Top 5 Types of Lager

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A lager is a type of beer that comes in an array of flavors and styles, making it one of the most popular styles of beer in the world.

What is a Lager?

A lager is a type of beer that is aged, or ‘conditioned’, at low temperatures. Like other types of beer, it is made from fermented grain, but aging at low temperatures allows the yeast to survive longer, which brings out more flavors. This beer style can be both light and dark in color and is best when drunk cold. It usually has 3-6% ABV, although some styles are brewed to be stronger. One of the most calorie-packed alcoholic beverages, a pint of this beer can contain up to 240 calories.

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Types of Lager Beer

There are many different types of lager beer, these include pale, Vienna, amber, and specialty lager. They make for amazing refreshment on a summer’s day and are best served chilled.

  • Pale: Pale in both name and nature, this type is lightly grassy, a little sweet and watery.
  • Vienna: This is an Austrian variety that is amber in color and has a malty flavor.
  • Dark: Very rich and malty, these types are dark in color and tend to have a high ABV.
  • Amber: These provide a good middle ground between the dark and pale varieties; amber lagers are medium-bodied, tend to have roasted caramel and interesting malt flavors, and can vary in levels of bitterness.
  • Specialty: For the curious beer drinkers, there is a fantastic range of specialty lagers, stretching from smoked to sour. 

Lager Beer Nutrition

Lager is made with hops, which contain a range of vitamins, such as B6, C, and E. It is also a source of carbohydrates, protein, and potassium. Yeast, used in beer, can also be a good source of potassium and dietary fiber and, when consumed in small quantities, alcohol is believed to be a good source of anti-oxidants.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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