Beer vs. Lager

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Lager is a type of beer. All beer is either a lager or an ale.

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Type of yeast Top fermenting ale yeast. Bottom fermenting lager yeast.
Fermentation Temperature Warmer: 15-24 Celsius (ale) (60-75 Fahrenheit) Colder (less than 10 Celsius)
Aging Ales generally requires much less time to age after primary fermentation is complete versus lager beer. Perhaps only several days. Depends on alcohol strength, style, etc. Lagers generally requires a bit more time to age after primary fermentation is complete. Perhaps 3-4 weeks. Depends on alcohol strength, style, etc.
Color Ales range from very light to very dark depending on style. Lagers range from very light to very dark depending on style.
Alcohol by volume (ABV) Ales range from very low (3% ABV) to very high (up to 21% ABV) depending on style. Similar to ales, lagers range from very low ABV to very high ABV depending on style.

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