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Best Craft Lager?

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| May 5, 2011 | Comments (57)

Poll - Best Craft Lager 2011The unsung hero in the craft beer industry is the Craft Lager. Not the fizzy yellow stuff you see advertised on tv, craft lager is tasty and comes in many forms just like ale. The Full Pint want’s to know, What’s The Best Craft Lager? We’ve picked close to 30 craft lagers in many popular styles to choose from, but feel free to WRITE IN YOUR VOTE if you don’t see your favorite on the list.

Here are a few quick rules and tips for this poll, which is intended to bring friendly competition, craft lager awareness, and fun! POLL ENDS MAY 30, 2011 5PM EST

  • You can choose from our list below or you can write in a vote using our comment feature below the poll.
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Best Craft Lager?

  • Full Sail Session Lager (18%, 450 Votes)
  • Devil's Canyon Lager Diabla (16%, 408 Votes)
  • Coney Island Lager (10%, 252 Votes)
  • Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold (10%, 239 Votes)
  • Brooklyn Lager (7%, 172 Votes)
  • Great Lakes Eliot Ness (6%, 153 Votes)
  • Victory Prima Pils (4%, 88 Votes)
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (3%, 73 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Amber Lager (3%, 69 Votes)
  • Upright the Clash (3%, 68 Votes)
  • Trumer Pils (3%, 68 Votes)
  • Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils (2%, 58 Votes)
  • Metropolitan Flywheel Lager (2%, 47 Votes)
  • Maui Brewing Bikini Blonde Lager (2%, 46 Votes)
  • Smuttynose Maibock (2%, 45 Votes)
  • Surly Hell (1%, 34 Votes)
  • Ballast Point Fathom IPL (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Troegs Trogenator (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner (1%, 20 Votes)
  • The Bruery Humulus Lager (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Surly SurlyFest (1%, 15 Votes)
  • Southern Tier Krampus (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Moonlight Reality Czech (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Three Floyds Gorch Fock Helles (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Hangar 24 Helles Lager (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Victory Braumeister Pils (0%, 8 Votes)
  • New Glarus Uff-da Bock (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Craftsman 1903 Lager (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Troegs Sunshine Pils (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Southampton Publick House Keller Pils (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,492

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57 Responses to “Best Craft Lager?”

  1. John Vavrek #

    Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yellow Pils for sure. I mean it in a can for heavens sake

    February 15, 2012 at 5:00 am
  2. Blake #

    Boulevard Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner

    May 30, 2011 at 11:30 am
  3. Bill is correct: Rogue is not a lager.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:11 am
  4. Cory #

    Sessions full sail all the way

    May 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm
  5. Red Lady #

    My vote goes to Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla!

    May 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm
  6. Peter #

    Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla is the stuff … see you at Beer Friday!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:16 am
  7. Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla!!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm
  8. Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla!!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm
  9. Bruno Barolo #

    Linden Street Common Lager

    May 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm
  10. Mark #

    Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla!!!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm
  11. Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla

    May 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm
  12. Lora #

    Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla!!!!
    Yummy, NOT wimpy :-)
    Soooo good……

    May 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm
  13. Lakefront Brewery’s Eastside Dark

    May 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm
  14. Var #

    GLBC Dortmunder Gold is by far the best, but that’s not to say the rest of the list isn’t on there without merit. Any brewery that can put out a beer that’s widely drank has my respect.

    May 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm
  15. Morgan #

    Eliot Ness is the best!

    May 16, 2011 at 6:53 am
  16. Kyle #

    Clipper City Heavy Seas “Small Craft Warning Uber Pils”

    May 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm
  17. Kevin Worley #

    Redhook Eisbock 28 – like no lager you ever tasted. Magnificent!

    May 13, 2011 at 8:51 am
  18. Hey Truth,

    This is Zak from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Sorry you don’t like the Coney Island Lager. And sorry you don’t like any of our beers. They’re not going to be for everyone.

    That being said, we’ve got almost 15 beers with ratings over ’90′ on RateBeer. Tons of great feedback on BeerAdvocate. And we won our first GABF medal last year. There are a lot of great breweries out there who would love to be able to say the same, and we’re happy to be included in the conversation with them.

    If you don’t want to buy it, there are plenty out there that will.

    Maybe one day we’ll be able to convince you. Cheers.
    ~Zak

    May 13, 2011 at 6:03 am
  19. Truth #

    CI Lager SUX.
    everything that brewery dose is off. Seems like a gimik brewery that won’t go away.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  20. Aaron #

    Left Hand Pole Star Pils = $town!

