lager beer

lager

1 [lah-ger, law-]
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:
1835–45; short for lager beer, half adoption, half translation of German Lagerbier. See lair1, beer

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lager1 (ˈlɑːɡə)
 
n
Compare ale a light-bodied effervescent beer, fermented in a closed vessel using yeasts that sink to the bottom of the brew
 
[C19: from German Lagerbier beer for storing, from Lager storehouse]

lager2 (ˈlɑːɡə)
 
n
a variant spelling of laager

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lager
1858, Amer.Eng., short for lager beer (1853), from Ger. Lager-bier "beer brewed for keeping," from Lager "storehouse" (see lair) + Bier "beer."
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