Ales

The yeast ferments at the top of the brewing vat at 12 to 21 degrees Celsius

You can say that ales generally

  • Include more robust-tasting beers

  • Tend to be fruity and aromatic

  • Include more bitter beers

  • Have a pronounced, complex taste and aroma

  • Are enjoyed warmer (7 to 12 degrees Celsius)

Lagers

The yeast ferments at the bottom of the vat at 3 to 10 degrees Celsius. The “low and slow” lager fermentation brings out more complex flavors.

And you can say that lagers generally

  • Include lighter-tasting beers

  • Tend to be highly carbonated or crisp

  • Tend to be smooth and mellow

  • Have a subtle, clean, balanced taste and aroma

  • Are served fairly cool (3 to 7 degrees Celsius)

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