There are many styles of beer out there and it is important to remember that not every beer fits neatly into a category. These are just general guidelines to help give a sense of the wonderful varied world of beer.

The best-selling beers in the world are lagers. Developed in Southern Germany around the 16th century, lager is “bottom fermented” using yeast adapted to colder temperatures. Extended cold aging produces a smooth, clean flavor profile emphasizing both malt and hops.

Lagers range in color and intensity of flavor. Pale lagers include classic German pilsners and American brews in the pilsner style.  Amber lagers such as Oktoberfest are known for pairing easily with food, while bocks tend to be strong, malty and bittersweet.