ALE AND LAGER - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

By Dylan Whitsett

A common question for beer is --  "What is the difference between Ales and Lagers?"

The easiest answer is that Ales are top-fermented at warmer temperatures, while lagers are bottom-fermented at cooler temperatures. 

This means that ales tend to be more aromatic, have more nuanced and complex flavors, and include such styles such as IPAs, Tripels, Porters and Stouts. Lagers, on the other hand, tend to be smoother, more crisp, more highly carbonated, and show a more subtle flavor. Beers in this style include Pilsners, American Adjunct Lagers and Bocks.

These are general guidelines, but there are always exceptions and complications in the world of beers. 

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