Not a huge drinker here

What's the main difference between Lager and Ale taste-wise? Which one do you think tastes better? Which one gets you drunk faster? Etc

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    drink drain cleaner, you mouthbreather

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    watch or read whatever you got the image from, op

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >What's the main difference between Chinese food and Japanese food taste-wise? Which one do you think tastes better? Which one makes you full faster?
    that's basically what you're asking, they're very broad categories. but broadly speaking, lagers are lighter-bodied, crisper, and smoother, and ales are more complex, full-bodied, and flavorful. also, the average ale is going to be stronger than the average lager in terms of ABV. which one i prefer depends on the occasion, but i do find myself preferring lagers in general these days (used to be the opposite).

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What'd be a type of ale that you'd recommend?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'm not that anon but I am an ale drinker. If you want a traditional ale, get a nut brown. Samuel Smith's is a common brand. If you want something sweeter, get a christmas ale. You can probably still find some.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hazy IPAs are intense, citrussy, and bright. They're so pleasant. If you want a good starter, pretty much everyone agrees Hazy Little Thing is delicious.
        Hazy IPAs are not usually like normal IPAs which are often hoppy and have a bitterness people on this board seem to dislike.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The difference is the brewing process you pretentious moron

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >The difference is in the cooking process

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          you are a fricking idiot.

          Two fricking morons who don't understand fermentation methods in a beer thread. I'm shocked

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            moron who doesn't understand cooking methods on a cooking board. I'm shocked.

            The thing is both processes are used across almost all categories of styles. Like a bock (lager), is going to be a lot more similar to a porter (ale), than a pilsner (lager), which is a lot closer to blonde ale. Its like asking whats better, fried or roasted food?

            >Its like asking whats better, fried or roasted food?
            I couldn't agree more.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Fry a chicken and roast a chicken. Let me know how different the taste and textures are and how different those cooking methods are.
              Again, you're fricking dumb. There's a reason most home brewers make ales. There's a reason most new breweries make ales. They're easier and more forgiving.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          The thing is both processes are used across almost all categories of styles. Like a bock (lager), is going to be a lot more similar to a porter (ale), than a pilsner (lager), which is a lot closer to blonde ale. Its like asking whats better, fried or roasted food?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you are a fricking idiot.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          No, he's right. The only real difference between ales and lagers is the type of yeast used and the temperature of fermentation. While it is possible to generalize about other differences, there are plenty of exceptions to anything one may propose that distinguishes them.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            i'm very well aware that lagers are bottom-fermented and ales are top-fermented, neither of you have said anything i don't know. i called him an idiot because he doesn't understand the meaning of the word "pretentious" and his autism prevented him from realizing the OP was asking about qualitative differences, not "hurr they're different because they're made differently" with 0 elaboration

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Full agree on this.

      Japanese cuisine is an art. Chinese food is food.

      Same goes for beer. If I want a culinary experience I will get an ale. 100%. Lager is good for college students who want to get drunk, but unfortunately not much more. If you're older than 22, get the ale.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Chinese food is food.
        I don't know about this one. I've seen a lot of chinese "food" that is definitely not food.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Perhaps. I don't know much about Chinese cuisine, but I've had it enough times that I can tell it doesn't hold a candle to what is by most peoole's standards the peak of the culinary world.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The reason you have this conception is because ales are far easier to brew than lagers, so you associate ales with the myriad of microbreweries and lagers with the few macrobreweries. Small outfits can’t pull off the temperature regulation for lagering, and big breweries stick to what sells to maintain a profit margin.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You’re right about almost all you said but that was an annoying way to answer that.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ellöy. A paint of bittah, please. And some of thöys salt & viniga crisps.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I am a huge drinker and I dont know either because it doesnt fricking matter
    drink liquor instead

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Liquor is for gays who can't appreciate taste.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >HAHA TASTELET!
        >But, I NEED bubbles and <10% abv and sugar bread water for my alcohol 🙁

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yes

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            u a b***h

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Good to know you like sugar and are a fat frick.
            Have fun with your diabetes.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >his body cant handle a little sugar
              jej

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >his body cant handle a little alcohol

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Lagers are light and fizzy, ales have stronger flavours and don't tend to be as gassy.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ale all day
    Darker bolder taste, less sweet.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous
    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      based
      cant find it for under $15/bottle around here but the liquor store near me went out of business and had a 40% off sal so i managed to get one for like $10 🙂

