Know Your Beer

Did you know there are over 100 different styles of beer, ranging from light pilsners to hardy lagers and ales, from hopped up IPAs to flavored stouts? In this ever-changing world of beer, Florida distributors strive to carry it all. Using the drop down menu below, explore the wide variety of beers currently being distributed by Florida beer wholesalers.

  • Ales

    • Wheat Beer

      • Berliner Weisse

        Lightest of the German wheat bears, the Berliner Weisse is very pale in color and very light bodied. It has a high carbonation, a very low hop rate, and slight fruitiness will be evident.

        ABV: 2.5-3.6

        IBU: 3-12

        Examples: Berliner Kindl Weisse

      • Belgian Wheat

        Belgian Wheat ales are very pale in color and an unfiltered yeasty haze is typical. Orange peel and coriander add a slight spice in both the aroma and taste. The use of noble hops achieves a low amount of bitterness and very little hop flavor.

        ABV: 4.5-5.5

        IBU: 15-28

        Examples: Hoegaarden, Allagash

      • American Wheat

        American wheat bears are usually clearer than their Belgian counterparts. Orange peel and coriander give them a slightly tart, yet very refreshing flavor.

        ABV: 3.5-5.0

        IBU: 5-20

        Examples: Shock Top, Blue Moon

      • Weizenbier

        This fruity and cloudy German beer is characterized by a low hop profile with notable clove and banana aromas.

        ABV: 4.3-5.6

        IBU: 8-15

        Examples: Schloss, Pyramid Hefeweizen

      • Dunkelweizen

        This German-style beer has a sweet maltiness and chocolate-like character. The Dunkelweisen ranges in color from copper-brown to dark brown and has a low hop profile, which compliments its high amount of carbonation.

        ABV: 4.5-6.0

        IBU: 10-15

        Examples: Erdinger Dunlel, Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen

      • Weizenbock

        This beer can range from pale to dark and has a high alcohol content. Hop flavor and aroma are negligible and give way to a malty sweetness complimented by slight clove and fruit flavors.

        ABV: 6.5-9.6

        IBU: 12-25

        Examples: Weihenstephaner Vitus, Gutmann, Eisenbahn

      • Hefeweizen

        The fruity aroma in this German ale is often said to be clove or vanilla-like; a slight hint of banana is also possible. Very low levels of hop favor flavor and aroma should be present in this very pale, medium bodied beer.

        ABV: 4.9-5.5

        IBU: 10-15

        Examples: Ayinger Brau Weisse Hefeweizen, Tucher

      • Leichtes Weizen

        This lighter version of the German Hefeweizen is more subdued in flavor and aroma than the original.

        ABV: 2.5-3.5

        IBU: 10-20

        Examples: Rittmayer Leichtes Weizen, Kaufbeuren Kaiser Maximilian

      • Kristal Weizen

        This German ale has all the fruity and nutty flavors and aromas of the Hefeweisen, with the yeast flavors filtered out.

        ABV: 4.9-5.5

        IBU: 10-15

        Examples: Schmucker Kristal Weizen, New Glarus Laughing Fox

    • Lambic & Sour Ale

      • Belgian Lambic

        This light bodied and quite dry beer is brewed with unmalted wheat and malted barley, which result in a sour flavor. The true Lambic is only made in the Brussels area of Belgium, outside of this area, similar beers are known as “Lambic-style”.

        ABV: 4.7-6.4

        IBU: 5-15

        Examples: Framboise Lambic, Lambise Saveur

      • Gueuze Lambic

        Newly fermented Lambic is mixed with aged Lambic to give this very dry beer an intense fruit flavor and a sour acidity. Any sweetness in this special style of Lambic beer is negligible

        ABV: 4.7-6.4

        IBU: 5-15

        Examples: Timmermans Tradition, Cantillon Gueuze Lambic

      • Leipzig Gose

        The German version of the Belgian Lambic obtains its acidic flavors and aromas from the introduction of wild strains of yeast and bacteria during the fermentation process. It is served at a much younger age than the Belgian Gueuze accentuating the lemony and citrusy flavors.

        ABV: 4.4-5.4

        IBU: 10-15

        Examples: Leipziger Gose, Verloren

      • Faro

        This Lambic-style beer adds high levels of fruit flavor and aroma to the sourness of the Lambic base. The final product may range from very dry and slightly sweet to full-bodied.

        ABV: 4.5-5.5

        IBU: 5-15

        Examples: Lindemans Faro, Faro Boon

      • Fruit Lambic

        Also known as Framboise, the color of this beer reflects the type of fruit used to produce it. Sourness is the dominant characteristic in this full-bodied ale.

        ABV: 4.7-7.0

        IBU: 15-21

        Examples: Cantillon Kriek, Kriek Boon

      • Flanders Red

        The light to medium bodied Flanders Red is characterized by roasted malt, which give it a cherry-like aroma and slight cocoa flavor. It may also have a slight woodiness in the flavor profile.

