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Let's Talk About Beer, Baby

Beer styles, beer stines and the pursuit of happyness.

That is going to be the title of my memoirs, should I ever strike it big. LOL. In all seriousness, we get tons of questions about what the style of beers should and could be for novices and experienced folks alike. With so many variations and types, you need a pocket dictionary just to get the right subcategory. Hopefully this list, published by the Brewer's Association helps!

Hybrid/Mixed Beer StylesLager Beer StylesAle Beer Styles

1. American-Style Wheat Beer32. American-Style or International-Style Pilsener48. Golden or Blonde Ale

a. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Beer without Yeasta. Subcategory: American-Style Pilsener49. German-Style Kölsch

b. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeastb. Subcategory: International-Style Pilsener50. English-Style Summer Ale

2. American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast33. German Pilsener51. Classic English-Style Pale Ale

a. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast34. Bohemian Pilsener52. English-Style India Pale Ale

b. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast35. Munich Helles53. International-Style Pale Ale

3. American Fruit Beer36. Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfesta. Subcategory: Australian-Style Pale Ale

4. Fruit Wheat Beera. Subcategory: Dortmunder/Export-Style Exportb. Subcategory: International-Style Pale Ale

5. Belgian Fruit Beerb. Subcategory: German-Style Oktoberfest54. American-Style Pale Ale

6. Pumpkin Beer37. American-Style Lager or Light Lager55. American-Style Strong Pale Ale

7. Field Beera. Subcategory: American-Style Lager56. American-Style India Pale Ale

8. Chili Beerb. Subcategory: American-Style Light Lager57. Imperial India Pale Ale

9. Herb and Spice Beerc. Subcategory: American-Style Amber Light Lager58. American-Style Amber/Red Ale

10. Chocolate Beer38. American-Style Cream Ale59. Double Red Ale

11. Coffee Beer39. Vienna-Style Lager60. Imperial Red Ale

12. Specialty Beer40. German-Style Märzen61. English-Style Mild Ale

13. Rye Beer41. American-Style Amber Lagera. Subcategory: English-Style Pale Mild Ale

a. Subcategory: Rye Beera. Subcategory: American-Style Amber Lagerb. Subcategory: English-Style Dark Mild Ale

b. Subcategory: German-Style Rye Aleb. Subcategory: California Common Beer62. Ordinary or Special Bitter

14. Honey Beerc. Subcategory: American-Style Märzena. Subcategory: Ordinary Bitter

15. Session Beer42. European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkelb. Subcategory: Special or Best Bitter

16. Session IPA43. American-Style Dark Lager63. Extra Special Bitter

17. Other Strong Beer44. German-Style Schwarzbiera. Subcategory: American-Style Extra Special Bitter

a. Subcategory: Other Strong Beer45. Bockb. Subcategory: English-Style Extra Special Bitter

b. Subcategory: American-Style Imperial Portera. Subcategory: Traditional German-Style Bock64. Scottish-Style Ale

c. Subcategory: American-Style Wheat Wineb. Subcategory: German-Style Heller Bock/Maibocka. Subcategory: Scottish-Style Light Ale

d. Subcategory: Ice Lager46. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbockb. Subcategory: Scottish-Style Heavy Ale

e. Subcategory: American-Style Malt Liquora. Subcategory: German-Style Doppelbockc. Subcategory: Scottish-Style Export Ale

18. Experimental Beerb. Subcategory: German-Style Eisbock65. Irish-Style Red Ale

a. Subcategory: Experimental Beer47. Baltic-Style Porter66. English-Style Brown Ale

b. Subcategory: Ginjo Beer or Sake Yeast Beer67. American-Style Brown Ale

c. Subcategory: Wild Beer68. American-Style Black Ale

19. Fresh or Wet Hop Ale69. German-Style Sour Ale

20. Historical Beera. Subcategory: Berliner-Style Weisse

a. Subcategory: Historical Beerb. Subcategory: Leipzig-Style Gose

b. Subcategory: Dutch-Style Kuyt Beerc. Subcategory: Contemporary Gose

c. Subcategory: Grodziskie70. German-Style Altbier

d. Subcategory: Adambier71. South German-Style Hefeweizen

21. Gluten-Free Beer72. German-Style Wheat Ale

22. American-Belgo-Style Alea. Subcategory: South German-Style Kristal Weizen

a. Subcategory: Pale American-Belgo Aleb. Subcategory: German-Style Leichtes Weizen

b. Subcategory: Dark American-Belgo Alec. Subcategory: South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen

23. American-Style Sour Aled. Subcategory: South German-Style Dunkel Weizen

a. Subcategory: American-Style Sour Alee. Subcategory: South German-Style Weizenbock

b. Subcategory: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale73. Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale

24. Brett Beera. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Pale Ale

a. Subcategory: Brett Beerb. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

b. Subcategory: Mixed Culture Brett Beer74. Belgian-Style Witbier

25. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer75. Saison

a. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer76. Belgian- and French-Style Ale

b. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beera. Subcategory: French-Style Bière de Garde

26. Wood-and Barrel-Aged Strong Beerb. Subcategory: Other Belgian- and French-Style Ale

27. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout77. Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale

28. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beera. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Lambic

a. Subcategory: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beerb. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic

b. Subcategory: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beerc. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic

29. Aged Beerd. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale

30. Kellerbier or Zwickelbiere. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale

a. Subcategory: Unfiltered German-Style Lager78. Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadruple

b. Subcategory: Unfiltered German-Style Alea. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Dubbel

31. Smoke Beerb. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Quadrupel

a. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Weiss Rauchbier (Helles or Dunkel)79. Belgian-Style Tripel

b. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier80. Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale

c. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Märzen Rauchbiera. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale

d. Subcategory: Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbierb. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale

e. Subcategory: Smoke Porter81. Other Belgian-Style Ale

f. Subcategory: Other Smoke Beera. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Ale

b. Subcategory: Other Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale

c. Subcategory: Belgian-Style Table Beer

82. Brown Porter

83. Robust Porter

84. Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

85. Export Stout

86. American-Style Stout

87. Sweet Stout or Cream Stout

88. Oatmeal Stout

89. Imperial Stout

a. Subcategory: American-Style Imperial Stout

b. Subcategory: British-Style Imperial Stout

90. Scotch Ale

a. Subcategory: Traditional Scotch Ale

b. Subcategory: Peated Scotch Ale

91. Old Ale or Strong Ale

a. Subcategory: Old Ale

b. Subcategory: Strong Ale

92. Barley Wine-Style Ale

a. Subcategory: American-Style Barley Wine Ale

b. Subcategory: British-Style Barley Wine Ale

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