Best Craft Lager?

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.
  • If you are having problems voting, please contact us via our contact page.
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  • Don’t cheat, it’s not cool.
  • Writing in a craft lager that is already listed won’t be counted as a vote. You can however cheer on your favorite listed beer in the comment section all you want.
  • If you are a brewery who has a beer over looked, talk to us, we just forgot!

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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 (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,492

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  1. Var says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Truth says

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

  4. scott says

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

  5. Larry The Beer Guy says

    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!

  6. Bruce says

    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!

  7. Mob Barley says

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

  8. Chris says

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

  9. Dobbson says

    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.

  10. pdxJules says

    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!

  11. Alan says

    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.

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