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Meet the Lager

Lager is the most widely sold beer style in the world. Originally from Bavaria in Germany, the term ‘lager’ means ‘to store’ in German as the beer needs to be conditioned (stored) for several weeks or months before it is ready to drink. A beer is defined as a lager based on the yeast that is used – a different strain to that used in ales – and one that worked better in the cold temperatures where it was born. Lager yeast contributes very little flavour to the final beer which comes from the hops and malt – another key difference between lagers and ales.

Brilliant Beer


A category that includes any lager that isn’t light-yellow in appearance. These lagers are still brewed with lager yeast but they have darker malts in their recipe which makes them appear anything from amber coloured to black. These malt additions impact the flavor too. These beers still have the clean crisp flavor of a lager but with more caramel, toffee or even roasted coffee flavour. Specific styles include Märzen, Oktoberfest, Vienna, Dunkel (means ‘Dark’ in German) and Schwarzbier.

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