la·ger | \ˈlä-gər \

Definition of lager 

: a beer brewed by slow fermentation and matured under refrigeration

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A century ago, this was a place where enormous vats of lager were stored. David Lyman,, "Tour a life-size, underground comic book in Over-the-Rhine," 11 May 2018 Back then, American beer culture was dominated by the insipid lagers of the big brewers. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Brown Ales May Be Unfashionable, but the Style Is Timeless," 5 Jan. 2018 Love City’s biggest hit, though, might well be its signature take on a classic lager. Craig Laban,, "Love City Brewing is budding beer district's latest," 1 June 2018 One of my friends, who fell in love with Germany on a recent trip, strolled down memory lane with the Andechs Helles ($8 for ½ liter), a German lager served in a stein. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wursthall in San Mateo at its best with beer & brat," 18 May 2018 Three of the beers (Fifty West's 10&2, a barleywine-style ale; Fretboard's Vlad, an international-style pilsener; and Taft's Gustav, a Vienna-style lager) won silver. Mallorie Sullivan,, "See the 4 Cincinnati breweries won medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup," 5 May 2018 The Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom will have free bratwurst for patrons and a DJ to re-introduce the classic light lager Red White & Blue on Sunday. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pabst is bringing back Red, White & Blue beer, but only at its downtown brewery and taproom," 26 June 2018 In the mid-18th century, lagers were made exclusively in Bavaria (and maybe Bohemia). Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Labatt Blue releases cans featuring top Michigan landmarks," 14 June 2018 Your readers are probably aware that there's pretty much two main styles of beer: lager and ale. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Meet The MythBusters of Making Beer," 29 June 2015

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First Known Use of lager

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lager

German Lagerbier beer made for storage, from Lager storehouse + Bier beer

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English Language Learners Definition of lager

: a type of beer that is light in color and is aged at cool temperatures

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