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Craft Beer Style Guide

Mark Spivak

Broadly speaking, beer is divided into two groups: lagers and ales. Lagers tend to be light in color, dry, low in alcohol and easy to drink. Ales are higher in alcohol, and are usually more complex and full-bodied than lagers. Here’s a quick guide to craft beer styles:


Pilsner - clean, crisp style beer

 

Pilsner

Originally from Czechoslovakia, the pilsener style is extremely popular: clean, crisp, simple and pleasantly bitter.

 

Wheat Beer - Bavarian beer style - summer style beer

 

Wheat Beer

Native to the Bavarian region of Germany, this light-colored beer is brewed with 50 percent wheat and 50 percent malt, and is generally regarded as a summer product.


Brown Ale - moderately bitter beer with sweet flavor

 

Brown Ale

An amber-colored beer first brewed in seventeenth-century London; versions range from low-alcohol and sweet to stronger and moderately bitter.


Pale Ale - pale malty beer with strong hop and spicy flavor

 

Pale Ale

Made from pale malt and gently roasted barley, the American versions tend to be spicy with a strong hop flavor.


IPA - Indian Pale Ale - hoppy beer

 

IPA (India Pale Ale)

First brewed for British troops in nineteenth-century India, the IPA is a sub-category of pale ale. One of the most popular craft beer styles, it has a strong flavor of hops and a slightly bitter taste.


Bock - German-style lager - caramel colored beer

 

Bock

A strong German-style lager, bocks are deeply colored, rich in flavor with a hint of bitterness.


Porter - dark roasted malt beer - toffe, chocolate notes - beer guide for beginners

 

Porter

Very dark in color, porters are made with roasted malt or barley and have complex notes of chocolate, toffee and toasted grains.


Stout - dark, black beer - high alchohol beer with bold flavor - craft beer style guide for beginners

 

Stout

Virtually black, stouts are high in alcohol and assertive in flavor, displaying notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice.

 






 

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