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  • American Amber Ale

    American-style amber ales have medium-high to high maltiness with medium to low caramel character. They...

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    American Amber Ale

  • American Amber Lager

    A widely available, sessionable craft beer style that showcases both malt and hops. Amber lagers are...

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    American Amber Lager

  • American Barley Wine

    These ales range from amber to deep red/copper-garnet in color. A caramel and/or toffee aroma and flavor...

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    American Barley Wine

  • American Black Ale

    Characterized by the perception of caramel malt and dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. Hop bitterness...

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    American Black Ale

  • American Brett

    These unique beers vary in color and can take on the hues of added fruits or other ingredients. Horsey,...

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    American Brett

  • American Brown Ale

    Roasted malt, caramel-like and chocolate-like characters should be of medium intensity in both flavor...

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    American Brown Ale

  • American Cream Ale

    This is a mild, pale, light-bodied ale, made using a warm fermentation (top or bottom fermenting yeast)...

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    American Cream Ale

  • American Imperial Porter

    Definitively American, these porters should have no roasted barley flavors or strong burnt/black malt...

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    American Imperial Porter

  • American Imperial Red Ale

    The use of American hops in this ale lends to the perception of medium hop bitterness, flavor and aroma....

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    American Imperial Red Ale

  • American Imperial Stout

    American-style imperial stouts are the strongest in alcohol and body of the stouts. Black in color, these...

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    American Imperial Stout

  • American IPA

    Characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney or resinous American-variety hop character, this...

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    American IPA

  • American Lager

    American lager has little in the way of hop and malt character. A straw to gold, very clean and crisp,...

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    American Lager

  • American Pale Ale

    An American interpretation of a classic English style. Characterized by floral, fruity, citrus-like,...

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    American Pale Ale

  • American Sour

    The acidity present in these beers is usually in the form of lactic, acetic and other organic acids naturally...

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    American Sour

  • American Stout

    A coffee- and chocolate-forward ale, but with a hop aroma and flavor, often from a citrus-forward variety....

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    American Stout

  • American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

    Part of the "strong ale" category, this ale is not derived from grapes as its name might suggest. Made...

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    American-Style Wheat Wine Ale

  • American Wheat

    Color is pale to light amber. This beer can be made using either ale or lager yeast. Generally brewed...

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    American Wheat

  • Baltic-Style Porter

    A smooth, cold-fermented and cold-lagered beer brewed with lager yeast. Because of its alcoholic strength,...

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    Baltic-Style Porter

  • Barrel-Aged Beer

    A wood- or barrel-aged beer is any lager, ale or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique...

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    Barrel-Aged Beer

  • Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

    Typically easy-drinking, with a low but pleasing hop bitterness. This is a light- to medium-bodied ale,...

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    Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

  • Belgian-Style Dubbel

    Belgian-style dubbels range from brown to very dark in color. They have a malty sweetness and can have...

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    Belgian-Style Dubbel

  • Belgian-Style Flanders

    An ale with character and balance, thanks to lactic sourness and acetic acid. Cherry-like flavors are...

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    Belgian-Style Flanders

  • Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic

    Often known as cassis, framboise, kriek, or peche, a fruit lambic takes on the color and flavor of the...

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    Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic

  • Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale

    These beers are fruity, complex and often on the higher end of the ABV spectrum, yet are approachable...

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    Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale

  • Belgian-Style Lambic/Gueuze

    Naturally and spontaneously fermented beers with high to very high levels of esters, plus bacterial and...

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    Belgian-Style Lambic/Gueuze

  • Belgian-Style Pale Ale

    These pale ales are gold to copper in color and can have caramel or toasted malt flavor. The style is...

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    Belgian-Style Pale Ale

  • Belgian-Style Quadrupel

    These beers are amber to dark brown in color. Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors dominate, with...

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    Belgian-Style Quadrupel

  • Belgian-Style Saison

    Beers in this category are gold to light amber in color. Often bottle-conditioned, with some yeast character...

