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Eisbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05D
An extremely strong, full and malty dark lager.

Commercial Examples: Kulmbacher Reichelbräu Eisbock, Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock, Niagara Eisbock, Capital Eisphyre, Southampton Eisbock.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.078 – 1.120 1.020 – 1.035 9.0 – 14.0% 25 – 35 IBU
18/36
 – 
30/59
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Applewine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28C
Like a dry white wine, balanced, and with low astringency and bitterness.

Commercial Examples: [US] AEppelTreow Summer’s End (WI), Wandering Aengus Pommeau (OR), Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Fruit House Apple (MI), Irvine's Vintage Ciders (WA).

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.070 – 1.100 0.995 – 1.010 9 – 12% N/A N/A
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Imperial Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13F
An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence. Dark fruit flavors meld with roasty, burnt, or almost tar-like sensations. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play.

Commercial Examples: Three Floyd’s Dark Lord, Bell’s Expedition Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, Stone Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith Imperial Stout, Scotch Irish Tsarina Katarina Imperial Stout, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Deschutes The Abyss, Great Divide Yeti, Southampton Russian Imperial Stout, Rogue Imperial Stout, Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout, Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Avery The Czar, Founders Imperial Stout, Victory Storm King, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.115 1.018 – 1.030 8.0 – 12.0% 50 – 90 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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Belgian Dark Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18E
A dark, very rich, complex, very strong Belgian ale. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.

Commercial Examples: Westvleteren 12 (yellow cap), Rochefort 10 (blue cap), St. Bernardus Abt 12, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor, Achel Extra Brune, Rochefort 8 (green cap), Southampton Abbot 12, Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue), Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru, Gulden Draak, Kasteelbier Bière du Chateau Donker, Lost Abbey Judgment Day, Russian River Salvation.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.110 1.010 – 1.024 8.0 – 11.0% 20 – 35 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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English Barleywine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19B
The richest and strongest of the English Ales. A showcase of malty richness and complex, intense flavors. The character of these ales can change significantly over time; both young and old versions should be appreciated for what they are. The malt profile can vary widely; not all examples will have all possible flavors or aromas.

Commercial Examples: Thomas Hardy’s Ale, Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale, J.W. Lee’s Vintage Harvest Ale, Robinson’s Old Tom, Fuller’s Golden Pride, AleSmith Old Numbskull, Young’s Old Nick (unusual in its 7.2% ABV), Whitbread Gold Label, Old Dominion Millenium, North Coast Old Stock Ale (when aged), Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.080 – 1.120 1.018 – 1.030 8.0 – 12.0% 35 – 70 IBU
8/16
 – 
22/43
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American Barleywine — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19C
A well-hopped American interpretation of the richest and strongest of the English ales. The hop character should be evident throughout, but does not have to be unbalanced. The alcohol strength and hop bitterness often combine to leave a very long finish.

Commercial Examples: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Great Divide Old Ruffian, Victory Old Horizontal, Rogue Old Crustacean, Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine, Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale, Anchor Old Foghorn, Three Floyds Behemoth, Stone Old Guardian, Bridgeport Old Knucklehead, Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, Lagunitas Olde GnarleyWine, Smuttynose Barleywine, Flying Dog Horn Dog.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.080 – 1.120 1.016 – 1.030 8.0 – 12.0% 50 – 120 IBU
10/20
 – 
19/37
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Imperial IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14C
An intensely hoppy, very strong pale ale without the big maltiness and/or deeper malt flavors of an American barleywine. Strongly hopped, but clean, lacking harshness, and a tribute to historical IPAs. Drinkability is an important characteristic; this should not be a heavy, sipping beer. It should also not have much residual sweetness or a heavy character grain profile.

Commercial Examples: Russian River Pliny the Elder, Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught, Avery Majaraja, Bell’s Hop Slam, Stone Ruination IPA, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Surly Furious, Rogue I2PA, Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale, Stoudt’s Double IPA, Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, Victory Hop Wallop.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.090 1.010 – 1.020 7.5 – 10.0% 60 – 120 IBU
8/16
 – 
15/30
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Belgian Tripel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18C
Strongly resembles a Strong Golden Ale but slightly darker and somewhat fuller-bodied. Usually has a more rounded malt flavor but should not be sweet.

Commercial Examples: Westmalle Tripel, La Rulles Tripel, St. Bernardus Tripel, Chimay Cinq Cents (White), Watou Tripel, Val-Dieu Triple, Affligem Tripel, Grimbergen Tripel, La Trappe Tripel, Witkap Pater Tripel, Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale, St. Feuillien Tripel, Bink Tripel, Tripel Karmeliet, New Belgium Trippel, Unibroue La Fin du Monde, Dragonmead Final Absolution, Allagash Tripel Reserve, Victory Golden Monkey.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.075 – 1.085 1.008 – 1.014 7.5 – 9.5% 20 – 40 IBU
4.5/9
 – 
7/14
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Belgian Golden Strong Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18D
A golden, complex, effervescent, strong Belgian-style ale.

Commercial Examples: Duvel, Russian River Damnation, Hapkin, Lucifer, Brigand, Judas, Delirium Tremens, Dulle Teve, Piraat, Great Divide Hades, Avery Salvation, North Coast Pranqster, Unibroue Eau Benite, AleSmith Horny Devil.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.070 – 1.095 1.005 – 1.016 7.5 – 10.5% 22 – 35 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Doppelbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05C
A very strong and rich lager. A bigger version of either a traditional bock or a helles bock.

