2021 Style Categories

2021 Competition Beer Styles – Detailed PDF

Hybrid/Mixed Beer Styles

  1. American Wheat Beer
    1. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Beer without Yeast
    2. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeast
    3. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    4. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast
  2. American Fruit Beer
  3. Fruit Wheat Beer
  4. Field Beer
  5. Pumpkin Beer
    1. Subcategory: Pumpkin/Squash Beer
    2. Subcategory: Pumpkin Spice Beer
  6. Chili Beer
  7. Herb and Spice Beer
  8. Chocolate Beer
  9. Coffee Beer
  10. Coffee Stout or Porter
  11. Specialty Beer
  12. Rye Beer
    1. Subcategory: Rye Beer
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Rye Ale
  13. Honey Beer
  14. Non-Alcohol Beer
  15. Session Beer
  16. Session India Pale Ale
  17. Other Strong Beer
    1. Subcategory: Other Strong Beer
    2. Subcategory: American-Style Imperial Porter
    3. Subcategory: American-Style Wheat Wine Ale
    4. Subcategory: Baltic-Style Porter
    5. Subcategory: American-Style Malt Liquor
  18. Experimental Beer
    1. Subcategory: Experimental Beer
    2. Subcategory: Ginjo Beer or Sake-Yeast Beer
    3. Subcategory: Wild Beer
    4. Subcategory: Aged Beer
  19. Experimental India Pale Ale
  20. Experimental Wood-Aged Beer
  21. Historical Beer
    1. Subcategory: Historical Beer
    2. Subcategory: Kentucky Common Beer
    3. Subcategory: Grodziskie
    4. Subcategory: Adambier
    5. Subcategory: Dutch-Style Kuyt Beer
    6. Subcategory: Finnish-Style Sahti
    7. Subcategory: Swedish-Style Gotlandsdricke
    8. Subcategory: Breslau-Style Schoeps
  22. Gluten-Free Beer
  23. American-Belgo-Style Ale
  24. American Sour Ale
  25. Fruited American Sour Ale
  26. Brett Beer
  27. Mixed-Culture Brett Beer
  28. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
    1. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer
    2. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beer
  29. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
  30. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
  31. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  32. Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  33. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
    1. Subcategory: Unfiltered European-Style Ale
    2. Subcategory: Unfiltered European-Style Lager
  34. Smoke Beer
    1. Subcategory: Other Smoke Beer
    2. Subcategory: Smoke Porter
    3. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Weiss Rauchbier
    4. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier
    5. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Maerzen Rauchbier
    6. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbier

Lager Beer Styles

  1. Light Lager
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Light Lager
    2. Subcategory: Contemporary American-Style Light Lager
    3. Subcategory: German-Style Leichtbier
  2. American-Style Lager
  3. Contemporary American-Style Lager
  4. American Pilsener
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Pilsener
    2. Subcategory: Contemporary American-Style Pilsener
  5. International Lager
    1. Subcategory: International-Style Pilsener
    2. Subcategory: Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager
  6. American Cream Ale
  7. Hoppy Lager
    1. Subcategory: Other Hoppy Lager
    2. Subcategory: India Pale Lager
  8. American Amber Lager
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Amber Lager
    2. Subcategory: California Common Beer
    3. Subcategory: American-Style Maerzen/Oktoberfest
  9. German-Style Pilsener
  10. Bohemian-Style Pilsener
  11. Munich-Style Helles
  12. Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest
    1. Subcategory: Dortmunder/European-Style Export
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn
  13. Vienna-Style Lager
  14. German-Style Maerzen
  15. German Dark Lager
    1. Subcategory: Franconian-Style Rotbier
    2. Subcategory: Munich-Style Dunkel
    3. Subcategory: German-Style Schwarzbier
  16. International Dark Lager
    1. Subcategory: American-Style Dark Lager
    2. Subcategory: European-Style Dark Lager
  17. Bock
    1. Subcategory: Traditional German-Style Bock
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
  18. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
    1. Subcategory: German-Style Doppelbock
    2. Subcategory: German-Style Eisbock

Ale Beer Styles

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