The lagers and pilsners in the Top 30 cover a variety of flavour profiles – yes, there’s more than one way to make a lager! But the bottom line is that they are all lighter bodied and finish quite dry. They’re elegant beers but with enough flavour to make them feel robust, either through a splash of hops or some darker malts. Take the time to pick up the subtle floral, spice and citrus notes from the hops and savour the bready character of the malt.
The hop-driven Miami Brut Lager from Urbanaut and Panhead’s Port Road Pilsner are both robust enough to handle a traditional curry, be it Indian or Thai, as well as range of Asian cuisine. They’ll both offer cut and contrast to any spice-based dish. On the other hand, Sawmill’s The Doctor is a dark lager with lots of chocolate notes, so lends itself more to traditional fare, such as sausages or steak. And at the other end of the scale, Steinlager Tokyo Dry – a light, elegant beer – is your go-to for Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi and sashimi.