Beer Categories

1 – American-Style Wheat Beer

American-Style Wheat Beer without Yeast Color: Straw to light amber Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium-low Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium Perceived Bitterness: Low to…

2 – American-Style Fruit Beer

Color: Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style, and is often influenced by the color of added fruit. Clarity: Clear or hazy is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Not…

3 – Field Beer

Color: Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style, and may be influenced by the color of added ingredients. Clarity: Clear to hazy is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Very…

4 – Chili Beer

Color: Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style Clarity: Clear or hazy is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Can vary from very low to medium-high depending on the underlying…

5 – Chocolate Beer

Color: Light amber to black depending on the underlying style Clarity: Clear to hazy beer is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium-low to medium-high malt sweetness balanced with cocoa flavors and aromas Perceived Hop…

6 – Coffee Beer

Color: Pale to black depending on the underlying style Clarity: Clear to hazy is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium-low to medium malt sweetness provides balance with coffee flavor and aroma Perceived Hop Aroma…

7 – Session India Pale Ale

Color: Gold to copper Clarity: Chill haze is acceptable at low temperatures. Hop haze is allowable at any temperature. Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: A low to medium maltiness should be present in aroma and…

8 – Experimental Beer

Subcategory: Wild Beer Color: Any color is acceptable. Versions made with fruits or other flavorings may take on corresponding hues. Clarity: Clear or hazy due to yeast, chill haze or hop haze. Perceived Malt Aroma…

9 – American-Style Sour Ale

Color: Pale to black depending on underlying beer style. Clarity: Chill haze, bacteria and yeast-induced haze is acceptable at any temperature. Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low. In darker versions, roasted malt, caramel and chocolate…

10 – Fruited American-Style Sour Ale

Color: Pale to black depending on underlying beer style. These beers may take on the color of added fruit(s) Clarity: Chill haze, bacteria and yeast-induced haze is acceptable at any temperature. Perceived Malt Aroma &…

11 – Brett Beer

Color: Any color is acceptable. Beer color may be influenced by the color of added fruits or other ingredients. Clarity: Chill haze and/or haze from yeast is allowable at low to medium levels at any…

12 – Mixed-Culture Brett Beer

Color: Any color is acceptable. Beer color may be influenced by the color of added fruits or other ingredients. Clarity: Chill haze, bacteria and yeast-induced haze is allowable at low to medium levels at any…

13 – Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer

Clarity: Varies with underlying style 18 Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style Perceived Bitterness: Varies with underlying style Fermentation Characteristics: Typical of underlying…

14 – Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer

Any strong classic style or unique, experimental style of beer can be wood or barrel-aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. This beer is aged with the…

15 – Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

Color: Varies with underlying style Clarity: Varies with underlying style Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style Perceived Bitterness: Varies with underlying style Fermentation…

16 – Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer

Color: Varies with style, and may take on color of added fruits or other ingredients Clarity: Varies with underlying style Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style, and in harmony with fruit aromas…

17 – Aged Beer

Color: Varies with underlying style Clarity: Varies with underlying style Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Varies with underlying style Perceived Bitterness: Varies with underlying style Fermentation…

18 – American-Style Pilsener

Color: Straw to gold Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium-low to medium Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop aroma and flavor is medium to…

20 – American-Style Cream Ale

Color: Straw to gold Clarity: Chill haze should be very low or not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium-low to medium pale malt aroma may be present. Caramel malt aroma and flavor should…

21 – German-Style Pilsener

Color: Straw to pale Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: A malty sweet aroma and flavor should be present. Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Hop…

22 – Bohemian-Style Pilsener

Color: Straw to gold Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: A slightly sweet and toasted, biscuity, bready malt aroma and flavor is evident. Perceived Hop…

23 – Munich-Style Helles

Color: Pale to golden Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Malt aroma and flavor are pronounced. Low levels of yeast-produced sulfur aromas and flavors may…

24 – German-Style Maerzen

Color: Pale to reddish-brown Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Bready or biscuity malt aroma and flavor should be present. Sweet maltiness is medium-low to…

25 – Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager

A. Subcategory: Munich-Style Dunkel Color Light brown to brown Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Malt character is low to medium, with chocolate, roast, bread or…

26 – Dark Lager

A. Subcategory: American-Style Dark Lager Color Light brown to very dark Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low malt aroma and flavor may include low…

27 – Bock

A. Subcategory: Traditional German-Style Bock Color Dark brown to very dark Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Traditional Bocks are made with all malt, and…

28 – German Style Doppelbock or Eisbock

A. Subcategory: German-Style Doppelbock Color Copper to dark brown Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Pronounced aromas and flavors of toasted malted barley. Some caramel…

29 – Golden or Blonde Ale

Golden or Blonde ales are straw to golden blonde in color. They have a crisp, dry palate, light to medium body, and light malt sweetness. Low to medium hop floral aroma may be present but…

30 – German-Style Koelsch

Kölsch is warm fermented and aged at cold temperatures (German ale or alt beer). Kölsch is characterized by a golden to straw color and a slightly dry, subtly sweet softness on the palate, yet crisp….

