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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lager lout
▪ Police said he acted like a lager lout and hit an officer.
▪ This involves a change of character for Mason, who has decided to become, in his words, a lager lout.
▪ What about lager louts and football hooligans?
▪ Douglas Hurd's active citizen and John Patten's lager louts are both given an airing.
▪ The girls are beautiful, the band is beautiful, lager louts miss out.
▪ Asked again to pay for it, he opened the can and started to drink the lager.
▪ He gave himself up to police later that night and said he had drunk two cans of lager.
▪ We drank whiskies and half lagers.
▪ The court heard Hayton had drunk five pints of lager only hours before the accident.
▪ He usually drank a half of lager unless some one bought for him.
▪ And, far from being teenage tearaways, the typical offender is a middle-aged white-collar worker who probably drinks lager.
▪ A fully comprehensive stock including two bitters, three lagers, Guinness and cider on draught.
▪ Draught lager and bitter are available accompaniments.
▪ He elbowed his way to the bar and ordered a lager and a ham sandwich.
▪ He said he had drunk eight to 10 pints of lager and some vodka and tonic, the court was told.
▪ I flicked on the box and took a can of lager from the fridge.
▪ Police said he acted like a lager lout and hit an officer.
▪ The fact that the accused was suspicious that barrels of lager were stolen was not sufficient.
▪ This, plus a gutful of lager would have stirred a concrete cuppa.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lager \La"ger\, n. Lager beer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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."


Etymology 1 n. A type of beer, brewed using a bottom fermentation yeast. Etymology 2

n. (alternative spelling of laager English)

  1. n. a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons [syn: laager]

  2. 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 [syn: lager beer]


Lager is a type of beer that is conditioned at low temperatures, normally at the brewery. It may be pale, golden, amber, or dark.

Although the defining feature of lager is its maturation in cold storage, it is also distinguished by the use of bottom-fermenting lager yeast. While it is possible to use lager yeast in a warm fermentation process, such as with American steam beer, the lack of a cold storage maturation phase precludes such beer from being classified as lager. On the other hand, German Altbier and Kölsch, brewed with a top-fermenting yeast at a warm temperature, but with a cold storage finishing stage, are classified as obergäriges Lagerbier (top-fermented lager beer).

Until the 19th century, the German word Lagerbier ( de) referred to all types of bottom-fermented, cool-conditioned beer, in normal strengths. In Germany today however, the term is mainly reserved for the prevalent lager beer styles of southern Germany, " Helles" (pale), or a " Dunkel" (dark). Pilsner, a more heavily hopped pale lager, is most often known as "Pilsner", "Pilsener", or "Pils". Other lagers are Bock, Märzen, and Schwarzbier.

In the United Kingdom, the term lager commonly refers specifically to pale lagers, many of which are derived from the Pilsner style. Worldwide, pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer. It is often known primarily by its brand name, and labeled simply as "beer". Well-known brands include Miller, Stella Artois, Beck's, Brahma, Budweiser, Corona, Snow, Tsingtao, Kirin Company, Heineken, Carling, Foster's, and Carlsberg.

Usage examples of "lager".

You but your hand in my bocket ven you takes my dinners, my lagers, and my brandies, but I no do vat no shentlemens does.

I wobbled to the kerb and cut the motor just as Television segued into Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, and cracked the last can of lager.

Midway through the evening Yasmeena thought she would fall down in the middle of the room and send her tray, laden with chicken biriani and mutton vindaloo and boti kebabs and schooners of lager, spewing across the floor.

It was all about the Channel tunnel and a landscape awash in Eurotrash, and French fashion victims, and acid rain, and lugubrious Belgians, and Iranian language students, and lager louts swilling Heineken, and football hooligans, and holes in the ozone layer, and Italian playboys, and South American drug lords, and Swiss banks, and AmEx Goldcards, and the greenhouse effect, and the Age of Inconsequence, and soon and so forth.

Gimpo was laughing at our erotic hosts, drinking strong Lappish lager and farting loudly.

Kingfisher lager and taking tastes from bowls of Kashmiri rogan josh, Rasedar shaljum, Kutchi bhindi, and French-fried potatoes.

They ate calamari, washing it down with cool lagers before walking through the narrow streets, dodging from awning to awning, window-shopping.

The backslaps and the fagsmoke, the lagers and the Scotch eggs, did not combine well.

The drink is delightfully cold, its flavour closer to beer than the lager which Baz offered him.

Their alliance had been clinched by the confession that neither of them liked lager, Peter because he didn't want to be British blokeish, Sam on the grounds that it tasted like ear-wax.

He hoped they would not play silly buggers and breathalyze him: he had drunk three pints of lager with his smoked-salmon sandwiches.

It's minor-key enough to be eerie against the empty lilt of the voice and the clinks of tines and china as Mario's relations eat turkey salad and steamed crosiers and drink lager and milk and vin blanc from Hull over behind the plants bathed in purple light.

Two camp beds in one of the bedrooms, spare linen in the airing cupboard on the landing, food still in cardboard boxes, mostly tinned stuff, the refrigerator half-full, six-packs of lager, bottles of vodka.

It was typical of the neighborhood at lunchtime: a crowded scene smelling of dampness, dominated by the sight of tightly rolled umbrellas, and bowler hats perched here and hanging there, dark-suited men from everywhere in the city taking their midday recess of lager and sandwiches.

That original appellation was before my time, and I confess to a degree of yearning for an age when bars had, in the main, sensible names, and did not pride themselves on serving their own creakingly-titled cocktails, a Choyce Selection of Our Eftim-able Home-Made Pies, Hotpottes And Other Fyne Dishes, and twenty different designer lagers, all of which taste identical, cost the earth and are advertised on the tellingly desperate Unique Selling Points of having a neat logo, a top that is difficult to open or a bottle neck whose appearance is apparently mysteriously enhanced by having a slice of citrus fruit rammed down it.