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lager1

[lah-ger, law-] /ˈlɑ gər, ˈlɔ-/
noun
1.
Also called lager beer. a beer stored from six weeks to six months for aging before use.
verb (used with object)
2.
to age (beer) usually by storing in tanks at just-below freezing temperatures for several weeks or months.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; short for lager beer, half adoption, half translation of German Lagerbier. See lair1, beer
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British Dictionary definitions for lager beer

lager1

/ˈlɑːɡə/
noun
1.
a light-bodied effervescent beer, fermented in a closed vessel using yeasts that sink to the bottom of the brew Compare ale
Word Origin
C19: from German Lagerbier beer for storing, from Lager storehouse

lager2

/ˈlɑːɡə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of laager
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Word Origin and History for lager beer

lager

n.

1858, American English, short for lager beer (1845), from German Lagerbier "beer brewed for keeping" some months before being drunk, from Lager "storehouse" (see lair) + Bier "beer."

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