        ABV: 4.0-5.8

        IBU: 14-25

        Examples: Burgman Flanders Red, Duchesse de Bourgogne

      • Oud Bruin

        Like the Flanders Red, the Oud Bruin contains hints of cocoa and woodiness, but this variation has a more intense cherry flavor that gives this ale a taste similar to that of sherry wine.

        ABV: 4.0-6.5

        IBU: 14-30

        Examples: Petrus, Ichtegems Oud Bruin

    • Belgian Style Ale

      • Belgian Blonde Ale

        Belgian-style blondes contain a slight hop bitterness in both taste and aroma. True to the name, they are golden blonde in color with a slight haze that adds to its appeal. The noble hops add to the low to medium fruitiness without being overpowering.

        ABV: 7.0-9.0

        IBU: 25-35

        Examples: Backer Medieval, Leffe Belgian Blonde Ale

      • Dubbel

        This medium to dark ale has a malty sweetness and a caramel-like aroma. It is characterized by a low to medium bitterness and an extremely thick head when poured correctly.

        ABV: 3.2-8.0

        IBU: 20-25

        Examples: Manzanita Belgian Dubbel, Corsendonk Pater Dubbel

      • Tripel

        The Belgian Tripel contains a spicy and complex flavor. It commonly contains yeast-generated flavors such as clove, fruit, or banana and has a light sweet finish. The medium hop bitterness cleanly balances with the malty sweetness.

        ABV: 7.0-10.0

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Tripel Karmeliet, Westmalle

      • Quadrupel

        Intensity of flavor, bitterness, aroma, and alcohol come together to create very complex and heavy, dark garnet ale that may contain hints of raisin, fig, date, plum, and dark sugar.

        ABV: 9.0-14.0

        IBU: 25-50

        Examples: La Trappe Quadrupel, Gulden Draak Quadrupel

      • Saison

        These deep amber beers have a wide range of characteristics within a single style. They are light to medium bodied and medium to high in aromas of herbs, spices, clove, black pepper, or smoke. It is balanced by a low malt foundation and moderate hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.5-8.1

        IBU: 25-40

        Examples: Saison Dupont, Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey

      • Belgian Pale Ale

        Belgian Pale Ales have a low, but noticeable hop bitterness, a light to medium body, and slightly sweet and spicy maltiness. Noble hops add fruitiness to the flavor profile without an overpowering bitterness.

        ABV: 3.9-5.6

        IBU: 25-35

        Examples: Devils Backbone Belgian Congo, Imaculada

      • Belgian Dark Ale

        Belgian Darks are amber in color and typically brewed with Belgian candy sugar, which can make the higher alcohol contents deceiving. This fruity and complex ale is rich, creamy, and sweet.

        ABV: 7.0-12.0

        IBU: 25-40

        Examples: Lord Brewdorf Belgian Dark, Bruery 2 Turtle Doves

      • Belgian Table Beer

        Both adults and children have enjoyed these light ales (or sometimes lagers) at mealtime. The light body, low alcohol content, and limited aftertaste give this beer a widespread appeal.

        ABV: 0.5-3.5

        IBU: 5-15

        Examples: Matilda, Mystic Table Beer

    • Pale Ale

      • Pale Ale

        The classic English Pale Ale is golden in color and contains a medium to high hop bitterness in flavor and aroma. This beer is medium bodied and has a very low level of maltiness.

        ABV: 4.5-5.5

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Antares English Pale Ale, Artcic Fox English Pale Ale

      • American Pale Ale

        The American version of the pale ale may range from a light golden color to copper. Unlike the English pale ale, it contains a floral, citrus-like fruitiness that perfectly compliments the high hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.5-5.7

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Sweetgrass American Pale Ale, Blue Point American Pale Ale, Dale's Pale Ale

      • India Pale Ale

        The India Pale Ale gets its name from the extremely high levels of hops, whose preservative properties would allow the British made beer to survive the long journey from England to India. Ranging from pale to deep copper in color the IPA has a crisp hop bitterness and flowery aroma, with a medium to low level of maltiness.

        ABV: 5.1-7.6

        IBU: 40-60

        Examples: Stone India Pale Ale, He'Brew Hop Manna India Pale Ale, Squatters Hop Rising Double India Pale Ale, Victory Hop Devil India Pale Ale

      • American India Pale Ale

        Floral, fruity, or citrus-like undertones perfectly compliment the high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma in this medium to high alcohol content crisp and dry beer.

        ABV: 6.3-7.5

        IBU: 50-70

        Examples: Hoppy Trails IPA, Mojo IPA, Harpoon IPA

      • Double India Pale Ale

        Hoppy is an understatement when describing this intense ale. High hop bitterness is balanced with complex aromas and alcohols in this medium bodied beer.

        ABV: 7.5-10.5

        IBU: 65-100

        Examples: Mission Shipwrecked Double IPA, Southern Tier 2XIPA

      • English Pale Mild Ale

        English pale mild ales are dominated by malt flavor with very little hop bitterness.

