Lager 101

Last Updated: May 21, 2024

One of the world’s most popular beer styles, lagers are the easy-drinking life of the party. Their characteristically “crisp” profile is a result of low and slow bottom-fermentation. (Ales, on the other hand, are top-fermented at high temperatures, giving them richer, more pronounced flavors.) Pilsners are a type of lager.

Stella Artois, Heineken, and Budweiser are all widely available macro lagers. Pilsners are a type of lager, and include brands such as Pilsner Urquell.

Craft lagers include all-malt Firestone Lager, made with noble German hops, and Founders Solid Gold, which bills itself as a “premium lager.” Another popular subcategory is Mexican lagers, such as Corona, Tecate, Sol, and Dos Equis. These too have craft equivalents, such as Oskar Blues’ Beerito and 21st Amendment’s El Sully. Learn more about lagers, and the best classic and innovative ones to try, in these articles.

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