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Lagers account for more worldwide annual liquid volume consumption than ales, due primarily to the popularity and ubiquity of crisp, pale Lager beers produced in every brewing country around the globe.

Lagers represent some of the most approachable, easy-drinking beer styles available, which contributes to Lager’s consumption edge over ale, despite the fact that ale styles are more numerous and were consumed thousands of years before lagering and cold-aging took hold.

While the multiple styles of Lager that originated in Europe centuries ago make up the majority of those brewed throughout the world today, popular styles born in the United States and Asia continue to add variety to the many classic European (Old World) lagers.

Lager Bottles

Color: Pale golden to nearly black
Clarity: Most clear, with some styles hazy or opaque
Head: Style-specific – some dissipate quickly, while others leave lacing

Malts: Biscuity, toasty; sweet and chocolaty in some dark styles
Hops: Noble hop character in many styles
Yeast: Generally neutral, but may provide support to the hop and malt profiles

Consistency: Crisp and smooth
Carbonation: Round to prickly in most styles, but delicate in stronger styles, such as Doppelbock
Body: Light to medium-full
Finish: Average to long

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