Commercial Examples: Paulaner Salvator, Ayinger Celebrator, Weihenstephaner Korbinian, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel, Spaten Optimator, Tucher Bajuvator, Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock, Capital Autumnal Fire, EKU 28, Eggenberg Urbock 23º, Bell’s Consecrator, Moretti La Rossa, Samuel Adams Double Bock.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.072 – 1.096 1.016 – 1.024 7.0 – 10.0% 16 – 25 IBU
6/12
 – 
25/49
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New England Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28A
Adjuncts may include white and brown sugars, molasses, small amounts of honey, and raisins. Adjuncts are intended to raise OG well above that which would be achieved by apples alone. This style is sometimes barrel-aged, in which case there will be oak character as with a barrel-aged wine. If the barrel was formerly used to age spirits, some flavor notes from the spirit (e.g., whisky or rum) may also be present, but must be subtle. Entrants MUST specify if the cider was barrel-fermented or aged. Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (still, petillant, or sparkling). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (dry, medium, or sweet).
OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.060 – 1.100 0.995 – 1.010 7 – 13% N/A N/A
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Strong Scotch Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09E
Rich, malty and usually sweet, which can be suggestive of a dessert. Complex secondary malt flavors prevent a one-dimensional impression. Strength and maltiness can vary.

Commercial Examples: Traquair House Ale, Belhaven Wee Heavy, McEwan's Scotch Ale, Founders Dirty Bastard, MacAndrew's Scotch Ale, AleSmith Wee Heavy, Orkney Skull Splitter, Inveralmond Black Friar, Broughton Old Jock, Gordon Highland Scotch Ale, Dragonmead Under the Kilt.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.070 – 1.130 1.018 – 1.056 6.5 – 10.0% 17 – 35 IBU
14/28
 – 
25/49
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Weizenbock — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15C
A strong, malty, fruity, wheat-based ale combining the best flavors of a dunkelweizen and the rich strength and body of a bock.

Commercial Examples: Schneider Aventinus, Schneider Aventinus Eisbock, Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock, Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock, AleSmith Weizenbock, Erdinger Pikantus, Mahr’s Der Weisse Bock, Victory Moonglow Weizenbock, High Point Ramstein Winter Wheat, Capital Weizen Doppelbock, Eisenbahn Vigorosa.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.090 1.015 – 1.022 6.5 – 8.0% 15 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
25/49
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Maibock/Helles Bock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05A
A relatively pale, strong, malty lager beer. Designed to walk a fine line between blandness and too much color. Hop character is generally more apparent than in other bocks.

Commercial Examples: Ayinger Maibock, Mahr’s Bock, Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock, Capital Maibock, Einbecker Mai-Urbock, Hofbräu Maibock, Victory St. Boisterous, Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock, Smuttynose Maibock.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.072 1.011 – 1.018 6.3 – 7.4% 23 – 35 IBU
6/12
 – 
11/22
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Traditional Bock — BJCP Style Information
Category: Bock
Number: 05B
A dark, strong, malty lager beer.

Commercial Examples: Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel, Pennsylvania Brewing St. Nick Bock, Aass Bock, Great Lakes Rockefeller Bock, Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.064 – 1.072 1.013 – 1.019 6.3 – 7.2% 20 – 27 IBU
14/28
 – 
22/43
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Biere de Garde — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16D
A fairly strong, malt-accentuated, lagered artisanal farmhouse beer.

Commercial Examples: Jenlain (amber), Jenlain Bière de Printemps (blond), St. Amand (brown), Ch’Ti Brun (brown), Ch’Ti Blond (blond), La Choulette (all 3 versions), La Choulette Bière des Sans Culottes (blond), Saint Sylvestre 3 Monts (blond), Biere Nouvelle (brown), Castelain (blond), Jade (amber), Brasseurs Bière de Garde (amber), Southampton Bière de Garde (amber), Lost Abbey Avante Garde (blond).

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.060 – 1.080 1.008 – 1.016 6.0 – 8.5% 18 – 28 IBU
6/12
 – 
19/37
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Belgian Blond Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18A
A moderate-strength golden ale that has a subtle Belgian complexity, slightly sweet flavor, and dry finish. History: Relatively recent development to further appeal to European Pils drinkers, becoming more popular as it is widely marketed and distributed.

Commercial Examples: Leffe Blond, Affligem Blond, La Trappe (Koningshoeven) Blond, Grimbergen Blond, Val-Dieu Blond, Straffe Hendrik Blonde, Brugse Zot, Pater Lieven Blond Abbey Ale, Troubadour Blond Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.075 1.008 – 1.018 6.0 – 7.5% 15 – 30 IBU
4/8
 – 
7/14
More Info (link to Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines)
Belgian Dubbel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian Strong Ale
Number: 18B
A deep reddish, moderately strong, malty, complex Belgian ale.

Commercial Examples: Westmalle Dubbel, St. Bernardus Pater 6, La Trappe Dubbel, Corsendonk Abbey Brown Ale, Grimbergen Double, Affligem Dubbel, Chimay Premiere (Red), Pater Lieven Bruin, Duinen Dubbel, St. Feuillien Brune, New Belgium Abbey Belgian Style Ale, Stoudts Abbey Double Ale, Russian River Benediction, Flying Fish Dubbel, Lost Abbey Lost and Found Abbey Ale, Allagash Double.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.062 – 1.075 1.008 – 1.018 6.0 – 7.6% 15 – 25 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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Old Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Strong Ale
Number: 19A
An ale of significant alcoholic strength, bigger than strong bitters and brown porters, though usually not as strong or rich as barleywine. Usually tilted toward a sweeter, maltier balance. “It should be a warming beer of the type that is best drunk in half pints by a warm fire on a cold winter’s night” – Michael Jackson.

Commercial Examples: Gale’s Prize Old Ale, Burton Bridge Olde Expensive, Marston Owd Roger, Greene King Olde Suffolk Ale , J.W. Lees Moonraker, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, Fuller’s Vintage Ale, Harvey’s Elizabethan Ale, Theakston Old Peculier (peculiar at OG 1.057), Young's Winter Warmer, Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild, Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome, Fuller’s 1845, Fuller’s Old Winter Ale, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Founders Curmudgeon, Cooperstown Pride of Milford Special Ale, Coniston Old Man Ale, Avery Old Jubilation.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.060 – 1.090 1.015 – 1.022 6.0 – 9.0% 30 – 60 IBU
10/20
 – 
22/43
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English Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27B
Generally dry, full-bodied, austere.

