What's the difference between lager and beer?!

Question: What's the difference between lager and beer!?
I just need to clear this up - I've always thought beer was just a broad name tha included lager but people sometimes say: ''Do you want a lager or a beer!?''

Can someone explain the difference and give examples of each one!? Thanks!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Lager is a type of beer!.

There are two main types of beer, Ales and Lagers!. Ale is a beer that uses top-fermenting yeast at higher temperatures for short periods of time!. Lager is a beer that is fermented with bottom-fermenting yeast at lower temperatures for longer periods of time (Lager comes from the german word Lagern which means 'to store')!. Ales and Lagers then have their own subcategories, for example!.!.!. Ales include, Stouts, Porters, Pale Ales, Wheat Ales, Lambics, etc!. Lagers include: Pilsners, Helles, Bocks, Oktoberfests/Marzen, Vienna, etc!.
A beer's classification as an Ale or a Lager does not have any relation to it's flavor profile, generally speaking!. A Stout is much different than a Wheat Beer just as a Pilsner is much different than an Oktoberfest!.
If someone asks if you want a Lager or a Beer, they shouldn't be serving beer!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

If beer is the topic then we can start with the 2 categories or types of beer, ales and lagers!.

The best way to discern the types of beer is to not consider just one thing but the many that shape the many styles of both!.

Both ales and lagers (types of beer) have many styles!. Both are either light amber or dark!. Both can have little or a lot of alcohol!. Both can be light or dark in color!. Both can be thick or thin in body/mouthfeel!. Both can be bitter!.
So then, what is the difference between the ales and lagers (beer)!?

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It has to do with the ingredients and how they are processed into an ale or lager!.

Beer styles, whether they are ales or lagers, have been molded by the type and quality of ingredients available to the brewer!. The hard water (Calcium + other minerals) of England for example, was an influence on the beers of that nation!. Wheras, the water in continental europe (CE) are generally more soft (less minerals) and lend to the development of the smooth qualiites of lager beers brewed there!.
The grain (barley) was also handled in different ways!. The ales of England (were the beers that all brewers made anywhere) in an infusion-mash method!. Where the barley was steeped at a single temperature(mashing)!. Later developments in CE in the mash procedures developed smoother beers by reducing protein size!. The process called decoction mashing involves the brewer to take a fraction of the steeping mash (barley + water) and boil it!. This was added back to the main mash raising its temp!. This was repeated until complete protein and carbohydrate degradation was accompolished!. {NOTE: Today most all beers use a variety of two-row barley that is very low in protein rendering protein rest (decocotion mashing) obsolete}

Finally, the yeast plays a role in an ale or lager (beers) by its action in fermenting sugar to ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and carbon dioxide (CO2)!. Although we catagorize yeast by its action upon fermentation as to aggerate to the top or bottom of a vessel!. The lager yeast tend to settle to the bottom and the ales yeast to the top!. Thus, the designation top or bottom fermenting yeast!. Yet, the main concern is the volatile chemicals that they produce!. In ales the sweet esters are not desirable and it is that these top fermenting yeast do not produce them that help influence flavor!. In many lagers (bottom ferment) esters are welcome and in some lagers their specific yeast strain produce phenolic compounds that are perceived as clove!. So the yeast employed by the brewer has a profound effect on the beers flavor as either an ale or lager!. also the temperature used to ferment the beer has profound effects on the flavors produced in the final beer!. Lagers are generally fermented at cool temp!. (below 48 F) whereas ales use a warm temp!. (52-60 F on average)!.

In all the styles of ales and lagers (beers) have many characteristics in common!. The methods employed in their production are distinct!.

Finally-finally, the flavors that define a style are influenced by the above ingredients and methods which vary from country and region!.


Most beer falls into two categories: ales and lagers!.

Ales are brewed with yeast that ferments at the top of the fermentation vessel, and at warmer temperatures!. Ales tend to be very complex, flavorful and aromatic!. Some examples of beer that falls under the ale style: stouts, India Pale Ales, Hefeweizens, Belgians (dubbels, trippels, quads, witbiers etc!.), barleywines, etc!.

Lagers are brewed with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the fermentation tank and at much lower temps!. Many lagers also need a period of cold storage, or "lagering", before they are matured enough to consume!. Lagers tend to be crisp, malty and clean!. Some lager beers are pilsners, bocks, vienna lagers and macro lagers (like Bud, Coors, Heineken etc)!.

An exception to the rule would be Belgian Lambic beers, which rely on wild yeast to ferment, so they are technically not ales or lagers (although they are usually grouped with ales because of their complex and aromatic characteristics)!.

Check out this chart for more info on beer styles:

Check out some of these sites to educate yourself about beer!. There is so much to learn, and so many styles that there is something for everyone!.


Guinness is not a lager, it is a stout, which falls under the ale category!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

There are many types of beer; lager is one of them!. Lagers are made with a bottom-fermented yeast and are usually stored in a very cool place while they ferment!. This type of beer is usually cleaner and clearer in taste!. In America, lagers are very common!. Somes examples: Coors Light, Budweiser, Corona, Miller Genuine Draft!.!.!. you get the idea!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

there are many different types of beer, such as ale, lager, pilsner, lite, etc!. lager is a type of beer that is thicker and usually darker than most beers and has a thicker taste to it!. they could also be reffering to how you want the beer, per say in a pint glass or a bottle, etc!. etc!. many people have differnt names for beer!.!.!.for instance me and my buddies here in chciago call beer: golden delicious, beep, bubs, cold ones, etc!. its all where you are from!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Lager is beer!. There is malt beer, ales, lagers, pilsners, and lots of other types of beers!. Pilsners are mostly the green beers like Heineken and Beck's!. Guiness is a lager!. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a lager!. Samuel Adam's Summer Ale is an ale!. Bock beers are mostly lagers, too!. Lagers and ales are the most common beers in America followed by pilsners and then malt beers!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

lager is a type of beer,you have your dark lagers, and your pilsners!.!.pilsners are lighter and lagers have a bigger taste

guiness is a lager!.!.or micro brew like leinenkugel or killians
pilsners are like budweiser and michelobWww@FoodAQ@Com

lager is a type of beer!. all lager is beer, not all beer is lagerWww@FoodAQ@Com

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