Are you looking for an in-depth analysis of different types of beer? Look no further! This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the most of game day. From tasting tips to a breakdown of America's most popular beers, you'll be an expert in no time. Let's start with lagers. These are a newer style of beer with two key differences from ale beers.
Lagers ferment for a long time at a low temperature and rely on the yeasts fermenting at the bottom, which sink to the bottom of the fermentation tank to work their magic. Lagers are common in European countries, including the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in Canada, where they account for more than half of all beer sales. Porter beers are known for their dark black color and their aroma and notes of roasted malt. The carriers may have a fruity or dry taste, which is determined by the variety of roasted malt used in the brewing process.
Like porters, stouts are roasted black beers. Stouts have a less sweet taste than carriers and often have a bitter coffee taste, which comes from unmalted roasted barley added to the must. They are characterized by a thick, creamy head. The Guinness of Ireland may be one of the best-known stouts in the world.
Blond beers have a pale color and a clear body. They tend to be crisp and dry, with few traces of bitterness, rather than being heavy or damp. Related to the pale one is the APA, or American Pale Ale, which is something of a hybrid between the traditional English pale ale and the IPA style. American Pale Ales beers are more hoppy and usually have malt.
Pilsner beers are distinguished by their water, which varies from neutral to hard. Pilsners are among the most hoppy lagers and generally taste dry and slightly bitter. Its light gold color, transparent body and crunchy finish make Pilsners a popular summer beer. An ancient style of beer that has gained popularity in recent years is bitter beer.
These beers are made from wild yeasts, just like sourdough bread. They are known for their sour taste that goes well with tropical fruits and spices. Among the acidic beers, you will find lambicas, which are Belgian bitter beers mixed with fruit, goses, a German sour beer made with coriander and sea salt, and Flanders, a Belgian sour beer fermented in wooden tanks. American Amber Ale is named after its golden to amber color. It is one of the most food-friendly beers, so try it with chicken and fish, as well as chili or a plate of cheese.
The darkest beers are stouts, which emerged in the early 18th century to describe strong (or burly) porters. Strong beer variants include dry stouts (such as Guinness), sweet or milk stouts (made with lactose), oat stouts (made with oats), or American stouts (which taste more hoppy than the rest). What unites them all is that they are made with deeply roasted malt, resulting in a dark brown to jet black color, with flavors of espresso coffee, sugar free chocolate or burnt bread. At the completely opposite end of the dark beer spectrum are wheat beers, which also come in a variety of sub-styles. You're probably more familiar with Belgian wheat beers, or witbiers, which include favorites like Blue Moon, Hoegaarden or Shock Top.
Belgian wheat beers have a spicy, orange and citrus flavor accented by coriander and other spices, as well as a bright golden color. Pilsner is a specific type of lager that tends to be tastier than an American beer. The Czech or Bohemian pilsner was first made in 1842 in the Czech city of Plzen (understand?). The beer is pale golden and quite clear, with a bouquet of hops more spicy and floral than an American lager beer. It is crisp and refreshing, with a complex milkshake, and it gets its bitterness from the noble Czech hops called hops Saaz. The German Pilsner was first produced after the success of the bohemian pilsner some 30 years later.
German pilsners such as Bitburger or Warsteiner tend to be lighter in color, crisper and drier than Czech Pilsner. American Amber Ale has a more malty and caramelized profile than other pale beers thanks to its use of caramel and crystal malt that give it a toasted toffee character. They are ideal for people who like a slightly sweeter beer with a heavier body than standard pale ale beer. American hops add a bit of citrus and pine notes to balance it. If there were ever a more representative style of classic American craft beer it would be Pale Ale. American Pale beers are golden to deep amber in color, medium bodied and have a moderate to high hop flavor.
Some favorites include Sierra Nevada or Dale's Pale Ale by Oskar Blues. If you walk into your local bar and find yourself overwhelmed by all the options on the beer list don't worry! Each style of beer should meet some standard features so you can get an idea of what your beer will taste like even if you order outside your comfort zone. So there you have it! With this comprehensive guide you'll be able to make informed decisions when it comes to choosing your favorite type of beer for game day or any other occasion!.