Style Details

Name
Inter­na­tio­nal Amber Lager
Cate­go­ry
Inter­na­tio­nal Lager
BJCP Style Code
2 B
Appearan­ce
Gol­den-amber to red­dish-cop­per color. Bright cla­ri­ty. White to off-white foam stand which may not last.
Aro­ma
Low to mode­ra­te malt aro­ma which can be grai­ny, with a very low to mode­ra­te cara­mel-sweet to toas­ty-mal­ty aro­ma. Hop aro­ma can ran­ge from low to none with a mild­ly flo­ral or spi­cy cha­rac­ter. Clean lager pro­fi­le. A slight DMS or cor­ny aro­ma is accep­ta­ble.
Fla­vour
Low to mode­ra­te malt pro­fi­le which can vary from dry to grai­ny-sweet. Low to mode­ra­te levels of cara­mel and toas­ty-brea­dy notes can be evi­dent. Low to medi­um-low cor­ny sweet­ness is optio­nal, but not a fault. Hop bit­ter­ness is low to mode­ra­te, and hop fla­vor is low to mode­ra­te with a spi­cy, her­bal, or flo­ral cha­rac­ter. The balan­ce can be fair­ly mal­ty to near­ly even, with the bit­ter­ness beco­m­ing more noti­ce­ab­le but not objec­tion­ab­le. The bit­ter­ness level can incre­a­se if the malt cha­rac­ter incre­a­ses to match. Clean fer­men­ta­ti­on pro­fi­le. Finish is moder­ate­ly dry with a moder­ate­ly mal­ty after­tas­te.
Mouth­feel
Light to medi­um body. Medi­um to high car­bo­na­ti­on. Smooth; some examp­les can be crea­my.
Over­all Impres­si­on
A well-atte­nua­ted mal­ty amber lager with an inte­res­ting cara­mel or toast qua­li­ty and restrai­ned bit­ter­ness. Usual­ly fair­ly well-atte­nua­ted, often with an adjunct qua­li­ty. Smooth, easi­ly-drin­ka­ble lager cha­rac­ter.
Typi­cal Ingre­dients
Two-row or six-row base malt. Color mal­ts such as vic­to­ry, amber, etc. Cara­mel malt adjuncts. Euro­pean or Ame­ri­can hops or a com­bi­na­ti­on of both.
Histo­ry
Varies by coun­try, but gene­ral­ly repres­ents an adap­t­ati­on of the mass-mar­ket Inter­na­tio­nal Lager or an evo­lu­ti­on of indi­ge­nous styles into a more gene­ric pro­duct.
Comments
A wide spec­trum of mass-mar­ket Amber lagers deve­lo­ped eit­her inde­pendent­ly in various coun­tries, or describ­ing rather gene­ric amber beers that may have had more his­to­ri­cal rele­van­ce but who even­tual­ly chan­ged into an indis­tin­guis­ha­ble pro­duct in modern times.
Com­mer­cial Examp­les
Brook­lyn Lager, Capi­tal Win­ter Skål, Dos Equis Amber, Schell’s Okto­ber­fest, Yueng­ling Lager
Ori­gi­nal Gra­vi­ty
1.042 - 1.055 SG
Final Gra­vi­ty
1.008 - 1.014 SG
Color
7 - 14 SRM
Alco­hol
4.0 - 6.0 %vol
Bit­ter­ness
8 - 25 IBU