Ale vs. Lager

Beer styles fall into two major categories, ale and lager.  Most other styles of beer are just subcategories of these.

Ale.  Ale is brewed at room temperature. Ale is typically brewed with top-fermenting yeast.  Some types of ale are:
  • Brown ale
  • Pale ale
  • Scotch ale
  • Mild ale
  • Burton ale
  • Old ale
  • Belgian ale

Lager.  Lager is typically brewed between 45 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lager is typically brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast.  Some types of lagers are:
  • American lager (Pale lager)
  • Pilsner
  • Bock
  • Doppelbock
  • Helles
  • Dunkel
In general, you can use the same beer brewing equipment for most styles of beer.


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