Originally Posted by Yooper
Lagering just really smooths out the flavor. The beer will be fine without it. A steam beer is an ale fermented with lager yeast. Cold conditioning it just makes it taste smoother, and clears it more so it's crystal clear.
Okay. Are there any other characteristics of a steam beer to be aware of? What I mean is maybe a certain amount of maltiness or hop forwardness that blend with the fermentation temp of the lager yeast? Maybe my question is, I understand fermentation temps and their effects on regular ales, but what is the base characteristic of fermenting lager yeast at ale temps?
Thanks for your help. I'm looking to understand a bit more about what makes a cali common recipe good verse not so much.