Ale, Lager, Trappist, Golden Beer....there is a large number of beers but without any doubt the most popular and polifacetic one is the so called "Blonde" beer, or Lager beer. In the morning, during lunch, or on nights out with friends, we can find this type of beer everywhere and at any time.
The success of the "blondes" is so big that everyone has a famous brand, there are people that don't even drink it if it's not their favourite beer.
So what is the secret of their success? How is blonde beer produced? What is the difference between some brands and others?
"Blonde" beer is actually called "Lager", Lagerbeers are beers with low fermentation, which means that the are fermented with special wheats that make the fermentation process slowlier. In the last steps of the fermentation process they were traditionally stored in cellars ( or "lagered", as the name says). Because of this is was easier to filter them and eliminate residual cells and to guarantee their characteristic transparence. Nowadays the process of storage in cellars can be made in fermentation deposits as they are thermoadjustable.
Lagerbeers are among the newest beers, they are produced since the XIX century, when in Germany "ad hoc" fermentations were invented that made possible a fermentation under low temperature.
In some places the lagers are confused with pilsener or pilser but in reality these are not synonyms. Pilsener is a type of Lager that comes from the Czech city Pilsen and which is produced with local malt and hops. This beer is bitter and has a golden colour and it became famous quickly.
The majority of the Lager we know cannot be considered Pilsener in a strict sense because of their origin, but it is true that they follow the example of Pilsener more than the traditional of the Lager. It's up to each one if he prefers to call it Lager or Pilsener.
Would you like to have a fresh blonde beer? We recommend you not only one, but three:
- Budweiser: The number 1 American beer in the world. It's convenient to serve it almost frozen, it's easy in the mouth and very refreshing.
- Heineken: It was sold as probably the best beer in the world. Although experts deny that affirmation, for sure it has much flavour and is a little bitter. For sure we have drunk it many times on our funny nights out. The dutch queen par excellence.
- Asahi Super Dry: The most consumed beer in Japan and the most popular japanese beer in the Occident. Haven't you tried it? You definitely should..
Which blonde beer do you prefer and when? Can you recommend us one?