Traditional Categories

2015 Style Guidelines

Brewers Association Style Guide

Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with
changes
  
1. American - Style Wheat Beer   
A. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast  
B. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast  

2. American - Style Wheat Beer with Yeast   
A. Subcategory: Light American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast   
B. Subcategory: Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast  

3. American - Style Fruit Beer   
*Brewer must indicate fruit/vegetable used as well as underlying style of beer

4. Fruit Wheat Beer   
*Brewer must indicate fruit/vegetable used as well as underlying style of beer

5. Fruit Beer
*Brewer must indicate fruit/vegetable used as well as underlying style of beer

6. Pumpkin Beer   
    
7. Field Beer  

8. Herb and Spice Beer
*Brewer must indicate herb/spice used as well as underlying style of beer

9. Chocolate Beer   

10. Rye Beer   
A. Subcategory: Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast   
B. Subcategory: German - Style Rye Ale with or without Yeast   
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

11. Specialty Honey Beer  

12. Session Beer  
*Brewer must indicate any special ingredients or style   

13. Other Strong Beer   
A. Subcategory: Other Strong Ale or Lager
B. Subcategory: American - Style Imperial Porter
C. Subcategory: American - Style Wheat Wine Ale

14. Experimental Beer

15. Indigenous/Regional Beer

16. Gluten - Free Beer   

17. American - Belgo - Style Ale   
A. Subcategory: Pale American - Belgo - Style Ale     
B. Subcategory: Dark American - Belgo - Style Ale  

18. American - Style Sour Ale   
A. Subcategory: American - Style Sour Ale   
B. Subcategory: Fruited American - Style Sour Ale   

19. American - Style Brett Ale   

20. Wood -  and Barrel - Aged Beer   
A. Subcategory: Wood and Barrel - Aged Pale to Amber Beer   
B. Subcategory: Wood and Barrel - Aged Dark Beer   

21. Wood -  and Barrel - Aged Strong Beer   

22. Wood -  and Barrel - Aged Strong Stout

23. Wood -  and Barrel - Aged Sour Beer   
A. Subcategory: Wood -  and Barrel - Aged Sour Beer   
B. Subcategory: Fruited Wood -  and Barrel - Aged Sour Beer
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

24. Other Strong Beer   
A. Subcategory: Other Strong Ale or Lager   
B. Subcategory: American - Style Imperial Porter  
C. Subcategory: American - Style Wheat Wine Ale   
D. Subcategory: American - Style Ice Lager
E. Subcategory: American - Style Malt Liquor

25. Kellerbier/Zwickelbier   
A. Subcategory: Unfiltered German - Style Lager   
B. Subcategory: Unfiltered German - Style Ale  

26. Smoke Beer   
A. Bamberg - Style Rauchbier
B. Subcategory: Smoke Porter
C. Subcategory: Other Smoke Beer

27. American - Style or International -  Style Pilsner   
A. Subcategory: American - Style Pilsner  
B. Subcategory: International - Style Pilsner   

28. German - Style Pilsner   

29. Bohemian - Style Pilsner   

30. Munich - Style Helles   

31. Dortmunder or German - Style Oktoberfest   
A. Subcategory: Dortmunder/European - Style Export   
B. Subcategory: German - Style Oktoberfest/Wiesen   

32. American - Style Lager or Light Lager  
A. Subcategory: American - Style Light (Low Calorie)   
B. Subcategory: American - Style (Low Calorie) & Low Carbohydrate Lager   
C. Subcategory: American - Style Lager
D. Subcategory: American - Style Premium Lager

33. American - Style Specialty Lager, Cream Ale or Lager
A. Subcategory: American - Style Ice Lager
B. Subcategory: American - Style Malt Liquor
C. Subcategory: American - Style Cream Ale or Lager
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

34. Vienna - Style Lager   

35. German - Style Marzen   

36. American - Style Amber Lager   
A. Subcategory: American - Style Amber Lager  
B. Subcategory: California Common Beer   
C. Subcategory: American - Style Marzen/Oktoberfest   

37. European - Style Dunkel   

38. American - Style Dark Lager   

39. German - Style Schwarzbier   

40. Bock   
A. Subcategory: Traditional German - Style Bock  
B. Subcategory: German - Style Heller Bock/Maibock   

41. German - Style Doppelbock or Eisbock   
A. Subcategory: German - Style Doppelbock   
B. Subcategory: German - Style Eisbock   

