December 10 is National Lager Day.
Lager is a type of beer that is fermented and conditioned at low temperatures. “Lagering” is the cold storage of beer. During medieval times, caves were used.
There is pale and dark lagers. Pale lager is a very pale to golden-colored lager with a “well attenuated body and noble hop bitterness”. Pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer in the world.
Dark lagers range in color from amber to dark reddish brown and have names such as Vienna, amber lager, dunkel, tmavé, and schwarzbier. The flavors vary. Vienna lager is a reddish-brown or copper-colored beer with medium body and slight malt sweetness. Schwarzbier is a much darker, almost black beer with a chocolate or licorice-like flavor, similar to stout.
Lager VS Ale
- Lagers are brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast, slowly, at colder temperatures. Ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast, rapidly, at warmer temperatures.
- Lagers are described as tasting smooth, crisp, and clean while ales are described as robust, hearty, and fruity.