        ABV: 3.2-4.0

        IBU: 10-24

        Examples: Maxim Mild, Yellow Hammer

      • English Summer Ale

        Noble hops help to give this beer a flavor and aroma that is slightly bitter while maintaining its malty sweetness. This golden colored beer is balanced at every level.

        ABV: 3.6-5.0

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Hogs Back Summer Ale, St. Peters Summer Ale

      • Fresh Hop Ale

        Undried, wet, hops give ale beer a fresh “green”, almost piney taste that varies depending upon brewer and hop variety.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration

      • Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale

        Banana, berry, apple, or coriander flavors and aromas may peak through in this American version of the Belgian Pale Ale. American brewers use Belgian recipes with American ingredients to create a unique taste.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Destihl Ambassador Am-Belgo Double Pale Ale, Crooked Tail Le Chat Avec La Queue Tordue

      • International Pale Ale

        Distinguishable from American and European varieties, a medium to high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma is evident in this medium bodied and only slightly malty pale ale.

        ABV: 4.5-5.5

        IBU: 30-45

        Examples: Mazen Hajjar & Anders Kissmeyer 961 Lebanese Pale Ale

      • Australasian Pale Ale

        This mild, light-bodied, ale has a very low hop bitterness and aroma. A slight fruity aroma may be evident.

        ABV: 4.2-6.2

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Nail Ale Australian Pale Ale, Mountain Goat Australian Pale Ale

    • English Bitter

      • Ordinary Bitter

        This gold to copper beer has a medium bitterness, a light body, and a low malty sweetness. Hop flavors and aromas may vary depending upon the brewer and minimal levels of fruity aroma may be present.

        ABV: 3.0-3.8

        IBU: 20-35

        Examples: London Pride, Shroyer's Ordinary Bitter

      • Special Bitter

        Special Bitter contains a more robust fruitiness than ordinary bitter. Any hoppy bitterness should be absent.

        ABV: 3.7-4.8

        IBU: 25-40

        Examples: Yeoman Bitter, Bass Special Bitter

      • Extra Special Bitter

        This beer takes the bitter beers to a higher level of hoppiness while staying true to the traditional fruitiness of the Special Bitter. This medium-bodied, copper-colored beer has is not overpowering on any level.

        ABV: 3.7-4.8

        IBU: 30-45

        Examples: Blowing Rock Extra Special Bitter, Mill Street Extra Special Bitter, Red Hook ESB

    • Scottish Ale

      • Scottish Light

        These mild ales show very little hop bitterness and aroma; yet contain a caramel-like maltiness with smoky or toasty tones.

        ABV: 2.8-4.0

        IBU: 9-20

        Examples: Belhaven Scottish Ale, Three Sisters

      • Scottish Heavy

        The Scottish Heavy adds a slight hoppiness not found in the lighter version. The medium body is complimented by its smoky yet smooth maltiness.

        ABV: 3.5-4.1

        IBU: 12-25

        Examples: Straight to Ale Old Clootie Scottish Wee Heavy, Big Rock Scottish Style Heavy

      • Scottish Export

        The predominant characteristic of this ale is a strong yet sweet maltiness with little to no hop flavors or aromas. A slight flavor of butterscotch may peak through in this amber to deep brown ale.

        ABV: 4.0-4.9

        IBU: 15-36

        Examples: Olde Main Off KILTer Scottish Ale, McEwan's Export Scottish Ale

    • Brown Ale

      • English Mild Ale

        This light brown English ale is very drinkable with its low hop bitterness, mild maltiness, and low alcohol content.

        ABV: 2.5-4.1

        IBU: 10-24

        Examples: Okells Mild, Hobgoblin Strong Dark Ale

      • English Brown

        The darker English brown ale is deep copper to dark brown in color and low to medium bodied. The English hops may add a licorice or toasty aroma.

        ABV: 3.5-6.0

        IBU: 15-25

        Examples: Newcastle Brown Ale, Southern Pecan English-style brown

      • American Brown

        This American version of the brown ale maintains the traditional dark copper color and adds a mild caramel or chocolate note to both aroma and flavor.

        ABV: 4.2-6.0

        IBU: 25-60

        Examples: Schlafly American Brown Ale, Rock Star American Brown Ale, Brooklyn Brown Ale

      • Dark American-Belgo-Style Ale

        Belgian yeasts are combined with varieties of American malts and hops to create a spicier and hoppier version of the Belgian Dark.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Funkwerks Dark Prophet, Evolution Brewing Menagerie No. 8

      • Old Ale

        Brown in color and medium in body, the Old Ales are distinct in that they are aged for years before consumption. The finished product is rich, complex, and wine-like, with very little hoppiness and a hint of caramel sweetness.

