Know Your Lager

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The Lager is the young-un of the beer family, and you didn’t hear it from us, but was also a bit of an accident.
In its short history though, the lager has done well for itself and remains one of the most widely enjoyed beers.

BUT FIRST, A HISTORY LESSON

This beer type is perhaps one of the most popular across the world. In terms of brewing chronology, it’s fairly young. And an accidental discovery at that, which seems to be a rather popular trend where brewing is concerned.

Back in the day, during the time of the ancients, brews were traditionally brewed at higher temperatures and warm ales were all the rage.

But somewhere in Bavaria, people began to realise that they liked these brews served cold as well. A bit of a refreshing toss up in the regular scene. Brewers used to store their brews in the icy caves of the German Alps, and as a result of what was most likely natural mutation, yeasts capable of fermenting in cold temperatures were born, the bottom fermenting type.

You see, larger beers are made with a very specific kind of yeast—the Saccharomyces Pastorianus, if we want to get all nerdy about it.

You see, larger beers are made with a very specific kind of yeast—the Saccharomyces Pastorianus

It’s an easy going type, working much slower than most other yeast types, and also at a much cooler temperatures. The popular notion was that the Cerevisiae strain gradually evolved to the Pastorianus type, to adapt to those previously mentioned icy cave environments.  

Basically evolution stepped in, and the rest is history. Or did it?

A study in 2011 found that the parent strain of the Pastorianus is the Saccharomyces Eubayanus, which traces back to Argentina.
Interesting? It gets even better.

The study leans on what is popularly known as the ‘Columbian Exchange’ wherein European invaders brought in colonialism, slavery, disease, alcohol and religion into the new world (the classic coloniser combo), in exchange for treasures and crops.

Among the things they took back, the Eubaynus seems to have been an unaccounted for (and most valuable, in our opinion) item, which made its journey across the Atlantic sometime in the 1500s, destined to unite with the Cerevisiae, and yet another golden treasure was procured by the Europeans.

Lager became wildly popular across Europe and has remained one of the most widely enjoyed forms of beer ever since.

The study leans on what is popularly known as the ‘Columbian Exchange’

RANDOM LAGER-THAN-LIFE FACTS (Hi, BSB fans!)

Fact #1
National Lager Day is celebrated on the 10th of December.

Fact #2
Lager comes from the German word lagern, which means ‘to store’. This is mainly because of how it was ‘stored’ centuries ago. 

Fact #3
It is a bottom fermenting beer.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALES AND LAGERS

The primary difference between ales and lagers is the kind of yeast that is used during the fermentation process.

Ales use top-fermenting yeast while lagers use bottom-fermenting yeast.

Of course, the basics like appearance, mouth-feel and aroma also vary. But this is all caused in the first place by the kind of yeast used during fermentation. These differences however, hold true not just between ales and lagers, but even for categories within the two types.

Ales tend to be more fruity, while lagers tend to be simpler in their taste, which is probably the reason the latter is usually described as ‘crisp’ tasting.

TYPES OF LAGERS

American Pale Lagers

These are light-coloured, with a light sweetness, and are best served chilled.

American Dark Lagers

Lighter and not as rich as the darker German lagers, they still have a bit of a nip.

Bock Beer

These lagers are usually dark and very malty.

Doppelbock

Another dark one, this comes from the Italian Alps. It was first brewed by monks, who used as a source of nutrition while fasting. Are very malty and have a rich bodied taste.

Dortmunder Export

This one’s a strong one, and has a strong amount of maltiness and happiness, along with a bright gold appearance.

Eisbock

Eisbock  or ice bock, is one of those weird brewing experiments that turned out right. You get this beer by putting already fermented beer in subfreezing temperatures. Once the water crystals that form are removed, the resulting beer is a stronger version of what was first brewed.

Helles Bock

This beer is a pale version of traditional Bock Beer (Helles means pale).

Maibock

It’s called Maibock because it is brewed in the month of May. It’s a paler version of the traditional Bock Beer and younger in the Bock family tree.