42. Baltic - Style Porter   

43. Golden or Blonde Ale   

44. German - Style Kolsch   

45. English - Style Summer Ale   

46. Classic English - Style Pale Ale   

47. English - Style India Pale Ale   

48. International - Style Pale Ale  
A. Subcategory: International - Style Pale Ale
B. Subcategory: Australian - Style Pale Ale   
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

49. American - Style Pale Ale   

50. American - Style Strong Pale Ale   

51. American - Style India Pale Ale   

52. Imperial India Pale Ale   

53. American - Style Amber/Red Ale   

54. Imperial Red Ale   

55. English - Style Mild Ale   
A. Subcategory: English - Style Pale Mild Ale   
B. Subcategory: English - Style Dark Mild Ale  

56. Ordinary or Special Bitter   
A. Subcategory: Ordinary Bitter  
B. Subcategory: Special Bitter or Best Bitter  

57. Extra Special Bitter   
A. Subcategory: English - Style Extra Special Bitter  
B. Subcategory: American - Style Strong Bitter   

58. Scottish - Style Ale   
A. Subcategory: Scottish - Style Light Ale   
B.  Subcategory: Scottish - Style Heavy Ale  
C. Subcategory: Scottish - Style Export Ale  

59. Irish - Style Red Ale   

60. English - Style Brown Ale   

61. American - Style Brown Ale   

62. American - Style Black Ale   
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

63. German - Style Altbier   

64. German - Style Sour Ale   
A. Subcategory: Berliner - Style Weisse   
B. Subcategory: Leipzig - Style Gose  

65. South German - Style Hefeweizen   

66. German - Style Wheat Ale   
A. Subcategory: South German - Style Kristal Weizen  
B. Subcategory: German - Style Leichtes Weizen  
C. Subcategory: South German - Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen   
D. Subcategory: South German - Style Dunkel Weizen  
E. Subcategory: South German - Style Weizenbock  

67. Belgian - Style Witbier   

68. French -  and Belgian - Style Saison  
  
69. Belgian -  and French - Style Ale   
A. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Blonde Ale  
B. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Pale Ale  
C. Subcategory: French - Style Bière de Garde   
D. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Table Beer   
E. Subcategory: Other Belgian -  and French - Style Ale   

70. Belgian - Style Lambic or Sour Ale   
A. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Lambic   
B. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Gueuze Lambic   
C. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Fruit Lambic   
D. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Flanders/Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale   
E. Subcategory: Other Belgian - Style Sour Ale   

71. Belgian - Style Abbey Ale   
A. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Dubbel  
B. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Tripel  
C. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Quadrupel  
D. Subcategory: Other Belgian - Style Abbey Ale   
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

72. Belgian - Style Strong Specialty Ale   
A. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Pale Strong Ale   
B. Subcategory: Belgian - Style Dark Strong Ale   
C. Subcategory: Other Belgian - Style Strong Specialty Ale   

73. Brown Porter   

74. Robust Porter   

75. Classic Irish - Style Dry Stout   

76. Foreign - Style Stout   

77. American - Style Stout   

78. Sweet Stout   

79. Oatmeal Stout   

80. Imperial Stout   
A. Subcategory: British - Style Imperial Stout  
B. Subcategory: American - Style Imperial Stout  

81. Scotch Ale   
A. Subcategory: Traditional Scotch Ale   
B. Subcategory: Peated Scotch Ale  

82. Old Ale or Strong Ale   
A. Subcategory: Old Ale   
B. Subcategory: Strong Ale  

83. Barley Wine Style Ale   
A. Subcategory: British Style Barley Wine Ale   
B. Subcategory: American Style Barley Wine Ale  
Based on Brewers Association 2014 Beer Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes

84. Standard Cider & Perry  
A. Subcategory: Common Cider  
B. Subcategory: English Cider  
C. Subcategory: French Cider  
D. Subcategory: Common Perry  
E. Subcategory: Traditional Perry  
F. Subcategory: Other
   
85. Specialty Beer

86. Experimental Beer   
A. Subcategory: Experimental Beer  
B. Subcategory: Japanese Sake - Yeast Beer
C. Subcategory: Wild Beer
*Brewer must indicate fruit/vegetable used as well as underlying style of beer  

87. Fresh or Wet Hop Ale

88. Historical Beer
A. Subcategory: Historical Beer
B. Subcategory: Dutch - Style Kuit Beer
C. Subcategory: Grodziskie
D. Subcategory: Adambier

89. American - Style Cream Ale   
A. Subcategory: American - Style Ice Lager  
B. Subcategory: American - Style Malt Liquor  
C. Subcategory: American - Style Cream Ale or Lager