Beginner's guide to beer

August 17, 2015 - 2 min read

New on the beer scene or wanting to expand your taste buds? Learn some more about what beers, ales and lagers you might like to try out next with our beginners guide.


When ale is crafted, all the yeast gathers at the top of the vessel rather than the bottom. This type of beer ferments at a high temperature, allowing the yeast to act quicker during the process. Ale is realitvely fast to produce, sometimes taking only 2 weeks to finish fermenting. It produces rich and complex flavours, with more yeasty tones than lager.

Some of the most popular types of ales include:

Wheat Beer – In general, all wheat beer is made from at least 50% wheat malt, giving it a cloudy appearance. Usually wheat beer is lightly coloured and fully flavoured!

Stout – Thick, black and rich are 3 perfect words to describe stout. They often taste of malt and caramel, deriving their tones from roasted barley.

Pale Ale – One of the most popular types of ales, pale ale is golden in colour with a dry and crisp hop flavour*.

Brown ale – Named after its colour, this traditional English-style ale can taste malty, nutty, sweet and lightly hopped all at the same time.

* A member of the hemp family, the hop plant is used as a stability agent in the fermenting process of beer. Naturally containing a very bitter oil, hop counters the sweetness from the malt to create a more balanced flavour.


Unlike Ale, the yeast in lager sinks to the bottom of the vessel. This type of brew ferments at a lower temperature, making the entire process longer to complete. In addition, the colder temperature and bottom-fermenting yeast creates fewer flavours, creating a more crisp, mild and cleaner taste.

Some of the most popular types of lager include:

Pilsner – This finely crafted brew is pale in colour, and denotes a smooth and clean taste, with a little more hops than your usual lager.

Red lager – Typically known as a more balanced beer, red lager is crisp and clean in taste, sporting aromas of caramel and other sweet tones.


What’s your go-to beer? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Check out Beginner’s Guide To Wine here:
Beginners Guide To Choosing & Tasting Wine

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