        ABV: 6.0-9.0

        IBU: 30-65

        Examples: Highgate Old Ale, North Coast Old Stock Ale, Holdens Old Ale

    • Red Ale

      • Irish Red

        This complex Red has medium hop bitterness and flavor, with little to no hop aroma, combined with a sweet caramel-like maltiness it is balanced with hints of roasted barley.

        ABV: 4.0-4.5

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Moylans's Irish Red, Fallon Rager Red

      • American Amber Ale

        The American Amber is known for its copper-red color and drinkability. This American ale is medium in body, bitterness, aroma, and color, yet high in maltiness, which amplifies the slight caramel undertones.

        ABV: 4.5-5.7

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Rogue American Amber Ale, Full Sail Amber Ale

      • American Double Red

        The Double Red adds an intense hop bitterness not normally found in these typically sweet ales. The balance in this ale comes from complex alcohol flavors and a fruity, caramel-like finish.

        ABV: 7.9-10.5

        IBU: 55-85

        Examples: Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale, The Imperial Texas Double Red

      • Bernsteinfarbenes

        This German red ale has a sweet maltiness and slightly bready character. It is typically light amber in color and has little to no hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.8-5.4

        IBU: 10-15

        Examples: Huraxdax, Fischerfestbier Stammwuerze

    • American-Style Ale

      • American Brett Ale

        The American Brett Ale can vary from very light to black, or take on the color of any fruit that may be used during fermentation. The distinguishing characteristic is a natural acidity that develops from bacterial organisms intentionally added during fermentation. It is balanced by residual flavors from bourbon or sherry barrels used during both the fermentation and aging processes.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: The Lost Abbey & New Belgium Brett, Odell Saboteur Brett

      • Sour Ale

        American sours take on the fruit flavors and colors that are used in the brewing process. A mild acidity may be present, however it will be much less that the Brett Ale due to the lack of added bacteria during fermentation.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Natty Greene’s American Sour, Cascade Kriek Ale

      • Black Ale

        This extremely dark ale contains a moderately high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. A fruity and floral character from the American hop varieties balances a degree of caramel malt and roasted flavor.

        ABV: 6.0-7.5

        IBU: 50-70

        Examples: Indeed Midnight Ryder American Black, Cigar City Humidor Double American Black

      • American Blonde

        Like its Belgian counterpart, this beer contains a slight hop bitterness in both taste and aroma. This blonde is crisp and dry with just a hint of malty sweetness.

        ABV: 4.0-5.0

        IBU: 15-25

        Examples: Frankenmuth American Blonde, Blonde Bombshell Blonde

    • Porter

      • Brown Porter

        These medium bodied dark brown ales contain a moderate amount of hoppiness complimented by a slightly sweet caramel or chocolate flavor and a mildly fruity aroma.

        ABV: 3.8-5.2

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Black Raven Brown Porter, Pyramid Brown Porter

      • Robust Porter

        This black British ale has a sharp bitterness from the addition of black malt without being overly smoky. This full-bodied beer is well balanced between dark bitterness and sweet maltiness.

        ABV: 4.8-6.0

        IBU: 25-45

        Examples: Perseus Porter, Smuttynose Robust Porter, Bobo's Robust Porter

      • American Imperial Porter

        This black ale is known for its robust flavor and high alcohol content. The rich maltiness is well balanced with an aggressive hoppiness.

        ABV: 5.7-8.8

        IBU: 35-60

        Examples: Southampton Imperial Porter, Cigar City José Martí

      • Baltic Porter

        This very dark cold fermented and cold lagered porter is brewed with lager yeast. Roasted malts and a slight smokiness may give this beer a licorice or chocolate-like character.

        ABV: 7.5-9.0

        IBU: 35-40

        Examples: Sierra Nevada Golden Ticket, Ninkasi Sasquatch Legacy

    • Stout

      • Irish Dry Stout

        The use of dry-roasted barley gives this beer coffee-like aromas. The moderately sweet malt aromas and light caramel flavors are balanced by high hop bitterness.

        ABV: 3.2-5.5

        IBU: 30-50

        Examples: Brooklyn Brewing Dry Irish Stout, Moylans Dragoons Dry Irish Stout

      • Sweet Stout

        This full-bodied sweet beer has a sweet chocolate or caramel-like maltiness not fount in other more bitter stouts. The dominant tones of roasted grains are only slightly reduced by a sweet fruity aroma.

        ABV: 3.2-6.4

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Mother's Milk Stout, Hitachino Nest Lacto Sweet Stout

      • Oatmeal Stout

        Oatmeal adds smoothness to this beer and reduces the graininess found in other stouts. The roasted malt adds a sweet chocolate nuttiness to its coffee-like flavor.

        ABV: 3.3-6.1

        IBU: 20-50

        Examples: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Gray's Oatmeal Stout

      • Foreign Extra Stout

        Coffee-like aromas may fool the senses as to the extreme dryness of flavor in this stout. An initial caramel sweetness gives way to bitterness from the dark roasted malt.