Commercial Examples: [US] Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry, Traditional Dry and Traditional Medium Sweet (WA), Farnum Hill Extra-Dry, Dry, and Farmhouse (NH), Wandering Aengus Dry Cider (OR), Red Barn Cider Burro Loco (WA), Bellwether Heritage (NY); [UK] Oliver’s Herefordshire Dry Cider, various from Hecks, Dunkerton, Burrow Hill, Gwatkin Yarlington Mill, Aspall Dry Cider

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.075 0.995 – 1.010 6 – 9% N/A N/A
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Baltic Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12C
A Baltic Porter often has the malt flavors reminiscent of an English brown porter and the restrained roast of a schwarzbier, but with a higher OG and alcohol content than either. Very complex, with multi-layered flavors.

Commercial Examples: Sinebrychoff Porter (Finland), Okocim Porter (Poland), Zywiec Porter (Poland), Baltika #6 Porter (Russia), Carnegie Stark Porter (Sweden), Aldaris Porteris (Latvia), Utenos Porter (Lithuania), Stepan Razin Porter (Russia), Nøgne ø porter (Norway), Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Neuzeller Porter (Germany), Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.060 – 1.090 1.016 – 1.024 5.5 – 9.5% 20 – 40 IBU
17/34
 – 
30/59
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Foreign Extra Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13D
A very dark, moderately strong, roasty ale. Tropical varieties can be quite sweet, while export versions can be drier and fairly robust.

Commercial Examples: Tropical-Type: Lion Stout (Sri Lanka), Dragon Stout (Jamaica), ABC Stout (Singapore), Royal Extra “The Lion Stout” (Trinidad), Jamaica Stout (Jamaica), Export-Type: Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (bottled, not sold in the US), Ridgeway of Oxfordshire Foreign Extra Stout, Coopers Best Extra Stout, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.075 1.010 – 1.018 5.5 – 8.0% 30 – 70 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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American IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14B
A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale.

Commercial Examples: Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, AleSmith IPA, Russian River Blind Pig IPA, Stone IPA, Three Floyds Alpha King, Great Divide Titan IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Victory Hop Devil, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Founder’s Centennial IPA, Anchor Liberty Ale, Harpoon IPA, Avery IPA.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.056 – 1.075 1.010 – 1.018 5.5 – 7.5% 40 – 70 IBU
6/12
 – 
15/30
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American Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13E
A hoppy, bitter, strongly roasted Foreign-style Stout (of the export variety).

Commercial Examples: Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Sierra Nevada Stout, North Coast Old No. 38, Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout, Avery Out of Bounds Stout, Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout, Mad River Steelhead Extra Stout.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.075 1.010 – 1.022 5.0 – 7.0% 35 – 75 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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English IPA — BJCP Style Information
Category: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Number: 14A
A hoppy, moderately strong pale ale that features characteristics consistent with the use of English malt, hops and yeast. Has less hop character and a more pronounced malt flavor than American versions.

Commercial Examples: Meantime India Pale Ale, Freeminer Trafalgar IPA, Fuller's IPA, Ridgeway Bad Elf, Summit India Pale Ale, Samuel Smith's India Ale, Hampshire Pride of Romsey IPA, Burton Bridge Empire IPA,Middle Ages ImPailed Ale, Goose Island IPA, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.075 1.010 – 1.018 5.0 – 7.5% 40 – 60 IBU
8/16
 – 
14/28
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Saison — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16C
A medium to strong ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well hopped, fruity and dry with a quenching acidity.

Commercial Examples: Saison Dupont Vieille Provision; Fantôme Saison D’Erezée - Printemps; Saison de Pipaix; Saison Regal; Saison Voisin; Lefebvre Saison 1900; Ellezelloise Saison 2000; Saison Silly; Southampton Saison; New Belgium Saison; Pizza Port SPF 45; Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale; Ommegang Hennepin.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.002 – 1.012 5.0 – 7.0% 20 – 35 IBU
5/10
 – 
14/28
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Straight (Unblended) Lambic — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17D
Complex, sour/acidic, pale, wheat-based ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota.

Commercial Example: Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.054 1.001 – 1.010 5.0 – 6.5% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Gueuze — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17E
Complex, pleasantly sour/acidic, balanced, pale, wheat-based ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota.

Commercial Examples: Boon Oude Gueuze, Boon Oude Gueuze Mariage Parfait, De Cam Gueuze, De Cam/Drei Fonteinen Millennium Gueuze, Drie Fonteinen Oud Gueuze, Cantillon Gueuze, Hanssens Oude Gueuze, Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, Girardin Gueuze (Black Label), Mort Subite (Unfiltered) Gueuze, Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.060 1.000 – 1.006 5.0 – 8.0% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Fruit Lambic — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17F
Complex, fruity, pleasantly sour/acidic, balanced, pale, wheat-based ale fermented by a variety of Belgian microbiota. A lambic with fruit, not just a fruit beer.

Commercial Examples: Boon Framboise Marriage Parfait, Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait, Boon Oude Kriek, Cantillon Fou’ Foune (apricot), Cantillon Kriek, Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise, Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, Cantillon St. Lamvinus (merlot grape), Cantillon Vigneronne (Muscat grape), De Cam Oude Kriek, Drie Fonteinen Kriek, Girardin Kriek, Hanssens Oude Kriek, Oud Beersel Kriek, Mort Subite Kriek.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.060 1.000 – 1.010 5.0 – 7.0% – 10 IBU
3/6
 – 
7/14
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Common Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27A
Variable, but should be a medium, refreshing drink. Sweet ciders must not be cloying. Dry ciders must not be too austere. An ideal cider serves well as a "session" drink, and suitably accompanies a wide variety of food.

