Ales or Lagers?Fernando Queirós
Choosing a beer is more than selecting the price, the beer or the color. Picking the perfect beer for our taste takes a little bit more of knowledge about our personal palate and beers’ information. Ales or Lagers. Do you know exactly what these types of beers are? We help you!
Known for “top-fermenting” yeast-based beer. Ales are generally darker than lagers. Full-bodied and robust, Ale is fermented using ‘Saccharomyces cerevisia.’ The same yeast used for wine and bread making. Perfect for different environments, its brewing vessel will first climb to the top and then will drop to the bottom when fermentation is ending. Bitters, Milds, Abbey Ales, Pale Ales, Nut Browns, are examples of Ales.
This type of yeast is so fast that will brew the beer up to one week. That’s why it is called “top-fermenting,” because the yeast products are floating to the top due to the increased motion within the fermentation vessel.
This type of beer has a distinctive seasoning. It is more unique than Lager, for example, with its acidity and fruitfulness. Generally presented with a darker color, higher alcohol content, Ales are also a cloudier appearance and stronger bitter tones.
On the other hand, Lagers is fermented using ‘Saccharomyces uvarum.’ Unlike Ales, the yeast won’t rise to the top and then drop to the bottom. Therefore, it is known for “Bottom-fermenting” yeast, like Dutch, German, and Czech styles. Again, and unlike Ales, its particular characteristics demand more specific conditions to succeed. Known for its sweeter and lighter tones, Lager beer attenuates sugar more slowly and has a weaker tolerance to alcohol. Due to its components, Lager also can ferment mebilose, allowing the sugar is creating a lighter and sweeter beer. Therefore, Lager craft beer has a clear appearance and lower alcohol content and a softer, smoother, and crisp flavor.