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    Belgian-Style Saison

  • Belgian-Style Tripel

    Complex, sometimes mild spicy flavor characterizes this style. Yeast-driven complexity is common. Tripels...

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    Belgian-Style Tripel

  • Belgian-Style Witbier

    Belgian-style wits are brewed using unmalted wheat, sometimes oats and malted barley. Witbiers are spiced...

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    Belgian-Style Witbier

  • Berliner-Style Weisse

    Low in alcohol and refreshingly tart, and often served with a flavored syrup like Woodruff or raspberry,...

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    Berliner-Style Weisse

  • French-Style Biere de Garde

    The name translates as "beer for keeping." This style is popping up more and more from U.S. producers....

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    French-Style Biere de Garde

  • English-Style Bitter

    A very sessionable, lower-alcohol, malt-driven style. Broad style description commonly associated with...

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    English-Style Bitter

  • Blonde Ale

    One of the most approachable styles, a golden or blonde ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually...

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    Blonde Ale

  • Bohemian-Style Pilsener

    Bohemian-style pilseners have a slightly sweet and evident malt character and a toasted, biscuit-like,...

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    Bohemian-Style Pilsener

  • British-Style Barley Wine Ale

    A strong ale that leans heavily on malt characteristics for flavor. With a wide color range and typically...

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    British-Style Barley Wine Ale

  • California Common

    This beer style is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale fermentation temperatures. There is a...

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    California Common

  • Chocolate Beer

    This is an ale or lager that benefits from the addition of dark chocolate or cocoa. More common in porters,...

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    Chocolate Beer

  • Coffee Beer

    As the name suggests, this can be either a lager or ale with coffee added to boost flavor. While stouts...

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    Coffee Beer

  • Contemporary Gose

    Straw to medium amber, gose is cloudy from suspended yeast. A wide variety of herbal, spice, floral or...

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    Contemporary Gose

  • English-Style Brown Ale

    English-style brown ales range from dryer (Northern English) to sweeter (Southern English) maltiness....

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    English-Style Brown Ale

  • English-Style Brown Porter

    Brown porters have no roasted barley or strong burnt/black malt character. Low to medium malt sweetness,...

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    English-Style Brown Porter

  • English-Style Mild

    Malt and caramel are part of the flavor and aroma profile, while licorice and roast malt tones may sometimes...

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    English-Style Mild

  • English-Style IPA

    Steeped in lore (and extra hops), the IPA is a stronger version of a pale ale. Characterized by stiff...

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    English-Style IPA

  • English-Style Oatmeal Stout

    The addition of oatmeal adds a smooth, rich body to these beers. Oatmeal stouts are dark brown to black...

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    English-Style Oatmeal Stout

  • English-Style Old Ale

    A distinctive quality of these ales is that their yeast undergoes an aging process (often for years)...

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    English-Style Old Ale

  • English-Style Pale Ale (ESB)

    ESB stands for "extra special bitter." This style is known for its balance and the interplay between...

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    English-Style Pale Ale (ESB)

  • English-Style Sweet Stout (Milk Stout)

    Sweet stout, also referred to as cream stout or milk stout, is black in color. Malt sweetness, chocolate...

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    English-Style Sweet Stout (Milk Stout)

  • European-Style Export

    Sometimes referred to as a "Dortmunder export," this beer has the malt-forward flavor and sweetness of...

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    European-Style Export

  • Fruit and Field Beer

    Fruit beers are made with fruit, or fruit extracts are added during any portion of the brewing process,...

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    Fruit and Field Beer

  • German-Style Bock

    Traditional bocks are all-malt brews and are high in malt sweetness. Malt character should be a balance...

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    German-Style Bock

  • German-Style Brown/Altbier

    Originally from the Düsseldorf area of Germany, these ales strike a balance between hop and malt flavors...

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    German-Style Brown/Altbier

  • German-Style Doppelbock

    "Doppel" meaning "double," this style is a bigger and stronger version of the lower-gravity German-style...

