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Many (think they) know their beers. Coming over from the United States, the craft beer trend where local breweries creating their own style of beer while being sick & tired of drinking the big conglomerate beers (read Budweiser etc.), is taking over Europe and the rest of the world by storm.
Beer is made from yeast (alcohol), barley (sweetness, colour, flavour), hop (bitterness) & water. To distinct themselves from their competitors, breweries often add a bit more of this or a bit more of that. OR they add fruits and other herbs.
Below a breakdown of some of the beer types you might be drinking.
Lagers beers are light & crisp (with some exceptions). They are fermented for longer with a lower temperature, creating a smoother taste.
(Pilsner, Heineken, Stella Artois, Peroni)
Light in colour, light & crisp in taste & not so many aromas. Highly carbonated too.
Amber in colour, smooth & light with more aromas.
(Doppelbock, Eisbock, Bockbier)
Brown to black in colour, rich in taste with sweetness & full of aromas. Not a lot of use of hop, so not so bitter.
Ales are sweet, fruity, full-bodied & have different colour profiles. Hops are added during the process, to counteract against the sweetness.
(Indian Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, IPA)
Light in colour, fruity & bitterness combo & aromas. It’s cousin The Indian Pale Ale (IPA) is even more hoppier & darker of colour (bitter).
(Witbier, Dunkelweizen, Weissbier, Weizenbier)
Pale & sometimes hazy in colour, light to medium in taste with light fruit flavours. Highly carbonated.
(London Porter, Baltic)
Black in colour, heavy with a touch of sweetness & roastiness. Seen as a lighter Stout. Originates from London, UK.
(Guiness, Imperial Stout, Chocolate Stout)
Black in colour, heavy & strong taste with roastiness aromas. Bigger brother from the Porter.
Besides all of above types of beers, breweries can add fruits & herbs to create a new type of beer. Especially in the summer months, more fruiter beers are in favour with the market.