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Beer Styles
Written by Mark Emiley   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008 17:03

Developing a better understanding of beer styles allows brewers to be better competitors and judges.  This doesn't necessarily make you a better brewer, but in the field of competitive brewing, beers are judged to style.  A sound understanding of the profiles and ingredients which define a style greatly increases your chances of making (or judging) a beer better.

The Beer Judge Certification Program has created the BJCP Style Guidelines which are used in virtually all homebrewing competitions as the standard for styles.  These guidelines can be found here

The Brewing Network has compiled an excellent series of podcasts led by Jamil Zainasheff covering details of each of the BJCP beer styles and how to brew them.  These podcasts are an excellent resource for brewers looking to brew a particularl style and are also a great way for judges to freshen up on what defines a certain beer style profile and how it is built up.  We strongly encourage listening to these podcasts to get ready for your next brew day, judging session, or BJCP exam.

Note: As additional podcasts become available, the links will be updated.  Last updated 24 November 2008.

Recommend right clicking on style and selecting "Save Target As"

Category Cat # Subcategory
1. Light Lager 1A Lite American Lager
1B Standard Premium Lager
1C Premium American Lager
  1D Munich Helles
  1E Dortmunder Export
2. Pilsner 2A German Pilsner (Pils)
  2B Bohemian Pilsener
  2C Classic American Pilsner
3. European Amber Lager 3A Vienna Lager
  3B Oktoberfest/Marzen
4. Dark Lager 4A Dark American Lager
  4B Munich Dunkel
  4C Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
5. Bock 5A Maibock/Helles Bock
  5B Traditional Bock
  5C Doppelbock
  5D Eisbock
6. Light Hybrid Beer 6A Cream Ale
  6B Blonde Ale
  6C Kolsch
  6D American Wheat or Rye Beer
7. Amber Hybrid Beer 7A Northern German Altbier
  7B California Common Beer
  7C Dusseldorf Altbier
8. English Pale Ale 8A Standard/Ordinary Bitter
  8B Special/Best/Premium Bitter
  8C Extra Special/Strong Bitter
9. Scottish and Irish Ale 9A Scottish Light 60/-
9B Scottish Heavy 70/-
9C Scottish Export 80/-
  9D Irish Red Ale
  9E Strong Scotch Ale
10. American Ale 10A American Pale Ale
  10B American Amber Ale
  10C American Brown Ale
11. English Brown Ale 11A Mild
  11B Southern English Brown
  11C Northern English Brown
12. Porter 12A Brown Porter
  12B Robust Porter
  12C Baltic Porter
13. Stout 13A Dry Stout
  13B Sweet Stout
  13C Oatmeal Stout
  13D Foreign Extra Stout
  13E American Stout
  13F Russian Imperial Stout
14. India Pale Ale 14A English IPA
  14B American IPA
  14C Imperial IPA
15. German Wheat and Rye Beer 15A Weizen/Weissbier
  15B Dunkelweisen
  15C Weizenbock
  15D Roggenbier(German Rye Beer)
16. Belgian and French Ale 16A Witbier
  16B Belgian Pale Ale
  16C Saison
  16D Biere de Garde
  16E Belgian Specialty Ale
17. Sour Ale 17A Berliner Weisse
  17B Flanders Red Ale
  17C Flanders Brown Ale
  17D Straight (Unblended Lambic)
17E Gueuze
17F Fruit Lambic
18. Belgian Strong Ale 18A Belgian Blond Ale
  18B Belgian Dubbel
  18C Belgian Tripel
  18D Belgian Golden Strong Ale
  18E Belgian Dark Strong Ale
19. Strong Ale 19A Old Ale
  19B English Barleywine
  19C American Barleywine
20. Fruit Beer 20 Fruit Beer
21. Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer 21A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
  21B Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
22. Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer 22A Classic Rauchbier
  22B Other Smoked Beer
  22C Wood-Aged Beer
23. Specialty Beer 23 Specialty Beer
24. Traditional Mead 24A Dry Mead
  24B Semi-sweet Mead
  24C Sweet Mead
25. Melomel 25A Cyser (Apple Melomel)
  25B Pyment (Grape Melomel)
  25C Other Fruit Melomel
26. Other Mead 26A Metheglin
  26B Braggot
  26C Open Category Mead
27. Standard Cider and Perry 27A Common Cider
27B English Cider
27C French Cider
27D Common Perry
27E Traditional Perry
28. Specialty Cider and Perry 28A New England Cider
  28B Fruit Cider
  28C Applewine
  28D Other Specialty Cider/Perry

 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2009 05:49
 

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