When it comes to beer, there are two main branches of the family tree: ale and lager. While both types of beer are brewed with yeast, the difference lies in the type of yeast used and the temperature of fermentation. Ales tend to have a more robust flavor and are better appreciated at warmer temperatures (45° -55° degrees) than lagers (38° -45° F). Ales have a stronger body and aroma due to their higher alcohol content.
You can expect fruity, robust flavors, stronger hops and bitterness with beers. On the other hand, lagers tend to have a very clean and crisp taste, a lighter beer and a milder flavor. They tend to be much lighter in appearance with a lower alcohol content and have a sweeter, milder and more refreshing taste. The ale usually has a darker shade and has a more fruity and bitter taste.
The main difference between ale and lager beer is reduced to the type of yeast, the temperature of fermentation, color and taste. Ale yeast is highly fermented while lager yeast is brewed with its lower fermentation type. This is why ales tend to be much tastier than lagers. Lagers tend to look clear and clear and the taste tends to be softer and sweeter.
All beer is an ale or a lager (or hybrid) beer. This is not determined by color, taste or alcoholic strength, but by the fermentation technique and yeast used in brewing. The only detectable difference between an ale or a lager is the presence of esters in ale. These esters are produced in greater quantities during hot fermentation. A lower temperature causes chemical reactions to occur more slowly, which has a big impact on characteristics such as taste, carbonation, and alcohol content.
Now that you know the differences, maybe it's time you learned how to brew your first lager or beer. Suffice it to say that limiting yourself to beer or lager is like limiting yourself to red or white wine. With so many fine beers on either side of the fence, there's no reason why you can't enjoy a nice, crisp lager one day, and a stronger, more vigorous ale the next day. The branch of the family tree of ale or lager beer corresponds to the type of yeast used to ferment beer. In general terms, ales are made with highly fermented yeast, while lager beer is brewed with its lower fermentation type. The Patagonian species is what gives lager yeast its interesting cold-tolerant and sulfite-metabolizing characteristics, characteristics that are manifested in the distinctive flavor and character of lager beer. All beers are brewed as ale or lager; ale and lager are the two main branches (classifications) of the beer family tree and are closely related.
So if you're looking for something with a robust flavor or something light and refreshing, you can find it in either an ale or a lager.