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Jul 9, 2007 11:44 AM

Best Lager beer in the World!

I admit it ,I like Lagers.

I don't care for creamy wheats or cranberry ales.

I just want ice cold lager.

Perhaps its years of playing tennis in the hot sun or surfing in tropical locals.

But the last thing i want after fun in the sun is a warm yeasty bread in a bottle.

So here our my two favorite lagers in the world.

#1 Castlemaine XXXX (Queensland, Australia)

#2 Steinlager ,big bottle (New Zealand)

I would love to hear or any other favorites out there?

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    1. re: Diana

      Is Budvar available in the U.S. ?

      1. re: debbieg2210

        Yes, but due to a near-century old conflict with Anheuser Busch over ownership of the brand name "Budweiser", the brand is called "Czechvar" in the US (and is now distributed by a new import division of A-B - go figure).

        1. re: JessKidden

          But Staropramen tastes better, to me anyway.

          1. re: Loren3

            Both are still quite tasty and for my $ the best representation of a classic Czech Pilsner (including Plzen) available in th euSA. They also have expirtydates which is doubly important when it comes to the Czech beers.

            1. re: MOREKASHA

              First, it REALLY depends on whether you hail from the right or left coast, as to what is available, I'm in San Diego where local and Mexican beers pour abundantly...As far as thirst quenchers go I would take an ice cold Foster's oil can, a Red Stripe big bottle, Beck's, Stella on tap or Hofbrau original. But I do like my Pilsner's too, they are excellent thirst fixer's. Truman Pils is awesome, as is Victory, Prima pils, Pilsner Urquell and Scrimshaw by North Coast. Yueng Ling is awesome too, I just don't see it much...Any Spaten, Ayinger, especially Ayinger my fave brewery, Weihenstaphaner, Bitburger, Warsteiner, and Paulaner rock my taste buds!!!

              1. re: DejaDru

                I forgot Tsing Tao, one of my top tens period...

                1. re: DejaDru

                  You mentioned "Truman Pils" but I think you meant Trumer Pils, right?
                  THat's a great beer and a good company, too.

                  Also, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a lager, and it is also quite good.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    You're correct, I guess I was thinking of the limited edition presidential beer...

      2. I admit my tatse changes fairly often, but I suppose the two that always crop back up sooner or later would be

        (and for a 3rd choice I'd agree with Budvar)

        1. Brooklyn Lager is terrific, as is Smuttynose.

          1. Lager is a pretty broad category which includes a lot of rich malty beers as well (i.e bock, doppelbock, etc). And having said that I wouldn't think that given a choice many of us would reach for a doppelbock or "warm yeasty bread in a bottle" after "fun in the sun" as you put it and definitely not after playing tennis in the hot sun or surfing in tropical local(e)s.
            As for your selections they could both be considered decent light lagers (and fully appropriate for sweltering, suffocating heat (as would a glass of ice water, but I digress).
            Lager is originally a Czech-German thing (many still consider them to be the best). I don't know how many from there that you've tried by I would suggest that you do:
            Spaten Lager
            Jever Pilsenser
            Czechvar (or "Budvar" in Europe)
            Pilsner Urquell
            Staropramen Lager
            Stiegl Pils (Austrian)

            1. If you want your beer ice cold, it is probably best to stick to what you like and not venture into the more flavorful lagers. As was stated elsewhere, there are many styles of lager, not just watery yellow stuff. Marzen, Dunkel, Doppelbock, Hellesbock, Helles, Dortmunder, Pilsner ( roughly what you prefer ), Schwarzbier, and Rauchbier are some others. A Dunkel, Pilsner, Helles, or Schwarzbier would quench my thirst pretty easily.

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              1. re: hammerhead

                Yeah! Gimme a big cold steinie anyday! 4x nah...if aussie better off with Boags from Tasmania...that is an awesome lager beer.

                Lowenbrau up there too for refreshment. Also the lighter IPAs do the job...smuttynose...lagunitas...

                1. re: hammerhead

                  Augustiner Helles - best lager regardless of category. Unfortunately it's $12 for a 6-pack at my local store.

                  1. re: famedalupo

                    Well, break it down for us? What does it taste like?

                    1. re: Chinon00

                      All I've found out here is the Augustiner Edelstoff, so I'll comment on that. It's a bit different from the standard Augustiner Helles, which I've yet to find here. Edelstoff is lightly hopped, generously carbonated, somewhat sweet and a delicious cinnamony taste, and clean on the finish. Best of the Munich helles. Global Village Imports LLC distributes it in the US, although it can be hard to find.