Styles Of Beer

Lager

Lager is a bottom fermented beer brewed at low temperatures and for a longer period than other beer styles such as ales. Lagers have a neutral flavour and are clean in appearance.  There are two main categories of lager, namely, pale lager and dark lager and comprise of the following types of lager:  American lager, American Light lager , Pilsner, Amber lager, Oktoberfest and Bock.

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Ales

The difference between ales and lager is primarily concerned with the type of yeast used and the fermenting process. They are top fermented. Malted barley is used in the production of ales. This beer is fermented at a higher temperature than lagers, between 15 – 24 °C. Ales have complex flavours and are often fruity in character.

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Wheat Beers

In the production of wheat beers a high proportion of the mash should contain wheat malt and the remainder normal barley. Wheat beer has a cloudy, haze-like appearance. It is  light in flavour, smooth in the mouth and overall a refreshing beer. A wheat beer may be served in different types of glasses, depending on where in the world you are drinking a wheat beer for example in Belgium it is generally served in a schooner.
The two most famous types of wheat beer are Weisbier from Germany and Witbier from Belgium.

Stout

Stout is produced using roasted malt or barley, hops, yeast and water. It is a beer which is heavy in body, dark in colour and has strong roast flavours.  The first stout produced was Guinness in 1759. There are many types of stout including Dry Stout (Irish Stout), Porter, Milk Stout, Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Chocolate Stout and Coffee Stout.

Cider

Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples.

Cider Production:
This process begins with picking and maturing the apples. They are then crushed in a scratcher or a large mill made of stainless steel. After the apples are ground, the residue pulp is known as pomace.

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Perry

Perry is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of pears. It is becoming more widely known as pear cider. Perry pears tend to have higher levels of sugar than in apples used for making apple cider and they have a high presence of tannins.

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Fruit Beer?

Fruit beer is a beer which contains fruit and is used to embellish the flavour. Sugar is the main ingredient used instead of unmalted grains. In medieval times, sugar was used to as a method to brew beer and was a vital ingredient for the fermentation process.

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