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Lagers form one of two general classifications of beer (the other being ales). The difference between lagers and ales is the type of yeast used. Lager yeast - also known as bottom fermenting yeast - is fermented at cooler temperatures and requires long maturation times. It typically has a clean profile that allows the malt and hop charecter to shine through. There are many styles of lager including Pilsner, bock, altbier, kolsch, and schwarzbier. Most have German ancestry as this is where lager yeast first came into widespread use due to the practice of maturing beer in cool caves under ground.

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