- Also called lager beer. a beer stored from six weeks to six months for aging before use.
- to age (beer) usually by storing in tanks at just-below freezing temperatures for several weeks or months.
Origin of lager1
- a camp or encampment, especially within a protective circle of wagons.
- to arrange or encamp in a laager.
Origin of laager
1840–50; < Afrikaans laer, earlier lager; cognate with German Lager camp. See lair1
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- (in Africa) a camp, esp one defended by a circular formation of wagons
- military a place where armoured vehicles are parked
- to form (wagons) into a laager
- (tr) to park (armoured vehicles) in a laager
C19: from Afrikaans lager, via German from Old High German legar bed, lair
- a light-bodied effervescent beer, fermented in a closed vessel using yeasts that sink to the bottom of the brewCompare ale
C19: from German Lagerbier beer for storing, from Lager storehouse
- a variant spelling of laager
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Word Origin and History for lagering
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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