10 Best American Lager Beers For Every Brew Enthusiasts Today Top Reviews

10 Best American Lager Beers For Every Brew Enthusiasts

Millions of Americans across the country enjoy knocking back a cold one after a long day at the office or drinking a brew amongst friends during a night on the town or while watching a game. Very few people understand the different families and types of beer you choose between every time you look to order at a restaurant or bar. Out of all the variations of beer, the lager is one of the most popular.

Lagers are incredibly popular in the United States, with microbreweries to major beer brands churning out a variety of lagers every year. With so many options on the market, it can be hard to decide which lager to go with. This article discusses the ten best American lagers on the market right now. Next time you’re out with friends or at the grocery store, you can be confident in buying any of the lagers listed in this article.

FAQ

1. What Is a Lager?

2. How Are They Made?

How We Reviewed

The following products were reviewed based on their features, pros and cons, and price. While reasonable minds may differ regarding which lager is best, our review included an appraisal of the best American lagers based on their ingredients, drinkability, and character. As you read the reviews of each beer, know that ABV is Alcohol By Volume, and IBU stands for International Bitterness Units. Yes, bitterness can be measured, believe it or not, and brew enthusiasts take it very seriously. Most lager beers, though not all, are on the low end, less than IBUs.

Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

These beers vary in price depending on where you purchase them and in what quantity you purchase them. Overall, each of these beers goes for less than $12 for a six-pack.

What We Reviewed

  • Narragansett Lager, Narragansett Brewing Co.
  • Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Tröegs Brewing Company
  • Polestar Pilsner, Left Hand Brewing Company
  • Shower Beer, Champion Brewing Company
  • Pivo Pils, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Upland Brewing Company
  • Brooklyn Pilsner, The Brooklyn Brewery
  • Ol’ Factory Pils, Two Roads Brewing Company
  • Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues Brewery
  • The Crisp, Sixpoint Brewery

Narragansett Lager, Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Lager, Narragansett Brewing Co

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Features

This lager is brewed in Providence, Rhode Island. Its ABV is 5.0% and it has an IBU of 12. This beer is brewed with hops from the Pacific Northwest and corn from Iowa. It leaves its drinker with faint hints of creaminess and notes of sweet corn. Like any good lager, Narragansett Lager is crisp and refreshing. It pairs well with shellfish like clams and oysters. The clean and crisp beer also goes great with spicy food.

Pros

  • Extremely drinkable
  • Well curated ingredients

Cons

  • Not available in all regions

Price

A six-pack of 16 oz. cans can be found on totalwine.com for around $7.

Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Tröegs Brewing Company

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Features

This lager is brewed in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It has an ABV of 4.5% and an IBU of 45. The Sunshine Pils is a complex pilsner consisting of barley, Saaz hops, and lager yeast. It features distinct notes of straw, grass, and lemon. The Sunshine Pils is a terrific choice through every season. It contrasts well with cookout foods like strawberries, hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue ribs. It complements shellfish like crab and clams as well as grilled octopus, corn on the cob and arugula.

Pros

  • Perfect for year-round drinking
  • Complements many foods
  • Hip beer brand

Cons

  • Not available in all regions
  • More expensive than comparable lagers

Price

A 12-pack of 12 oz. cans can be found on totalwine.com for around $20.

Polestar Pilsner, Left Hand Brewing Company

Polestar Pilsner, Left Hand Brewing Company

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Features

This pilsner lager is brewed in Longmont, CO. It has an ABV of 5.5% and an IBU of 33. This lager has a slightly higher ABV than most lagers and its IBU is up there too. This German-style beer has a light body, consisting of pilsner malt and magnum, Mount Hood and Sterling hops. Its taste is described as dry and crisp, and It relays sweet malt and grassy scents. The Polestar Pilsner pairs well with shrimp, pesto pizzas, grilled scallops, and clams.

Pros

  • Hip craft beer aesthetic
  • Higher ABV

Cons

  • Not available in some states
  • Limited food pairings

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. cans can be found on wine-searcher.com for around $8.

Shower Beer, Champion Brewing Company

Shower Beer, Champion Brewing Company

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Features

The Shower Beer is the flagship brew of Champion Brewing Company. Shower Beer is brewed in Charlottesville, Virginia. It has an ABV of 4.5% and an IBU of 35. A Bohemian pilsner, Shower Beer is brewed from genuine Czech Saaz hops. The Saaz hops origins lends the beer decadent floral and herbal aromas. The Shower Beer is known for its delicious maltiness and spicy flavors. It won the Gold Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival for Best Bohemian-Style Pilsner. The Shower Beer goes great with scallops, clams, and other shellfish. It also pairs well with pepper jack cheese and other spicy foods.

Pros

  • Award-winning Bohemian-Style pilsner
  • High quality imported ingredients

Cons

  • Too hoppy for some people's tastes
  • Only available in certain regions

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. cans can be found at totalwine.com for around $9.

Pivo Pils, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pivo Pils, Firestone Walker Brewing Co

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Features

This lager is brewed in Paso Robles, California. It has an ABV of 5.3% and an IBU of 40. The Pivo Pils is surprisingly complex, with influences from California, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. This lager is extremely well balanced with its floral aroma, herbal nuances, and notes of lemongrass. It is brewed from Magnum, Saphir, and Spalter hops.

