Beer Styles

Competition Styles2016 World Beer Cup Beer category Styles are listed below. For information on the Champion Brewery categories of the World Beer Cup, please visit the Champion Brewery Awards page.

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Hybrid/Mixed Beer Styles

  • 1. American-Style Wheat Beer
    • a. Light American Wheat Beer without Yeast
    • b. Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeast
  • 2. American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast
    • a. Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    • b. Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast
  • 3. Fruit Beer
  • 4. Fruit Wheat Beer
  • 5. Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
  • 6. Pumpkin Beer
  • 7. Field Beer
  • 8. Chili Beer
  • 9. Herb and Spice Beer
  • 10. Chocolate Beer
  • 11. Coffee Beer
  • 12. Specialty Beer
  • 13. Rye Beer
    • a. Rye Beer
    • b. German-Style Rye Ale
  • 14. Honey Beer
  • 15. Session Beer
  • 16. Session India Pale Ale
  • 17. Other Strong Beer
    • a. Other Strong Ale or Lager
    • b. American-Style Imperial Porter
    • c. American-Style Wheat Wine Ale
    • d. American-Style Ice Lager
    • e. American-Style Malt Liquor
  • 18. Experimental Beer
    • a. Experimental Beer
    • b. Ginjo Beer or Sake-Yeast Beer
    • c. Wild Beer
  • 19. Fresh or Wet Hop Ale
  • 20. Historical Beer
    • a. Historical Beer
    • b. Dutch-Style Kuyt Beer
    • c. Adambier
  • 21. Gluten-Free Beer
  • 22. American-Belgo-Style Ale
    • a. Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale
    • b. Dark American-Belgo-Style Ale
  • 23. American-Style Sour Ale
    • a. American-Style Sour Ale
    • b. Fruited American-Style Sour Ale
  • 24. Brett Beer
    • a. Brett beer
    • b. Mixed Culture Beer Beer
  • 25. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
    • a. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer
    • b. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beer
  • 26. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
  • 27. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout
  • 28. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
    • a. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
    • b. Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
  • 29. Aged Beer
  • 30. Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
    • a. Unfiltered German-Style Ale
    • b. Unfiltered German-Style Lager
  • 31. Smoke Beer
    • a. Bamberg-Style Weiss Rauchbier
    • b. Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier
    • c. Bamberg-Style Maerzen Rauchbier
    • d. Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbier
    • e. Grodziskie
    • f. Smoke Porter
    • g. Other Smoke Beer

Lager Beer Styles

Styles of Other Origin

  • 32. Light Lager
    • a. German-Style Leichtbier
    • b. Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager
    • c. American-Style Light Lager
    • d. American-Style Amber Light Lager
  • 33. International-Style Lager
    • a. International-Style Pilsener
    • b. Other International-Style Lager

Styles of European and German Origin

  • 34. Baltic-Style Porter
  • 35. German-Style Pilsener
  • 36. Bohemian-Style Pilsener
  • 37. Muenchner-Style Helles
  • 38. Dortmunder/Export or German-Style Oktoberfest
    • a. Dortmunder/European-Style Export
    • b. German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn
  • 39. Vienna-Style Lager
  • 40. German-Style Maerzen
  • 41. European-Style Dark/Muenchner Dunkel
  • 42. German-Style Schwarzbier
  • 43. German-Style Bock or Maibock
    • a. Traditional German-Style Bock
    • b. German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
  • 44. German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock
    • a. German-Style Doppelbock
    • b. German-Style Eisbock

Styles of North American Origin

  • 45. American-Style Lager
    • a. American-Style Lager
    • b. American-Style Pilsener
    • c. American-Style Cream Ale
  • 46. American-Style Amber Lager
    • a. American-Style Amber Lager
    • b. California Common Beer
    • c. American-Style Maerzen/Oktoberfest
  • 47. American-Style Dark Lager

Ale Beer Styles

Styles of Other Origin

  • 48. Australian- or International-Style Pale Ale
    • a. Australian-Style Pale Ale
    • b. International-Style Pale Ale

Styles of German Origin

  • 49. German-Style Koelsch
  • 50. German-Style Altbier
  • 51. German-Style Sour Ale
    • a. Berliner-Style Weisse
    • b. Leipzig-Style Gose
    • c. Contemporary Gose
  • 52. South German-Style Hefeweizen
  • 53. German-Style Wheat Ale
    • a. South German-Style Kristal Weizen
    • b. German-Style Leichtes Weizen
    • c. South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen
    • d. South German-Style Dunkel Weizen
  • 54. South German-Style Weizenbock

Styles of Belgian and French Origin

  • 55. Belgian-Style Witbier
  • 56. French- & Belgian-Style Saison
  • 57. Belgian- and French-Style Ale
    • a. French-Style Biere de Garde
    • b. Other Belgian- and French-Style Ale
  • 58. Belgian-Style Pale Ale or Blonde Ale
    • a. Belgian-Style Pale Ale
    • b. Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
  • 59. Belgian-Style Sour Ale
    • a. Belgian-Style Lambic
    • b. Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
    • c. Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic
    • d. Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale
  • 59. Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale
    • a. Belgian-Style Lambic
    • b. Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
    • c. Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic
    • d. Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale
  • 60. Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale
  • 61. Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadrupel
    • a. Belgian-Style Dubbel
    • b. Belgian-Style Quadrupel
  • 62. Belgian-Style Tripel
  • 63. Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
  • 64. Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
  • 65. Other Belgian-Style Ale
    • a. Other Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
    • b. Other Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
    • c. Belgian-Style Table Beer
    • d. Other Belgian-Style Ale

Styles of British Origin

  • 66. English-Style Mild Ale
    • a. English-Style Pale Mild Ale
    • b. English-Style Dark Mild Ale
  • 67. English-Style Summer Ale
  • 68. Ordinary or Special Bitter
    • a. Ordinary Bitter
    • b. Special Bitter or Best Bitter
  • 69. Classic English-Style Pale Ale
  • 70. Extra Special Bitter
    • a. American-Style Extra Special Bitter
    • b. English-Style Extra Special Bitter
  • 71. English-Style India Pale Ale
  • 72. Scottish-Style Ale
    • a. Scottish-Style Light Ale
    • b. Scottish-Style Heavy Ale
    • c. Scottish-Style Export Ale
  • 73. English-Style Brown Ale
  • 74. Brown Porter
  • 75. Robust Porter
  • 76. Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
  • 77. Oatmeal Stout
  • 78. Scotch Ale
    • a. Traditional Scotch Ale
    • b. Peated Scotch Ale
  • 79. British-Style Imperial Stout
  • 80. Old Ale or Strong Ale
    • a. Old Ale
    • b. Strong Ale
  • 81. Barley Wine-Style Ale
    • a. American-Style Barley Wine Ale
    • b. British-Style Barley Wine Ale

Styles of Irish Origin

  • 82. Irish-Style Red Ale
  • 83. Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
  • 84. Export Stout

Styles of North American Origin

  • 85. Golden or Blonde Ale
  • 86. American-Style Pale Ale
  • 87. American-Style Strong Pale Ale
  • 88. American-Style India Pale Ale
  • 89. Imperial India Pale Ale
  • 90. American-Style Amber/Red Ale
  • 91. Double Red Ale
  • 92. Imperial Red Ale
  • 93. American-Style Brown Ale
  • 94. American-Style Black Ale
  • 95. American-Style Stout
  • 96. American-Style Imperial Stout