Commercial Examples: [US] Red Barn Cider Jonagold Semi-Dry and Sweetie Pie (WA), AEppelTreow Barn Swallow Draft Cider (WI), Wandering Aengus Heirloom Blend Cider (OR), Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Apple Hard Cider (MI), Bellwether Spyglass (NY), West County Pippin (MA), White Winter Hard Apple Cider (WI), Harpoon Cider (MA)

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.065 1.000 – 1.020 5 – 8% N/A N/A
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Common Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27D
Mild. Medium to medium-sweet. Still to lightly sparkling. Only very slight acetification is acceptable. Mousiness, ropy/oily characters are serious faults.

[US] White Winter Hard Pear Cider (WI), AEppelTreow Perry (WI), Blossomwood Laughing Pig Perry (CO), Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Perry (MI).

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.060 1.000 – 1.020 5 – 7% N/A N/A
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Traditional Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27E
Tannic. Medium to medium-sweet. Still to lightly sparkling. Only very slight acetification is acceptable. Mousiness, ropy/oily characters are serious faults.

Commercial Examples: [France] Bordelet Poire Authentique and Poire Granit, Christian Drouin Poire, [UK] Gwatkin Blakeney Red Perry, Oliver’s Blakeney Red Perry and Herefordshire Dry Perry.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.070 1.000 – 1.020 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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Fruit Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28B
Like a dry wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the added fruit so that neither dominates the other.

Commercial Examples: [US] West County Blueberry-Apple Wine (MA), AEppelTreow Red Poll Cran-Apple Draft Cider (WI), Bellwether Cherry Street (NY), Uncle John’s Fruit Farm Winery Apple Cherry Hard Cider (MI).

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.070 0.995 – 1.010 5 – 9% N/A N/A
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Other Specialty Cider or Perry — BJCP Style Information
Category: Specialty Cider and Perry
Number: 28D
Entrants MUST specify all major ingredients and adjuncts. Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (still, petillant, or sparkling). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (dry or medium).

Commercial Examples: [US] Red Barn Cider Fire Barrel (WA), AEppelTreow Pear Wine and Sparrow Spiced Cider (WI).

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.100 0.995 – 1.020 5 – 12% N/A N/A
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Dortmunder Export — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01E
Brewed to a slightly higher starting gravity than other light lagers, providing a firm malty body and underlying maltiness to complement the sulfate-accentuated hop bitterness. The term 'Export' is a beer strength category under German beer tax law, and is not strictly synonymous with the 'Dortmunder' style. Beer from other cities or regions can be brewed to Export strength, and labeled as such.

Commercial Examples: DAB Export, Dortmunder Union Export, Dortmunder Kronen, Ayinger Jahrhundert, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Barrel House Duveneck’s Dortmunder, Bell’s Lager, Dominion Lager, Gordon Biersch Golden Export, Flensburger Gold.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.056 1.010 – 1.015 4.8 – 6.0% 23 – 30 IBU
4/8
 – 
6/12
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Oktoberfest/Marzen — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03B
Smooth, clean, and rather rich, with a depth of malt character. This is one of the classic malty styles, with a maltiness that is often described as soft, complex, and elegant but never cloying.

Commercial Examples: Paulaner Oktoberfest, Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen, Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest, Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Victory Festbier, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, Capital Oktoberfest, Gordon Biersch Märzen, Goose Island Oktoberfest, Samuel Adams Oktoberfest.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.057 1.012 – 1.016 4.8 – 5.7% 20 – 28 IBU
7/14
 – 
14/28
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Robust Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12B
A substantial, malty dark ale with a complex and flavorful roasty character.

Commercial Examples: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Meantime London Porter, Anchor Porter, Smuttynose Robust Porter, Sierra Nevada Porter, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Boulevard Bully! Porter, Rogue Mocha Porter, Avery New World Porter, Bell’s Porter, Great Divide Saint Bridget’s Porter.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.012 – 1.016 4.8 – 6.5% 25 – 50 IBU
22/43
 – 
35/69
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Belgian Pale Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16B
A fruity, moderately malty, somewhat spicy, easy-drinking, copper-colored ale.

Commercial Examples: De Koninck, Speciale Palm, Dobble Palm, Russian River Perdition, Ginder Ale, Op-Ale, St. Pieters Zinnebir, Brewer’s Art House Pale Ale, Avery Karma, Eisenbahn Pale Ale, Ommegang Rare Vos.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.054 1.010 – 1.014 4.8 – 5.5% 20 – 30 IBU
8/16
 – 
14/28
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Classic Rauchbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer
Number: 22A
Märzen/Oktoberfest-style beer with a sweet, smoky aroma and flavor and a somewhat darker color.

Commercial Examples: Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Kaiserdom Rauchbier, Eisenbahn Rauchbier, Victory Scarlet Fire Rauchbier, Spezial Rauchbier Märzen, Saranac Rauchbier.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.057 1.012 – 1.016 4.8 – 6.0% 20 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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Munich Helles — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01D
Unlike Pilsner but like its cousin, Munich Dunkel, Helles is a malt-accentuated beer that is not overly sweet, but rather focuses on malt flavor with underlying hop bitterness in a supporting role.

Commercial Examples: Weihenstephaner Original, Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Hell Naturtrüb, Mahr’s Hell, Paulaner Premium Lager, Spaten Premium Lager, Stoudt’s Gold Lager.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.051 1.008 – 1.012 4.7 – 5.4% 16 – 22 IBU
3/6
 – 
5/10
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Premium American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01C
Premium beers tend to have fewer adjuncts than standard/lite lagers, and can be all-malt. Strong flavors are a fault, but premium lagers have more flavor than standard/lite lagers. A broad style of international mass-market lagers ranging from up-scale American lagers to the typical 'import' or 'green bottle' international beers found in America.

