This week in Taphouse 101 we take a look at lagers. Many of these may be styles you’ve never heard of before. They all use lager yeast and require cooler temperatures for fermentation, which takes place at the bottom of the vessel. The lager yeast creates clean, crisp flavors allowing the grain or hop characteristics to be prominent. A common misconceptions that all lagers are light in color and low in ABV or flavor but that is not the case! Lagers run the beer color spectrum from a pale gold to nearly black. Some styles, like the Dopplebock or Baltic Porter, are full of flavor and usually have ABVs above 7%. While lagers are historically younger than ales they are the most widely consumed beer style on the planet!