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Difference between Ale and Lager Beer

Aug 19, 2014 | Post By Brodey Sheppard

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First of all, Ale and Lagers are both beers. Beer in England 'pre-dates' other alcoholic drinks produced here, and has been brewed continuously since prehistoric times. As a beer brewing country, England is known for its top fermented cask beer (real ale). Lager style beer has increased considerably in popularity since the mid 20th century. Despite the traditional English beer being Ale, more than half of the current English market is now lager in the Pilsener and Export styles. You can say that, modern England has fallen in love with Lager Beer!

How can an average beer drinker differentiate between an Ale and a Lagers? Apart from coming out of different taps in pub, some ales seem very similar to lagers. Well, most people by color, tastes and some by smell but sometimes people get confused!

Today, Liquor Online will explain the difference between Ales and Lagers. Fundamental difference is not just color or taste, simply Ale use different type of yeast than Lagers. Additionally, the fermentation process when the beer is brewed is different for lagers and ales. Ales are usually described as 'robust, fruity and hearty'. Lagers are 'smooth, crisp, elegant and clean'.

Basic Difference between Ales and Lagers beer

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Ingredients - Ale and Lagers

Ales are brewed with Top fermenting yeast- Saccharomyces cervisiae (as they rise to the surface during fermentation), which allows for rapid fermentation at hot temp; while lagers are brewed with bottom fermenting yeast - Saccharomyces Uvarum (they tend to settle out to the bottom of the fermenters), which ferment slower and at colder temp.

In short,difference between ale and lager beers

At Liquor Online, we have varieties of Ale and Lager beers. Checkout our collection and order your favorite Ale or Lager from here.


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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.

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