This beer pairs well with shellfish along with tilapia and roasted chicken. It also goes down well with pesto, pizza, and several sausage varieties. The Pivo Pils is a highly lauded beer. It was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well as the Bronze Medal in 2017.

Pros

  • Worldly influences
  • Award-winning beer

Cons

  • Lacks the aesthetic compared to many craft beers
  • Not available in some regions

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. bottles can be found on totalwine.com for $9.

Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Upland Brewing Company

Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Upland Brewing Company

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Features

This lager is brewed throughout Indiana. Over the past fifty years, it has become one of the most popular beers in Indiana. It has an ABV of 5.5%. We couldn't find an IBU rating, but the brewer puts it on the very low end of the bitterness scale. The Champagne Velvet is a Bohemian lager brewed with pilsner, corn, and Carapils malt, and Cluster and German Tettnang hops.

This beer has a light and refreshing body and a sweet aftertaste thanks to the corn malt base. Its daily drinkability has launched its popularity in the Midwest. The Champagne Velvet Pilsner pairs well with all kinds of seafood, along with pepperoni, sausage, and pepper jack cheese. Spicy foods also tend to go down well with this beer.

Pros

  • Reliable and well-liked beer
  • Easy to find in the Midwest

Cons

  • Lacks the aesthetic compared to some craft beers
  • Not available in some regions
  • More expensive than comparable lagers

Price

A four-pack of 16 oz. cans can be found on missionliquor.com for around $10.

Brooklyn Pilsner, The Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Pilsner, The Brooklyn Brewery

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Features

This lager is brewed in Brooklyn, New York. It has an ABV of 5.1% and it is available year round. We weren't able to find the IBU. This German-style pilsner is brewed with pilsner malt, and Perle, Saaz, HallertauerMittelfrueh hops. The high-quality ingredients lend themselves to a snappy and bitter taste and floral aroma. This refreshing nature of the Brooklyn Pilsner pairs well with several foods. Both fish and shellfish, Thai food, Vietnamese food, and Indian food all go well with the Brooklyn Pilsner. In addition, more domestic foods like pizza and sausage go down great with this lager.

Pros

  • Pairs well with many foods

Cons

  • Lacks aesthetic compared to some craft beers
  • Not available in many regions

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. bottles can be found on totalwine.com for $10.

Ol’ Factory Pils, Two Roads Brewing Company

Ol’ Factory Pils, Two Roads Brewing Company

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Features

This beer is brewed in a renovated warehouse brewery in Stratford, Connecticut. It has an ABV of 5.0% and an IBU of 38. Two Roads Brewing Company uses a combination of German and American hops and malts to brew this refreshing pilsner. The Ol’ Factory Pils has a fluffy body, moderate bitterness, and hoppy finish. It gives off grassy, leafy, and piney aromas. The popular pilsner pairs well with mild cheeses and roasted chicken. In 2015, the Ol’ Factory Pils won Silver Medal for Continental Pilsner at the Great International Beer Festival.

Pros

  • Award-winning craft beer
  • Desirable aroma
  • Very drinkable and palate cleansing

Cons

  • Lacks aesthetic compared to some craft beers
  • Only available locally

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. cans can be found on totalwine.com for $12.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues Brewery

Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues Brewery

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Features

The Little Yella Pils is brewed in Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas. It has an ABV of 4.7% and an IBU of 33. The low ABV makes this a beer you want in your hand all night long. This beer and its brewer comes from a Bavarian and Bohemian background. The brewery prides itself on steering clear of the route that most mass market pilsner makers take. Instead of diluting the beer with corn and rice, the Little Yella Pils relies on a pilsner and honey malt along with Saaz and Aramis hops. This refreshing beer is perfect for the summer months. It pairs well with all types of sausage and spicy foods.

Pros

  • Extremely drinkable
  • Available in many states

Cons

  • Lacks aesthetic of craft beer

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. cans can be found on totalwine.com for $10.

The Crisp, Sixpoint Brewery

The Crisp, Sixpoint Brewery

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Features

This beer is brewed in Brooklyn, NY. It has an ABV of 5.4% and an IBU of 44. This German-style pilsner sources its Tettnang and Hallertau hops directly from farmers in Tettnang, Germany. It is also brewed with Cargill Pilsner malt. This lager comes with a beloved floral aroma and crisp finish thanks to its high -quality ingredients. The Crisp has a medium body and relays citrus undertones. The abundance of carbonation and refreshing taste makes this beer great for summer.  This beer pairs well with all kinds of shellfish as well as trout and salmon. Avoid chocolate and mushrooms when drinking a Crisp.

Pros

  • High-quality imported ingredients
  • Well-regarded taste and drinkability

Cons

  • Only available locally

Price

A six-pack of 12 oz. cans can be found on totalwine.com for $11.

The Verdict

At the end of the day, the best American lager will vary depending on who you ask. While some stick to their guns with classics like Miller Lite, Bud Light, and Budweiser, others branch out to one of the many craft lagers listed in this article. Regardless of your preference, beer lovers can agree that there is a lager out there for everyone.

Within this article, reasonable minds will differ on which beer is the best American lager. Our vote is behind the Shower Beer by Champion Brewing Company. This award-winning beer is no stranger to accolades. Its worldly roots and high-quality ingredients prove its worthiness, but its drinkability and fun aesthetic seal the deal.

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