31 – American-Style Pale Ale

American pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character producing high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma Note that “floral and citrus-like…

32 – Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale

New England/Juicy IPAs are more balanced with a sweet maltiness and richer colour showcasing a more subtle hop exhibiting tropical fruit and citrusy juicyness from hop varieties like Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra leading to a…

33 – American-Style India Pale Ale

American India pale ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content. The style is further characterized by fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character. Note that “fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety…

34 – Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale

New England/Juicy IPAs are more balanced with a sweet maltiness and richer colour showcasing a more subtle hop exhibiting tropical fruit and citrusy juicyness from hop varieties like Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra leading to a…

35 – Imperial India Pale Ale

Imperial India Pale Ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma Alcohol content is high to very high and notably evident. They range from deep golden to amber in color. The style may use any…

37 – American-Style Amber/Red Ale

American amber/red ales range from light copper to light brown in color. They are characterized by American-variety hops used to produce high hop bitterness, flavor, and medium to high aroma Amber ales have medium-high to…

38 – Extra Special Bitter

Subcategory: English Strong Bitter Extra special bitter possesses medium to strong hop qualities in aroma, flavor, and bitterness. English hop varieties or others that approximate their resulting character are used in thisSubcategory. The residual malt…

39 – Scottish-Style Ale

Subcategory: Scottish Light Ale Scottish light ales are light bodied. Little bitterness is perceived and hop flavor or aroma should not be perceived. Despite its lightness, Scottish light ale will have a degree of malty,…

40 – Irish-Style Red Ale

Irish red ale ranges from light red-amber-copper to light brown in color. These ales have a medium hop bitterness and flavor. They often don’t have hop aroma Irish red ales have low to medium candy-like…

41 – American-Style Brown Ale

American brown ales range from deep copper to brown in color. Roasted malt caramel-like and chocolate-like characters should be of medium intensity in both flavor and aroma American brown ales have an evident hop aroma,…

42 – Berliner-Style Weisse

Aroma: A sharply sour, somewhat acidic character is dominant. Can have up to a moderately fruity character. The fruitiness may increase with age and a flowery character may develop. A mild Brettanomyces aroma may be…

43 – Leipzig-Style Gose or Contemporary Gose

A. Subcategory: Leipzig-Style Gose Color Straw to light amber Clarity: Cloudy to bright. Haze may or may not be from yeast. Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Malt sweetness is not perceived to very low Perceived…

44 – German-Style Altbier

Color: Copper to dark brown Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: A variety of malts including wheat may be used to produce medium-low to medium…

45 – South German-Style Hefeweizen

Color: Straw to amber Clarity: If served with yeast, appearance may be very cloudy. Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Very low to mediumlow Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Not perceived to very low Perceived Bitterness:…

46 – Classic Saison

Color: Gold to light amber Clarity: Chill haze or slight yeast haze is acceptable  Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low, but providing foundation for the overall balance. Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Low to medium…

47 – Specialty Saison

Color: Pale to dark brown; may take on hue of fruit(s), darker malts or other ingredients Clarity: Chill haze or slight yeast haze is acceptable Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Typically low to medium-low, but…

48 – Belgian and French Style

French and Belgian Saison Beers in this category are golden to deep amber in color. There may be quite a variety of characters within this style. Generally: They are light to medium in body. Malt…

49 – Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadrupel

Belgian Dubbel This medium-bodied, dark amber to brown-colored ale has a malty sweetness and nutty, chocolate like, and mild roast malt and caramel aroma Flavor and aroma may also have a raisin like cocoa character….

50 – Belgian-Style Tripel

Tripels are often characterized by a complex, sometimes mild spicy character, but no clove-like phenolic flavor. Yeast-generated fruity banana esters are also common, but not necessary. These pale/light-colored ales may finish sweet, though any sweet…

51 – Brown Porter

Brown porters are mid to dark brown (may have red tint) in color. No roast barley or strong burnt/black malt character should be perceived. Low to medium malt sweetness is acceptable along with medium hop…

52 – Robust Porter

Robust porters are black in color and have a roast malt flavor but no roast barley flavor. These porters have a sharp bitterness of black malt without a highly burnt/charcoal flavor. Robust porters range from…

53 – American-Style Stout

Initial low to medium malt sweetness with a degree of caramel, chocolate and/or roasted coffee flavor with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. Coffee-like roasted barley and roasted malt aromas are prominent. Some slight…

54 – Imperial Stout

Black to very black, American imperial stouts typically have a high alcohol content. Generally characterized as very robust. The extremely rich malty flavor and aroma are balanced with assertive hopping and fruity-ester characteristics. Bitterness should…

55 – Scotch Ale

Subcategory: Traditional Strong Scotch Ale Scotch ales are overwhelmingly malty and full bodied. Perception of hop bitterness is very low. Hop flavor and aroma are very low or nonexistent. Color ranges from deep copper to…

56 – Barley Wine-Style Ale

American style barley wines range from amber to deep copper-garnet in color and have a full body and high residual malty sweetness. Complexity of alcohols and fruity-ester characters are often high and counterbalanced by assertive…