What Is The Difference Between A Lager And An Ale?

Cuál es la diferencia entre una cerveza larger y una ale?

El mundo de la cerveza es enorme, y es un poco complicado poder entender cuales son la diferencia entre todas las variedades. Pilsners, Pale ales, Stouts…todas usan diferentes ingredientes, temperaturas para crear la malta, hasta el agua puede provocar un sabor diferente. Pero, todas también típicamente usan una de dos variedades de levadura. Por ende, no es el color ni el aspecto que se usa para distinguir las cervezas, sino el tipo de fermentación. Es esta diferencia la que separa la gama de cervezas en dos: ales y lagers.

For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells, and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity-estery, while lagers are clean-tasting and frequently described as “crisp.” But to a brewer, the difference is more fundamental than that. It’s not color, or flavor, or aroma, or hop/grain/malt varietals or even water hardness that separates a lager from an ale. Simply put, lagers use an entirely different type of yeast during fermentation. All of the knock-on effects — from different flavors and aromas to decreased fermentation temperatures — arise from this difference. You’ll hear some beer pedants describe the difference as “top-fermenting” (ale) vs. “bottom-fermenting” (lager) yeast, which is generally accurate, but useless to those who have no interest or experience with brewing.

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