Not sure what type of beer to order? Below are some of the most common beers that you will see at a craft brewery. BTW...most breweries will let you sample first!
This easy drinking ale is a summer favorite, thanks to its light malt sweetness and trace of hops, which add aroma. As the name suggests, blonde ales have a pale color and a clear body. They tend to be crisp and dry, with few traces of bitterness, rather than hop-heavy or dank.
Wheat beer is a top-fermented beer which is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley. Examples: Hoegaarden White Ale, Dogfish Head Brewery's Namaste, Blue Moon Belgian White, Victory Brewing Company's Whirlwind Witbier;
A type of ale, porter beers are known for their dark black color and roasted malt aroma and notes. Porters may be fruity or dry in flavor, which is determined by the variety of roasted malt used in the brewing process. Examples: Wingman p-51, Founder's and Great Lakes Edmund's Fitzgerald
Brown ales range in color from amber to brown and are mellow but flavorful. The majority of brown ales feature chocolate, caramel, citrus, or nut notes. Examples: Brooklyn Brown Ale and Newcastle
Dunkel, or Dunkles, is a word used for several types of dark German lagers. Dunkel is the German word meaning dark, and dunkel beers typically range in color from amber to dark reddish brown. They are characterized by their smooth malty flavor
Saison is a pale ale that is highly carbonated, fruity, and spicy. They tend to have moderate to high levels of alcohol. Along with several other varieties, it is generally classified as a farmhouse ale.
Rich and fruity, Belgian-style ale. These beers are dark colored and sweet like caramel. They have a full body and high alcohol content (as high as 9%). The original Dubbels were brewed by Belgian monks and are called Trappist ales.
American IPAs have more hops, big herbal or citrus flavors, and high bitterness compared to pale ale. They have a good balance between caramel flavor and hop brightness. Examples: Lagunitas, Two Hearted and Sierra Nevada
More commonly called “Pils” in Germany, With higher carbonation, it’s lighter in body and more crisp and dry. This type of beer has a pure white head when poured. They also have a distinct noble hop aroma.
American lager or North American lager is pale lager that is produced in the United States. The pale lager-style beer originated in Europe in the mid-19th century, and moved to the US with German immigrants. Examples: Budweiser from Anheuser-Busch, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Yuengling , Schlitz Gusto
Altbier is one of the few indigenous German ale styles. It is a crisp, clean-tasting, full-bodied beer of usually 4.7% to 4.9% alcohol by volume, with a copper-brown color, firm, lacey white crown of foam, and a malty to nutty bittersweet finish. Examples: Alaskan Amber, and Hair of the Dog
Stouts are stronger versions of mild ale. They utilize unmalted roasted barley or black malt. There are various types, including oatmeal stout, milk stout, and imperial stout. Popular stouts have included the so-called dry Irish stouts, notably Guiness.
Pilsner is actually a type of pale lager that is a refreshing, palate-cleansing, thirst-quenching beer. They tend to be lighter in color, ranging from light straw to golden. The Saaz hops in pilsners tend to make the beer a little “spicy”. ABV 4-5.3% Examples: Holsten, Beck's and St. Pauli Girl
Kölsch is a style of beer originating in Cologne, Germany. It is bright and clear with a straw-yellow hue. Kölsch beers are actually hybrids of ales and lagers. They have low hoppiness in terms of flavor and can evoke notes of white wine (especially Riesling)
Examples: Gaffel, and Fruh
India pale ale is a hoppy beer style within the broader category of pale ale. Some examples of an India Pale Ale are Bell's Two Hearted Ale, New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, and Goose Island
Warm fermented beer that typically features coriander and salt. The process of brewing gose beer includes lacto-fermentation, giving the beer its distinct sour flavor. Gose is light-bodied, fruity, and relatively low in alcohol, with an ABV that ranges from 4.2 to 4.8 percent.
Weizenbock is a wheat version of a German-style bock, or a bigger and beefier dunkelweizen. Malt mellanoidins and weizen ale yeast are the star ingredients. If served with yeast, the appearance may appropriately be very cloudy.
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