Märzenbier / Oktoberfest Beers

Amber in colour, this one is traditionally brewed in March (März), stored in caves for the course of the Summer, and then served in August. It eventually gained the title of the official Oktoberfest Beer.

Munich Dunkel

A brown lager, this is considered a maltier version of the Munich Helles.

Munich Helles

Helles means pale, and this one has traces of sweetness and maltiness.

Pilsner / Pils / Pilsener / Plzensky

It’s a classic lager that hails from the Czech Republic. It has all the right combinations of aroma, maltiness and a refreshing bitterness.

Rauchbier (Smoked Beer)

This beer can either have a very faint smoky taste or a an extremely pungent one. Not an easy -to-drink lager for sure!

Schwarzbier

A speciality lager from northern Bavaria, this one is a dark and dry beer.

Vienna Lager

The Vienna Lager is very popular not just in Austria but in Mexico as well, due to the rule of Emperor Maximillian there. It is a malty, medium body lager, and is similar to the Märzenbier.

POURING A LAGER

  1. For any beer, the first step is to use a clean glass. It affects the flavour of the beer more than you could possibly imagine. Also, the more hygienic option.
  2. Hold your glass at a 45° angle.
  3. Pour the beer, with the centre of the sloping part of the glass being the target.
  4. When it’s half-full, bring the glass to a 90° angle and continue to pour the same way. You will get a gorgeous foam head. And head is great for beers. It adds to the aroma and makes it look great for serving. (And that Instagram photo! You know you’re going to take one,be honest.)

Lagers are usually served in the Pilsner Glass and Mugs.

TYPES OF LAGER GLASSES

While it isn’t a strict restriction, Lagers are usually served in the Pilsner Glass and Mugs.

The Pilsner Glass is a thin and slender glass, and hold 12 ounces. It’s great for all styles of Lagers because it captures the sparkling nature of this plain beer and allows for head retention as well.

The MugThis heavy, chunky piece of glassware is fun to drink out of and definitely more fun to clink while toasting than other beer glasses. The Märzenbier is usually served in this.

TEMPERATURE AT WHICH TO CONSUME A LAGER

Beers have ideal serving temperatures that they should be consumed at. This is because that specific temperature brings out the best in terms of flavour and aroma. It is a general rule that the strength of the beer has a correlation to the temperature it is served at. So the higher the temperature (the warmer the beer) the stronger it is supposed to be. (higher alcohol content)

Light bodied lagers are usually consumed cold at 40-45°F (4-7°C), medium bodied ones at a cool 45-50°F (7-10°C), Bocks at 50-55°F (10-13°C) and Dopplebocks and Eisbocks at a warm 55-60°F (13-16°C).

And that is pretty much all you need to know about a Lager. But we encourage you to more extensive research of your own, especially by trying some of our lagers. It’ll give you all the inspiration you need to jump right into the subject.

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Oktoberfest Special

märzen

The classic, traditional Marzen, this beer style originated in Bavaria and is brewed primarily for the Oktoberfest during the end of September and the beginning of October. 

Our version of the classic is an elegant, malty German lager with a rich and toasty malt flavour, with an aftertaste so rich that you can’t resist another glass. 

*(ABV in Pune and Mumbai is 4.9%, and 5.8% in Bengaluru)

AROMA

Moderate intensity aroma of German malt, rich, bready, toasty.

ABV

5.8%*

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture.

APPEARANCE

Amber Orange

FLAVOUR

Moderately-dry to dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness including a bready, toasty aspect. Moderate hop bitterness and low hop flavour.

Oktoberfest Special

German Pilsner

A crisp, exceptionally clean beer prominently featuring noble German hops and the finest Pilsner malt that gives it an impeccably balanced hop profile.

Pouring a brilliant straw colour, it offers floral and spicy aroma with flavours of lightly sweet malt, finishing firm and dry on the palate.