        ABV: 5.0-7.5

        IBU: 35-70

        Examples: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Lion Foreign Extra Stout

      • American Stout

        Caramel, chocolate, and coffee are the initial sweet flavors that give way to a dry-roasted finish. The medium to high hop bitterness and citrusy tones separate this beer from its European counterparts.

        ABV: 4.5-7.0

        IBU: 35-60

        Examples: Left Coast Voo Doo American Stout, Bar Harbor Brewing Cadillac Mountain Stout

      • Imperial Stout

        These very dark beers are known for their high alcohol content and intense roasted maltiness. Slight hoppy and fruity aromas balance out the sweet malt.

        ABV: 7.8-9.0

        IBU: 50-80

        Examples: Lagunitas Imperial Stout, Brewmaster Reserve Full Sail Imperial Stout

      • American Imperial Stout

        This black stout will typically have a very high alcohol content that is masked by the robustness of both the intense black malt and the extreme hop profiles.

        ABV: 7.0-12.0

        IBU: 50-80

        Examples: Two Brothers North Wind Imperial Stout, Nuclear Penguin American Double Imperial Stout

      • Russian Imperial Stout

        The Russian version of the Imperial stout maintains the intense maltiness if the Imperial Stout, but has a higher alcohol content and a sharper bitterness.

        ABV: 8.0-12.0

        IBU: 50-90

        Examples: Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Black Sheep Imperial Russian Stout

  • Lagers

    • Pilsner

      • German Pilsner

        This crisp and dry beer has a slight bitterness and a low maltiness. Medium hop flavor and high hop aromas give way to a sweet refreshing finish.

        ABV: 4.6-5.4

        IBU: 25-45

        Examples: Flensburger German Pilsener, Wernesgruner

      • Bohemian Pilsner

        This pilsner may have a slight amber tint to the color and a slightly sweet maltiness. It is known for its crisp and clean taste from the noble hops.

        ABV: 4.1-5.1

        IBU: 35-45

        Examples: Pilsner Urquell, Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner

      • American Pilsner

        A medium maltiness and slight sweetness make this a very popular beer. The golden color and mild noble hops add to the drinkability.

        ABV: 5.0-6.0

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Terrapin's All American Pilsner, Red Hook Pilsner,

      • International Pilsner

        This pilsner is medium in body and golden in color. It can be brewed using rice, corn, wheat, or other grains depending upon the brewer and country of origin and will have very little hop or malt flavors.

        ABV: 3.6-4.2

        IBU: 15-25

        Examples: Little Creatures Austrailian Pilsner, Snowy Mountains Bullocks Pilsner

    • American Lager

      • American Lite

        The lite lager does not have one flavor or aroma that dominates any other. Rice, corn, and sugars are added to maintain the light color and flavor.

        ABV: 2.9-4.5

        IBU: 8-15

        Examples: Miller Lite, Bud Light, Natural Light, Coors Light

      • American Lager

        The standard American lager is clean, crisp, and highly carbonated. Complex, yet subtle, flavors help to create a refreshing drinkable beer.

        ABV: 4.1-4.8

        IBU: 5-17

        Examples: Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors, Brooklyn Lager

      • American Premium

        This premium lager contains a slightly malty sweetness. The slightly higher alcohol content and hop bitterness place this beer a step above the traditional American lager.

        ABV: 4.6-5.1

        IBU: 13-23

        Examples: Session Lager, Yuengling Traditional Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager

      • American Amber Lager

        Light copper in color, these American lagers have a medium body and a slight maltiness, with relatively low levels of hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.8-5.4

        IBU: 18-30

        Examples: Leinenkugel's Classic Amber, Yuengling Traditional Lager

      • American Dark Lager

        These deep copper to dark brown lagers are maltier than other American lagers; yet maintain a light body and low hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.1-5.6

        IBU: 14-20

        Examples: Shiner Black Lager, Sam Adams Black Lager, Michelob Amber Bock

      • American Low-Carb Light

        These extremely light colored and highly carbonated beers contain comparable levels of alcohol to other American-style light beers with lower carbohydrate levels. Yeast, malt, and hop flavors are minimal to negligible.

        ABV: 3.5-4.5

        IBU: 3-10

        Examples: Michelob Ultra, Miller 64

      • Low Calorie Amber

        Pale amber in color, this beer is light in body and high in carbonation. A slight maltiness may be evident with little to no hop bitterness.

        ABV: 3.5-4.5

        IBU: 10-15

        Examples: Michelob Ultra Amber, Yuengling Light

      • Ice Lager

        This American lager is similar in flavor to other American lagers, with a slightly higher alcohol content. Prior to filtration, the beer is chilled to a point where ice crystals are formed and can be removed, thus increasing the alcohol by volume.

