Types of Beer

Sort of as a follow up to yesterdays post, I’ve decided to let you all in on the 22 types of beer, as well as their sub-varieties, that the BJCP Style Guidelines recognizes. Consider this a reference post of sorts.

  • Light Lagers: Lite American Lagers, Standard American Lagers, Premium American Lagers, Munich Helles, Dortmunder Export
  • Pilsners: German Pilsner, Bohemian Pilsner, Classic American Pilsner
  • European Amber Lagers: Vienna Lager, Oktoberfest/Märzen
  • Dark Lager: Dark American Lager, Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier
  • Bock: Maibock/Helles Bock, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock, Eisbock
  • Light Hybrid Beer: Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Kölsch, American Wheat or Rye Beer
  • Amber Hybrid Beer: Northern German Altbier, California Common Beer, Düsseldorf Altbier
  • English Pale Ale: Standard Bitter, Special/Best/Premium Bitter, Extra Special/Strong Bitter
  • Scottish and Irish Ale: Scottish Light, Scottish Heavy, Scottish Export, Irish Red Ale, Strong Scotch Ale
  • American Ale: American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, American Brown Ale
  • English Brown Ale: Mild, Southern English Brown, Northern English Brown Ale
  • Porter: Brown Porter, Robust Porter, Baltic Porter
  • Stout: Dry Stout, Sweet Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Foreign Extra Stout, American Stout, Russian Imperial Stout
  • India Pale Ale (IPA): English IPA, American IPA, Imperial IPA
  • Wheat and Rye Beer: Weizen/Weissbier, Dunkelweizen, Weizenbock, Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)
  • Belgian and French Ale: Witbier, Belgian Pale Ale, Saison, Bière de Garde, Belgian Specialty Ale
  • Sour Ale: Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red Ale, Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin, Straight (unblended) Lambic, Gueuze, Fruit Lambic
  • Belgian Strong Ale: Belgian Blond Ale, Belgian Dubbel, Belgian Tripel, Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • Strong Ale: Old Ale, English Barleywine, American Barleywine
  • Fruit Beer
  • Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer: Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer, Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
  • Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer: Classic Rauchbier, Other Smoked Beer, Wood Aged Beer

There’s also a category for “Specialty Beer” but these comprise many, many other varieties and recipes out there in the beer world. In other words, there’s more than 22 types of beer.

And yet, we Americans go along with simple American Lagers, or watered down American Lagers. No wonder the Micro-Brewery Revolution took place in the 60′s and 70′s.

But that topic is for a later post.