AROMA

Malty with floral and spicy aroma

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light Straw

FLAVOUR

Medium to high hop bitterness and subtle grain sweetness

Oktoberfest Special

Dunkel Bock

A clear, dark brown coloured strong lager, this beer brings the typical bready and malty characters to the forefront. Our Dunkel Bock is a strong, medium bodied lager, which is toasty but does not have roasted flavours and maintains clean lager attributes. It has little to no hop aroma or flavour, with only slight bitterness to balance the malty richness.

Get in the festive spirit with the Dunkel Bock. Prost!

AROMA

Malty

ABV

6.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth

APPEARANCE

Clear dark brown

FLAVOUR

Bready, toasty

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Specials

American IPA

West Coast IPA

A West Coast-style American IPA aggressively hopped with a blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and El Dorado hops.

This brew is all about the hops – that lends it clear aromas of pine, stone fruit and citrus.

The beer has a coating mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness and balanced malt body.

AROMA

Pine, stone fruit, citrus

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Deep Golden

FLAVOUR

A crisp, bold hop forward front followed by piney and citrus notes

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    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    Dark Vader

    Schwarzbier

    ​​This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned—you don’t know the power of the dark side…umm…lager.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.0%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    West Coast IPA

    SMaSH

    While most beers use a blend of multiple hops and malts the SMaSH is brewed with a single variety of malt (Pilsner Malt) and hops (Amarillo hops).

    This refreshing beer showcases the individual characteristics of each ingredient, creating a distinctive yet balanced flavour profile. The Verdant IPA yeast helps the hop character shine through, while maintaining the grainy backbone.

    It’s the perfect beer to welcome Spring and the perfect excuse you need to get SMaSHed.

    AROMA

    Floral, citrus

    ABV

    4.8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated.

    APPEARANCE

    Light yellow, slightly hazy.

    FLAVOUR

    Slightly bitter, citrusy flavour followed by malty aftertaste.

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    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Oktoberfest Special

    Schwarzbier

    This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    saison

    Lemon Tea Saison

    A farmhouse style ale celebrating the refreshing flavours of lemon chai. Crafted by infusing Malabar tea and a squeeze of farm fresh lemons, the beer has citrus fruit and spice notes that remind you of the soothing comfort of a cup of lemon tea, with a boozy twist of course!

    AROMA

    Fruity with a spicy yeast character

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light to medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Fruity with a spicy yeast character

    FLAVOUR

    Citrus and pepper spice

    Specials

    Belgian Tripel

    Tripel X

    A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character.

    Brewed with pilsner malt and homemade candy sugar, our take on this Belgian classic style is smooth and complex. Strong malty & mildly sweet notes deliver a pleasantly dry finish. This one packs quite a punch & you will barely notice it, making it a dangerously session-able beer

    AROMA

    Complex fruity aroma

    ABV

    8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Pale gold

    FLAVOUR

    Mild sweet malt flavour, with a soft bitterness and fruity flavors

    Specials

    Guest Tap - Oi Brewing

    Lemon Hard Seltzer

    100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per pint! The Oi Lemon Hard Seltzer is made from a natural honey base just like a mead. After a special proprietary fermentation process, they use the traditional Bourbon method and filter the Seltzer over a bed of charcoal that eliminates all color and taste from it.


    The result, a sparkling clear beverage, which is then naturally flavored with lemon. Refreshing, light and crisp!

    AROMA

    Lemon

    ABV

    <4.95%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Crisp and spritz

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    FLAVOUR

    Tart lemon

    Specials

    Tall. Dark. Handsome.

    Belgian Dark Strong Ale

    A dark, very rich, complex, strong Belgian ale, this special is brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candy sugar and aromatic malts.

    This brew leads with strong aromas and flavours – caramel, raisin, dark fruit and candy sugar notes.

    We weren’t kidding when we named this one – its guaranteed to make you swoon!

    AROMA

    Complex maltiness and some phenolic spiciness

    ABV

    7.2%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Full body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep Amber

    FLAVOUR

    Rich malt, raisin and candy