What’s the difference between ale and lager?

What’s the difference between ale and lager?

There's an amazing amount of NA beers out on the market at the moment and trying to navigate through them is mind blowing, here's the good part that the beers won't make you feel dizzy just the amount will.

You have a huge choice from classic lagers to bold IPAs and every thing in-between, there is locally produced and imported beers, as well as wheat, malt beers. What the style of beer tastes and looks like can help make narrowing down a favourite beer a lot easier.

The major difference between beer types comes down to the type of yeast used to ferment it. A beer qualifies as either a lager or an ale, depending on the fermenting process.

Ales are created through top fermentation, a process in which yeast ferments at warmer temperatures and settles at the top of the beer.

Lagers are a typical entry point into beer for new drinkers as they are usually taste lighter, crispier, drier and a little malty with the ability to quench thirst. Yeast makes a lager tend to settle at the bottom of the beer, and the fermenting process is longer and takes place under cooler temperatures.

A IPA is? India Pale Ales (IPAs), which encompass numerous styles of beer, they get their characteristics largely from hops and herbal, citrus or fruity flavours. Some IPAs can taste like pure citrus, while others are strong and bitter, if you like bitter go for these beers.

India pale ales originated in England during the 1700's (depends who you talk too) and were made extra strong, by adding more hops which is a natural preservative, and hoppy to survive the ocean journey to India. The powerful and often fruity flavours of IPAs make them a great pairing for foods that feature any combination of fat, spiciness and fruit.

What is a pilsner? Pilsners, which originate from the Czech Republic, fall under the lager category. German pilsners give off a pale gold color and crisp flavour. Pilsners are noticeably hoppy and pale gold in colour. They pair deliciously with lots of foods, especially lightly fried dishes.

What is wheat beer? Wheat beers rely on wheat for the malt ingredient, which gives the beverage a light colour and try combining it with fruit, like a slice of lemon or orange.


What is a Pale Ale?

English-style pale ales (also known as bitters) are malty and earthy. American-style pale ales have more of a hoppy bite, sometimes with overtones of citrus. Belgian-style pale ales are sweeter and less hoppy than the others, but they can be a little spicy. So what do all pale ales have in common? Pale Ales are well balanced and taste great and pair beautifully with a wide variety of different foods. A pale ale is refreshingly crisp, light-bodied and moderately hoppy, it’s a go-to style for so many people.

Fruit beers

Many fruits find their way into beer recipes — some popular ones are lime, strawberry and cherry. Most fruit beers are sweet, as you might imagine, and make a fine accompaniment for dessert.


XPA has been described as the prefect style for Australia, between a Pale Ale (APA) and India Pale Ale (IPA) its worth a try on those hot, balmy summers nights.

Part of what makes XPA such an engaging beer is that it is generally much lighter in colour than English pale ale and has less caramel flavours. All the great elements of the citrus hop aromas, without the bitterness of IPA.

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