What’s The Difference Between Lager and Ale?

By Brian Lemay 18 comments

(cracking) (splashing)
(energetic indie rock music) – [Man] Beer: it’s one of the oldest and
most popular alcoholic drinks, with production dating
back over 5,000 years. Beer consistently ranks as the preferred alcoholic
beverage for Americans, and April 7th is National Beer Day, (moves into jubilant orchestral music) the same day that beer was
legalized after the Prohibition. – [Announcer] It is a dramatic moment as President Roosevelt signs
the bill legalizing beer after 13 years in which
its sale was prohibited! (moves into energetic indie rock music) – [Man] There are hundreds
of varieties of beer. But whether you’re drinking a pilsner, stout, or pale ale, everything
falls under two types. Any guesses? (moves into classy jazzy music) – [Announcer] Open a
Budweiser and pour yourself the most inviting glass of
beer you’ve ever tasted! (moves into energetic indie rock music) – [Man] Almost every beer you drink today will be some form of lager or ale. (burping) Both are made the exact same
way, but use separate yeasts, which makes a difference in
the fermentation process. Fermentation is what makes
a beer into, well, a beer. It’s when the malt grains are broken down and turned into alcohol. Lagers use a top-fermenting yeast, while ales use a, you guessed
it, bottom-fermenting yeast. Because of this, lagers
age much more slowly, and at cooler temperatures. This gives them a thin
consistency with a mild taste. Ales ferment much more quickly,
and at warmer temperatures. This typically makes them much thicker and more full-flavored. Lagers can range from
pilsners and Oktoberfests to well-known international
brews like Heineken and Corona, and even more traditional American beers like Budweiser, Coors,
or Pabst Blue Ribbon. Ales have a wide variety,
from Guinness to Hoegaarden all the way to Sierra Nevada and IPAs. Despite there being only two major types, brewers are consistently able
to make countless styles. And with the explosion of micro-breweries, craft beers, and home-brewing, new beers are being made every day.



Apr 4, 2017, 8:34 am Reply

States has beer?

Cameron Bentley

Jun 6, 2017, 7:04 am Reply

Um. Aren't the fermentation processes incorrect???
The video states that, "Lager use a top fermenting yeast while ales use a bottom fermenting yeast."
Isn't it the EXACT OPPOSITE??

Jonathan Wilder

Nov 11, 2017, 10:11 pm Reply

Dude you got the type of yeast of fermentation backassword…Ale/Top Lager/ Bottom


May 5, 2018, 9:34 pm Reply

So what’s the difference between the two different yeasts?

Admiral Good Boy

Jun 6, 2018, 12:34 am Reply

I like most lagers but prefer ale

Dan M

Sep 9, 2018, 8:32 am Reply

"Lagers use a top fermenting yeast"???
Umm I dont think so, pretty sure its the exact opposite

Hector Guzman

Oct 10, 2018, 7:58 am Reply

Im more than positive that the fermentation process is the opposite. lagers use bottom, ales use top…


Jan 1, 2019, 9:40 pm Reply

Lagos from Scotland


Feb 2, 2019, 3:30 am Reply

this is sort of accurate

raizo crom

Feb 2, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. I like correct information, it makes the learning curve much easier.

Octavio Bustillos

Mar 3, 2019, 1:15 pm Reply

Lol nothing? They both taste like dog poop.

shweta sikdar

May 5, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

wrong information

Alexander Jarvis

Jun 6, 2019, 12:25 am Reply

For some reason I thought lager was spelled logger but logger beer is just GTA San Andreas beer

Dry Frenzy

Jun 6, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

1:11 Who else got pissed off with the way they poured the drinks 👌🏻

visharad rawat

Jul 7, 2019, 11:15 am Reply

Which one is warmer for the body – ale or Lager?

Average T Keeper

Aug 8, 2019, 9:13 pm Reply

Yeah they got the fermentation backwards lol


Nov 11, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Bro i've been doing home brew for only 2 months. I know 2/8 of bugger all about it. But even I know that ales have a top fermenting yeast, and lager uses a bottom fermenting yeast. I'm trying to learn how to do home brews properly! I don't need this kind of misinformation in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Artemis Logic

Jan 1, 2020, 10:50 pm Reply

Why the fucking music, piss off

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