        ABV: 4.7-6.5

        IBU: 5-20

        Examples: Icehouse, Natural Ice

      • Tropical Light Lager

        Light in color and body, these lagers rarely have any hop bitterness, aroma, or flavor. Different sugars are used during the brewing process in order to bring out a slight fruitiness to the final product,

        ABV: 3.8-5.0

        IBU: 10-20

        Examples: Devassa Tropical Lager, Corona Light

      • Session

        Sessions are any form of lager that is intentionally made with lower alcohol content without loss of flavor or drinkability.

        ABV: 4.0-5.1

        IBU: 10-30

        Examples: Full Sail Session, Sam Adams Belgian Session

    • European Lager

      • Münchner helles

        German hops add flavor without adding bitterness to this medium bodied lager. A mild maltiness and slight aroma of toasted barley characterize this German beer.

        ABV: 4.5-5.6

        IBU: 18-25

        Examples: Paulaner Original Münchner, Hacker-Pschorr Münchner

      • Dortmunder

        A slightly sweet maltiness and medium body are combined with a noble hops bitterness and mild hop aroma to give this golden lager a clean finish.

        ABV: 5.1-6.1

        IBU: 23-29

        Examples: Dortmunder Union Bier, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

      • Münchner Dunkel

        This brown German lager may have a strong and sweet chocolate or bread-like malty aroma, which can dominate the crisp, clean hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.8-5.4

        IBU: 16-25

        Examples: Paulaner Münchner Dunkel, Ninkasi Lady of Avalon Münchner Dunkel

      • Schwarzbier

        These very dark brown to black German lagers have a medium body and a malty sweetness that is not overpowered by the noble hops’ mild aroma and flavor.

        ABV: 3.8-5.0

        IBU: 22-30

        Examples: Koestritzer Schwarzbier, Green Man Schwarzbier, Sternburg Schwarzbier

      • German Leicht

        These lagers are light in both color and body. Medium hop bitterness will slightly outweigh the malty sweetness in this crisp and clean light beer.

        ABV: 2.5-3.6

        IBU: 15-25

        Examples: Paulaner Original Münchner Leicht, Kronen Leicht

      • German Märzen

        Märzens range in color from light gold to red, with a toasted malt sweetness that is slightly dominant over the crisp hop bitterness.

        ABV: 5.3-5.9

        IBU: 18-25

        Examples: Gösser Märzen, Murauer Märzen

      • International Dry Lager

        These light colored lagers are characterized by very dry flavors of alcohol over any malt sweetness or hop bitterness.

        ABV: 4.3-5.5

        IBU: 15-25

        Examples: Antiguan Wadadli, Kalik

    • Bock

      • Traditional Bock

        Rich and complex malts give this medium-bodied, dark copper beer a sweet toasted nut-like flavor.

        ABV: 6.4-7.6

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: LongShot Traditional Bock, Kaiser Bock

      • Heller Bock

        This deep golden version of the Bock retains the sweet malty flavors and aromas, while maintaining a moderately high alcohol content and little to no hop profiles.

        ABV: 6.0-7.5

        IBU: 20-35

        Examples: Staffelberg Bräu Heller Bock, Schlappe-seppel

      • Doppelbock

        Toasted barley aromas in this deep amber to dark brown German beer accentuate an intensely sweet maltiness.

        ABV: 6.6-7.9

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Saalfelder Doppelbock, Leavenworth Navigator, Paulaner Salvator

      • Eisbock

        This high alcohol version of the Doppelbock can be extremely malty and sweet. Hop bitterness and aromas are negligible in this very dark, almost black, beer. Traditionally, Doppelbock is frozen and the ice is removed to create the increased alcohol content of the Eisbock.

        ABV: 8.7-14.4

        IBU: 25-50

        Examples: Kulmbacher Eisbock, Aventinus Weizen Eisbock

  • Mixed

    • Alt

      • Kölsch

        German noble hops create a crisp and dry, light to medium bodied beer. Kölsch is fermented at warm temperatures and aged at cold temperatures, which bring out a sweet Riesling wine-like finish.

        ABV: 4.8-5.2

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Früh Kölsch, Gaffel Koelsch

      • Altbeir

        This German brown ale is extremely hoppy and bitter, though it still maintains a medium body and wheaty malt flavor.

        ABV: 4.6-5.1

        IBU: 25-48

        Examples: Gatz, Karleskrone Altbier

      • Kellerbier

        This unfiltered German lager may actually be clear as a result of the yeast settling during the fermentation process. The flavors vary with style, as any German lager may be used to make the Kellerbier.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Birra Artigianale Kellerbier, Mönchshof Kellerbier

    • French Ale

      • Biére de garde

        The deep golden to light brown French ale has a toasted malt aroma and flavor with a moderately intense fruitiness. Noble hops give it very slight hop bitterness and the taste of alcohol may be evident.

        ABV: 4.5-8.0

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Schlafly Biére de Garde, Abita Biére de Garde, Flying Dog Garde Dog

    • German Amber Ale

      • Oktoberfest

        This German lager has a medium body and light golden color. Clean and crisp German hop profiles are complimented by a very mild malty sweetness.

