The beautiful world of lagers!
Ahh- lagers, the understated style of the craft beer world.
But let’s be honest here, there is nothing better than a crisp, clean, super easy drinking lager. Eespecially on a hot summers day.
Lager has a great long history, and can be very difficult to brew.
First, let’s talk about the history.
While lagers are brewed in most parts of the world, the Germans are the ones that they are mostly associated with.
The German word “lager” actually translates to “cold store”, and this is exactly how the style is brewed. Lagers are fermented at low tempratures for a long period of time. In addition, a bottom fermenting yeast known as Saccharomyces Cervisiae is used to brew the beer. This style of yeast gives the drink its crisp, clean, and slightly dry flavours.
Even though many people associate lagers with being light yellow in colour, there are many styles that are not this colour.
For example, Dunkel is a famous German dark brown lager. This beer’s darker malt base makes it taste of raisons, dried fruits, and lightly nutty. However, regardless of the malt base, the lager still finishes with a dry, clean characteristic because of the yeast.
There are even some lagers that taste of smoked bacon! Yes, it’s the bacon frazzles of beer industry! They’re known as Rauchbier. Some German Rauchbier brewers claim that you can’t truly appreciate this style until you’ve drank 2 litres consecutively.
Brewing faults, and off flavours:
Some brewers may be divided on opinion when it comes to lager, but most of them will agree that it is a super difficult style to brew.
Because lagers have a low level of hop bitterness, and clean flavours from the yeast makes it difficult for an faults to be covered up.
One of the main faults in lagers is a compound known as DMS. This compound can be recognised by its creamed corn flavours and aromatics. And while there are many reasons for DMS in lagers, there is 1 main reason for it; time. Many brewers rush the process, and do not lager for a long enough period of time.
If you’ve made it this far down the blog, you can tell things are starting to get weird. We don’t want to throw around to many jargons, so we’ll stop there.
If you’ve got any more questions, then definitely give us a holler, and we’ll be more than happy to help out.
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