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Amber Lager

Style Family Snapshot

This group consists of lagers which are, well, amber in color and have a malty character that distinguishes them from paler lagers. In German Marzenbier literally means 'March Beer' and refers to beer that was brewed in winter before the availability of refrigeration. The last batch that was brewed in March was made especially strong to survive months of maturation before it was consumed at the end of summer. Now this style is commonly called Octoberfest. A related style is Vienna Lager, another malty amber lager which is slightly lighter in color and lower in strength.

Style Family Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.047 - 1.062

Final Gravity (FG):

1.011 - 1.018

Strength (ABV):

4.6 - 6.3

Bitterness (IBU):

19 - 29

Color (SRM):

6 - 14


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Suggested serving temperature: 42 - 48 F

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Amber Lager