The Most Commonly Consumed Beer in the World

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April 14, 2014 by Prost Brewing

You might not know it because this beer takes many forms and is called by many different names, but the pale lager is the world’s most commonly consumed beer. Pale to golden in color with a well defined body and a noble hop spike of bitterness, pale lagers carry a set of sensory characteristics that are appreciated (and possibly drooled over) by most. Pale lagers tend to be lean and dry with an overall clean taste that makes them one of the more refreshing brews.

In spite of their light color that might communicate “light” in alcohol by some, these pale lagers fall into the “lager” category that includes some of the world’s most alcoholic beers. Among the pale lagers lineup are many German bier lover favorites such as certain styles of light-colored Bockbier, the king of all beers, the Pilsner, and the beer of Oktoberfest, the Märzen.

The original Doppelbock beer, the "Salvator" produced by Paulaner-München.

The original Doppelbock beer, the “Salvator” produced by Paulaner-München.

Prost Pils

Prost Pils

Märzen Oktoberfest

Märzen Oktoberfest

Despite these beers’ popularity, they have not been around as long as some of Germany’s darker beers. That is because the brewing methods used for pale lagers were not developed until the mid 19th century when Gabriel Sedimayr brought back techniques needed in the production of a pale brew to the Spaten Brewery in Germany where he combined them with the preexisting lagering brewing process. This approach quickly caught on and other brewers began experimenting with the new techniques including the distinguished Josef Groll who ended up producing the first Pilsner beer, the Pilsner Urquell, in what was Bohemia, and is today Czech Republic.

Pale, lean and stable these beers were not kept within the borders of Germany for long. Once they had gained their success within Germany, they continued to expand, rapidly spreading around the globe. Today, as the most widely and commonly consumed beer in the world, it is safe to say that pale lagers appeal to many appetites. With one of the largest selections of pale lagers in the Rocky Mountains, Prost Brewing offers bier that appeals to all!

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