Lager beers make up the biggest portion of beer sales year after year. Lagers are comprised of the smoothest, most refreshing beers on the market. They have a crisp taste and smooth finish that result from a longer aging compared to other types of beer. A lager beer is a beer that is brewed through a slow fermentation and is matured under chilled conditions. Lager beers have traditionally been a favorite to go alongside lighter tasting foods such as grilled chicken, turkey, and various sea foods including mussels and scallops.
In determining which top lager beer is best, we often look towards a variety of categories. Among these are taste, refreshment, and even advertisements. Here is a look at my favorite top 10 lager beers of all time.
10. Steel Reserve – Steel Reserve is an American lager and a staple beer in convenience stores across the country. It suffers from a bad reputation due to its inexplicably low costs, going for as low as 99 cents for a 40 oz. However, once you get past the bad aura that goes with this stereotypically cheap beer, I actually find enjoyment in the strong, but not too bitter taste, of the highly alcoholic Steel Reserve.
9. Corona – Corona is one of the highest rated, and possibly somewhat overrated lager beers in the world. Though Corona certainly does its job, there are better, and cheaper beers out there, with a less skunky taste that you wouldn’t expect from one of the world’s leading lager beers.
8. Foster’s – Foster’s is an Australian lager beer that goes hand in hand
with its slogan “Foster’s: Australian for beer.” Though this is another lager beer that seems to be looked down upon by the beer drinking community, I tend to separate myself from all preconceived judgments, and often find beers like this enjoyable myself. Foster’s has a smooth and distinct taste that certainly does a good job of refreshing you after a hard day’s work.
7. El Presidente – This used to be one of my favorite lagers until recently, when it just lost its alore for me. I still enjoy a Presidente every once in a while, and it has a distinct, somewhat bitter taste. El Presidente is just a beer that you need to be in the mood for in order to full enjoy it.
6. Samuel Smith’s – Samuel Smith’s is a British pale lager beer. It is a beer that you feel you can drink all night with a great taste that goes down smooth. I can surely see myself in a pub downing these all night long…and then not being able to get home.
5. Heineken – Heineken is a highly popular important lager beer from Holland. It is more expensive than most other similar beers, but tends to pay off. It is not as flavor heavy as other beers, which tends to be more refreshing. It also is responsible for some of the greatest beer commercials of recent times, including the screaming guys in the giant refrigerator, and probably the most terrible, but most amazing slogan of all time in, “Let a Stranger Drive You Home.”
4. Budweiser – Budweiser is considered “The King of Beers” here in America, and for good reason. With its smooth, refreshing, and crisp taste, Budweiser has been a staple for American sports for year. We also mustn’t forget its ingenius marketing campaigns of the 90s, including the Budweiser frogs and lizards, and the “Wassssup” guys. If the actual taste of the Budweiser didn’t make you want to go out and grab a Bud, their commercials surely did.
3. St. Pauli Girl – St. Pauli Girl is a German lager beer popularized by its, well, St. Pauli Girl. It has a smooth and somewhat sweet taste that surprisingly contrasts its harsher smell. I’ve only seen St. Pauli Girl beer a few times, but when I have, it has always ended up being a good day for me.
2. Negra Modelo – Negra Modelo is a Mexican dark lager beer. It is easily one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. It is also aesthetically pleasing in addition to its pleasant smell. Negra Modelo is a dark beer that I must have every time I see it. It has a very sweet and smooth, pleasant taste that is not typical for most beers you will find in this country.
1. Bud Light – A pick that is sure to be scorned by the community of beer drinking elitists, I just cannot see how anyone can say that Bud Light does not taste great. Sure it is very light, very clears, and just doesn’t feel like a typical beer, but it still packs a great taste, is not filling at all, and you can go for one at any time of the day with any meal. As they say in the commercials, “The difference is drinkability.”