Types of Beer
As I’m sure you are well aware of there are many different types of styles of beer, but what separates them all from each other? Beers come in basically 2 main types, Ale and Lager, with many different sub types. I have created this little guide that explains the difference between Ale and Lager, and the 3 main sub types, Pilsner, Porter and Stout:
Lager - bottom fermenting yeast, described as crisp and clean
typically fermented and matured at cooler temperatures than ales, lagers are usually more pale, drier and less alcoholic than ales.
-Pilsner – basically a lager but with a bit more flavor to it, more hops. Originated in Czech city of Pilsen
Ale – top fermenting yeast, described as robust and fruity
typically matured for shorter periods and warmer temperatures than lagers. Ales are generally higher in alcohol and more complex than lagers.
-Stout – top fermented yeast, described as rich and heavy, roasted barley
-Porter – basically a stout but lighter in body and malt
I hope this helps to aid you in your beer adventures! I find it pretty interesting to see that lagers take more effort to make, since they are generally thought of as cheaper and less superior to ales.