Examples: Hacker- Pschorr Münchner Gold, Paulaner Premium Lager, Spaten Premium Lager.
Serving Temp: 35°- 40°
Glassware: Flute or Pilsner
Aroma: Grainy sweet, clean with a low to medium noble hop aroma. No fruity esters or diacetyl should be present.
Appearance: Medium yellow to pale gold with a creamy white head. Clear.
Flavor: Slightly sweet and malty with a low to medium-low hop bitterness and flavor. There should be a clean, malty finish with no fruity esters or diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: German or other hearty and/or spicy foods. Cheese: soft and mild (ex. Gouda, Havarti). Meat: Pork, Poultry, or Seafood.
HopHeadSaid: This style is a medium-bodied, malt showcase beer. Because this is a German beer there are no adjuncts used in brewing and the all malt recipe produces a smooth beer that is more filling. The flavor is malt driven meaning that the hops play a supporting role by balancing the grainy sweetness. There will be a subtle spicy hop aroma and flavor but no fruity esters from the yeast hiding under the malt. The beer will pour a pale gold and crystal clear with a medium lasting creamy white head, again resulting from the all malt recipe. A medium carbonation ensures the smooth malt flavor shines through without a carbonic bite.