois
Serving Temp: 35°- 40°
Aroma: Low malt and low hops. A slight grainy, sweet or corn-like aroma may be present. Green apple, DMS or fruitiness optional may also be present. Diacetyl should not be present.
Appearance: Pale straw to gold. Low head retention. Very Clear.
Flavor: Low hop flavor and bitterness. Even balance. No diacetyl or fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Light-med body. High carbonation.
Food Pairings: All malt versions of these medium bodied beers pair well with light salads and creamy cheeses such as Brie. The relatively high carbonation helps to cleanse savory flavors off the palate.
HopHeadSaid: Premium American lagers are similar to Lite and Standard American lagers but the major difference is in the ratio of malt used to brew these beers. Adjuncts may be used but at smaller quantities and this increases the body and darkens the beer slightly - pale straw to golden. The increased malt proportions mean the beer will also need more hops to balance the beer’s sweetness so these beers will have an increased hop aroma (herbal or floral) and an increased bitterness. Even with a higher bitterness level, you may perceive these beers to be maltier because the hops are used only to “cut” the malt sweetness and not make it bitter and do nothing to tamp back the malt flavor. These beers are still highly carbonated and refreshing but the increased malt proportion increases the body and makes these beers a little more filling.