    May 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm
  21. Creepy Ross #

    Anchor Steam

    May 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm
  22. scott #

    Dortmunder Gold is so good…every time I have one I remember just how good it is…I think I will have one now!

    May 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm
  23. Anon #

    Tipopils

    May 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm
  24. Dave #

    Ditto with Jared: Lucky Bucket Pre-Prohibition Lager.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:36 am
  25. Larry The Beer Guy #

    Ballast Point Fathom gets my vote!

    Nice n’ crisp, with hoppy goodness to help it go down…..

    2010 World Beer Cup AND Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner!

    May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm
  26. Bruce #

    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold receives my vote.

    I’m not too sure if GLBC Dobbelrock fits in the Lager category.

    Surprised that Troegs Trogenator is not receiving more votes.

    There’s a lot of beers on this list I have not tried……yet. Print the list and start sampling!

    May 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  27. Tim #

    Fort George 1811 lager gets my vote!

    May 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  28. Mob Barley #

    I vote for Great Lakes Dopplerock. However I totally agree that Metropolitan should be included on the list.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm
  29. Chris #

    Karl Strauss Amber lager has the best balance of malt and hops. Has a crisp finish that never fails to brighten my day.

    May 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm
  30. Karl Strauss Amber Lager all the way…!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 10:05 am
  31. Jeffers #

    Eliot Ness!

    May 9, 2011 at 9:44 am
  32. Dobbson #

    I wish someone would chime in with a really hard to get lager unique to their locale and insist that this list is pointless without it. That would be really awesome. Oh, wait…. well played.

    Port Hot Rocks.

    Now what I really need is for someone to dissect the style, making my choice irrelevant.

    May 9, 2011 at 9:25 am
  33. Joe #

    Session Lager!!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 9:13 am
  34. Steve #

    Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

    May 9, 2011 at 9:10 am
  35. Mattie T #

    Urban Chestnut Zwickel ftw!

    May 9, 2011 at 8:07 am
  36. Tough choice, but I went with Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils. Victory’s was another favorite of mine.

    May 7, 2011 at 6:58 am
  37. Ft. George 1811 Lager.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm
  38. pdxJules #

    To my taste, Baltic Porters are the best Craft Lagers, hands down. I don’t see that style on the list, so I’ll skip the Vote. Cheers!

    May 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm
  39. Don #

    Looooove the Krampus. For an every day lager, I’d go with Prima Pils.

    May 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm
  40. Street Walker from Walking Man!

    May 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  41. Naras #

    Hugh Hefner’s Jacket @ Deschutes Brewing

    May 6, 2011 at 10:32 am
  42. Morris #

    Any of the Bayern Brews out of Missoula Montana.

    THEY KICK A$$!

    http://www.bayernbrewing.com

    May 6, 2011 at 9:33 am
  43. nicki #

    Caldera Lawnmower Lager in a 22oz bottle or on tap in Ashland

    May 6, 2011 at 7:08 am
  44. Dan #

    Metropolitan Flywheel Lager from Chicago!

    May 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  45. How is rogue dead guy ale a lager?

    From their website:
    In the style of a German Maibock, using our proprietary Pacman ale yeast.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm
  46. My vote is for Karl Strauss Amber Lager!
    I love this beer :)

    May 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  47. Dustin #

    My vote is for Bikini Blonde Helles Lager from Maui Brewing Company.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm
  48. Flywheel…should of been on the list from the start

    May 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  49. Jared #

    my vote is for: Lucky Bucket Pre-Prohibition Lager.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm
  50. AD #

    Second on Metropolitan Flywheel.

    May 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm
  51. Kevin #

    Metropolitan’s Flywheel Lager is hands down the best craft lager in the US.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:57 am
  52. Alan #

    Where the heck are the great Lagers from Metropolitan from Chicago’s finest “Lager Only” brewery? I nominate “Flywheel Bright Lager” a Munich-style helles.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:43 am
  53. Dan #

    Huh…never woulda thunk.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:13 am
  54. admin #

    Dead Guy Ale is a maibock =-/

    May 5, 2011 at 10:33 am
  55. Marisa Ledina #

    I nominate Bruery Humulus Lager

    May 5, 2011 at 10:22 am
  56. Dan #

    Yeah…they’re both lagers. But Dead Guy *ALE*?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:21 am
  57. Do doppelbocks and Baltic porters count?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

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