The word lager is of German origin, meaning ‘to store’. The technical definition of lager is a beer that is fermented and conditioned at low temperatures, and uses a bottom-fermenting lager yeast (as opposed to top-fermenting ale yeasts). In everyday terms, lagers are beers that are typically served cold, are usually light and pale in colour (from the use of pale malts), and have a crisp, clean and refreshing flavour. Since the mid to late 1800s, lagers have overtaken ales in popularity and availability, and today most of the beer drunk worldwide is lagers. There are many sub-styles of lagers, and we have split the hoppier Pilsener style out separately, and we have included dark lagers like Vienna lagers or schwarzbiers in our Dark Beer section. So our Lager section is dedicated to the refreshing, easy-drinking lagers of the world.