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The 25 Best Lagers of 2022

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We went over the top with this one. Why? Because we love lagers! And also because we celebrate National Lager Day on December 10, 2022. 

We've asked this question a few times, but it bears repeating here: When will it officially be the year of the lager? Was it 2022? Will it be 2023?

For now at least, we can confidently say that December 10 is the day of the lager.

So yes, we asked the app to spit out this list including all lagers. We're talking everything: American lager, Japanese rice lager, Mexican lager, Vienna lager, India pale lager, pale lager, amber lager, American amber/red lager, dark lager, Munich Dunkel, Dortmunder/export, bock, doppelbock, weizenbock, eisbock, maibock, märzen, rauchbier, helles, kölsch, kellerbier/zwickelbier, pilsner, imperial pilsner, German pilsner, Italian pilsner, Czech pilsner, and anything in between. 

But what we found so interesting is that, out of all those categories, the most highly rated you'll find on this list? 

Pilsners and their ilk. 

Which makes sense because last year, for the first time ever, pilsners cracked the top ten most checked-in styles of the year on the Untappd app, with just over 1 million check-ins. For the record, it was the only lager substyle to make it to the list. But the future impact of lagers on the hop-loving masses remains to be seen. 

So drink one of these top-rated versions and unlock our National Lager Day Badge.

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To earn this badge: From December 9, 2022, to December 11, 2022, Check-in any one (1) beer in the beer style / category: lager. Including: Bock - Doppelbock, Bock - Eisbock, Bock - Hell / Maibock / Lentebock, Bock - Single / Traditional, California Common, Festbier, Historical Beer - Zoigl, Kellerbier / Zwickelbier, Lager - Amber, Lager - American Amber / Red, Lager - American Light, Lager - American, Lager - Dark, Lager - Dortmunder / Export, Lager - Helles, Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager), Lager - Japanese Rice, Lager - Leichtbier, Lager - Mexican, Lager - Munich Dunkel, Lager - Pale, Lager - Red, Lager - Strong, Lager - Vienna, Lager - Winter, Malt Beer, Malt Liquor, Märzen, Non-Alcoholic Beer - Lager, Pilsner - Czech, Pilsner - German, Pilsner - Imperial / Double, Pilsner - Italian, Pilsner - Other, Porter - Baltic, Rauchbier, Schwarzbier.

Looking for a place to start? Try one of these highest-rated versions of the year. 

Untappd's 25 Highest-Rated Lagers of the Year

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Memoria helles lager from Hill Farmstead Brewery | Photography courtesy of Taylor V, Untappd

1. Memoria - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Memoria label

Memoria

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Lager - Helles

Total (?) 4,075

Unique (?) 2,994

4.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.39)

2,614 Ratings

2. Palatine Pils - Suarez Family Brewery 

Palatine Pils label

Palatine Pils

Suarez Family Brewery

Pilsner - German

Total (?) 20,957

Unique (?) 11,553

4.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.17)

10,041 Ratings

3. Qualify Pils - Suarez Family Brewery

Qualify Pils label

Qualify Pils

Suarez Family Brewery

Pilsner - German

Total (?) 14,058

Unique (?) 8,436

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.16)

7,352 Ratings

4. Marie - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Marie label

Marie

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Lager - Helles

Total (?) 22,263

Unique (?) 13,337

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.09)

11,771 Ratings

5. Mary - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Mary label

Mary

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Pilsner - German

Total (?) 35,200

Unique (?) 22,000

4.6% ABV

60 IBU

(3.98)

19,364 Ratings

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Photography courtesy of Hop Culture 

6. Barrel-Aged P3 Oktoberfest - Phase Three Brewing

Barrel-Aged P3 Oktoberfest label

Barrel-Aged P3 Oktoberfest

Phase Three Brewing

Märzen

Total (?) 1,247

Unique (?) 1,101

15% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.23)

995 Ratings

7. Slow Pour Pils - Bierstadt Lagerhaus

Slow Pour Pils label

Slow Pour Pils

Bierstadt Lagerhaus

Pilsner - German

Total (?) 21,371

Unique (?) 15,215

5.1% ABV

20 IBU

(4.09)

13,189 Ratings

8. Timbo Pils - Highland Park Brewery 

Timbo Pils label

Timbo Pils

Highland Park Brewery

Pilsner - Other

Total (?) 8,464

Unique (?) 5,759

5.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.08)

5,138 Ratings

9. Ex-Girlfriend 2022 BA Bourbon Blend - Jopen

Ex-Girlfriend 2022 BA Bourbon Blend label

Ex-Girlfriend 2022 BA Bourbon Blend

Jopen

Bock - Eisbock

Total (?) 1,578

Unique (?) 1,533

15.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.11)

