One problem with defining lager vs ale by fermentation characteristics, the breeding and selection process continues. With rare exception, any yeast labeled as a lager yeast will be s. carlsbergensis. Complicating the issue is the many 'lager' kits sold with a clean fermenting ale yeast.
There are top and bottom fermenting ale yeasts. Ditto lager yeasts. Realistically, most fermentations are bulk fermentation with the yeast suspended in the wort.
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