Examples: Budweiser, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon
Serving Temp: 35°- 40°
Aroma: Light to no malt aroma with little to light spicy or floral hops. A slight grainy, sweet or corn-like aroma will be present. A green apple, DMS, or fruitiness may be present but absolutely no diacetyl.
Appearance: Pours pale straw to medium yellow with a white frothy head but very little retention. Crystal Clear.
Flavor: Crisp and dry with a light grainy or corn-like sweetness. No to low hop flavor or bitterness, No diacetyl or fruitiness should be present.
Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation.
Food Pairings: Anything. There is very little taste to these beers but their medium bodies and crisp refreshing nature make them a good substitute for water …. if you just finished some yard work and you are worried about your water quality.
HopHeadSaid: There is very little difference between Lite American Lagers and Standard American Lagers. They have very little hop or malt aroma, a white frothy head that dissipates quickly and adjuncts are still used to lighten the body and dry out the finish. Standard American lagers are also highly carbonated which increases their perceived bitterness and thirst quenching ability.
Standard American Lagers vary slightly from each other in the malty to bitterness ratio but most are balanced to appeal to the broadest range of drinkers. These beers are the big brothers to the lite lagers. They can have a slightly higher bitterness and they can be slightly darker ranging from pale straw to a medium yellow. These beers light to light-medium in body and are also slightly higher in alcohol.