Commercial Examples: Full Sail Session Premium Lager, Miller Genuine Draft, Corona Extra, Michelob, Coors Extra Gold, Birra Moretti, Heineken, Beck’s, Stella Artois, Red Stripe, Singha.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.056 1.008 – 1.012 4.6 – 6.0% 15 – 25 IBU
2/4
 – 
6/12
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Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08C
An average-strength to moderately-strong English ale. The balance may be fairly even between malt and hops to somewhat bitter. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales. A rather broad style that allows for considerable interpretation by the brewer.

Commercial Examples: Fullers ESB, Adnams Broadside, Shepherd Neame Bishop's Finger, Young’s Ram Rod, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale, Bass Ale, Whitbread Pale Ale, Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Marston’s Pedigree, Black Sheep Ale, Vintage Henley, Mordue Workie Ticket, Morland Old Speckled Hen, Greene King Abbot Ale, Bateman's XXXB, Gale’s Hordean Special Bitter (HSB), Ushers 1824 Particular Ale, Hopback Summer Lightning, Great Lakes Moondog Ale, Shipyard Old Thumper, Alaskan ESB, Geary’s Pale Ale, Cooperstown Old Slugger, Anderson Valley Boont ESB, Avery 14’er ESB, Redhook ESB.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.060 1.010 – 1.016 4.6 – 6.2% 30 – 50 IBU
6/12
 – 
18/36
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Flanders Red Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17B
A complex, sour, red wine-like Belgian-style ale.

Commercial Examples: Rodenbach Klassiek, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Bellegems Bruin, Duchesse de Bourgogne, New Belgium La Folie, Petrus Oud Bruin, Southampton Flanders Red Ale, Verhaege Vichtenaar, Monk’s Cafe Flanders Red Ale, New Glarus Enigma, Panil Barriquée, Mestreechs Aajt.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.057 1.002 – 1.012 4.6 – 6.5% 10 – 25 IBU
10/20
 – 
16/32
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Classic American Pilsner — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02C
A substantial Pilsner that can stand up to the classic European Pilsners, but exhibiting the native American grains and hops available to German brewers who initially brewed it in the USA. Refreshing, but with the underlying malt and hops that stand out when compared to other modern American light lagers. Maize lends a distinctive grainy sweetness. Rice contributes a crisper, more neutral character. A version of Pilsner brewed in the USA by immigrant German brewers who brought the process and yeast with them when they settled in America. They worked with the ingredients that were native to America to create a unique version of the original Pilsner. This style died out after Prohibition but was resurrected as a home-brewed style by advocates of the hobby

Commercial Examples: Occasional brewpub and microbrewery specials.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.060 1.010 – 1.015 4.5 – 6.0% 25 – 40 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Vienna Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: European Amber Lager
Number: 03A
Characterized by soft, elegant maltiness that dries out in the finish to avoid becoming sweet.

Commercial Examples: Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Boulevard Bob's 47 Munich-Style Lager, Negra Modelo, Old Dominion Aviator Amber Lager, Gordon Biersch Vienna Lager, Capital Wisconsin Amber, Olde Saratoga Lager, Penn Pilsner.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.052 1.010 – 1.014 4.5 – 5.7% 18 – 30 IBU
10/20
 – 
16/32
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Munich Dunkel — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04B
Characterized by depth and complexity of Munich malt and the accompanying melanoidins. Rich Munich flavors, but not as intense as a bock or as roasted as a schwarzbier.

Commercial Examples: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, Hacker-Pschorr Alt Munich Dark, Paulaner Alt Münchner Dunkel, Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Dunkel, Ettaler Kloster Dunkel, Hofbräu Dunkel, Penn Dark Lager, König Ludwig Dunkel, Capital Munich Dark, Harpoon Munich-type Dark Beer, Gordon Biersch Dunkels, Dinkel Acker Dark. In Bavaria, Ettaler Dunkel, Löwenbräu Dunkel, Hartmann Dunkel, Kneitinger Dunkel, Augustiner Dunkel.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.056 1.010 – 1.016 4.5 – 5.6% 18 – 28 IBU
14/28
 – 
28/55
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Northern German Altbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07A
A very clean and relatively bitter beer, balanced by some malt character. Generally darker, sometimes more caramelly, and usually sweeter and less bitter than Düsseldorf Altbier.

Commercial Examples: DAB Traditional, Hannen Alt, Schwelmer Alt, Grolsch Amber, Alaskan Amber, Long Trail Ale, Otter Creek Copper Ale, Schmaltz’ Alt.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.054 1.010 – 1.015 4.5 – 5.2% 25 – 40 IBU
13/26
 – 
19/37
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California Common Beer — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07B
A lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness, interesting toasty and caramel flavors, and showcasing the signature Northern Brewer varietal hop character.

Commercial Examples: Anchor Steam, Southampton Steem Beer, Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.054 1.011 – 1.014 4.5 – 5.5% 30 – 45 IBU
10/20
 – 
14/28
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Dusseldorf Altbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Amber Hybrid Beer
Number: 07C
A well balanced, bitter yet malty, clean, smooth, well-attenuated copper-colored German ale.

Commercial Examples: Altstadt brewpubs: Zum Uerige, Im Füchschen, Schumacher, Zum Schlüssel; other examples: Diebels Alt, Schlösser Alt, Frankenheim Alt.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.054 1.010 – 1.015 4.5 – 5.2% 35 – 50 IBU
11/22
 – 
17/34
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American Pale Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10A
Refreshing and hoppy, yet with sufficient supporting malt.

Commercial Examples: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale, Bear Republic XP Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond, Full Sail Pale Ale, Three Floyds X-Tra Pale Ale, Firestone Pale Ale, Left Hand Brewing Jackman’s Pale Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.060 1.010 – 1.015 4.5 – 6.0% 30 – 45 IBU
5/10
 – 
14/28
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American Amber Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10B
Like an American pale ale with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops (although hop rates can be significant).

