craft beer

American craft brewers are some of the best in the world and are able to brew many different beer styles. Many styles of beer have originated in other countries but American brewers have put their own twist on some classic styles, while some are trying to replicate the original. This is making the U.S. the best place to drink beer. Here you can search you favorite styles and learn about their unique characteristics.

Here is a list of styles according to the Beer Judging Certification Panel. Pretty much every beer you can imagine will fall into one of these catagories. However the American craft beer scene is developing so fast, with so many imaginative brewers out there pushing the traditional limits of beer, that the BJCP is constantly adding new styles.

Clicking on a style below will take you to all the beers we’ve tasted in that style. If there isn’t a link for that style yet, don’t worry, there soon will be. Feel free to send us a message or comment letting us know of a good example of a particular style you think we should try!

(The styles that are represented on this site are underlined)

Lite  Lager

  • Light
  • Standard
  • Premium
  • Munich Helles
  • Dortmunder Export
Pilsner
  • German  Pilsner
  • Bohemian Pilsner
  • Classic American Pilsner
European Amber Lager
  • Oktoberfest/Maerzen
  • Vienna Lager
European Dark Lager
  • Dark American Lager
  • Munich Dunkel
  • Schwarzbier
Bock
  • Traditional Bock
  • Helles Bock/Maibock
  • Doppelbock
  • Eisbock
Light Hybrid Beer
  • Cream Ale
  • Blonde Ale
  • Kolsch
  • American Wheat or Rye Beer
Amber Hybrid Beer
  • Califorina Common Beer
  • Northern German AltbierKoelsch-Style Ale
  • Dusseldorfer Altbier
English Pale Ale
  • Ordinary Bitter
  • Special or Best Bitter
  • Strong Bitter/English Pale Ale
Scottish and Irish Ale
  • Scottish Light 60/-
  • Scottish Heavy 70/-
  • Scottish Export 80/-
  • Irish Red Ale
  • Strong Scotch Ale
American Ales
English Brown Ale
  • Mild
  • Northern Brown Ale
  • Southern Brown Ale
Porter
Stout
India Pale Ale
German Wheat and Rye Beer
  • Weizen/Weissbier
  • Dunkelweizen
  • Weizenbock
  • Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)
English & Scottish Strong Ale
  • Old Ale
  • Strong Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
Barleywine & Imperial Stout
Belgian & French Ale
  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • Witbier
  • Biere de Garde
  • Saison
  • Belgian Specialty
Sour Ale
  • Berliner Weisse
  • Flanders Red Ale
  • Flanders Brown Ale /Oud Bruin Ale
  • Straight (Unblended) Lambic-style Ale
  • Gueuze-style Ale
  • Fruit Lambic-style Ale
  • American Sour
Strong Belgain Ale
Strong Ale
  • Old Ale
  • English Barleywine
  • American Barleywine
Fruit Beer
  • Fruit Beer
Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Smoke Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer
Specialty
  • Experimental and historic