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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.

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Based on the success of Czech Pilsner, the brewers in Munich attempted to copy the pilsner style of beer but their local water source was not conducive to making pale beers. The Helles style of lager was the result with less bitterness than Pilsner and a touch more malt. Traditionally it also has lower carbonation.

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