2. Ale: Probably the most popular type of beer that was originally used to describe beers that were brewed without hops. Most varieties of beers fall under Ales or Lagers. Ales used gruits (a mixture of herbs and spices) as the bittering agent, now most ales use hops (the flowers of the hop plant Humulus lupulus and an essential ingredient in most beers). Ales can swing from dark brown to Pale ales (Like the Indian Pale Ale).
3. Stout: These beers are generally dark and crafted with roasted malt (or roasted barley), hops, water and yeast. Stouts began as a variety of Porter beers – a term originally used to describe the strongest porters, but have outgrown porters by a distance.
8. American Lager: The most popular form of commercial beer (not microbreweries in the US though) in America. Immigrants from Germany are believed to have taken the pale lager to the US in the 19th century. Pale lager used additional grains like rice or maize that result in a light refreshing texture sans complex flavours. (Also read: The Right Way to Pair Beer With Your Food)
9. Weissbier: The most popular German beer brewed in the traditional Bavarian style with a strong presence of malted wheat (instead of barley). Also, commonly referred to as Weizenbier or Hefeweizen. Some of these beers can be both sweet and strong.
10. Bock: Historically associated with religious festivals and Bavarian monks who used to consume this as a source of nutrition during times of fasting. The beer has its origins in the German town of Einbeck but became quite popular in Munich. The original Bock was quite dark and malty but modern interpretations across the world are lighter. (Also read: What is The Difference Between Beer and Cider?)
Ashwin Rajagopalan is a Chennai-based writer who writes on topics related to food, gadgets, trends and travel experiences. He enjoys communicating across cultures and borders in his weekday work avatar as a content and editorial consultant for a global major and one of India's only cross cultural trainers.
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About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie - a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.