Style Details

Name
Ame­ri­can Light Lager
Cate­go­ry
Stan­dard Ame­ri­can Beer
BJCP Style Code
1 A
Appearan­ce
Very pale straw to pale yel­low color. White, fro­thy head sel­dom per­sists. Very clear.
Aro­ma
Low to no malt aro­ma, alt­hough it can be per­cei­ved as grai­ny, sweet, or corn-like if pre­sent. Hop aro­ma is light to none, with a spi­cy or flo­ral hop cha­rac­ter if pre­sent. While a clean fer­men­ta­ti­on cha­rac­ter is desi­ra­ble, a light amount of yeast cha­rac­ter (par­ti­cu­lar­ly a light apple frui­ti­ness) is not a fault. Light DMS is not a fault.
Fla­vour
Rela­tively neu­tral pala­te with a crisp and dry finish and a low to very low grai­ny or corn-like fla­vor that might be per­cei­ved as sweet­ness due to the low bit­ter­ness. Hop fla­vor ran­ges from none to low levels, and can have a flo­ral, spi­cy, or her­bal qua­li­ty (alt­hough rare­ly strong enough to detect). Low to very low hop bit­ter­ness. Balan­ce may vary from slight­ly mal­ty to slight­ly bit­ter, but is rela­tively clo­se to even. High levels of car­bo­na­ti­on may accen­tua­te the cris­pness of the dry finish. Clean lager fer­men­ta­ti­on cha­rac­ter.
Mouth­feel
Very light (some­ti­mes wate­ry) body. Very high­ly car­bo­na­ted with slight car­bo­nic bite on the tongue.
Over­all Impres­si­on
High­ly car­bo­na­ted, very light-bodi­ed, near­ly fla­vor­less lager desi­gned to be con­su­med very cold. Very refres­hing and thirst quen­ching.
Typi­cal Ingre­dients
Two- or six-row bar­ley with high per­cen­ta­ge (up to 40%) of rice or corn as adjuncts. Addi­tio­nal enzy­mes can fur­ther ligh­ten the body and lower car­bo­hy­dra­tes.
Histo­ry
Coors brief­ly made a light lager in the ear­ly 1940s. Modern ver­si­ons were first pro­du­ced by Rhein­gold in 1967 to appeal to diet-con­scious drin­kers, but only beca­me popu­lar star­ting in 1973 after Mil­ler Brewing acqui­red the reci­pe and mar­ke­ted the beer hea­vi­ly to sports fans with the “tas­tes gre­at, less fil­ling” cam­pai­gn. Beers of this gen­re beca­me the lar­gest sel­lers in the United Sta­tes in the 1990s.
Comments
Desi­gned to appeal to as broad a ran­ge of the gene­ral public as pos­si­ble. Strong fla­vors are a fault.
Com­mer­cial Examp­les
Bud Light, Coors Light, Key­stone Light, Miche­lob Light, Mil­ler Lite, Old Mil­wau­kee Light
Ori­gi­nal Gra­vi­ty
1.028 - 1.040 SG
Final Gra­vi­ty
0.998 - 1.008 SG
Color
2 - 3 SRM
Alco­hol
2.0 - 4.0 %vol
Bit­ter­ness
8 - 12 IBU