Explore our pick of the best lagers to buy, then check our guides on IPAs, British beers, best stouts and no-alcohol beers for more inspiration.


Lager is one of the most popular beers in the world, easy drinking and crowd pleasing. It's a bottom-fermented beer – this means that the yeasts used to ferment the beer gather at the bottom of the fermentation tank. Because of the types of yeasts used, which can tolerate low temperatures, lagers tend to be clean and crisp in character. They also tend to be less bitter than ales, with more carbonation.

Lager's reputation has suffered somewhat in recent years, with craft beer lovers flocking towards trendy US-style IPAs and pale ales. While there are plenty of lower-quality, mass-produced lagers out there, it's a much more diverse category than you might think, with many great brews available. Styles to look out for include mildly sweet helles lager, crisp and delicate Czech and German pilsner, full-bodied amber lager, strong and malty bock, and dark, chocolate- and coffee-tinged schwarzbier.

10 best lagers to buy

Siren Santo Drop-Hopped Lager

Siren Lager

This lager from the always impressive Siren has a lovely, almost peppery hoppiness and vibrant citrus character.

Available from:
Laithwaites (£2.20/330ml)
Clapton Craft (£3.10/330ml)

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Lost & Grounded Keller Pils

Keller Pils

This pils uses three traditional hops – Hallertauer Mittelfruh, Perle and Magnum – to create a richer beer with a hoppy body and sweet maltiness. A very enjoyable brew.

Available from:
Waitrose (£2.80/440ml)

Brick Brewery Peckham Helles

Peckham Helles

Brick Brewery’s interpretation of a Bavarian-style helles lager is pleasingly soft and gently fruity, with herbal notes. Clean and refreshing, it’s also gluten-free.

Available from:
Brick Brewery (£2.50/330ml)

Pressure Drop Premium Lager Beer

Pressure Drop premium lager

Lightly hopped with Hallertau Blanc, we love the bags of flavour that this Tottenham-made lager brings, with plenty of peachy stone fruit notes.

Available from:
Clapton Craft (£4.10/440ml)

DEYA Tappy Pils


This Cheltenham brewery produced a clean, easy drinking pils with assertive hoppiness.

Available from:
Hop Burns & Black (£5.80/500ml)

Small Beer Dark Lager

Small Beer Brewing Company Beer

A refreshing but complex 1% ABV beer. Pours dark like a stout, but drinks lightly, with lovely background notes of coffee and chocolate.

Available from:
Ocado (£2.20/350ml)

Left Handed Giant Helles

Left Handed helles

Drinkable, crisp and bright, this Munich helles lager has an appealing fruity maltiness and gentle bitterness.

Available from:
Left Handed Giant (£15.50/4 x 440ml)

Braybrooke Keller Lager


A traditional German kellerbier by way of Leicestershire, this full-bodied yet clean and fresh lager has appealing malty undertones with a touch of sweetness and a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Available from:
Braybrooke Beer (£2.90/330ml bottle, £34/case of 12)

Augustiner Lager Helles


A classic Bavarian lager – balanced, crisp and beautifully refreshing.

Available from:
Beer Hunter (£38.95/12 x 500ml bottles)

Beavertown Bones Lager

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A supremely chuggable lager that hits the spot – and at a low-enough ABV that you can enjoy a few without feeling sore the next morning.

Available from:
Beavertown Brewery (£2/330ml can)


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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