Commercial Examples: North Coast Red Seal Ale, Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale, Deschutes Cinder Cone Red, Pyramid Broken Rake, St. Rogue Red Ale, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, Lagunitas Censored Ale, Avery Redpoint Ale, McNeill’s Firehouse Amber Ale, Mendocino Red Tail Ale, Bell's Amber.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.060 1.010 – 1.015 4.5 – 6.2% 25 – 40 IBU
10/20
 – 
17/34
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Roggenbier (German Rye Beer) — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15D
A dunkelweizen made with rye rather than wheat, but with a greater body and light finishing hops.

Commercial Examples: Paulaner Roggen, Bürgerbräu Wolznacher Roggenbier.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.056 1.010 – 1.014 4.5 – 6.0% 10 – 20 IBU
14/28
 – 
19/37
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Witbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Belgian and French Ale
Number: 16A
A refreshing, elegant, tasty, moderate-strength wheat-based ale.

Commercial Examples: Hoegaarden Wit, St. Bernardus Blanche, Celis White, Vuuve 5, Brugs Tarwebier (Blanche de Bruges), Wittekerke, Allagash White, Blanche de Bruxelles, Ommegang Witte, Avery White Rascal, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, Sterkens White Ale, Bell’s Winter White Ale, Victory Whirlwind Witbier, Hitachino Nest White Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.012 4.5 – 5.5% 10 – 20 IBU
2/4
 – 
4/8
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German Pilsner (Pils) — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02A
Drier and crisper than a Bohemian Pilsener with a bitterness that tends to linger more in the aftertaste due to higher attenuation and higher-sulfate water. Lighter in body and color, and with higher carbonation than a Bohemian Pilsener. Modern examples of German pilsners tend to become paler in color, drier in finish, and more bitter as you move from South to North in Germany.

Commercial Examples: Victory Prima Pils, Bitburger, Warsteiner, Trumer Pils, Old Dominion Tupper’s Hop Pocket Pils, König Pilsener, Jever Pils, Left Hand Polestar Pilsner, Holsten Pils, Spaten Pils, Brooklyn Pilsner.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.050 1.008 – 1.013 4.4 – 5.2% 25 – 45 IBU
2/4
 – 
5/10
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Schwarzbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04C
A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness.

Commercial Examples: Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Kulmbacher Mönchshof Premium Schwarzbier, Samuel Adams Black Lager, Kru?ovice Cerne, Original Badebier, Einbecker Schwarzbier, Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier, Weeping Radish Black Radish Dark Lager, Sprecher Black Bavarian.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.046 – 1.052 1.010 – 1.016 4.4 – 5.4% 22 – 32 IBU
17/34
 – 
30/59
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Kolsch — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06C
A clean, crisp, delicately balanced beer usually with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas. Subdued maltiness throughout leads to a pleasantly refreshing tang in the finish. To the untrained taster easily mistaken for a light lager, a somewhat subtle pilsner, or perhaps a blonde ale.

Commercial Examples: Available in Cologne only: PJ Früh, Hellers, Malzmühle, Paeffgen, Sion, Peters, Dom; import versions available in parts of North America: Reissdorf, Gaffel; Non-German versions: Eisenbahn Dourada, Goose Island Summertime, Alaska Summer Ale, Harpoon Summer Beer, New Holland Lucid, Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower, Capitol City Capitol Kölsch, Shiner Kölsch.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.050 1.007 – 1.011 4.4 – 5.2% 20 – 30 IBU
3.5/7
 – 
5/10
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American Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: American Ale
Number: 10C
Can be considered a bigger, maltier, hoppier interpretation of Northern English brown ale or a hoppier, less malty Brown Porter, often including the citrus-accented hop presence that is characteristic of American hop varieties.

Commercial Examples: Bell’s Best Brown, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale, North Coast Acme Brown, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Lost Coast Downtown Brown, Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.045 – 1.060 1.010 – 1.016 4.3 – 6.2% 20 – 40 IBU
18/36
 – 
35/69
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Weizen/Weissbier — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15A
A pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based ale.

Commercial Examples: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Schneider Weisse Weizenhell, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen, Ayinger Bräu Weisse, Ettaler Weissbier Hell, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse, Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb, Kapuziner Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier, Penn Weizen, Barrelhouse Hocking Hills HefeWeizen, Eisenbahn Weizenbier.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.052 1.010 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.6% 8 – 15 IBU
2/4
 – 
8/16
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Dunkelweizen — BJCP Style Information
Category: German Wheat and Rye Beer
Number: 15B
A moderately dark, spicy, fruity, malty, refreshing wheat-based ale. Reflecting the best yeast and wheat character of a hefe-weizen blended with the malty richness of a Munich dunkel.

Commercial Examples: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, Ayinger Ur-Weisse, Franziskaner Dunkel Hefe-Weisse, Schneider Weisse (Original), Ettaler Weissbier Dunkel, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Dark, Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen, Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, Kapuziner Weissbier Schwarz.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.010 – 1.014 4.3 – 5.6% 10 – 18 IBU
14/28
 – 
23/45
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Standard American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01B
Strong flavors are a fault. An international style including the standard mass-market lager from most countries.

Commercial Examples: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life, Budweiser, Baltika #3 Classic, Kirin Lager, Grain Belt Premium Lager, Molson Golden, Labatt Blue, Coors Original, Foster’s Lager.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.050 1.004 – 1.010 4.2 – 5.3% 8 – 15 IBU
2/4
 – 
4/8
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Bohemian Pilsener — BJCP Style Information
Category: Pilsner
Number: 02B
Uses Moravian malted barley and a decoction mash for rich, malt character. Saaz hops and low sulfate, low carbonate water provide a distinctively soft, rounded hop profile. Traditional yeast sometimes can provide a background diacetyl note. Dextrins provide additional body, and diacetyl enhances the perception of a fuller palate.