1,457 Ratings

10. Barrel-Aged Knock One Bock - Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Barrel-Aged Knock One Bock label

Barrel-Aged Knock One Bock

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Collaboration with Wisconsin Brewing Company

Bock - Doppelbock

Total (?) 1,683

Unique (?) 1,602

14.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.11)

1,456 Ratings

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Slow Pour Pils from Bierstadt Lagerhaus | Photography courtesy of Ashley Knotek, Bierstadt Lagerhaus

11. Polotmavy 12° - Human Robot

Polotmavy 12° label

Polotmavy 12°

Human Robot

Lager - Polotmavé (Czech Amber)

Total (?) 4,572

Unique (?) 3,535

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.05)

3,127 Ratings

12. Reality Czeck - Moonlight Brewing Company

Reality Czeck label

Reality Czeck

Moonlight Brewing Company

Pilsner - Czech / Bohemian

Total (?) 12,567

Unique (?) 8,650

4.9% ABV

20 IBU

(3.77)

7,475 Ratings

13. Czech 10° - Human Robot

Czech 10° label

Czech 10°

Human Robot

Lager - Světlé (Czech Pale)

Total (?) 4,857

Unique (?) 3,650

4.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.03)

3,212 Ratings

14. Death & Taxes - Moonlight Brewing Company

Death & Taxes label

Death & Taxes

Moonlight Brewing Company

Lager - Dark

Total (?) 28,679

Unique (?) 19,230

5.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.85)

16,994 Ratings

15. Original Lager - Goldfinger Brewing Company

Original Lager label

Original Lager

Goldfinger Brewing Company

Lager - Helles

Total (?) 5,619

Unique (?) 3,875

5.2% ABV

18 IBU

(4.01)

3,471 Ratings

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Photography courtesy of Moonlight Brewing Company

16. 8th Anniversary Collaborative Pilsner - Other Half Brewing Co. 

8th Anniversary Collaborative Pilsner label

8th Anniversary Collaborative Pilsner

Other Half Brewing Co.

Collaboration with Schilling Beer Co.

Pilsner - German

Total (?) 2,224

Unique (?) 1,984

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.05)

1,767 Ratings

17. Zhigulikkeller - Midnight Project

Zhigulikkeller label

Zhigulikkeller

Midnight Project

Collaboration with Mikkeller, Selfmade Brewery

Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)

Total (?) 4,912

Unique (?) 3,434

4.5% ABV

37 IBU

(3.9)

3,202 Ratings

18. Tipsy in Tijuana - Backpocket Brewing

Tipsy In Tijuana label

Tipsy In Tijuana

Backpocket Brewing

Lager - Mexican

Total (?) 3,352

Unique (?) 2,087

5% ABV

24 IBU

(3.59)

1,885 Ratings

19. Hallertau Pils - Human Robot

Hallertau Pils label

Hallertau Pils

Human Robot

Pilsner - German

Total (?) 7,788

Unique (?) 6,058

5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.02)

5,346 Ratings

20. Whisper - Tree House Brewing Company

Total (?) 7,755

Unique (?) 6,627

5.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(4.01)

6,062 Ratings

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Photography courtesy of Tree House Brewing Company

21. Petřín 11˚ - Schilling Beer Co.

Petřín 11˚ label

Petřín 11˚

Schilling Beer Co.

Lager - Polotmavé (Czech Amber)

Total (?) 2,113

Unique (?) 1,890

4.4% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.99)

1,663 Ratings

22. Nomad - Tree House Brewing Company

Nomad label

Nomad

Tree House Brewing Company

Lager - Tmavé (Czech Dark)

Total (?) 10,062

Unique (?) 8,579

4.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.89)

7,727 Ratings

23. Prince Percy - Maine Beer Company

Prince Percy label

Prince Percy

Maine Beer Company

Pilsner - Other

Total (?) 6,839

Unique (?) 6,241

5.1% ABV

N/A IBU

(4)

5,561 Ratings

24. Mönchsambacher Lagerbier - Brauerei Zehendner

Mönchsambacher Lagerbier label

Mönchsambacher Lagerbier

Brauerei Zehendner

Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Total (?) 13,514

Unique (?) 7,672

5.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.74)

7,022 Ratings

25. Side Pull - Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Side Pull label

Side Pull

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Collaboration with Bierstadt Lagerhaus

Lager - Světlé (Czech Pale)

Total (?) 4,550

Unique (?) 3,762

4.1% ABV

30 IBU

(3.91)

3,395 Ratings

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