Amber Lager

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Amber Lager or American Amber Lager is a richer, more flavorful version of an American Pale Lager. A sort of compromise beer, Amber Lager sits midway between the refreshing drinkability of a Pale Lager and the malty richness of a Märzen. Sweet, caramel malt flavors usually dominate, although some versions also feature significant hop presence.

History of Amber Lager

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Brewing Amber Lager

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Competition Styles

The BJCP does not recognize this style; however, because of its popularity with commercial craft brewers, the GABF defines competition categories for both regular and "light" versions.

GABF Style Listings

American Style Amber Lager

30A. American Style Amber Lager
GABF Style Listing (2007)
American style amber lagers are amber, reddish brown, or copper colored. They are medium bodied. There is a noticeable degree of caramel type malt character in flavor and often in aroma. This is a broad category in which the hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma may be accentuated or may only be present at relatively low levels, yet noticeable. Fruity esters, diacetyl, and chill haze should be absent.
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.042-1.056 (10.5-14 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.010-1.018 (2.5-4.5 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 3.8-4.3% (4.8-5.4%)
Bitterness (IBU): 18-30
Color SRM (EBC): 6-14 (12-28 EBC)

American-Style Amber (Low Calorie) Lager

25C. American-Style Amber (Low Calorie) Lager
GABF Style Listing (2007)
These beers are pale golden to amber in color, light to medium-light in body, and high in carbonation. Calorie level should not exceed 125 per 12 ounce serving. Corn, rice, or other grain or sugar adjuncts may be used but all malt formulations are also made. Malt and hop flavors are mild yet evident. Hop bitterness is evident and hop aroma may be negligible to evident. Light fruity esters are acceptable. Chill haze and diacetyl should be absent.
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.024-1.040 (6-10 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.002-1.008 (0.5-2 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 2.8-3.5% (3.5-4.4%)
Bitterness (IBU): 8-15
Color SRM (EBC): 4-12 (16-24 EBC)