ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Beverage Recipes

Types of Beer

Updated on May 29, 2010

In the United States the name "beer" is generally given to a bright, pale golden, light-flavored, light-bodied, crisply fresh beverage that is drunk chilled, somewhere between 44° and 48° F (6.6° and 9° C).

Bock beer is a special, full-bodied brew, somewhat darker and sweeter than regular beer. It is brewed in winter for use in the spring. Bock Beer Day, the day on which it is first sold, is planned to herald the arrival of spring. The bock beer season lasts about six weeks.

Malt liquor is a special kind of beer that varies considerably among brands. Some malt liquors are quite pale; others are rather dark. Some are quite hoppy; others are only mildly so. Their essential characteristic is a higher alcoholic content than in other beers.

Lager is generally understood to be a light, bright, sparkling beer, but today all malt beverages in the United States are lagered.

Pilsner is a term often seen on beer labels around the world. The original and true Pilsner beer is the Pilsner Urquell, which has been brewed at PIzen in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, for some 800 years, and has never been equaled.

Ale is an aromatic, golden, fuller-bodied, and bitterer malt beverage with a slightly higher alcoholic content than beer. All ales are top-fermentation brews.

Stout is a darker ale with a maltier flavor. It is sweeter than ale and has a strong hop character.

Porter is a still darker, fuller-bodied ale yielding a rich, creamy foam. Strongly roasted malt is used to give a richer body. It is sweeter and less hoppy than regular ale.

Sake, a Japanese brew made from rice, is given a high alcoholic content by refermentation.

The difference between light- and dark-colored beers stems from the amount of kilning or roasting of the barley malt. The more it is roasted, the darker it becomes and the greater is the caramelization of its sugars. Thus, the darker the brew, the sweeter it will be.

The basic difference between draft beer and beer packaged in a bottle or can has been that draft beer is not pasteurized. Packaged beer is usually pasteurized to prevent refermentation in the container. However, the use of microporous materials that filter out all the yeast cells now permits unpasteurized beer to be bottled and canned. The filtered beer is safe to store and retains its fresh-brewed character and flavor.

Virtually all types of beers and ales are brewed in the United States. The bulk of consumption is, and no doubt will continue to be, of the light-colored, light-bodied style. The outstanding characteristic of United States beer is its lightness, a quality Americans favor.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)