A beer that straddles between the mainstream Pale Lager and Pilsner. Not all beers that call themselves Premium Lager are, but those that are will typically have a deep gold to light bronze colour, and distinct influence of malt and hops. They should be free of adjuncts and will have a softer carbonation than Pale Lager or Classic German Pilsner. IBUs will typically range in the 20’s, and lagering times will typically be 4-6 weeks, more in line with what pilsners have. Overall accent will be malty-to-balanced, alcohol in a slightly tighter range than either Pale Lager or Pilsner (4.5-5.5%). Most often the product of a microbrewery or brewpub, but macrobreweries can make this style if they jack up the hops a bit and make it all-malt.
Top Beers of the Style
Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL #3 Calyptra (3.771404)
Jack’s Abby Hopstitution XPL #1 (3.703988)
Short’s MMMKay (3.678259)
Gainsbourg Nouveau Monde (3.652835)
Mikkeller American Dream (3.63953)