Different Types of Beer – Useful Info

It is no doubt that beer counts among the world’s ancient beverages with Egyptians being known to have accidentally found the recipe for this beverage and since that day (of the early BC years) they have even started baptizing their children in beer! But this beverage has evolved a lot over time and these days you can find beer under different types, each of them having a distinct and special flavor and taste. Let’s not forget that the four founding fathers of USA were all passionate for good beer being originally brewers in their turn!

Now it can be somehow confusing to choose the beer of your preference, although beer drinkers have defined their personal taste and most of the times when they drink a beer they stick to their favorite one. But to make things much simpler, we can say that beer is found in two categories: Ales and Lagers.

1. Ale is produced through warm fermentation process from malted barley where a strain of brewer’s yeast is added. The level of alcohol in this type of beer will vary with some of them having a fruit-like flavor (strawberry, orange, apples) and others having more of a coffee, butterscotch and chocolate flavor. This type of beer can be found with a more bitter taste and a robust touch of beer taste that makes it more complex in texture. It is also good to be savored at warmer temperatures and some of the beers entering this category are: Scottish Ale, Barley Wine, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Imperial Stout, and English Bitter.

2. Lager is produced at low temperatures and tends to be the most alcoholic beer in the world with flavors of cookie, fresh bread and caramel. There is highly carbonated beer, crisp lager beer, with a clean and balanced taste that can be served at cooler temperatures. Some examples of lager beer are: Pilsner, Bock, American Lager, Oktoberfest, Dunkel and Helles.

Although lagers are lighter types of beer beverage, ales are the ones that get a higher recognition among the range of beer drinkers and passionate for this beverage. As you can see, people are not interested in the fact that for brewing lager beer the process is more complex and longer, so long as the taste they are after is the one that belongs to ale beer.

So, it all goes down to satisfying the taste buds rather than considering how much it takes to produce a type of beer. It is also interesting to note that flavor plays a big part into favoring a type of beer over another. For instance, if you are after a more flavored type of beer you can go with ale, while drinkers favoring a cleaner taste can always go with lager.

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