admin April 30, 2009
It’s pretty amazing, but there are only two different kinds of beers, ales and lagers. Whether a beer is an ale or a lager has nothing to do with the color or heaviness of the beer. With lagers, the yeast settles to the bottom of the pot to ferment, with ales the yeast floats on top.
Ales
Ales generally have a fruitier, more complex flavor than lagers. Ales are the most traditional style of beers, in that lagers were not discovered until the mid 1800s.

Lagers
Lagers have a more mellow taste and aroma than ales. Lagers are fermented at colder temperatures, 40° – 50°F, and are aged for a longer period of time than ales and therefore cost a little more to brew.