Lager

Lager is a super popular beer made by fermenting and storing it at a cool temperature. This makes it taste crisp and clean, with a light to medium body. It can be pale yellow or amber. Lagers are known for being smooth and easy to drink, which is why a lot of people like them. There are a lot of different types of lagers; here are some examples:

  • Pilsner: a type of lager that originated in the Czech Republic, known for its light color and clean taste
  • Helles: a type of German lager that is similar to a Pilsner but with a slightly sweeter taste
  • Dunkel: a type of dark lager that is made using roasted malt, giving it a rich and malty flavor
  • Oktoberfest: a type of German lager traditionally cursed during the Oktoberfest festival, known for its amber color and rich, malty taste.
  • Bock: a type of German lager that is stronger in alcohol and maltier in taste than a traditional lager.
  • Marzen: a type of amber lager traditionally brewed during Oktoberfest.
  • Vienna Lager: a type of amber lager that originated in Vienna, Austria. It has a rich malt flavor and a smooth finish.
  • American Adjunct Lager: a type of lager made in the USA that uses adjunct ingredients such as corn or rice to lighten the body and color of the beer.

The flavor of lager is determined by the types of hops and malt used in making it. Lagers usually use a type of malt called Pilsner malt, which is made from pale barley, giving it a light and crisp taste. The hops used in lagers are chosen for their mild flavor and aroma, making the beer balanced with a subtle sweetness and a hint of bitterness.

Lagers are made using a special type of yeast called Saccharomyces pastorianus which ferments the beer at lower temperatures. This process can take a while, but it makes the beer clear and well-conditioned.

Lagers go great with various foods, especially light and refreshing dishes like fish, chicken, and salads. They also pair well with spicy foods because the effervescence and lightness of the beer help balance out the heat. Lagers are also a great choice for Mexican, Chinese, and Thai food.

Personally, I always love to grab a lager when I want a beer that is easy to drink and will pair well with my food. There are so many different types of lagers; you’re sure to find one that you like!