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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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A German style of beer from the city of Cologne (Köln in German). Technically (accordingly to our own definition), this is an ale as it’s fermented using an ale yeast. But if you try one of these beers, it looks and tastes much closer to a lager so we’ve included it here. Think of it as a lager with more fruitiness. Only beers produced in and around Cologne can be called a Kölsch.

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