Beer 101

This is from Men’s Fitness, where they break down Beer from Lagers to Ales, and all of the steps in between. It is short and sweet, and will really help your woman out, because you already knew this right?


Lager is the most common, base level of beer against which all other brews are judged. Characterized by a smooth but crisp bite, it’s brewed over a four- to 12-week period in very cool temperatures using a yeast that ferments at the top of the barrel.

The most popular style of lager, this beer has a clean, subtle, mild hops flavor and is very densely carbonated.
Examples: Stella Artois, Budweiser, Carlsberg.

beer 101 lager darkDark
Although the color is more intense—thanks to added caramel syrup—dark lager is actually the middle ground of lagers, with a medium level of hops intensity and bitterness.
Examples: Michelob Dark, St. Pauli Girl Dark.

beer 101 lager pilsner

With a transparent golden color, pilsner is the oldest type of lager and has the most extreme bitter hops taste.
Examples: Dos Equis, Pilsner Urquell.


Unlike lager, ale ferments at warmer temperatures over shorter periods of time. This creates a quicker-to-process brew with a fruitier, less sharp taste.

beer 101 ale pale

Often bronze- or copper-colored, pale ale has a distinctive high level of hops bitterness.
Examples: Michelob Pale Ale, Burton, Royal Oak.

beer 101 ale brown

This supersmooth option gains its popularity—and easy drinkability—from a unique combination of nutty sweetness, subtle hops, and a low alcohol content.
Examples: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale.

beer 101 ale porter

The lighter-bodied companion to stout, porter has an old-school, dark-roasted taste and higher-than-average alcohol content.
Examples: Sierra Nevada Porter, Fuller’s London Porter.

beer 101 ale stout

Made with highly roasted malts, barley, or oatmeal, this is a rich, extra-dark, top-fermenting brew. Stout is either strong and dry or sweet, and it sports a creamy head.
Examples: Guinness Extra Stout, Beamish Stout.