        ABV: 5.1-6.5

        IBU: 18-30

        Examples: Dominion Oktoberfest, Erdinger Oktoberfest

      • Vienna

        A sweet aroma and flavor in this beer contains just a hint of toasted malt. Noble hops give this red to copper, medium bodied lager a crisp bitterness.

        ABV: 4.6-5.5

        IBU: 20-28

        Examples: Keefe's Old Vienna, King Vienna Lager

    • American Special

      • Cream Ale

        The use of warm fermentation and cold lagering help give this light-bodied ale a refreshing crisp taste without high levels of either hop bitterness or malt sweetness.

        ABV: 4.5-6.0

        IBU: 10-35

        Examples: Cariboo's Cream Ale, Genesee Cream Ale

      • Steam Beer

        This American beer has a hop bitterness that is balanced by its malty sweetness and woody finish.

        ABV: 3.6-5.0

        IBU: 35-45

        Examples: Anchor Steam, Argus California Steam

      • California Common

        This American amber is brewed with lager yeasts and fermented at ale temperatures. It should have a medium body with a level of caramel-like maltiness that is not outweighed by the medium to high hop bitterness.

        ABV: 45.-5.6

        IBU: 35-45

        Examples: Anchor Steam California Common, Knops California Common

      • Rye Beer

        Rye beers may be either ales or lagers that are made with at least 20% rye malt. They may be blond to amber and have a wide range of hop bitterness. These are often versions of other lagers or ales with a noticeable rye flavor.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye, O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye

      • American Oktoberfest

        The American version of the German Oktoberfest is distinguishable by the much higher degree of hop bitterness, while still containing a high level of malty sweetness.

        ABV: 5.0-6.0

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Flying Dog Dogtoberfest, Schell's Oktoberfest

    • Smoked Beer

      • Smoked Beer

        This lager is golden in color and medium in body. Clean and crisp hop flavors and mild sweet maltiness are complimented by sometimes-intense smoke flavors.

        ABV: 5.0-5.5

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: Rogue Chipotle Ale, Red Brick Smoked Vanilla Gorilla

      • Smoke Porter

        Smoke Porters are dark brown to black in color and have a high degree of smokiness that is well-balanced with the traditional caramel or chocolaty flavors.

        ABV: 5.0-8.7

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Stone Smoked Porter, Hubrew Smoked Porter

      • Bamberg Märzen Rauchbier

        Smokiness should be very evident in the aroma of this version of the German Märzen. The smoothness of the smoke perfectly compliments the toasted malt sweetness that is slightly dominant over the crisp hop bitterness.

        ABV: 5.3-5.9

        IBU: 20-25

        Examples: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier,

      • Bamberg Helles Rauchbier

        The smoked version of the traditional German Helles has a smoothness that balances with a mild sweetness. Smoky aromas and flavors are not overwhelmed by mild hoppy undertones.

        ABV: 4.5-5.5

        IBU: 18-25

        Examples: Keesmann Hell, Raimundos Bamberg Helles

      • Bamberg Bock Rauchbier

        The smooth smoke in this German Bock should be detectable in both flavor and aroma. Yet, the strong and sweet maltiness of the traditional Bock remains the featured characteristic.

        ABV: 6.0-7.5

        IBU: 20-30

        Examples: La Trappe Bamberg Bock, Klosterbräu Bamberg Bock

    • Barley Wine

      • British Barley Wine

        Ranging from copper to dark brown, this full-bodied beer has a complex malty sweetness and high alcohol content. Wine or sherry-like aromas and flavors are positives in this low hopped British ale.

        ABV: 8.4-12.2

        IBU: 50-100

        Examples: Old Barrel Dweller Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine, Phillips Brewing Deadhead Barley Wine

      • American Barley Wine

        This amber to very dark red ale has a full body, sweet maltiness, and high alcohol content. The complex alcohol and fruit flavors are complimented by its high hop bitterness.

        ABV: 8.4-12.0

        IBU: 60-100

        Examples: Rogue Old Crustacean, Old Ruffian Barleywine, Flying Mouflan, Duck-Rabbit Barleywine

    • Wheat Wine Ale

      • American Wheat Wine Ale

        This gold to deep amber ale has more wheat than it does malt, but will still have a high level of malty sweetness. The wheat gives this beer a complexity in the alcohol flavors and fruity characteristics.

        ABV: 8.4-12.0

        IBU: 45-85

        Examples: Five Valleys Wheat Wine Ale, Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale

    • Japanese

      • Sake-Yeast Beer

        This Japanese beer brewed with sake wine yeasts will contain a slight sake flavor with added hop aroma and flavor. A mild fruity sweetness will be balanced by the yeasty flavors.

        ABV: 4.2-7.0

        IBU: 10-35

        Examples: Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, Red Rice Hitachino Nest

    • Strong Ale

      • English Old (Strong) Ale

        English Strong Ale is well aged, with a high alcohol content. Low levels of hop bitterness and high levels of sweet malt and fruit balance this full-bodied amber beer.

