Lager is a common type of beer. When someone in a movie bellies up to a bar and orders a well-known brand of beer, it's usually a lager.

Brewers distinguish lagers from other beers by the yeast used to ferment it, as well as its light color and what's often described as the "crisp" taste of a lager. This type of beer was first invented in 15th-century Bavaria. The name lager comes from lager beer and its German source, Lagerbier, or "beer brewed for keeping," a reference to the practice of storing lager in cold places while it matures.

Definitions of lager
  1. noun
    a general term for beer made with bottom fermenting yeast (usually by decoction mashing); originally it was brewed in March or April and matured until September
    synonyms: lager beer
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    Munchener, Munich beer
    a dark lager produced in Munich since the 10th century; has a distinctive taste of malt
    bock, bock beer
    a very strong lager traditionally brewed in the fall and aged through the winter for consumption in the spring
    light beer
    lager with reduced alcohol content
    Octoberfest, Oktoberfest
    a strong lager made originally in Germany for the Oktoberfest celebration; sweet and copper-colored
    Pilsener, Pilsner
    a pale lager with strong flavor of hops; first brewed in the Bohemian town of Pilsen
    malt, malt liquor
    a lager of high alcohol content; by law it is considered too alcoholic to be sold as lager or beer
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    a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
  2. noun
    a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons
    synonyms: laager
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    bivouac, camp, cantonment, encampment
    temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
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