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The tl;dr is "very little that the drinker would really care about".
    The beer dork answer is lager strains of yeast are bottom-fermenting, meaning that they bind in pairs and fall to the bottom of the fermenter where they work their magic. Lager strains also ideally ferment for much colder temps than ale strains and for longer periods of time, which suppresses the production of flavoring chemicals like esters and phenols and cause a lot of proteins and particulates to sink to the bottom of the fermenter where they are easier to filter out. This results in a "clean" flavor and a lighter body, which is why lagers are considered the staple refreshing drinkable beer.
    Ale strains of yeast are top-fermenting, which means they bind in clumps and rise to the top of the fermenter. Their ideal temp is a bit warmer than lagers, which causes them to ferment faster and quicker than lagers. They also produce more flavor chemicals that subtly add character to the beer. They tend to have fuller bodies and more complex flavors than lagers.
    I feel the need to note that things like color and ABV are irrelevant, because I see this misconception a lot. Lagers can be dark and strong, ales can be light and weak, or dark and weak, light and strong, etc etc.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >t. former industrial brewer AMA

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Do you homebrew? Also rate my garage brewery. It's a bit cluttered right now with spring cleaning. Getting ready to keg a pale ale soon, and start a märzen later this week. I've got two 15 gallon fermentation tanks, and enough storage capacity for 55 gallons of corny kegs between the fridge, and kegerator. I usually only brew 10 gallon batches for ales to reduce blowoff, but with lagers I'll do a full 15 since they're bottom-fermented and less likely to spew krausen out of the PRV.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'd love to have a setup like that if I ever get a house with a garage or shed.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I did when I had the space, but nothing as sophisticated as your rig. I mostly brewed stuff that I couldn't find easily in my area, mostly different kinds of rye beer. Black rye ales, roggenbier, American strong ales with rye, etc.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I tried to learn about homebrewing for a school project. It is such a chore. No wonder the trend never took off.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        man those memes are oldschool

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Believe it or not, people used a very rudimentary internet in the 1950s. And that’s where those memes come from.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        what are a good dunkel and a good bock I can find in america?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          schneider-weisse aventinus (weizenbock, aka wheat bock)
          ayinger celebrator (doppelbock, aka double bock)
          weltenburger kloster asam-bock (doppelbock)
          hofbrau dunkel
          if you want to explore beer styles and popular examples i suggest https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/styles/

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Lager strains also ideally ferment for much colder temps than ale strains and for longer periods of time, which suppresses the production of flavoring chemicals like esters and phenols and cause a lot of proteins and particulates to sink to the bottom
      When I homebrew cider and wine out of store bought fruit juice I like to cold condition it in secondary (I usually call it lagering even though it's not beer) to get the yeast to drop to the bottom quickly and produce a clean flavor. I never knew the mechanism of action around it regarding the esters and phenols.
      I use Lalvin QA-23 which is used in Port production, I'm not sure how it compares to beer yeasts but it can withstand ABVs into the mid teens.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Super interesting post, thanks Anon.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Good post. To add to this, there is also the "lagering process" where the fermented beer is stored at near freezing temperatures which helps settle any remaining yeast and particulate for an even clearer finished product.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they're both full of estrogen

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they're both drugs and drugs are bad

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >difference
    There isn’t any for the end consumer

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Sage

    Lager has a fizz. Ale is flat

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I've heard a lot of wrong beer takes and that's a new one.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't fricking know, beer types are like gemstones, once you find out gems can be any colour despite the name the rules are out the window.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Or maybe you should just stop looking at colors and realize that the tastes are pretty consistent across beer types.

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ale vs lager has to do with how the beer is made: cold vs warm fermentation, either can be made into tons of styles that overlap.

  16. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i've had a decent range of styles of beer
    mostly buy for alcohol %, once a month try a bottle or can of something on a whim.
    can't tell you a thing except IPA always taste bad but i drink them because they're cheap/strong, the dessert stouts have been pretty darn good, and whatever carlsberg is, some batches are fantastic, others are mid.
    getting drunk is about units consumed, your body only cares there's alcohol in it, not what kind of yeast or grain or whatever was used

  17. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    read an entire 200~ page book, it was about the dogfishhead brewery, it's beginnings, growth, and success boring to the last detail, their 90 min ale tastes identical to the last 24oz IPA you bought

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