What is the difference in Lager Beer and Pilsner Beer?


1 Jul 2010

What is the difference between Lager beer and Pilsner beer? Also what is the difference between ale and beer??
Please be as specific as possible.

5 Responses to What is the difference in Lager Beer and Pilsner Beer?


Ben Dover

July 1st, 2010 at 9:57 am

Oh man – you need to get out and get your self a “sampler” from your local micro-brew pub. I was not only educated on this subject by my bar tender, I also got to sample each type of beer.

You can read all you want here, but if you experience it, you’ll remember it.

Lagers, Ale’s, IPA, wheat, stout, etc. The brew pub is your wikipedia of beer answers.


Charlie the unicorn

July 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am

The differences begin during the brewing process. Whether the beer is an ale or lager is defined by the type of yeast used in the brew and the temperature at which fermentation takes place. Ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast which allows for rapid fermentation at warmer temperatures. Lagers are brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast which ferments more slowly and at colder temperatures. it is all just dependent on how it is brewed, each brewing process produces a different, unique beer. All are good!



July 1st, 2010 at 10:23 am

Pilsener is a type of lager and ale is a type of beer. Check Wikipedia for more details.


Widmer Beer

July 1st, 2010 at 10:29 am

A Pilsner is a lager. Ales are beer, just not a lager. Ales and Lagers are brewed differently.

Here are some examples…

Lager: Pilsner, Bock, Black Lager, etc.
Ale: Stout, Porter, IPA, Wheat beers, etc

EDIT: Stay away from Wikipedia! Why do people put stock in what it says? People can put anything in there.

Go to allaboutbeer.com.



July 1st, 2010 at 11:11 am

Pilsner is a German style of lager. And in British terms ale and beer are the same thing. The diference between lager and ale is lager is fermented at a colder temperature and is aged before serving.

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