are alcoholic beverages
origin, taking their name from the German lagern
("to store"). Brewed principally from malt (no sugar), hops
and water using bottom-fermentation (the yeast flocculates to the bottom of the vat), they are then stored in refrigerated cellars for lagering (or maturing and clarification). Lagers are stored at a low temperature for several months, clearing, acquiring mellowness, and becoming charged with carbon dioxide
. Many popular beers are lagers. There are bitter
varieties (noble hops).
Most lagers are of pale to medium colour, with high carbonation, medium hop flavour, and alcohol content of 3-5 percent by volume.
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