It’s no secret that we love beer – as does a pretty large chunk of humanity. In fact, beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic drink around the world. And, believe it or not, it’s also one of the oldest. A part of that is because, comparatively, beer is very easy to produce in a variety of different and unique styles – especially in large quantities. But also, because it is generally lower in alcohol content than wine or spirits, it’s a much more social beverage.
What you may or may not know is that there are actually only two overarching families of beer in this world: lager and ale. Everything else – be it pilsner, stout, weiss, bock, dunkel, dubbel, gose, etc. – is just a permutation therein. So how does one tell the difference between an ale and a lager? Well, that can be a bit complicated unless you are, yourself, a brewer or a microbiologist (you’ll understand what we mean later). In order to help you discern the differences between these two families of brew, we’ve put together the following explanation.
Source: What’s The Difference: Lager Vs. Ale | HiConsumption