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AHA Guideline

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American-Style Dark Lager

American-Style Dark Lagers are light brown to very dark. Chill haze should not be perceived. Low malt aroma contains discrete contributions from caramel and roasted malts. Fruity-ester and diacetyl aromas should not be perceived. Hop aroma is very low to low. Low malt flavor contains discreet contributions from caramel and roasted malts. Non-malt adjuncts are often used. Hop flavor is very low to low. Hop bitterness is very low to low, and clean with a short duration of impact. Carbonation is high. Fruity-ester and diacetyl flavors should not be perceived. Body is light and clean.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.040 - 1.050 (10 - 12.4)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.008 - 1.012 (2.1 - 3.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.20% - 4.40% (4.10% - 5.60%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (14 - 24)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 14 - 25 (28 - 50)