Dark American Lager

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Dark American Lager is an American standard lager with dark color added. However little or no dark malt flavoring is present.


Essentially a darkened American lager similar in some ways to Bock, but lacking any dark malt or the Bock's malty flavoring. Dark American lagers are often brewed with syrups as coloring agents to darken the beer without substantially changing the basic American lager flavor.


Light to medium body, with low malt flavor and aroma. No dark malt flavor. Low bitterness and hop aroma. Deep amber to dark brown color. Clear. No diacytl. Highly carbonated. A version of American Standard Lager with color added. Little or no dark malts flavor. Caramel syrup used to add color without changing flavor.


  • Color Range: 14.0-22.0 SRM
  • Original Gravity Range: 1.044-1.056 SG
  • Final Gravity Range: 1.008-1.012 SG
  • Bitterness Range: 8.0-20.0 IBU
  • Alcohol by Volume Range: 4.2-6.0 %
  • Carbonation Range: 2.5-2.9 vols
  • BJCP Style Number: 4 A


  • American hops
  • American or Pilsner Lager yeast
  • Pale Malt
  • Light use of caramel or darker malts
  • May use coloring agents


  • Shiner Bock, Dixie Blackened Voodoo, Dan Miguel Dark, Beck's Dark, Saint Pauli Girl Dark, Warsteiner Dunkel

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