Lagers vs. Ales

Did you know that almost every beer you can name is either a lager or an ale? Brooklyn Homebrew's Kyler Serfass explains the differences between the two main types of beer, lager and ale, and offers examples of each.

Released on 2/10/2012

Credits

Starring: Kyler Serfass

Transcript

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My name is Kyler Serfass
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and I work at Brooklyn Homebrew
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and I'm gonna teach you a little bit
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about the two main types of beer.
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There's ales and there's lagers.
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And they are differentiated by the two different
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types of yeast that they use.
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Bottom fermenting or lager yeast like to ferment
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at a colder temperature, usually between 45 and 55 degrees.
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Ales are top fermenting yeast and they like to ferment
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around 65 to 70 degrees or at room temperature.
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For this reason, most home brewers usually start with ales
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and move onto lagers once they get
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a little bit more advanced.
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Ales are typically fruitier than most lagers.
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Examples of ales are stouts, IPAs and lot of Belgian
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and German styles that don't use a lager yeast.
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The typical characteristics of a lager
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are a clean and crisp
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and relatively neutral flavor profile.
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The most common example of a lager is the Pilsner
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or American's take on it
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which is the standard American Lager
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that you'll find in most grocery stores.
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Most home brewers will start off with usually a pale ale
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or something low alcohol
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that they can turn around pretty quickly.
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Pale ales kind of range in all different types of flavors
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going from more subdued to really hoppy.
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The beer that we brewed today and the recipe that you'll see
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is a black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale.
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It's an ale that ferments at room temperature
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and it has the body and flavor of an IPA
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with added roasted notes from the roasted barley
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and special roasted malts that are in it.
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So there are a lot of different beer styles out there
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but that's an explanation of the two main types.
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Cheers.
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