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Exploring the Origins and Characteristics of Lager

Outland Peach Lager Tap and Pint 02nd April 2024

In the realm of brewing, few drinks carry the same cultural weight and global appeal as lager. But what exactly is lager, and how does it differ from other types of beer? Let’s delve into the world of lager brewing to uncover its secrets.

 

What is Lager?

Lager is a type of beer characterised by its distinct brewing process and flavour profile. Unlike ales, which are brewed using top-fermenting yeast strains at warmer temperatures, lagers are fermented with bottom-fermenting yeast strains at cooler temperatures. This low-temperature fermentation process typically occurs between 7°C to 13°C (45°F to 55°F), although variations exist.

 

The Origins and Evolution of Lager

The history of lager dates back centuries, with its roots tracing to Bavaria in present-day Germany. It is believed that Bavarian brewers began producing lager beer in the Middle Ages, utilising the cold storage caves in the region for fermentation and maturation. The word “lager” itself is derived from the German term “lagern,” meaning “to store.”

 

Over time, lager brewing techniques spread across Europe and eventually to other parts of the world, gaining popularity for its clean, crisp taste and smooth finish. Today, lager is one of the most widely consumed styles of beer globally, with countless variations and interpretations crafted by breweries around the world.

 

Characteristics of Lager Beer

Lager is known for its refreshing qualities, characterised by a clean taste, subtle hop bitterness, and a smooth mouthfeel. It typically has a lighter colour compared to ales, ranging from pale golden to amber, although darker varieties such as Dunkel and Schwarzbier also exist.

 

One of the defining features of lager is its fermentation and maturation process. The bottom-fermenting yeast strains used in lager brewing work more slowly and efficiently at cooler temperatures, resulting in a cleaner fermentation profile and fewer fruity esters compared to ales. This prolonged fermentation period, coupled with cold storage or lagering, allows for the development of a crisp and well-rounded flavour profile.

 

Badger Brewery Lagers

Renowned for its commitment to quality and innovation, the Badger Brewery offers a selection of lagers that cater to a diverse range of palates.

 

Forum Lager: A Clean and Refreshing Helles-Style Lager

 

Embodying the essence of a classic Helles-style lager, Forum Lager boasts a delicate flavour profile that sets it apart. Brewed using Weihenstephan yeast, renowned for its purity and consistency, this lager delivers a crisp and refreshing experience with every sip. The addition of German Hallertau and Huell Melon hops imparts a subtle fruitiness, reminiscent of lemon, elevating the overall drinking experience.

 

Outland Peach Lager: Sweet and Peachy – Like a Sunset Over the Cliffs of Portland Bill

 

For those seeking a more adventurous flavour journey, Outland’s Peach Lager promises an unforgettable experience. Inspired by the captivating sunsets over the cliffs of Portland Bill, this fruit lager exudes a sweet and peachy aroma that transports the senses to coastal paradise. The interplay of Huell Melon and Hallertau Blanc hops lends a zesty freshness, perfectly complementing the luscious peach notes.

 

Visiting a Hall and Woodhouse pub? Good news! Our Peach Lager is now on tap at selected pubs until June, so you can enjoy the taste of summer with every sip!

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