Arguably the most popular style of beer globally, Lager was discovered in the Middle Ages, when brewers discovered that their beers could ferment in ice caves from Autumn until Spring. As hops were often used as preservatives, this cold-storage meant that less hops were required, resulting in a mellow, smooth flavour.

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Lager tends to be highly carbonated with low bitterness, but there’s room for variation, with a wide family of subcategories such as Pilsner, Helles, Bock and Dortmunder with their own different characteristics.

While German brewers like Rothaus, Ayinger and Tegernsee have long-standing reputations for Lager; younger breweries, such as Lost and Grounded, have emerged with refreshing Lagers of their own.