Commercial Examples: Pilsner Urquell, Kru?ovice Imperial 12°, Budweiser Budvar (Czechvar in the US), Czech Rebel, Staropramen, Gambrinus Pilsner, Zlaty Bazant Golden Pheasant, Dock Street Bohemian Pilsner.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.013 – 1.017 4.2 – 5.4% 35 – 45 IBU
3.5/7
 – 
6/12
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Dark American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Dark Lager
Number: 04A
A somewhat sweeter version of standard/premium lager with a little more body and flavor.

Commercial Examples: Dixie Blackened Voodoo, Shiner Bock, San Miguel Dark, Baltika #4, Beck's Dark, Saint Pauli Girl Dark, Warsteiner Dunkel, Heineken Dark Lager, Crystal Diplomat Dark Beer.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.056 1.008 – 1.012 4.2 – 6.0% 8 – 20 IBU
14/28
 – 
22/43
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Cream Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06A
A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American lawnmower beer.

Commercial Examples: Genesee Cream Ale, Little Kings Cream Ale (Hudepohl), Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema, Sleeman Cream Ale, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Wisconsin Brewing Whitetail Cream Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.042 – 1.055 1.006 – 1.012 4.2 – 5.6% 15 – 20 IBU
2.5/5
 – 
5/10
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Blonde Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06B
Easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer.

Commercial Examples: Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale, Russian River Aud Blonde, Rogue Oregon Golden Ale, Widmer Blonde Ale, Fuller’s Summer Ale, Hollywood Blonde, Redhook Blonde.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.038 – 1.054 1.008 – 1.013 4.2 – 5.5% 15 – 28 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Northern English Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11C
English mild ale or pale ale malt base with caramel malts. May also have small amounts darker malts (e.g., chocolate) to provide color and the nutty character. English hop varieties are most authentic. Moderate carbonate water.

Commercial Examples: Newcastle Brown Ale, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Riggwelter Yorkshire Ale, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Tröegs Rugged Trail Ale, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown Ale, Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale, Goose Island Nut Brown Ale, Samuel Adams Brown Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.013 4.2 – 5.4% 20 – 30 IBU
12/24
 – 
22/43
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Oatmeal Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13C
A very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor.

Commercial Examples: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Young's Oatmeal Stout, McAuslan Oatmeal Stout, Maclay’s Oat Malt Stout, Broughton Kinmount Willie Oatmeal Stout, Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Tröegs Oatmeal Stout, New Holland The Poet, Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.048 – 1.065 1.010 – 1.018 4.2 – 5.9% 25 – 40 IBU
22/43
 – 
40/79
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American Wheat or Rye Beer — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Hybrid Beer
Number: 06D
Refreshing wheat or rye beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their German cousins.

Commercial Examples: Bell’s Oberon, Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen, Three Floyds Gumballhead, Pyramid Hefe-Weizen, Widmer Hefeweizen, Sierra Nevada Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Anchor Summer Beer, Redhook Sunrye, Real Ale Full Moon Pale Rye.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.055 1.008 – 1.013 4.0 – 5.5% 15 – 30 IBU
3/6
 – 
6/12
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Irish Red Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09D
An easy-drinking pint. Malt-focused with an initial sweetness and a roasted dryness in the finish.

Commercial Examples: Three Floyds Brian Boru Old Irish Ale, Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale (a bit strong at 6.5%), Kilkenny Irish Beer, O’Hara’s Irish Red Ale, Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Beamish Red Ale, Caffrey’s Irish Ale, Goose Island Kilgubbin Red Ale, Murphy’s Irish Red (lager), Boulevard Irish Ale, Harpoon Hibernian Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.060 1.010 – 1.014 4.0 – 6.0% 17 – 28 IBU
9/18
 – 
18/36
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Brown Porter — BJCP Style Information
Category: Porter
Number: 12A
A fairly substantial English dark ale with restrained roasty characteristics.

Commercial Examples: Fuller's London Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy Porter, Burton Bridge Burton Porter, RCH Old Slug Porter, Nethergate Old Growler Porter, Hambleton Nightmare Porter, Harvey’s Tom Paine Original Old Porter, Salopian Entire Butt English Porter, St. Peters Old-Style Porter, Shepherd Neame Original Porter, Flag Porter, Wasatch Polygamy Porter.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.052 1.008 – 1.014 4.0 – 5.4% 18 – 35 IBU
20/39
 – 
30/59
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Dry Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13A
A very dark, roasty, bitter, creamy ale.

Commercial Examples: Guinness Draught Stout (also canned), Murphy's Stout, Beamish Stout, O’Hara’s Celtic Stout, Russian River O.V.L. Stout, Three Floyd’s Black Sun Stout, Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout, Orkney Dragonhead Stout, Old Dominion Stout, Goose Island Dublin Stout, Brooklyn Dry Stout.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.036 – 1.050 1.007 – 1.011 4.0 – 5.0% 30 – 45 IBU
25/49
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40/79
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Sweet Stout — BJCP Style Information
Category: Stout
Number: 13B
A very dark, sweet, full-bodied, slightly roasty ale. Often tastes like sweetened espresso.

Commercial Examples: Mackeson's XXX Stout, Watney's Cream Stout, Farson’s Lacto Stout, St. Peter’s Cream Stout, Marston’s Oyster Stout, Sheaf Stout, Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Lacto), Samuel Adams Cream Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Widmer Snowplow Milk Stout.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.044 – 1.060 1.012 – 1.024 4.0 – 6.0% 20 – 40 IBU
30/59
 – 
40/79
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Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17C
A malty, fruity, aged, somewhat sour Belgian-style brown ale.