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    German-Style Doppelbock

  • German-Style Dunkel

    A German-style dunkel, sometimes referred to as a Munchner dunkel, should have chocolate-like, roast...

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    German-Style Dunkel

  • German-Style Dunkelweizen

    Could be considered a cross between a German-style dunkel and a hefeweizen. Distinguished by its sweet...

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    German-Style Dunkelweizen

  • German-Style Hefeweizen

    German-style hefeweizens are straw to amber in color and made with at least 50 percent malted wheat....

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    German-Style Hefeweizen

  • German-Style Maibock

    Also called "heller bock" (meaning "pale bock"), this style is paler in color and more hop-centric than...

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    German-Style Maibock

  • German-Style Helles

    "Helles" means "pale in color," as these beers are often golden. They are similar in flavor to adjunct-influenced...

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    German-Style Helles

  • German-Style Kolsch

    Light in color and malt character, this style's fermentation process yields a light vinous character...

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    German-Style Kolsch

  • German-Style Marzen / Oktoberfest

    A beer rich in malt with a balance of clean, hop bitterness. Bread or biscuit-like malt aroma and flavor...

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    German-Style Marzen / Oktoberfest

  • German-Style Pilsener

    A classic German-style pilsener is straw to pale in color. A malty residual sweetness can be perceived...

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    German-Style Pilsener

  • German-Style Schwarzbier

    Sometimes called black lagers, they may remind some of German-style dunkels, but schwarzbiers are drier,...

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    German-Style Schwarzbier

  • German-Style Weizenbock

    This beer is a wheat version of a German-style bock, or a bigger and beefier dunkelweizen. Malt mellanoidins...

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    German-Style Weizenbock

  • Gluten Free

    Barley, wheat, oats, rye and spelt commonly contain gluten, so look for other fermentables to be featured...

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    Gluten Free

  • Herb and Spice Beer

    This is a lager or ale that contains flavors derived from flowers, roots, seeds or certain fruits or...

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    Herb and Spice Beer

  • Honey Beer

    Both lagers and ales can be brewed with honey. Some brewers will choose to experiment with ingredients,...

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    Honey Beer

  • Imperial India Pale Ale

    High hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Hop character is fresh and evident from utilization of any variety...

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    Imperial India Pale Ale

  • Irish-Style Dry Stout

    Dry stouts are black. These beers achieve a dry-roasted character through the use of roasted barley....

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    Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Irish-Style Red

    This is a balanced beer that uses a moderate amount of kilned malts and roasted barley to give the color...

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    Irish-Style Red

  • Pumpkin Beer

    One of the most popular seasonal beers, this is a lager or ale that is brewed with fresh or processed...

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    Pumpkin Beer

  • Robust Porter

    Often features more bitter and roasted malt flavor than a brown porter, but not quite as much as a stout....

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    Robust Porter

  • Rye Beer

    In darker versions, malt flavor can optionally include low roasted malt characters (evident as cocoa/chocolate...

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    Rye Beer

  • Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

    Scotch ales are overwhelmingly malty, with a rich and dominant sweet malt flavor and aroma. A caramel...

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    Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

  • Scottish-Style Ale

    Scottish-style ales vary depending on strength and flavor, but in general retain a malt-forward character...

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    Scottish-Style Ale

  • Session Beer

    This beer style is not defined by flavors or aromas, which can place it in almost any style category....

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    Session Beer

  • Smoke Beer

    When malt is kilned over an open flame, the smoke flavor becomes infused into the beer, leaving a taste...

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    Smoke Beer

  • Smoke Porter

    Typically the base for this style is a robust porter that is given smoky depth thanks to wood-smoked...

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    Smoke Porter

  • Specialty Beer

    Special ingredients used in this style should be distinctive and evident in either the aroma, flavor...

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    Specialty Beer

  • Vienna-Style Lager

    Ranges from copper to reddish brown in color. The beer is characterized by malty aroma and slight malt...

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    Vienna-Style Lager