Beer Styles

Beer Styles Overview

 

Today’s American craft brewers are viewed as artists whose canvases are painted with the ingredients they use and the processes they employ. It is up to each individual brewer to decide whether they want to create beer within specific style guidelines or whether to forge a new path outside of style parameters. Because so many brewers have decided to brew outside the box, a unique and beautiful beer culture has developed in the US.

Craft brewers use a wide variety of ingredients to achieve the flavors and aromas they desire in their beer. Most beers brewed in the US prior to 1980 used only four standard ingredients: yeast, water, malt and hops. Today’s craft brewers have taken the main styles of beer from great brewing countries such as England, Germany, and Belgium and added their own twist by increasing the amount of ingredients used, by using new and non-traditional beer ingredients or by altering the brewing process. These changes have resulted in more flavor and diversity in today’s beers. For those who appreciate choice, it’s a very good time to be a beer lover! Check out Specialty Beers for an example of what this is all about. – www.craftbeer.com

Ale Beer Styles

NORTH AMERICAN ORIGIN

BRITISH ORIGIN

IRISH ORIGIN

GERMAN ORIGIN

  • German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
  • Berliner-Style Weisse (Wheat)
  • Leipzig-Style Gose
  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
  • South German-Style Kristal Weizen/Kristal Weissbier
  • German-Style Leichtes Weizen/Weissbier
  • South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen/Weissbier
  • South German-Style Dunkel Weizen/Dunkel Weissbier
  • South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock
  • Bamberg-Style Weiss (Smoke) Rauchbier (Dunkel or Helles)
  • German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier
  • Kellerbier (Cellar beer) or Zwickelbier – Ale

BELGIAN AND FRENCH ORIGIN

LAGER BEER STYLES

EUROPEAN-GERMANIC ORIGIN

NORTH AMERICAN ORIGIN

  • American-Style Lager
  • American-Style Light (Low Calorie) Lager
  • American-Style Low-Carbohydrate Light Lager
  • American-Style Amber (Low Calorie) Lager
  • American-Style Premium Lager
  • American-Style Pilsener
  • American-Style Ice Lager
  • American-Style Malt Liquor
  • American-Style Amber Lager
  • American-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
  • American-Style Dark Lager

OTHER ORIGIN

  • Baltic-Style Porter
  • Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager

INTERNATIONAL STYLES

HYBRID/MIXED BEER STYLES

  • Session Beer
  • American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
  • California Common Beer
  • Japanese Sake-Yeast Beer
  • Light American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast
  • Light American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast
  • Fruit Wheat Ale or Lager with or without Yeast
  • Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast
  • Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast
  • Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast
  • German-Style Rye Ale (Roggenbier) with or without Yeast
  • Fruit Beer
  • Field Beer
  • Pumpkin Beer
  • Chocolate/Cocoa-Flavored Beer
  • Coffee-Flavored Beer
  • Herb and Spice Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Honey Lager or Ale
  • Gluten-Free Beer
  • Indigenous Beer (Lager or Ale)
  • Smoke Beer (Lager or Ale)
  • Experimental Beer (Lager or Ale)
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beer
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • Aged Beer (Ale or Lager)
  • Other Strong Ale or Lager
  • Non-Alcoholic (Beer) Malt Beverages