        ABV: 6.1-8.5

        IBU: 30-40

        Examples: Avery Old Jubilation Ale, Nimbus Old Monkeyshine, Old Tom Strong Ale

      • Strong "Scotch" Ale

        Extreme maltiness and a full body overwhelm any hop profiles that may be present in this clean and sweet deep copper ale.

        ABV: 6.0-9.0

        IBU: 20-40

        Examples: Founders Dirty Bastard Strong Scotch Ale, Railbender Ale, Black Raven Splinters Strong Scotch Ale

      • Belgian Pale Strong Ale

        These golden ales are high in alcohol and medium in body, with moderate levels of both hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The addition of Belgian candied sugar helps to increase the alcohol content in this intense and complex beer.

        ABV: 7.0-11.0

        IBU: 20-50

        Examples: SweetWater Belgian Strong, Triple Voodoo Belgian Strong

      • Belgian Dark Strong Ale

        The dark amber color and full body of this Belgian Ale has a slight fruitiness, which compliments the roasted malt flavor. The addition of Belgian brown candied sugar results in a complex range of alcoholic flavors.

        ABV: 7.0-11.0

        IBU: 20-50

        Examples: Delirium Nocturnum, Maudite

      • American Strong Pale Ale

        Floral and citrus-like aromas and flavors from high amounts of American varieties of hops give this strong ale a high hop bitterness not found in the strong ales from across the pond.

        ABV: 5.5-6.5

        IBU: 40-50

        Examples: Arrogant Bastard Ale, Terrapin Phlux Capacitor Oak Aged American Strong

    • Fruit

      • Fruit Beer

        Fruit beers are utilize a variety of fruit flavors which may be added at various time during the brewing process and vary in intensity from very mild to almost overpowering depending on the fruit and the amount.

        ABV: 2.0-9.5

        IBU: 5-70

        Examples: Timmerman's, Samuel Smith Fruit Beer

      • Field Beer

        A variation of the fruit beer, Field beer may include various vegetables, such as hot peppers, in place of fruit. This would give the final product a heat not found in other beers.

        ABV: 2.5-13.0

        IBU: 5-70

        Examples: Lunar Brewing All Day At Mars Lake, Big Wood Brewery Forest Fire

      • Pumpkin Beer

        Pumpkin beers are any variety of ale or lager that utilized pumpkin for flavor. The range can vary from mild to intense and should not be overpowered by its hop flavors.

        ABV: 2.5-12

        IBU: 5-70

        Examples: Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale, Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard PumpkinHead

      • Chocolate Beer

        The addition of dark chocolate during the brew process allows this beer to gain the cocoa flavors while under hopping prevents it from becoming overly bitter.

        ABV: 2.5-12

        IBU: 15-40

        Examples: Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout

      • Coffee Beer

        Coffee beans added during the brew process give this beer a distinct flavor. Like the Chocolate Beer, under hopping helps prevent bitterness.

        ABV: 2.5-12

        IBU: 15-40

        Examples: Kona Pipeline, Bell's Java Stout

      • Herb & Spice

        Wide ranges of herbs and/or spices are added to this beer during the brew process to create a variety of unique flavors. These beers differ greatly depending upon brewer preferences.

        ABV: 2.5-12

        IBU: 5-70

        Examples: Rogue Juniper Pale Ale, Pennsylvania Brewing Nut Roll Ale

      • Honey Beer

        Honey ale and lagers are brewed with honey, which should be evident in both aroma and flavor, without overpowering any other component of the finished product.

        ABV: 2.5-12.0

        IBU: 0-100

        Examples: Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat, Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss, Skinner's Heligan Honey

    • Malt Liquor

      • American Malt Liquor

        Malt liquor has a diverse range of flavors. Low levels of hop flavor, bitterness, and aroma allow this malted beverage to be manipulated to suit individual preferences.

        ABV: 6.0-7.5

        IBU: 12-23

        Examples: Schlitz Malt Liquor, Colt 45, Mickey's, St. Ides

    • Wood Barrel Aged

      • Wood Barrel Aged

        Wooden barrels may be used to age any variety of beer. The barrels themselves will have been previously used for aging sherry, rum, bourbon, port, or a variety of other liquors. Fermented beer is then extra aged in these barrels, which allow them to take on some of the flavor profiles and colors of both the wood and the barrel’s previous occupant.

        ABV: Varies

        IBU: Varies

        Examples: Odd Side Morningwood Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout, Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout, New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk

    • Flavored Malt Beverages

      • Flavored Malt Beverages

        Malt beverages are flavored drinks prepared from malted barley, to which natural or artificial flavors (and sometimes colors) have been added to make them taste and appear similar to wines, juices, sodas, natural ciders, or other beverages

        ABV: 3.0 -12.0

        IBU: - -

        Examples: Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff Ice, Four Loko, Doc’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi Silver