Commercial Examples: Liefman’s Goudenband, Liefman’s Odnar, Liefman’s Oud Bruin, Ichtegem Old Brown, Riva Vondel.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.074 1.008 – 1.012 4.0 – 8.0% 20 – 25 IBU
15/30
 – 
22/43
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Scottish Export 80/- — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09C
Cleanly malty with a drying finish, perhaps a few esters, and on occasion a faint bit of peaty earthiness (smoke). Most beers finish fairly dry considering their relatively sweet palate, and as such have a different balance than strong Scotch ales.

Commercial Examples: Orkney Dark Island, Caledonian 80/- Export Ale, Belhaven 80/- (Belhaven Scottish Ale in the US), Southampton 80 Shilling, Broughton Exciseman’s 80/-, Belhaven St. Andrews Ale, McEwan's Export (IPA), Inveralmond Lia Fail, Broughton Merlin’s Ale, Arran Dark

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.054 1.010 – 1.016 3.9 – 5.0% 15 – 30 IBU
9/18
 – 
17/34
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Special/Best/Premium Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08B
A flavorful, yet refreshing, session beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.

Commercial Examples: Fuller's London Pride, Coniston Bluebird Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Adnams SSB, Young’s Special, Shepherd Neame Masterbrew Bitter, Greene King Ruddles County Bitter, RCH Pitchfork Rebellious Bitter, Brains SA, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Goose Island Honkers Ale, Rogue Younger’s Special Bitter.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.040 – 1.048 1.008 – 1.012 3.8 – 4.6% 25 – 40 IBU
5/10
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16/32
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Lite American Lager — BJCP Style Information
Category: Light Lager
Number: 01A
A lower gravity and lower calorie beer than standard international lagers. Strong flavors are a fault. Designed to appeal to the broadest range of the general public as possible.

Commercial Examples: Bitburger Light, Sam Adams Light, Heineken Premium Light, Miller Lite, Bud Light, Coors Light, Baltika #1 Light, Old Milwaukee Light, Amstel Light.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.028 – 1.040 0.998 – 1.008 3.2 – 4.2% 8 – 12 IBU
2/4
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3/6
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Standard/Ordinary Bitter — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Pale Ale
Number: 08A
Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.

Commercial Examples: Fuller's Chiswick Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Young's Bitter, Greene King IPA, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB), Brain's Bitter, Tetley's Original Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Boddington's Pub Draught.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.032 – 1.040 1.007 – 1.011 3.2 – 3.8% 25 – 35 IBU
4/8
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14/28
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Scottish Heavy 70/- — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09B
Cleanly malty with a drying finish, perhaps a few esters, and on occasion a faint bit of peaty earthiness (smoke). Most beers finish fairly dry considering their relatively sweet palate, and as such have a different balance than strong Scotch ales.

Commercial Examples: Caledonian 70/- (Caledonian Amber Ale in the US), Belhaven 70/-, Orkney Raven Ale, Maclay 70/-, Tennents Special, Broughton Greenmantle Ale.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.035 – 1.040 1.010 – 1.015 3.2 – 3.9% 10 – 25 IBU
9/18
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17/34
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French Cider — BJCP Style Information
Category: Standard Cider and Perry
Number: 27C
Medium to sweet, full-bodied, rich.

Commercial Examples: [US] West County Reine de Pomme (MA), Rhyne Cider (CA); [France] Eric Bordelet (various), Etienne Dupont, Etienne Dupont Organic, Bellot.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.050 – 1.065 1.010 – 1.020 3 – 6% N/A N/A
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Mild — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11A
A light-flavored, malt-accented beer that is readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful. Some versions may seem like lower gravity brown porters.

Commercial Examples: Moorhouse Black Cat, Gale’s Festival Mild, Theakston Traditional Mild, Highgate Mild, Sainsbury Mild, Brain’s Dark, Banks's Mild, Coach House Gunpowder Strong Mild, Woodforde’s Mardler’s Mild, Greene King XX Mild, Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.030 – 1.038 1.008 – 1.013 2.8 – 4.5% 10 – 25 IBU
12/24
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25/49
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Southern English Brown Ale — BJCP Style Information
Category: English Brown Ale
Number: 11B
A luscious, malt-oriented brown ale, with a caramel, dark fruit complexity of malt flavor. May seem somewhat like a smaller version of a sweet stout or a sweet version of a dark mild.

Commercial Examples: Mann's Brown Ale (bottled, but not available in the US), Harvey’s Nut Brown Ale, Woodeforde’s Norfolk Nog.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.033 – 1.042 1.011 – 1.014 2.8 – 4.2% 12 – 20 IBU
19/37
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35/69
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Berliner Weisse — BJCP Style Information
Category: Sour Ale
Number: 17A
A very pale, sour, refreshing, low-alcohol wheat ale.

Commercial Examples: Schultheiss Berliner Weisse, Berliner Kindl Weisse, Nodding Head Berliner Weisse, Weihenstephan 1809 (unusual in its 5% ABV), Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse, Southampton Berliner Weisse, Bethlehem Berliner Weisse, Three Floyds Deesko.

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.028 – 1.032 1.003 – 1.006 2.8 – 3.8% 3 – 8 IBU
2/4
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3/6
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Scottish Light 60/- — BJCP Style Information
Category: Scottish and Irish Ale
Number: 09A
Cleanly malty with a drying finish, perhaps a few esters, and on occasion a faint bit of peaty earthiness (smoke). Most beers finish fairly dry considering their relatively sweet palate, and as such have a different balance than strong Scotch ales.

Commercial Examples: Belhaven 60/-, McEwan’s 60/-, Maclay 60/- Light (all are cask-only products not exported to the US).

OG FG ABV Bitterness Color (SRM/EBC)
1.030 – 1.035 1.010 – 1.013 2.5 – 3.2% 10 – 20 IBU
9/18
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17/34
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