Beer Styles

To learn more about beer styles in general, check out the Style Finder at CraftBeer.com.

Hybrid/Mixed Styles

  1. American-Style Wheat Beer
    1. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast
    2. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeast
  2. American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast
    1. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    2. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast
  3. American-Style Fruit Beer
  4. Fruit Wheat Beer
  5. Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
  6. Pumpkin Beer
  7. Field Beer
  8. Herb and Spice Beer
  9. Chocolate Beer
  10. Coffee Beer
  11. Specialty Beer
  12. Rye Beer
    1. Subcategory: Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Rye Ale with or without Yeast
  13. Specialty Honey Beer
  14. Session Beer
  15. Other Strong Beer
    1. Subcategory: Other Strong Ale or Lager
    2. Subcategory: American-Style Imperial Porter
    3. Subcategory: American-Style Wheat Wine Ale
    4. Subcategory: American-Style Ice Lager
    5. Subcategory: American-Style Malt Liquor
  16. Experimental Beer
    1. Subcategory: Experimental Beer
    2. Subcategory: Japanese Sake-Yeast Beer
    3. Subcategory: Wild Beer
  17. Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
  18. Indigenous/Regional Beer
  19. Historical Beer
    1. Subcategory: Historical Beer
    2. Subcategory: Dutch-Style Kuit Beer
    3. Subcategory: Grodziskie
    4. Subcategory: Adambier
  20. Gluten-Free Beer
  21. American-Belgo-Style Ale
    1. Subcategory: Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale
    2. Subcategory: Dark American-Belgo-Style Ale
  22. American-Style Sour Ale
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Sour Ale
    2. Subcategory: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale
  23. American-Style Brett Beer
  24. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
    1. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer
    2. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beer
  25. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
  26. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
    1. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
    2. Subcategory: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  27. Aged Beer
  28. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
    1. Subcategory: Unfiltered German-Style Lager
    2. Subcategory: Unfiltered German-Style Ale
  29. Smoke Beer
    1. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Weiss Rauchbier (Helles or Dunkel)
    2. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier
    3. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Märzen Rauchbier
    4. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbier
    5. Subcategory: Smoke Porter
    6. Subcategory: Other Smoke Beer

Lager Beer Styles

  1. American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Pilsener
    2. Subcategory: International-Style Pilsener
  2. German-Style Pilsener
  3. Bohemian-Style Pilsener
  4. Munich-Style Helles
  5. Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
    1. Subcategory: Dortmunder/European-Style Export
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn
  6. American-Style Lager or Light Lager
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Lager
    2. Subcategory: American-Style Light (Low Calorie) & Low Carbohydrate Lager
  7. American-Style Cream Ale
  8. Vienna-Style Lager
  9. German-Style Märzen
  10. American-Style Amber Lager
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Amber Lager
    2. Subcategory: California Common Beer
    3. Subcategory: American-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
  11. European-Style Dunkel
  12. American-Style Dark Lager
  13. German-Style Schwarzbier
  14. Bock
    1. Subcategory: Traditional German-Style Bock
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
  15. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
    1. Subcategory: German-Style Doppelbock
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Eisbock
  16. Baltic-Style Porter

Ale Beer Styles

  1. Golden or Blonde Ale
  2. German-Style Kölsch
  3. English-Style Summer Ale
  4. Classic English-Style Pale Ale
  5. English-Style India Pale Ale
  6. International-Style Pale Ale
    1. Subcategory: International-Style Pale Ale
    2. Subcategory: Australian-Style Pale Ale
  7. American-Style Pale Ale
  8. American-Style Strong Pale Ale
  9. American-Style India Pale Ale
  10. Imperial India Pale Ale
  11. American-Style Amber/Red Ale
  12. Imperial Red Ale
  13. English-Style Mild Ale
    1. Subcategory: English-Style Pale Mild Ale
    2. Subcategory: English-Style Dark Mild Ale
  14. Ordinary or Special Bitter
    1. Subcategory: Ordinary Bitter
    2. Subcategory: Special Bitter or Best Bitter
  15. Extra Special Bitter
    1. Subcategory: English-Style Extra Special Bitter
    2. Subcategory: American-Style Extra Special Bitter
  16. Scottish-Style Ale
    1. Subcategory: Scottish-Style Light Ale
    2. Subcategory: Scottish-Style Heavy Ale
    3. Subcategory: Scottish-Style Export Ale
  17. Irish-Style Red Ale
  18. English-Style Brown Ale
  19. American-Style Brown Ale
  20. American-Style Black Ale
  21. German-Style Sour Ale
    1. Subcategory: Berliner-Style Weisse
    2. Subcategory: Leipzig-Style Gose
  22. German-Style Altbier
  23. South German-Style Hefeweizen
  24. German-Style Wheat Ale
    1. Subcategory: German-Style Leichtes Weizen
    2. Subcategory: South German-Style Kristal Weizen
    3. Subcategory: South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen/Weissbier
    4. Subcategory: South German-Style Dunkel Weizen
    5. Subcategory: South German-Style Weizenbock
  25. Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale
    1. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
    2. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  26. Belgian-Style Witbier
  27. French & Belgian-Style Saison
  28. Belgian- and French-Style Ale
    1. Subcategory: French-Style Bière de Garde
    2. Subcategory: Other Belgian and French Ale
  29. Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
    1. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Lambic
    2. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
    3. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic
    4. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale
    5. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale
  30. Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
    1. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Dubbel
    2. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Quadrupel
    3. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
  31. Belgian-Style Tripel
  32. Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
    1. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
    2. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
  33. Other Belgian-Style Ale
    1. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Ale
    2. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
    3. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Table Beer
  34. Brown Porter
  35. Robust Porter
  36. Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
  37. Foreign-Style Stout
  38. American-Style Stout
  39. Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
  40. Oatmeal Stout
  41. Imperial Stout
    1. Subcategory: British-Style Imperial Stout
    2. Subcategory: American-Style Imperial Stout
  42. Scotch Ale
    1. Subcategory: Traditional Scotch Ale
    2. Subcategory: Peated Scotch Ale
  43. Old Ale or Strong Ale
    1. Subcategory: Old Ale
    2. Subcategory: Strong Ale
  44. Barley Wine-Style Ale
    1. Subcategory: British-Style Barley Wine Ale
    2. Subcategory: American-Style Barley Wine Ale
  45. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout