So you are over 21 and you like yourself some beer. Well, what do you know about it? Oh yeah? Really? Hmmm…No, no…that’s good. But could be better. Let us help you.

There are lagers and ales. Beers are divided into these two cat­e­gories by the kinds of yeast used dur­ing their cre­ation and by the tem­per­a­tures used to fer­ment the two dif­fer­ent kinds of beer. Lagers use a yeast that best fer­ments at cool tem­per­a­tures, and ales use a yeast that best fer­ments at warmer temperatures. So, it’s a hot and cold thing, you know.

We will break it down a little further. You got your lagers:

Pale Lagers: These have a light color and are light-bodied. They are highly car­bon­ated and have a light taste. Main­stream exam­ples of pale lager beers are what you would find from any major American brewing company.

Pilsners: A pil­sner beer has a pale color like a pale lager, but is more bit­ter in taste. The fla­vors of pil­sners are more dis­tinc­tive than pale lagers.

Light Lagers: There are two dif­fer­ent types of light lager beers. Amer­i­can light lagers use less hops and bar­ley in order to cre­ate low calo­rie beers. Euro­pean light lagers are lagers that are pale in color and light in taste (What is the point of that? Who knows?).

Dark Lagers: Dark lager beers are made with roasted hops and bar­ley. This means they have much richer fla­vors and are dark in color. They are full-bodied and flavorful.

And you got your ales (known here as the “yummy ones”):

Brown Ales: Brown ale beer is red to cop­per in color and is rather mild in flavor.

Porters: Porter beer is darker in color and is full-bodied, with the bar­ley fla­vors dom­i­nat­ing over the mild hop fla­vors. They are richly fla­vored. Some porters even taste like chocolate. And chocolate is good.

Stouts: Stout beer is very sim­i­lar to a porter. Stout beer is the dark­est and thick­est of the beers. The strong bar­ley and hops fla­vors pre­vail in this dark beer.

Witbiers: Wit­bier (or Wheat beer, which is beer made from wheat) is a beer that is brewed with a large pro­por­tion of wheat (see!). Wheat beers often also con­tain a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of malted bar­ley. Wheat beers are usu­ally top-fermented.The flavor of wheat beers varies con­sid­er­ably, depend­ing upon the spe­cific style.

Past Beers of the Show from our live Saturday show:

3/28/2015: Lost Coast Brewery’s 8 Ball Stout

3/21/2015: Shipyard Brewing Company’s Smashed Pumpkin

3/14/2015: North Coast Brewing Company’s Scrimshaw

3/7/2015: Samuel Adams’ Fat Jack

2/28/2015: Revolution Brewing Company’s A Little Crazy

2/21/2015: Sweetwater Brewing Company’s Spinnerbait

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